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2013 Annual Conference Session Proposals

Conference Information:

NLADA’s Annual Conference is the leading national training event of the year for the civil legal aid, indigent defense, and public interest law communities. The conference offers advocates the latest substantive information and professional skills they need to creatively and effectively meet the legal needs of low-income people, and provides unparalleled opportunities to meet and exchange ideas with colleagues from across the country while fulfilling continuing legal education requirements. This year’s conference theme is: 


"Justice in America: Delivering on the Promise"


Conference Themes:

This year’s Annual Conference theme is broad in scope however in today’s context we want our respondents  to hone what” delivering on the promise” encompasses in their various offices, practices, and communities.  Download the session conference themes here. The topic of the proposed workshop or presentation may address issues specific to one or more of the session tracks for the conference:

  • Civil – Putting People First: Strategic Alliances for Justice
  • Defender - Gideon and Beyond: Client and Community Driven Strategic Reform to Ensure the Future of Defense Excellence
  • Client - Leading from Your Strengths
  • Board Leadership - Expanding Your Impact
  • Joint - Changing the Narrative: Civil/Defender Partnerships to Advance the Rights of People Families and Communities
  • Fundraising - Philanthropy and Legal Aid: Natural Allies
  • Communication
  • Technology
  • New Attorneys

How to Submit a Session

Proposal Instructions Resources:

What follows is a summary of important information regarding the 2013 Annual Conference proposal process.  Using our NLADA Online RFP Content Management System, we invite you to submit a proposal and bring impactful lessons learned and advanced thought to this year’s annual conference.   As we embark on the West Coast of our great nation, Los Angeles, California known as “the City of Angels” provides the backdrop for a new era in legal services delivery.  This request for proposal invites you to propose a session topic, a session design and the names of proposed presenters and serve as the session leader.  You may also visit the Proposal Frequently Asked Questions for additional information.

How to Use the Online RFP Content Management System

  • To start, click on the "Login/Register" link at the top of your screen. 
  • If you have not done so already, click here to create a user account. Before you will have full access to the site you recieve an Email Verification request. Please follow the instruction to validate your user account.
  • If you have previously registered but have forgotten your password, instructions may also be found by clicking here
  • Once you log in to the site, to begin submission, click on the "Submit Sessionlink to the right side of your screen.
  • You can download and review the request for sessions proposal guidelines before submitting a proposal
  • Thank you for your interest in submitting a session proposal for the 2013 Annual Conference.

The Annual Conference will be held at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles, CA from November 6 - 9, 2013.

Presenter Availability:

Sessions selected through the RFP will be offered:

  • Thursday, November 7
  • Friday, November 8
  • Saturday, November 9

Session Leader Responsibilities:

It shall be the responsibility of the lead presenter to ensure that all session and presenter information is entered correctly and in accordance with the RFP timeline (below). Failure to do so may result in the denial or cancellation of sessions.

Conference Registration & Fees for Presenters:

All leaders of accepted sessions are also responsible for obtaining biographies and session materials from all presenters/panelists participating in their session and submit them to NLADA by Tuesday September 10th, 2013.  Please note that if you are submitting multiple sessions which share presenters you will be required to re-enter presenter information for each individual session.

All Session leaders are required to provide NLADA with complete and final session and presenter information by Tuesday September 10th, 2013, and are required to pay the $300 conference presenter registration fee (if attending any session other than their own). Any faculty member wishing to receive a "Workshop Only Waiver" (only attending their session) is required to submit a request for a waiver to their staff liason in writing.

Written Materials:

Recent Continuing Legal Education rules changes have placed an increased emphasis on the quality of written materials; as a result NLADA encourages session presenters to include materials that will be useful to attendees after the conference has concluded.  Presenters are responsible for providing approximately 50 sets of each handout in advance of the conference. NLADA will neither assume responsibility for reproducing handouts nor pay for the reproduction of handouts. Presentations should include a discussion about the ethical issues inherent in the session topic. Guidelines for the preparation of handouts and an ethical issues checklist will be provided to those selected to present sessions. All materials must be copyright-approved for duplication. Please review NLADA's written materials recommendations for more information.

RFP Timeline:

  • June 12 - RFP proposal process begins
  • July 12 - RFP proposal process concludes
  • July 19 - NLADA notifies lead presenters of proposal decision
  • September 10 - Final content due, including all presenter information

Session Length:

All training sessions must be 1.5 hours in duration.

What NLADA Will Provide:

NLADA will provide meeting space, publicity and session evaluation, as well as continuing legal education accreditation, processing and reporting.  Although limited audiovisual equipment may be provided, NLADA is not able to provide lap tops onsite. Please note the following important deadlines:

  • Proposals must be received on or before July 12, 2013, in order to be considered;
  • If your proposal is accepted, a complete biography for each presenter/panelist, a concise description of your session for the onsite program book, an electronic copy of your presentation materials to be distributed to attendees, and your audiovisual needs must be submitted to NLADA no later than September 10, 2013.
  • Session leaders must ensure that information for themselves and each additional presenter/panelist participating in their session is submitted through the online system prior to the cut-off for session development (September 10, 2013)

**Please note that financial support from NLADA is not available to cover costs associated with transportation, lodging, meals, or other expenses.  Session leaders, presenters and panelists must cover all expenses not described above unless they have received a waiver or travel assistance.


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