2014 Professional Development Seminar

2014 LSSS & RACSS Professional Development Seminar


Oct. 6-8, 2014

Virginia State CapitolSharpen your professional skills with state legislative colleagues from around the country at the 2014 LSSS & RACSS Joint Professional Development Seminar. Enjoy learning while experiencing the beauty and history of Richmond, Va. The seminar is a joint effort by the Research and Committee Staff Section and the Legal Services Staff Section, to facilitate shared learning among researchers, attorneys, committee staff, legal editors and drafters.

Attendees will participate in practical and informative sessions in a relaxed learning environment with many opportunities to network with legislative colleagues from other states. Presenters from academia, government and state legislatures will provide valuable information about witness testimony before legislative committees, U.S. Supreme Court decisions affecting the states, legal writing skills, multi-generational workplaces, managing biases, effective presentations, conducting 50-state research, evaluating resources, communications and more. A detailed agenda is available.


Registration Information Registration fees are:

  • Early bird (through Sept. 12): $350
  • Post early bird rate for legislative staff: $375
  • Virginia host state discount: $295
  • Spouse/guest: $150
  • All others: $450

Spouse/Guest Registration. The $150 guest fee includes admission to all sessions and scheduled meal functions.

Cancellations. received in the NCSL Denver office by Oct. 5 will be refunded, minus a $50 processing fee. Cancellations must be made in writing and faxed to 303-364-7811. Fees cannot be refunded for registrations cancelled after the conference begins.

Click To Register

Three ways to register:

  • Register Online
    Requires a credit card for everyone except legislators and legislative staff. Confirmations will be sent by email. Deadline to register online is Sept. 26.
  • Fax Registration
    Fax the printable registration form to: 303-364-7811
  • Onsite Registration
    If you can't make the  registration cut-off, onsite registration will be available at the Omni Richmond beginning Sunday, Oct. 5.

Hotel Information

Hotel InformationA block of rooms has been reserved at:

Omni Richmond
100 S 12th St.
Richmond, VA  23219
Tel: 804-344-7000

The Omni is located in the heart of downtown Richmond, just steps away from the Capitol. Please make your hotel reservations for the PDS by Sept. 15, 2014. When arranging hotel accommodations, please indicate that you are attending the NCSL conference to receive the negotiated rate of $149 per night (plus tax). Room are available until this date, or until sold out, whichever comes first. A credit card is required to guarantee your reservation.

Book your room

Each attendee is responsible for making his or her hotel and travel arrangements.

Travel Information

Travel InformationRichmond is served by the Richmond International Airport. The Omni Richmond Hotel is approximately 10 miles from the airport. Cab fare is approximately $25 one way.

Christopherson Travel

For assistance in booking air travel, please contact our travel agency, Christopherson Travel, at 800-825-3283 (7 a.m. to 6 p.m. MDT) or 303-694-4344

Special Needs
To ensure full participation and accessibility for all meeting attendees, please notify Stacy Householder, at 303-856-1352, of any special accommodations you may require.

General Information

The seminar is a relaxed learning environment. Business casual attire and comfortable shoes are recommended for all seminar programs and activities.

Temperatures in Richmond  can be in the 50s or 60s in October. Evenings and meeting rooms may be cool, so sweaters or jackets are recommended.

City Information
Frommer’s named Richmond a top destination for 2014! Learn more about Richmond at their travel site, which touts the city’s 400+ years of American history. Discover more about Virginia at the state's official travel site.

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