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Deadline Extended! Proposals for 2021 National Conference for Lawyer Assistance Programs Due March 1st

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The call for proposals is open for this year’s annual conference hosted by the ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs planned to be held in Washington, DC on September 21-23, 2021 — Submissions are due Monday, March 1st with a 2-week extension from the original deadline.


The American Bar Association Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs is now accepting speaker/program/topic proposals for its annual conference this year. Details are included in the following announcement from Anna Levine, Chair, Anne Chambers and Tom Roman, Vice-Chairs, 2021 National Conference Planning Committee.


Writing the LAP Story: Reset, Recover, Renew


The Conference Planning Committee of the American Bar Association (ABA) Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs (CoLAP) is planning the 2021 National Conference for Lawyer Assistance Programs. The theme of this year’s conference is Writing the LAP Story: Reset, Recover, Renew.

We are seeking program proposals featuring proficient speakers and cutting-edge topics. Prospective speakers and panelists are invited to submit a program and speaker proposal to be considered for either a Conference plenary or breakout session.

The Conference will be held from September 21-23, 2021, in Washington, D.C. at the Omni Shoreham Hotel. We are very excited to convene the program in-person in Washington, D.C., however, given public health concerns, all conference speakers & panelists will be asked to be flexible and prepared for the possibility that the Conference may be converted into a virtual format. Conference proposals should reflect an acknowledgment of this format flexibility. Most sessions will be 75 minutes long.

Conference attendees are, for the most part, professionals who are staff or volunteers of lawyer assistance programs, lawyers, clinicians, judges, law school deans or professional services administrators, law students, and representatives of legal employers. Conference participants are interested in a wide range of topics including alcohol and substance use, mental health and mental illness, or well-being, as these topics apply to members of the legal profession, including law students, lawyers, judges, and other legal professionals.

Submissions are open to anyone with relevant skill, background, knowledge, and expertise. Preference will be given to those presentations that expand the substantive knowledge base of Conference attendees. Panels comprising diverse membership, as well as those relevant to underrepresented groups in the legal community, are strongly encouraged. To make proposals compelling, make it clear what problems your session helps address, what the tangible learning objectives will be, and any practical takeaways.

Benefits of Presenting: * Speakers will receive a complimentary conference registration which does not include any meals. * Promotion of speaker’s name and credentials on CoLAP’s Conference website, and in all digital and print marketing materials, where appropriate. * Recognition of speakers’ expertise by colleagues and other professionals. * Networking opportunities.


The extended submission deadline is: March 1, 2021. Instructions and guidelines can be found here.


SUBMIT A PROGRAM PROPOSAL HERE for the 2021 National Conference. Please be sure to click Submit at the bottom of proposal form to send electronically or save the form as a PDF and email it to Sharon O’Connell at no later than March 1, 2021.


Applicants will be notified of the Committee’s selection or non-selection in the spring. Programs will be scheduled on any of the conference dates and times at the discretion of the Conference Planning Committee.


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