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Call for Session Proposals - 2017 Annual Conference

Excellence on a Global Scale

Washington, D.C. • July 9-13, 2017

(View Conference Theme Information)

Deadline to submit proposals: Monday, November 28, 2016


Proposal Guidelines

The conference will feature 5-6 plenary sessions and up to 50 breakout workshops.  The Proposal Review Committee is seeking proposals for sessions that align with the conference theme and which will provide attendees with practical takeaways that will benefit courts nationally and internationally.


Plenary sessions are 60-90 minutes long depending on subject and speakers and are open to all conference participants, with an expected audience size of 750. These sessions should explore one topic in-depth. A plenary speaker may be asked to provide a breakout session following the plenary session. All plenary sessions will be live-streamed and recorded.

Breakout Session

Breakout sessions are 60-75 minutes long and follow the plenary session(s) each day. Breakout sessions should align with the conference theme. They should incorporate a participant-centered and an interactive approach. Certain sessions will be live-streamed and recorded.

Proposal Submission, Review, and Selection

Proposals must be submitted using the online submission form link below and must be received by November 28, 2016.  This deadline may be extended. 

Proposals will be reviewed by a Proposal Review Subcommittee.  Each proposal will be rated on:

  • knowledge and experience of presenter(s);
  • alignment of topic to conference theme and the likely relevance of the topic to the audience;
  • the degree to which a realistic and achievable approach has been proposed;
  • opportunities for audience engagement;
  • content being educational, and not commercial, in nature; and
  • the level of interest generated by the topic.
Please review the Conference Speaker Expectations, Information, and Tips prior to submitting your proposal. All speakers agree to take advantage of all faculty development resources offered.


NACM supports the work of the State Justice Institute (SJI), and those submitting proposals should look for ways to advance SJI's Priority Investment Areas and area of strategic initerest.

Deadline to submit proposals: Monday, November 28, 2016