Networking Reception, Great Speakers, and Amazing Breakout Sessions Oh My: 2013 PLL-SIS Summit

The AALL PLL-SIS Summit, now in its fourth year, continues as a vehicle for examining the impact and opportunities presented by change. Last year, we looked at changes in the business and practice of law and envisioned what those changes mean for the future. This year, we explore how to take charge, shaping ourselves as well as the services we provide to meet the new world demands we face.

This year’s Summit theme is SOS: Shaping our Success, and takes place Saturday, July 13, 2013 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel & Towers (Headquarters hotel) at 1400 6th Ave, Seattle, WA.

To kickoff the event, attendees are invited to the Friday evening June 12 reception from 6:00 pm to 8:30 p.m. at The Palace Ballroom, 2100 5th Avenue, Seattle. The reception, generously sponsored by Bloomberg Law/Bloomberg BNA is sure to be a fun evening of excellent food, beverages, and networking. Please RSVP for the reception no later than July 5th.

On Saturday morning, following registration and a continental breakfast, attendees will enjoy the Keynote Address generously sponsored by Thomson Reuters. Bruce MacEwen, our keynote speaker, more popularly known as Adam Smith, Esq.   MacEwen, who grabbed the attention of law firm leaders in 2012 with his “Growth is Dead” series-recently published as a book-will inspire us with his nuggets of wisdom on “Shaping Our Success” in the ever-changing library landscapes in which we  currently reside.

The morning inspiration continues with a panel discussion titled “Lean Up! Finding and Seizing Opportunities for Growth” lead by William Scarborough, Chief Human Resources Officer, Barnes & Thornburg LLP and Bob Oaks, Chief Library and Records Officer, Latham & Watkins  and an additional thought leader in C level recruiting.  Our panelists will fuel us with ideas to help us identify and utilize skills we already have that are needed for promotion to manager, director or ‘C’ level positions in our organizations.

Following a full morning of exciting and inspiring talks, the networking lunch, kindly sponsored by Wolters Kluwer Law & Business will give you an opportunity to relax, network and enjoy insights into the legal market from the very special and no doubt humorous perspective of David Lat, our luncheon speaker, and Managing Editor of Above The Law.

In the afternoon, the excitement continues with interactive break-out sessions that will investigate the practical aspects of social media, the art of branding, and the user experience. The sessions listed below will be repeated twice so that each participant can benefit from two out of the three afternoon programs.

The day will end with a brief, but important reporting and wrap-up of the key takeways from the day. In order to provide access to a wide audience, we have secured a venue that can accommodate up to 300 attendees. We encourage members to register early so they can be a part of this valuable one-day conference. The registration cost is $199 and you can register via the AALL Annual meeting registration form available here. Simply check the box for PLL-SIS Summit IV and remit your payment along with the registration form to AALL.

For more information on the summit please visit the 2013 PLL-Summit blog at https://pllsummit.wordpress.com/2013-summit/. Hope to see many of you there!

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About Cheryl Niemeier

Cheryl Niemeier is Director of Knowledge & Research Services at Bose McKinney & Evans LLP. Ms. Niemeier received her Master of Science in Library Science from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana in 1986 and her Bachelor of Science in Education from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana in 1981. Ms. Niemeier has held multiple professional leadership positions in local, regional and national library associations. She frequently speaks at professional association conferences and continuing legal education seminars. Ms. Niemeier has authored multiple articles and seminar publications.

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