JRCLS 2020 Annual Conference Call for Proposals
The J. Reuben Clark Law Society invites its members to submit proposals for our 2020 Annual Conference to be held February 27-29, 2020, in Phoenix, Arizona. JRCLS is seeking creative and engaging speakers to share their skill, insight, and expertise. The deadline for submissions is October 31, 2019.
Answers to frequently asked questions appear following the Presentation Proposal Form, below. Please feel free to contact David Garner (email@example.com) for further information.
Proposal Deadline: Thursday, October 31, 2019
Send to: David Garner at firstname.lastname@example.org
Frequently Asked Questions
What do I need to know about the Annual Conferece before submitting my proposal?
The JRCLS Annual Conference attracts around 400 attorneys from the U.S. and around the world. These attorneys are employed by firms, by school districts, and by state school boards associations. They are an engaged and energetic group. They are looking for in-depth materials and discussion. Our most highly rated speakers are engaging, have extensive knowledge of their subject areas, and encourage active audience participation.
JRCLS applies for CLE credit in certain jurisdictions with a mandatory CLE requirement. This Conference will offer at least 1 hour of ethics credit and 10-12 hours of CLE in total.
Although the program format is subject to change based on the proposals received, space and time have been set aside for general/plenary (entire seminar audience) and concurrent (break-out) sessions. Concurrent sessions will offer in depth experiences for 50-150 participants.
All presentations should be designed to involve participants in a meaningful way.
If my proposal is accepted, what materials will I be required to submit?
All sessions must be supported by substantive materials, including a visual presentation such as a PowerPoint slide deck. Additional written materials or handouts are also welcome. Visual presentations and written materials/handouts will be due in October. Your materials must be submitted in final, edited and proofed form. We will not do significant editing or proofreading before publication. JRCLS reserves the right to withdraw an invitation to present at the 2020 Annual Conference if materials are not received in a timely fashion or are otherwise inappropriate for publication or use at the Conference.
What is the proposal/speaker approval process?
Please use the above Presentation Proposal form to submit a proposal for a specific session.
All proposals/resumes received by Thursday, October 31, 2019, will be evaluated by the Conference Planning Committee. Each firm or organization may submit up to three (3) proposals. The committee will make every effort to contact invited presenters by end of September 2019.
The committee vets speakers with local JRCLS chapter leadership. New speakers are encouraged to submit a proposal. The Committee is always looking for new dynamic and engaging speakers to include in the program.
What topics would the Conference Planning Committee like to see on the Seminar program?
The Conference Planning Committee encourages proposals for sessions that address either the Conference theme or more generally the JRCLS Mission Statement in-depth and interactive manner. Please submit proposals on topics that you know well, and have experience addressing, even if the topic does not appear on the lists below. We are open to any topic that is of interest to JRCLS membership, though preference is given to topics that fit the conference theme: Do Justice (e.g., Justice Reform; Social Justice), Love Mercy (e.g., Pro Bono Service; Community Involvement/Influence), Walk Humbly (e.g., Civility; Professionalism). We encourage you to submit a proposal for one of these topics or others that you believe would be relevant and timely for JRCLS attorneys and are consistent with the Society’s Mission Statement: “We affirm the strength brought to the law by a lawyer's personal religious conviction. We strive through public service and professional excellence to promote fairness and virtue founded upon the rule of law.”
What are the proposal and speaker resume evaluation criteria?
The Committee will evaluate proposals and speaker resumes based on the following criteria:
- Presenter demonstrates creativity and innovation in both the format and the content of the session
- Presenter demonstrates how the session will involve audience participation and engagement.
- Topic is of high interest and relevance to JRCLS members.
- Presenter provides references for prior speaking experience. The Committee will give preference to speakers with strong references from his or her local JRCLS chapter.
- Proposal gives a clear, concise picture of what the presentation will include.
- Presentation objectives are clear and can be met realistically in the time allowed.
- Presentation will provide solid, practical information.