2018 #Law4thePeople Convention: Workshop & Major Panel Proposals

2018 NLG #LawforthePeople Convention

Call for Proposals: Major Panels and Workshops

DEADLINE: June 1, 2018

The NLG 2018 #Law4the People Convention will be held Wed. October 31 to Sun. November 4 in Portland, OR, at the Benson Hotel.

We encourage NLG members, committees, and entities to coordinate with local allied organizations/activists in submitting proposals. We’re currently seeking applications for Major Panels and WorkshopsMajor Panel applications that are not accepted will be considered for workshop slots, so no need to submit a workshop proposal in addition to a major panel proposal.

Major Panels are 75 minutes long and fewer in number than workshops (60 minutes). Both are chosen based on the following factors:

  • Significance and timeliness of the subject matter
  • Expertise and diversity of proposed presenters
  • Complete and timely application

Submit your application for a major panel here: bit.ly/2018NLGmajorpanels

Submit your application for a workshop here: bit.ly/2018NLGworkshops

NOTE: Applications are due by June 1, 2018 at 12pm PST.  Late applications will not be accepted! No exceptions. 


Important Information About Workshops and Panels

Applicants are responsible for organizing workshops and communicating with their presenters as they receive convention schedule updates. This includes:

Costs and Registration

Presenters are expected to cover their own travel, lodging, A/V and copying expenses. A limited amount of diversity funds are available through a separate application process during the summer, after workshops/major panels are finalized.  However, no speakers should count on receiving diversity funds. Generally, eligible applicants will receive partial funding.

NOTE: Presenters who attend the convention on the day of their panel only are eligible for admission at no charge. Presenters who wish to attend additional days of the convention may do so at a reduced registration fee.


Workshops (60 Minutes) and Major Panels (75 Minutes) will be scheduled on three days: Friday (11/2), Saturday, (11/3) and Sunday (11/4). Presenters should expect their workshop/panel to be scheduled on any of those days. The host chapter can only accommodate scheduling requests in exceptional circumstances. If a speaker is not available on certain days, please communicate that as soon as possible.

Increasingly, attendees expect to receive CLE credits. To facilitate this, applicants will be asked to provide copies of presenter bios and any other necessary materials for attendees to the National Office beforehand, in order to post to the convention website at nlg.org/convention.

Presenter Representation Requirements

As you organize your workshop, please be aware that the NLG works to prioritize people from communities underrepresented in the legal profession and targeted by law enforcement (eg. people with disabilities, people of color, LGBTQI people, indigenous people). This policy is NOT a technical requirement. It is a mandate. We strive to be an organization committed to anti-oppression principles and practices and expect everyone to do their part in this ongoing process.

The NLG Presenter Representation Policy is:

  • More than half the program presenters should be women or transgender
  • More than half the program presenters should be persons of color
  • At least one person on the program should be a legal worker or organizer who is not necessarily the client in a case, but rather a non-lawyer conducting legal/political/community work on the issue
  • Please include law students, persons with disabilities, and persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities.

When you are asked by the convention committee to specify the program and speakers, you should identify how they fit into the representation requirements.

We strive to offer convention programming that is as inclusive as possible. We appreciate your thoughts on this matter, and above all, your implementation of the representation requirements for a robust and diverse convention program.

Thank you!

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