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2023 RELACS and LRL Professional Development Seminar

  • Tuesday, September 19, 2023
    8:00 AM 5:00 PM Central Standard Time
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Minneapolis state capitol
Photo of the Minnesota State Capitol Building in St. Paul, Minn.

The RELACS and LRL Professional Development Seminar brings together staff who are critical to the legislative process including legislative librarians, information specialists, researchers, editors, legal, code revision, bill drafting, committee and policy analysis. The 2023 seminar features sessions on important legislative issues, soft skills, best practices, opportunities for networking, and tours of local libraries and/or archives. 

This year's meeting takes place in Minneapolis and at the state Capitol in St. Paul, and aims to bring together participants to hear new information, learn important skills, build relationships and take away new tools and ideas to enhance the effectiveness of state legislatures. 

This meeting will include a variety of sessions: Minn. Supreme Court Justice Paul Thissen (also a former speaker of the Minn. House) will discuss legislation and statutory interpretation; Bryan Vincent, division director, Louisiana Legislature, will help us explore the Secret Grammar of Elegant Statutes; Minn. staff will share their experience getting the legislature’s website and documents into ADA compliance. In addition to these great sessions, topics will include communication in the legislative environment, legal ethics, copyright issues and many more!  

Tuesday, Sept. 19 – Marquette Hotel

Noon-6 p.m.


Wednesday, Sept. 20 – Marquette Hotel

8-9:30 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Plenary

Electronic ADA Compliance

9:45-11 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions

  • ADA
  • Managing Up
  • Social Media

11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

  • Copyright: A Librarian’s Observations
  • Supreme Court Update
  • Editing Technology



1:45-2:45 p.m.

Communicate and Collaborate, Without a Net (or a Script)

3:15-4:30 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

  • Library Marketing and Outreach
  • Legal Topic
  • Professional Writing for the Legislative Environment

Thursday, Sept. 21 – At the Capitol

7:30-8 a.m.


9:15-10:30 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions

  • Tribal-State Relationship Building
  • The Secret Grammar of Elegant Statutes
  • LRL: Tour

10:45 a.m.-Noon

Concurrent Sessions

  • Ethics: Who Is Your Client: Confidentiality and Privilege in the Legislature
  • LRL: Capitol Area Library Panel




Concurrent Sessions

  • Tribal Workshop
  • Yes, and ... Communication Training
  • LRL: 5 Minutes of Fame
  • Legal Training

3:15-4:45 p.m.

Legislative-Judicial Relations

5-6:30 p.m.

Capitol Tours and Reception at Capitol

Friday, Sept. 22 – Marquette Hotel

6:30-7:30 a.m.


7:45-8:30 a.m.

Plenary Session

8:45-10 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions

  • Data Visualization
  • Legal Session
  • LRL: Records Retention Policies and Best Practices

10:15-11:30 a.m.

Plenary Session

The conference hotel is the Marquette Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton.

710 S Marquette Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55402 

Group rate 
$205/night plus tax.

Hotel reservation link 
Use the RELACS/LRL group NCSL Booking Link - No login/Attendee Code needed. 

Hotel reservation deadline 
Monday, Aug. 18. However, we expect the hotel to sell out by sometime in July. 

The Marquette Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton is located in downtown East Minneapolis and is within walking distance of restaurants and shopping. 

The Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) offers information on ground transportation on their website.

Special Needs 
To ensure full participation and accessibility for all meeting attendees, please notify Taylor Dybdahl at of any special accommodations you may require. 

City Information 
Minneapolis is known for world-class dining experiences, arts and music. Check out Meet Minneapolis to learn more about the city.

In September, the average high temperatures in Minneapolis are in the low to mid-70s, with average low temperatures between 45 and 55 degrees. 

Meeting Registration Fees: 

State Legislative Staff 

On-site: $425 | Daily: $225 

Attendee (Business, Government, University, Charitable and All Others) 



Please contact Kae Warnock 

Host State (Minnesota Legislature) 


Guest (Immediate Family or Spouse/Partner) 



Register Online 
Requires a credit card for everyone except legislators and legislative staff. Confirmations will be sent by email. 

Spouse/Guest Registration. The ($250) guest fee includes admission to all scheduled meal functions and evening social events. 

PDS Registration Bill to State Instructions (only available for legislative staff)

Bill to State: Please note you must use Chrome or Firefox to access the Bill to State page. You must login to the NCSL site. Then, click Register Now below. Select the ticket type, State Legislative Staff for example, then select the yellow link inside that field. On the next page, you may choose yourself from the list of legislative staff in your state and fill out the billing information. Then click “Register selected contacts” from the top of the page.

If no list appears, please clear your cache and login again.

Cancellations must be emailed to by Sept. 18. Fees cannot be refunded for registrations cancelled after the conference begins.

Note: The health and safety of meeting attendees is NCSL’s top priority. Attendees are encouraged to familiarize themselves with COVID-19 guidance provided by the CDC and the appropriate state and local public health authorities in areas they are traveling. By attending an NCSL meeting, you agree to follow any onsite health and safety protocols recommended by NCSL, the venue, and local and state governments. Currently, there is not a mask requirement in Minneapolis and NCSL will not require proof of vaccinations or negative tests. 

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