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Call for Presentations

GLA ALA Needs YOU!

Greater Los Angeles as a chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators ("GLA ALA"), adheres to the speaker guidelines set forth by the Association of Legal Administrators ("ALA") as follows:

GLA ALA’s education events, including monthly Chapter lunch programs, Section lunch meetings and specialty seminars like the annual Employment Law Forum (hereinafter referred to cumulatively as "conferences"), fuel the development and advancement of legal industry professionals by providing both proven solutions and innovative thinking in an inviting and exciting environment.
 
Conference attendees connect with talented, diverse and engaged presenters and colleagues who share their experience and expertise generously. Attendees include business management professionals in private law firms, corporate and government legal departments, and non-profit legal aid agencies.

We are seeking your creative participation in designing conferences that optimize learning by providing the very best, high-level, relevant and thought-provoking ideas pertinent to the legal administration profession.

Conference Speaker Opportunities:

Topic-focused Section Meetings for Members

  • Finance Section Quarterly Lunch Meetings - Thursdays; 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm program; 1:15 pm - 1:30 pm Q&A. 
    • April 20, 2017; July 13, 2017; October 19, 2017 (Downtown LA, Century City and Remote Attendance Possible)

  • Human Resources Section Quarterly Lunch Meetings - Tuesdays; 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm program; 1:15 pm - 1:30 pm Q&A.
    • April 25, 2017; July 25, 2017; October 31, 2017 (Downtown LA, Century City and Remote Attendance Possible)

  • Santa Barbara / Ventura Section Quarterly Lunch Meetings - Thursdays; 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm program; 1:15 pm - 1:30 pm Q&A. 
    • May 11, 2017; August 10, 2017; November 9, 2017 (Santa Barbara, Ventura and Remote Attendance Possible)
  • Multi-office Section Quarterly Lunch Meetings - Thursdays; 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm program; 1:15 pm - 1:30 pm Q&A. 
    • August 17, 2017; November 16, 2017 (Downtown LA, Century City and Remote Attendance Possible)

  • Small Firm Section Quarterly Lunch Meetings - Thursdays; 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm program; 1:15 pm - 1:30 pm Q&A. 
    • May 25, 2017; August 31, 2017; November 30, 2017 (Downtown LA, Century City and Remote Attendance Possible)

  • Information Technology Section Quarterly Lunch Meetings - Thursdays; 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm program; 1:15 pm - 1:30 pm Q&A.
    • June 15, 2017; September 14, 2017; December 14, 2017 (Downtown LA, Century City and Remote Attendance Possible)
  • San Fernando Valley Section Quarterly Lunch Meetings - Thursdays; 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm program; 1:15 pm - 1:30 pm Q&A.
    • June 29, 2017; September 28, 2017; December 21, 2017 (San Fernando Valley and Remote Attendance Possible)
  • International Law Practice Management Section - (Downtown LA, Century City and Remote Attendance Possible)

Chapter Lunch Meetings for Members and Their Guests

  • August 8, 2017 - Chapter Lunch Topic: "Communication Workshop: Who's Selling Whom?"  12:15 pm - 1:15 pm program; 1:15 pm - 1:30 pm Q&A.  Attendees: 40 members are expected to bring one of their firm's Business Partners to lunch.  Location:  Jonathan Club Town (Downtown Los Angeles)

  • September 12, 2017 - Chapter Lunch Topic: "Training Attorneys to Use Staff Wisely: Delegate Don't Terminate"  12:15 pm - 1:15 pm program; 1:15 pm - 1:30 pm Q&A.  Attendees: 40 members are expected with 7 guests.  Location:  Greenberg Traurig (Century City)

  • October 10, 2017 - Chapter Lunch Topic: "In$ure for The Great California $hake Out"  12:15 pm - 1:15 pm program; 1:15 pm - 1:30 pm Q&A.  Attendees: 40 members are expected with 7 guests.  Location:  Jonathan Club Town (Downtown Los Angeles)

Chapter Specialty Seminar Open to the Public

  • January 27, 2018 - 2018 Employment Law Forum ("ELF").  Location: Jonathan Club Beach (Santa Monica)
    • "TED Talk style Hot Topics" 8:30 am - 9:45 am (max. 7 mins. each)
    • "Lunch Session" 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
    • "Afternoon Workshop, Part 1" 2:15 pm - 3:15 pm
    • "Afternoon Workshop, Part 2" 3:45 pm - 4:45 pm

Proposals will be reviewed based on the following criteria:

  • Is the presentation innovative and relevant to the topic?
  • Has the presenter(s) received positive ratings in the past?
  • Will the session appeal to seasoned administrators and their managing partners?
  • Is the session well organized and designed to meet the needs of this particular audience?
  • Is the learning format new? Is it interactive? Does it involve participants in meaningful application activities?

The Process:

  • Learn about the submission and selection process on this webpage
  • Submit your presentation proposal IN OUTLINE FORM, including your bio and information regarding any co-presenters, to the GLA ALA Education Team Captains via email for review in care of the Chapter Manager, Lori Akina
  • Wait for an answer (all submissions will be reviewed and will receive an answer)

Submission Deadline

Deadline to submit for consideration for April meetings is March 21, 2017; for May meetings is April 4, 2017; and for the remainder of opportunities listed is May 31, 2017.

Selection Process

Give us your best presentation. You are limited to submitting a maximum of three different session proposals for each conference. Please note that in most cases we limit presenters to being involved in no more than two sessions per conference. 

Please Note:

  • Presentations cannot be sales pitches.

  • We purposely strive to present conference education that is diverse in nature so that it enriches the learning experience for our members.

  • A legal administrator is the business manager of a law firm. 90% of the audience will be administrators of law firms, while 5% will be legal administrators of a corporate or government law department. Most of our members are NOT lawyers.

Honorarium and reimbursement policy:

All speakers will receive complimentary conference registration on the day of their presentation to include any meals being served.

Travel: Complimentary Valet Parking

Honorarium: N/A

Speaker Guidelines

Download GLA_ALA_ppt_templates.pptx

ALA’s Speaker Guidelines

ALA’s 101 Presentation Tips

ALA’s How to Present to an Adult Audience

Our Mutual Commitment:

  • We expect presenters to acknowledge they are available to speak during any time frame of the conference and as such will not request a change to the session time frame assigned.
  • We expect presenters to work closely with the conference committee to meet all deadlines.
  • We expect presenters to not make substantial changes in content, or format without approval from the conference committee.
  • We expect presenters to provide high-quality presentation materials in electronic format, by the communicated deadline.
  • We expect presenters to recognize that a conference presentation is an opportunity to share information and is not a platform for the promotion of business, practice, service or product.
  • We expect presenters to be available for interviews, blog posts, podcasts or other conference activities associated with their expertise as mutually agreed upon.

In turn GLA ALA will:

  • Provide you with your evaluation scores after the conference.
  • Provide you with an attendee contact list of those registered for the conference.
  • Provide complimentary registration for the conference on the day of your presentation, including if applicable, admission to the Business Solutions Marketplace (exposition hall), educational programs and social events.

 

Have Questions?

If you have a question, please contact us.

Thank you!

 

GLA ALA Education Team Captains 2017-2018

Debra Gray
Education Chair
dgray@frandzel.com 
Elizabeth Wagner
Vice President
ewagner@kttlaw.us 
Ken Sweet
President-Elect
KSweet@mpplaw.com 
Carolyn Smallwood, CLM
President
carolyn.smallwood.clm@gmail.com
Manjit Ender, CLM, SPHR-ca, SHRM-SCP
Past President
MEnder@srtklaw.com 






 
 

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