Professional Development Institute 2015
Request for Proposals
The Professional Development Institute 2015, co-sponsored by NALP and ALI CLE and in collaboration with the Professional Development Consortium, will be held December 3-4, 2015 in Washington, DC. The Professional Development Institute delivers timely and substantive programming for all involved in lawyer training and professional development. Submitting a conference proposal is your opportunity to share your expertise and tap your creativity by developing an original program for presentation at the event.
Attendees at the Professional Development Institute
Proposal Selection Criteria
Each proposal will be carefully reviewed by the Professional Development Institute Planning Committee. The committee will review proposals based on:
In addition each program proposal should:
Although PDI programming each year includes sessions at different levels, our biggest challenge is getting strong programs at the advanced level. If appropriate, consider how your proposed session can be targeted at a high level.
The proposal form will ask you for a program description, learning objectives, and instructional methods. In providing this information, please provide enough detail so the planning committee can understand how the session will be structured and what key issues will be covered.
Incomplete proposals will not be considered and all proposals must be submitted using this online system.
Note: In recent years we have had a very high response rate of quality programming proposals through our RFP process. In 2014, approximately 40% of the proposals received were accepted. We therefore encourage you to review these guidelines carefully to ensure your proposal is a serious contender.
Additional Guidelines for Consultants
We receive many proposals from consultants who offer great expertise and valuable outside perspectives. Each year, PDI’s programming has demonstrated this group’s valuable contributions. At the same time, we tend to receive many more proposals from consultants than there actually is space for, and often need to make some difficult decisions in selecting amongst them. We encourage you therefore to carefully consider both the above tips and the following:
Requirements for Speakers
Limited travel funds are available for non-member speakers. In consideration of our not-for-profit status, we encourage PDI speakers to support some or all of their travel. The proposal form asks you to indicate the number of speakers who will request travel support funds. For planning purposes, this number cannot increase after program acceptance. Please note that if this field is left blank, we will assume that there are zero requests for travel support, and will plan and budget accordingly.
All speakers can attend the conference on the day that they are speaking. All speakers can attend the entire conference for a 50% registration fee.
Your Next Steps: Links for Submitting a Proposal
Download a Word version of the proposal submission form: The on-line RFP system does not allow you to save a copy of your work. We recommend you download a copy of the proposal form in Word and then type your proposal in word processing software. You can then copy and paste the text into the online system. This will allow you to save a copy of your work, in addition to using spell check and word counts.
Submit proposals on-line: All proposals must be submitted using the online system.
Descriptions for sessions in the 2014 PDI brochure (PDF): If you are new to PDI, you may want to see which sessions were ultimately accepted and/or created for the 2014 conference.
Ideas to Get You Thinking (PDF): To provide some initial ideas on possible topics, members of past Professional Development Institute planning teams were asked what topics they would like to attend. This list is provided as a beginning, and will hopefully spark interesting ideas as you consider submitting a proposal to speak at this exciting conference.
Note: You are welcome to submit more than one proposal but must complete one on-line submission before beginning another.
NALP’s Annual Education Conference
NALP’s 2016 Annual Education Conference will take place April 13-16, 2016 in Boston. If you would like a program of yours to be considered for this conference, you must submit a separate proposal — see the NALP Annual Education Conference Request for Proposals page for more information. The RFP process for this conference is March 2 through May 22.