Call for Proposals - 2018 Midyear Conference

Bridging the Gap: The Power of Strategic Collaboration

Orange County, CA • February 11-13, 2018


Proposal Guidelines


Bridging the Gap: The Power of Strategic Collaboration is the theme for NACM’s 2018 Midyear conference in Orange County, California and will feature two to three plenary sessions, up to 20 breakout sessions, unlimited networking opportunities and a dynamic exhibit show.  NACM’s Conference Development Committee is seeking proposals for sessions that align with the conference theme and which will provide attendees with practical takeaways that will benefit their courts and communities. 

Deadline: July 31, 2017

Notification Period: September, 2017

Types of Proposals

Plenary sessions are 60 minutes long and are open to all conference participants, with an expected audience size of at least 200. 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 interactive approach. NACM will designate certain sessions to be live-streamed and recorded.

Proposal Submission, Review, and Selection

Proposals will only be accepted using the online submission form below.  All proposals must be received by July 31, 2017.  NACM’s President-Elect, who is chair of the Conference Development Committee, may elect to extend this deadline and/or may choose to solicit proposals from potential presenters who did not submit them. 

Proposals will be reviewed by a Proposal Review Subcommittee of NACM’s Conference Development Committee.  Each proposal will be evaluated for:

  • 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.

Final speaker selections will be made and sessions scheduled by NACM’s President Elect in consultation with NACM’s Educational Consultant.

Please review the NACM Speaker Expectations, Information, and Tips prior to submitting your proposal.


Conference Theme

Strategic collaboration is vital for courts that seek to establish stronger partnerships, and a greater sense of connection with the community, and to develop global solutions for systemic problems. When partners collaborate, their energies are spent working productively toward solutions that result in sustainable outcomes that improve public safety and access to justice.

The NACM Core expresses this concept as a matter of Practice, in that both daily and long-term functions that court leaders must perform as individuals may require collaboration with others. For court managers and leaders in the judiciary, it is essential to develop and sustain collaborative networks across multiple disciplines which can give voice to strategic alliances that ultimately improve the administration of justice. 

NACM’s 2018 Midyear Conference will provide attendees with training and networking opportunities that will encourage them to consider how collaboration can be used to address systemic issues that intersect with internal and external interests of the judicial branch. The conference theme “Bridging the Gap” highlights the collaborative intersections that exist between the work of the court and the needs of the community by engaging other governmental entities and related partners, all of which are essential in building a more responsive  and forward-thinking model of justice.

Proposal submissions that highlight the importance of collaboration in courts in the following topic areas will be considered: 

Collaboration with Justice Partners:  Coordination within the justice system to include multiple classes of courts, and other justice system partners —the prosecutor, public defender, social service agencies, private bar, legislative and executive branches.  Strategies may include, but are not limited to, improving intergovernmental relations, advocacy strategies that impact funding, collective policy making and governance, leveraging generational diversity in the workplace, and other opportunities to improve the administration of justice within the judiciary.

Collaboration with Community Partners: Coordination with committed community stakeholders who are invested in addressing underlying social, economic, and psychological issues that often manifest once a person is engaged in the court system, such as mental health, abuse, drug addiction, human-trafficking, poverty, or disparities in access to justice for specific communities, etc.  Strategies may include, but are not limited to, responding to national trends in  justice reinvestment, improving public trust and confidence in courts, assisting self-represented litigants, addressing barriers for diverse populations including immigrant communities, and other opportunities to improve outcomes for litigants which are both creative and strategic in nature.

Collaboration with Other External Partners – Leveraging innovative frameworks that may include strategies to develop innovative programs and metrics that optimize court performance. Strategies may include, but are not limited to, creating business analytics, reengineering to improve court operations, attracting high quality talent, creating learning organizations, developing effective plans for succession, creating more tech-friendly infrastructures, or other opportunities to create synergy around mutually beneficial concepts for the judicial branch and the justice system as a whole.

NACM fully supports the work of the State Justice Institute (SJI).  As such, those looking to submit proposals should consider ways to advance learning around SJI’s Priority Investment Areas and Strategic Initiatives.  



Proposal Submission Form

Learning Objectives:

(List one to three learning objectives or outcomes for session participants, noting what they will be able to do as a result of participating in this session. For example, by the end of this session, participants will be better able to...)

Program Information

Educational sessions are learning experiences and thus should be noncommercial. Under no circumstance should a plenary or break out session be used for direct promotion of a speaker's product, service or self‐interest. Individuals or companies interested in marketing product or services should consider sponsoring a session, which provides this opportunity. Contact Stacey Smith at for more information.

(Description, of 50 words or less, to be published in the conference guide to promote your session)
(Main content points/topics to be covered.)

(If your selected Program Format is "Other", please describe.)

Program Information Continued
(200 to 400 word summary) The program summary is intended to help NACM members evaluate the educational content of the proposal, its relevancy to conference themes and provide a means of comparing with competing proposals. Please include topics and how your session aligns with the theme.
If you selected yes, please list the date, place, and purpose of those presentations.
(Name, title, contact information and 50 words that substantiate subject matter expertise for each speaker)

Costs associated with attending the NACM Conference are the responsibility of the individual speaker. Breakout session presenters will receive a deduction in the registration fee equal to the daily conference rate. Honoraria for presenters will be limited. Exceptions may be granted by the Conference Development Committee Chair or Designee. If you wish to receive an exception, please include that information below.

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