Overview | Legislative Professional Staff Associations



There are nine professional staff associations and a few staff networks associated with NCSL.

They offer opportunities for communication and professional development with your peers. Learn more about each of the associations and networks by visiting their homepage and learn about each group's professional development seminars.   

Professional Staff Associations

American Society of Legislative Clerks and Secretaries

The American Society of Legislative Clerks and Secretaries was founded in 1943 to improve legislative administration and to establish better communication between clerks and secretaries throughout the U.S. and its territories. The society has grown to include an active membership of more than 300 principal clerks and secretaries and legislative support staff. 

2019 ASLCS Professional Development Seminar: Seattle | Sept. 22-27

National Association of Legislative Fiscal Offices 

NALFO welcomes all legislative staff involved in fiscal research and analysis. The purpose of the association is to improve the quality and effectiveness of legislative fiscal staff and the services they provide to state legislatures. 

2019 NALFO Professional Development Seminar: Columbus, Ohio. |  Oct. 9-11

Legislative Information and Communications Staff Association

The Legislative Information and Communications Staff is the voice of state legislatures. Its members include communications directors, public information officers, press secretaries, radio and television producers, photographers, civic educators and all those who serve as the external liaisons between the nation's state legislatures and their constituents.

2019 LINCS Professional Development Seminar: Kansas City, Mo. | Oct 23-25

National Association of Legislative Information Technology 

NALIT provides legislative information technology professionals with opportunities for training, professional growth and information sharing.

2019 NALIT Professional Development Seminar: Boise, Idaho. | Oct. 1-4

Leadership Staff Professional Association

LSS is the professional organization for legislative staff in the 50 states who work for leaders, party caucuses and as personal staff to a member.

2019 LSS Professional Development Seminar: Nashville, Tenn. | Aug. 4-5

National Legislative Program Evaluation Society 

The purpose of the National Legislative Program Evaluation Society is to advance the professions of legislative program evaluation and performance auditing and to provide members with relevant training, opportunities for exchanging ideas and information, and recognition for superior performance.

2019 NLPES Professional Development Seminar: Park City, Utah. | Sept. 15-18

Research, Editorial, Legal and Committee Staff 

The Research, Editorial, Legal and Committee Staff (RELACS) professional association is dedicated to fostering professional development and communication through NCSL among legislative employees who provide a multitude of services to state legislatures, including research, editing, legal services, committee staffing, bill drafting, code revision, administrative rules review and compilation, policy analysis, and constituent services.

2019 RELACS Professional Development Seminar: Santa Fe | Sept. 17-20

Legislative Research Librarians Professional Association

Legislative Research Librarians Staff Section was established to provide a forum for discussion on legislative research and library services, improve operations and procedures and enhance the professional development of legislative librarians. The staff section also provide opportunities for collaboration and networking with your legislative librarian and research colleagues from across the country.

2019 LRL Professional Development Seminar: Portland, Maine. | Sept. 23-25

National Legislative Services and Security Association

The underlying philosophy of the National Legislative Services and Security Association is to see that all of the logistical services that are provided to legislators, staff and the public function well.

2019 NLSSA Annual Training Conference: Tallahassee, Fla. | Aug 25-29

Staff Networks

Legislative Education Staff Network 

The Legislative Education Staff Network is a partnership between the Education Commission of the States and the National Conference of State Legislatures. LESN is a coordinated network of professional and knowledgeable legislative staff from across the country who work on education policy.

NCSL National Seminar on Human Resource Management in State Legislatures

This seminar is designed for legislative HR professionals and for senior legislative staff who have responsibilities for developing, implementing and enforcing HR policies and practices. No other national training program offers this special focus on the legislature as an employer, or brings together legislative staff who need to know more about this critical body of knowledge. The most powerful aspect of the HR Seminar—in addition to the formal training agenda—is the opportunity for you to network with your colleagues from other state legislatures and share stories, concerns, ideas and solutions about critical HR challenges. 

2019 National Seminar on HR Management in State Legislatures: Coronado, Calif. | Oct. 23-26

NCSL Legislative Staff Management Institute

The Legislative Staff Management Institute (LSMI) provides legislative staff with the opportunity to develop and enhance their management and leadership skills. 

2019 Legisltive Staff Management Institute: Sacramento, Calif. | July 20-27