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NAPABA is seeking submissions for 1.25-hours (in a 60-minute state) or 1.5-hours (in a 50 minute state) continuing legal education (CLE) programs at the 2018 NAPABA Convention on Nov. 8-11, 2018 in Chicago, IL. NAPABA is seeking programs on a wide range of substantive legal matters and topics of concern to the legal community to deepen our members' knowledge and skills, and provide them with opportunities to forge bonds through panel discussions, workshops, and interactive presentations.

Before submitting a program, all prospective moderators and speakers must review the Submission Policies and Guidelines. Failure to comply with our policies and guidelines may result in the rejection of your proposal.

By submitting a program, you and your speakers agree to adhere to all submission policies and guidelines set forth by NAPABA. 


Step 1: Review Submission Policies and Guidelines and Other Resources

Step 2: View WebinarInsider Tips from the CLE Committee

The CLE Committee hosted a webinar on Feb. 9 to share insider tips on how to write and craft your submission to increase the likelihood of getting accepted. Miss the webinar? View the webinar in its entirety here.

Step 3: Understanding the Differences Between General Convention Programming and Specialty Programming

All submissions must identify whether the program should be considered for general CLE programming or one of the specialty programming sessions. Submissions will only be considered for one option. 

What is general CLE programming? 
NAPABA's general CLE tracks are offered on Friday and Saturday during Convention and cover a wide range of substantive legal topics and issues of concern to the legal community and Asian Pacific American advocates. These Friday and Saturday programs constitute the core of NAPABA's convention programming. Although dependent of the number of submissions, acceptance for one of the general CLE programming slots is usually more competitive than for the specialty programming slots. 

What is specialty programming? 
NAPABA also offers programs in specialty programming that take place on the day before general CLE sessions on the Thursday of Convention. Special workshops and programs are held by our Committees and Networks to provide lawyers with the deep-dive skills and knowledge to excel in their practices and careers. This series of workshops and programs is designed to provide experiential learning opportunities in an immersive and interactive environment. The specialty programming allows participants to delve more deeply into issues with experts in the field, beyond what may be possible during a general CLE session. This year's specialty programming tracks, which shall be held concurrently, include: 

  • International Law Symposium 
    For the past ten years, the International Law Committee has presented an annual International Law Symposium at the NAPABA Convention. The Symposium begins with a luncheon, followed by CLE sessions on a range of public and private international law topics. In past years, sessions have focused on cutting-edge developments in areas of the law including intellectual property, international trade, national security and disputes. 
  • Solo & Small Firm Boot Camp 
    The Solo & Small Firm Boot Camp provides programming that is specifically tailored to the needs of solo and small firm practitioners, as well as those interested in starting a solo or small firm practice. Programming is tailored each year to the needs and interest of our membership. Last year’s Solo & Small Firm Boot Camp included CLE sessions on a variety of soft skills and substantive topics including business development, law office management/expansion, presentation skills and strategy, a multidisciplinary approach to advising entrepreneurs, and employment law.
  • Women's Leadership Workshop 
    The Women’s Leadership Network hosts a workshop each year at the annual NAPABA Convention focused on issues specific to advancing the careers of APA women attorneys at all stages of their careers. The workshop is typically held on the day before full convention programming begins, and focuses on topics such as leadership, soft skills, career advancement/business development, and addressing cultural barriers or other such issues which may be impacting APA women in their legal careers. The content is delivered through a mix of a luncheon keynote, panel discussions, and interactive skills seminars. The workshop concludes with networking opportunities at a cocktail reception at which further connections can be made.

Step 4: Speaker Database

Interested in speaking at the NAPABA Convention without submitting an entire program submission? Join our speaker database! Should an opening need to be filled in the Convention program, you may be contacted by NAPABA staff. Submit an application here.

Programs seeking additional speakers may contact

NOTE: Speakers and moderators may not serve on more than one panel. NAPABA may exercise discretion to add, remove, or substitute speakers.

Step 5: Submit a Proposal | Deadline: March 26, 8:00 p.m. ET

Please make sure that you have followed steps 1-4 before submitting a proposal. Late submissions will not be accepted. No exceptions shall be made. Thank you for your participation! Your proposals allow us to offer our members cutting-edge legal education and networking opportunities.

The Call for Programs has closed.


Please direct inquiries to

National Asian Pacific American Bar Association

1612 K Street NW, Ste. 510
Washington, DC 20006


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