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The 2024 Call for Programs is now closed. The program schedule will be announced soon.

Missed the Networks Programming Orientation call? No worries! View the recording and download the PowerPoint here.

AM24 will be held October 6-9 in-person in Nashville, TN. Submitters of accepted ideas will be responsible for organizing their selected sessions. Please see below for additional guidance and information.

     

    Call for Programs Basic Information

    The 2024 Call for Programs will have a singular deadline for all submissions on Monday, January 29. Networks may submit up to 4 programs with a guarantee that at least 1 program will be selected for presentation. Submissions may be any combination of either panel or innovative format programs, but priority selection will be given to:

    • Program ideas that address legal ethics, non-US jurisdictions, and truly advanced-level content
    • Novel, creative, and interactive programs, whether panel or innovative format
    • Joint submissions supported by other ACC Chapter or Networks

    Submitting Different Formats

    Panel Format Programs:

    A Panel Format program consists of 3-4 speakers, typically presenting their content from a head table or other seated stage setup. Panels may include polling and/or audience Q&A, but do not involve audience participation beyond that.

    Each Panel Format program idea submission requires the following information:

    • Title
    • Course Description
    • Special accommodations (i.e. technology, room set-up, etc.)
    • Audience Skill Level
    • Session Duration

    Session Duration:

    Most sessions will be 60, 75, or 90 minutes. You may designate a preferred length for your session, and will be notified of your program’s final scheduled duration with your session selection notification in March.

    Innovative Format Programs*:

    Any session that does not qualify as a Panel Format should be submitted as an Innovative Format program. This can include the standard workshop format, but we encourage you to get creative with your submissions. The more novel a session format, the higher priority it will be given during selection. Read through examples of highly innovative format programs from previous Annual Meetings for inspiration.

    In addition to the basic information required for panel format program submissions, innovative submissions will require:

    1. An identified Program Organizer that will be responsible for recruiting and preparing speakers and facilitators
    2. An explanation of the session’s facilitation needs and interactivity separate from the course description

    *Including audience polling on its own does not justify an “innovative format” designation. Innovative formats must be a novel or sophisticated plan for engaging the audience beyond polling questions throughout the presentation.

    Helpful Resources for Preparing Submissions

    Advanced-level Session Guidance
    Consider this guidance from the outset to ensure that your advanced-level session actually hits the mark.
    Engaging Format Examples
    Browse examples of engaging innovative and panel format sessions from previous Annual Meetings.
    Submission Prep Tool
    Helps organize and prepare your submissions.
    2024 Networks Data Memos
    Outlines network-relevant resource and programming data.

    Step-by-Step Submission Instructions

      1. Log in to the submission portal
        • You will need to enter your network’s password to prevent unaffiliated sponsors from submitting under your network’s name.
      2. Click on the “Add Program Idea + ” button to begin
         
      3. If one of your ideas is not well suited for sponsor participation, please indicate that on the submission form
         
      4. Once the program information is entered, select a submission status
        • “Save & Edit Later” or “Final Submit;” Only programs marked “Final Submit” by the deadline will be considered for selection
      5. Click “Save Program Idea” and close the box to return to the main screen and add another program idea. (Repeat steps 3-5 as necessary to enter all submissions.)
        • Once all program ideas are entered, use the arrows to rank your program submissions in order of the network’s preference
        • While a high ranking does not necessarily guarantee selection, the Advisory Board defers strongly to these rankings whenever possible during Program Selection
      6. Once complete, click to finalize your submission. You will receive a confirmation email at the address provided
        • You will not be able to edit sessions once your submission is finalized

          Important Dates

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          Date

          Networks Programming Orientation Call

          Wed., Dec. 6, 2023 | 1:00-2:00 PM ET

          View recording | Download PowerPoint

          Program Submission Deadline

          Mon., Jan. 29, 2024

          Program Selection Notifications Sent

          Fri., March 15, 2024

          Program Organizer Submission Deadline* Fri., March 29, 2024
          Speaker Submission Deadline** Fri., May 17, 2024
          Course Material Submission Deadline Fri., Aug. 9, 2024

          *ACC confirms Program Organizer and speaker submissions on a rolling basis.

          **Additional speaker selection rules and guidelines will be provided following program selection. ACC reserves the right to decline speakers if they do not meet these criteria.

          Other Submission Information

          • Tips for Preparing Successful Program Ideas

            As you develop each idea, ask yourself...

            • How long should this session be? Consider the appropriate scope for your presentation, and the time required to effectively deliver the content.
            • Been there, done that? If you’ve seen a program on this topic before, then articulate what you will do differently that will make yours more valuable.
            • Is this too basic? What can you do to dig deeper into the subject and level-up your program’s appeal for experienced lawyers? 
            • How will you engage the audience? Plan and articulate your vision for making your lessons stick through workshopping, games, audio/video incorporation, or other effective teaching techniques.
            • What will the attendee actually learn? Proposals that describe specific, practical learning objectives tend to result in higher quality presentations. 
            • What resources will your attendees take back to the office? Identify takeaway materials in advance and develop plans for incorporating them into the presentation. 
            • How big is your potential audience? Hundreds of members from around the globe attend the ACC Annual Meeting; limiting your scope to US issues cuts down on the appeal of your program.
            • Do in-house counsel from large and small legal departments handle or experience this differently? If so, be sure to address that in the description and plan to recruit both types of speakers if your idea is selected.
            • Can I realistically find qualified, available speakers for this program by the deadline? If not, please consider a different submission.
          • 2024 Annual Meeting Curriculum

            This list sheds light on the high-level categories most selected programs will fall into at the meeting. However, we welcome submissions outside the scope of this list.

            • Business & Leadership    
            • Career Development
            • Compliance
            • Contract Drafting
            • Corporate Governance
            • Cross-border/Global
            • Data Privacy & Security
            • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
            • Employment & Labor
            • Environment & Energy
            • Ethics
            • Government Regulation
            • Health Law
            • Information Governance
            • Intellectual Property
            • Law Department Management
            • Legal Operations 
            • Litigation and Dispute Resolution
            • Negotiations
            • Networking Opportunities
            • Technology
            • Wellness

            For more in-depth insights into any of these areas, please email Rachel Okolski at okolski@acc.com.

          • Making Joint Submissions (with other ACC Networks or Sponsors)

            To demonstrate a higher level of member support for your idea, collaborate in advance with other networks’ Program Chairs and develop joint submissions that cross practice areas. 

            • Only ONE network should submit the joint proposal (“primary network”), designating the partner network on the submission form (“secondary network”).
              • The proposal will only count toward the primary network’s submission count, and the primary network will be responsible for assigning a Program Organizer.
              • The secondary network will be allowed and expected to assist with speaker recruitment, program development, additional resource creation, etc.
              • Both networks will receive all due attribution.
          • Speaker Recruitment Sneak Peek

            Speaker Selection

            • Panels may consist of a maximum of four (4) speakers total. Innovative format sessions have flexible speaker requirements. Please include this information in the "Facilitation Requirements" field on the submission form.
              • We strongly recommend fewer speakers for 60- or 75- minute programs.
              • One speaker should be assigned to serve as moderator for panel sessions.
              • Approved in-house speakers will receive a complimentary meeting registration.
            • In-house Counsel Ratio: In-house counsel should comprise the majority of speakers on every session, absent prior approval from ACC. 
              • Exceptions are granted for programs that recruit regulators, judges, academics, non-legal business leaders, and others that are neither sponsor nor in-house counsel. 
              • Approved non-in-house speakers will be issued a day pass for the day of their speaking engagement.
            • Outside counsel and/or legal service providers may speak on panels only if their organization is a sponsor of the 2024 Annual Meeting. 
            • ACC reserves the right to decline speakers if they do not meet the criteria.
            • Additional speaker guidelines will be provided following Program Selection.

            Diversity Commitment

            ACC aims for 100% of our sessions to feature women and people of color, and for legal professionals from other underrepresented groups in our profession to be showcased frequently and prominently as well.

            ACC encourages all Program Organizers to put forth candidates with these diversity objectives in mind and reserves the right to reject a proposed panel of speakers if no people of color and women are presented.

            Thank you for being part of ACC’s efforts to promote diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.

          Questions?

          Contact your ACC HQ network liaison and/or programdevelopment@acc.com.

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