2014 Annual Education Conference - Education

April 9 - 12, 2014
Washington State Convention Center
Seattle, WA


With nearly 100 concurrent programs for attendees to choose from, there will be an abundance of invaluable information to meet the diverse needs of our members. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in one of two valuable extended workshops on Saturday taught by national experts. Attendees will also be hearing from exceptional legal industry thought leaders during our plenary sessions.

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Wednesday, April 9

9:00 - 10:15 am Opening Plenary (view description)

  • Reflections on the current state of the legal professions

10:45 am - 12:00 pm Concurrent Sessions (view descriptions)

  • Achieving Diversity Post-Fisher
  • After the JD: What We Have Learned
  • Alumni Judicial Clerkships: They’re Here to Stay. . .If Only for a Year or Two
  • Beyond Mentoring: The Need for Champions in Action
  • From Perfunctory to Powerful: The Art of the Cover Letter
  • International Public Interest Fellowships: Opening a World of Possibilities for Our Graduates
  • Lateral Partner Due Diligence: Perils, Pitfalls, and Best Practices
  • Multi-Office Teams: How to Make It Work
  • Professional Development Doesn’t Start at the Office: PD Curricula in Law Schools
  • Project Management for Under $500
  • Summer Programs Refreshed
  • To Post or Not to Post: Perspectives on Hand-Selecting Students for Employers
  • Tools and Techniques to Make Training Fun, Engaging, and Powerful
  • Veni Vidi Vici: The Anatomy of a Networking Reception

1:45 - 3:00 pm Concurrent Sessions (view descriptions)

  • All Around The World: Successful Lawyer Development and Management Across a Global Law Firm
  • Careers in the Military: Panel Presentation with Representatives of the Sister Services
  • Financial and Career Management: Help Students Surmount the Burden of Debt
  • Finding a Seat in the C-Suite
  • From the “First Date” to the (Brass) Ring: How to Build and Sustain Employer Relationships
  • Going Above and Beyond with Inclusion and Retention: Taking It to the Next Level
  • Hot Topics in Judicial Clerkships
  • How to Maximize Lawyer Selection, Integration, and Mentoring Using Assessments
  • Making It Real: Developing and Implementing Successful Professional Development Programs at Law Schools
  • Mind Your Business: Understanding How the Bottom Line Shapes Recruiting Success
  • Recruitment 201: Career Management Skills for the Mid-Level Professional
  • The Elements of a Successful Online Learning Portal
  • The Rise of the Admitted Student: Partnering with and Serving as Ambassadors for Your Admissions Office
  • Writing Wellness: Building a Culture and Curriculum of Writing Excellence at Your Firm

3:30 - 4:45 pm Concurrent Sessions (view descriptions)

  • Associate Performance Reviews: Creating Meaning and Impact in a Professional Development Context
  • Career Services 201: Empowering and Motivating Mid-Career Professionals
  • Help Me Help You: Building a Strategic Alliance
  • Information Overload: Connecting with Students and Helping Them Harness Social Media
  • It’s a Two-Way Street: Alumni Programs and the Value Proposition
  • Nontraditional Career Paths for Lawyers: Best Practices for Preparing Students and Alumni for These Roles
  • Pro Bono Coast to Coast: Mandatory Is the Talk of the Country
  • Strategic CSO/Faculty Partnerships
  • Strategic Collaboration in the “Off Season”: Connecting with Students Before OCI
  • Tell Me More: Using Stories to Attract and Engage Today’s Law Students
  • The Coach Approach to Addressing and Advancing the Myriad Developmental Needs of Your Workforce
  • The Three R’s of First Responders: Recognize, Resources, and Redirect
  • Why Won’t He Shake My Hand? A Close Look at Religious Observance from 1Ls to First-Year Associates

Thursday, April 10

9:15 - 10:30 am Concurrent Sessions (view descriptions)

  • Considering Consulting: An Alternative Career Path for Lawyers and Legal Professionals
  • Cultural Issues in Advising International Students
  • Drinking from a Fire Hose: August Interview Trends and Innovative Callback Initiatives
  • Hard Lessons on Soft Skills: Aligning Firm and School Professionalism Training for the Millennial Generation
  • Leave No Graduate Behind: Alumni Career Programming and Mentoring
  • Legal Market Update: Entry-Level Legal Employment After the Recession
  • Making Your Laterals Sticky: Best Practices in Lateral Integration
  • On Your Mark: Helping New Lawyers Hit the Ground Running
  • Public Service 201: Exploring “Low-Bono,“ Access to Justice, and What They Mean for Our Students
  • Reading Between the Lines in an Increasingly Competitive Market: A Candid Conversation About Resumes
  • Tailor-Made Mentoring
  • Use Your Brain! Leveraging Neuroscience to Interrupt Unconscious Bias
  • When Promotions and Raises are Limited: How to Keep Team Members Engaged

11:00 am - 12:15 pm Concurrent Sessions (view descriptions)

  • Coaching 3.0: Getting the Most from the Coaches We Bring into the Firm
  • Feedback 2.0: Turning Summer Associate Evaluations into Powerful Learning Tools
  • Lateral Recruiting in Niche Practice Areas
  • NCBE’s Job Analysis and Uniform Bar Exam Developments
  • Powerful Conversations for Managers and Leaders
  • Providing Personal Attention and Individualized Counseling without Draining Your Budget or Your Energy
  • Standing Out in a Crowded Market: Branding, Online Marketing, and Social Media
  • Taking Matters Into Their Own Hands: How Two Diversity Programs Are Taking on the Challenge of Diversifying the Judicial Clerkship Pool
  • The Successful Government Summer: Preparing Students for Public Sector Legal Internships
  • The Time Between Dreams: Helping Others Navigate Uncertainty in their Life and Work
  • Using Your JD (to Its Best) Advantage: Counseling Students in Their Search for Alternative Careers
  • You Say “Tomato,” I Say “Tomahto” — What Does It Mean To Be “Tech Savvy” in Legal Practice and Why Does It Matter?

2:00 - 3:15 pm Concurrent Sessions (view descriptions)

  • From Seattle to Secaucus: State Court Clerkships Today
  • From Veteran to Law Student to Lawyer: How to Recruit, Counsel, and Employ Military Veterans
  • Hot Topics for Small/Solo CSOs
  • Mentoring and Empowering Law Student Entrepreneurs
  • New Strategies for Lawyer Career Development
  • Public Service Job Fairs: A Roadmap for Law School Professionals
  • Shifting Gears: A Guide on Changing Lanes from Law School Recruiting to Lateral Recruiting
  • Taking Charge of Your Career: Positioning Yourself for Future Moves
  • The Best Defense Is a Good Offense: New Media Strategies That Work
  • Upward Reviews: Maximizing Their Power as a Development Tool
  • Well, Well, Well … Discovering the Benefits of Law School and Law Firm Wellness Programs
  • Women's Issues: How the Mayer, Sandberg, Slaughter Debate Affects Diverse Women

4:45 - 6:30 pm Diversity and Inclusion Special Session (view description)

  • Collaboration Among the Bench, Bar, and General Counsel to Increase Diversity in the Legal Profession

Friday, April 11

9:00 - 10:15 am Plenary (view descriptions)

  • The Lawyer Bubble - Causes and Cures

10:45 am - 12:00 pm Concurrent Sessions (view descriptions)

  • A Bird’s Eye View: Industry Leaders Discuss Today’s Pressures and Responsibilities
  • A Mindful Practice: Strategies to Enhance Performance, Increase Resilience, and Improve Well-Being
  • Becoming a Trusted Advisor: A Case Study
  • Current Issues in Public Service
  • Discovering and Applying Your Superpowers: Using Strengths in Professional Development
  • Planning Is Not a Luxury: Motivating Early Career Planning Through the Coach Approach
  • Putting on Your Human Resource Hat: HR and Employment Law Basics for the PD and Recruiting Professional
  • Recruiting Diverse Laterals and Supporting Their Business Development Efforts
  • Tears, Fears, Troubled, or Just Plain Mad: How to Manage Conversations with Emotional Job Seekers
  • The Rainmaking X Factor: What It Is, How to Spot It, and How to Develop It
  • There’s A New Sheriff in Town: How to Handle (or Be Handled by) a New Dean
  • Trans Matters: Working with Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Students and Lawyers

2:00 - 3:15 pm Concurrent Sessions (view descriptions)

  • Hot Topic: The Report of the ABA Task Force on the Future of Legal Education: Summary and Observations
  • Hypothetically Speaking 2.0: Taking Prosecutor and Public Defender Interview Preparation to the Next Level
  • Just Down the Hall: Partnering with Development and Alumni Affairs for Employer Outreach
  • LinkedIn 2.0
  • What About Me? Exploring and Expanding Opportunities for Diverse Law Students Beyond the 1L Year

2:00 - 5:00 pm Extended Concurrent Sessions (view descriptions)

  • PD 201: Advancing Your Skills as a Mid-Level PD Professional
  • Managing Up, Down, and Sideways
  • Seattle Beyond the Conference: A Social Justice Neighborhood-Based Tour
  • Stand & Deliver: Become a Dynamic Public Speaker

2:00 - 6:00 pm Special Extended Workshop (view description)

  • The NALP/NALP Foundation Coaching for Development Series: Foundational Coaching Skills Program (Advanced registration and additionl $75 fee required). This program continues Saturday morning.

Saturday, April 12

9:00 am - 12:00pm Special Extended Workshop (continued) (view description)

  • The NALP/NALP Foundation Coaching for Development Series: Foundational Coaching Skills Program (Advanced registration and additionl $75 fee required). This is the conclusion of the Friday afternoon program.
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