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Timeline

  • Program proposals due: March 20
  • Notification to program chairs: June 1
  • Edits to panels and speaker bios due: Aug. 18
  • Speaker release forms due: Aug. 18
  • Written and course materials (timed agenda and specialty credit information) for CLE accreditation due: Sept. 1
  • Audio visual request due: Sept. 1

Late/incomplete submissions will not be accepted. If materials are not received by the CLE deadlines, NAPABA will NOT seek CLE credit for your panel and your panel may be removed with notice.

For the Program Chair

1. Registration, Housing, Scholarship | Now Open!

Please see "For Speakers and Moderators" for registration, housing, and scholarship information.

2. Edits to Program and/or Speaker Biographies

Please enter any edits to your program (i.e. updating program description, swapping speakers, updating/entering speaker bios, etc.) by logging into the Session Management Site. The username and password you created to submit your proposal will gain you access to the site where you may make modifications to your program. If someone other than yourself submitted the program proposal on your behalf, you will need to enter their login credentials to make any edits. Edits to your program are due on Aug. 18.

3. Speaker Release Form

All speakers, including the moderator, must submit a speaker release form. Please upload speaker release forms to the session management site by Aug. 18. 

Speaker Release Form

4. Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Written Materials

Upload required written materials for CLE accreditation to the session management system by Sept. 1.

All sessions must provide written materials for CLE accreditation unless prior authorization has been provided by Priya Purandare. One of the primary reasons for attendance at the NAPABA Convention is to earn CLE credits. Panels that do not provide CLE credit may have fewer attendees than accredited panels.

To qualify as legal education, a significant portion of the content of the program must enhance the attendee's professional ability to practice law and be directly relevant to the member's current knowledge of the law, including the member's obligations and professional standards. Courses or programs qualifying for MCLE credit must provide attendees with written educational materials which reflect a thorough preparation by the provider of the course and which assist course participants in improving their legal competence. Materials must be specifically address the subject matter of the individual session. Materials provided should be sufficient to assist the attendee when questions regarding the particular subject matter covered are raised at a later date and to serve as a general resource after course completion.

Useful Hints:

  • Materials do not have to be lengthy, but they must be thorough, relate specifically to the subject matter to be discussed, be legal in nature, and a portion must be hand prepared by at least one faculty member for each session.
  • A mere agenda or topical outline will not be sufficient.
  • The distribution of copies of cases or statutes without customized materials is not acceptable.
  • Written materials which contain only hypotheticals will not satisfy this requirement. While the discussion of hypotheticals can be an appropriate teaching method, written materials including only hypotheticals to be discussed will not suffice as thorough, high quality instructional material. On the other hand written materials in which the hypotheticals are accompanied by (1) course materials which assist the understanding of the subject matter and have reference value to the participants or (2) course materials which provide a thorough written discussion and/or responses to such hypotheticals may satisfy this requirement. Such written discussion or responses to hypotheticals may be provided to the participants separately at any time up to the time of the conclusion of the course.
  • Bibliographies or a list of other reference materials, such as internet sites, standing alone, will generally not suffice as thorough, high quality instructional material. Similarly, sample pleadings, without instructional materials are inadequate to satisfy this requirement.

For examples of qualified written materials, see our 2016 CLE Information page. 

5. Touch Base with Your Panelists

All NAPABA CLE panels are allotted 75 minutes. Rehearse your presentation and be sure to stay within the time allotted so that all speakers have an opportunity to speak and there is ample time for Q&A. A speaker ready room will be available on-site for your use on a first-come, first-serve basis.    

6. Audio/Visual

All NAPABA CLE panel rooms are equipped with a projector and screen. Program chairs are responsible for bringing their own laptops with their presentation pre-loaded. Mac users must bring their own cable hook-up for the projector. If you require audio during your panel, please email Pang Moua at pmoua@napaba.org

For Speakers and Moderators

1. Register for the Convention | Early-Bird Deadline: Aug. 25, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. EDT

All program chairs, moderators, and speakers must register for the Convention.

  • If you are a program chair, moderator, or speaker attending only the day of your speaking engagement, you will receive complimentary registration. There will be an option on the registration form to choose Speaker Registration.
  • If you are a program chair, moderator, or speaker attending more than just the day of your speaking engagement, you must pay the full Convention registration fee. You will not be able to purchase multiple day passes.

2. Book Your Hotel | Cut-off Date: Oct. 11, 2017 at 5 p.m. EDT

Take advantage of the group rate at the Marriott Marquis Washington, D.C., NAPABA's host hotel. 

3. Scholarship | Application Deadline: Aug.19, 2017

NAPABA strives to keep the Convention affordable for our members and offers one of the best values among legal education conferences. Take advantage of NAPABA's scholarship fund to help defray costs for attendees. Scholarships will be awarded in the form of a reimbursement. 

On-Site Tips

  • Arrive on-site early and pick up your badge and registration packet. 
  • Report to the room in which your presentation will take place 10 minutes early. 
  • A Speaker Ready room will be available at the Marriott Marquis Washington, D.C. for you to practice your presentation with your fellow panelists. This room will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Location: TBA