2018 ASLCS Professional Development Seminar

Madison, Wis. | Sept. 23-28, 2018

Wisconsin Capitol in MadisonThe American Society of Legislative Clerks and Secretaries (ASLCS) hosts an annual Professional Development Seminar (PDS) for principal clerks and secretaries and their staffs. 

This year's meeting will take place in Madison, Wis., and aims to bring together U.S. and international participants to learn important skills and procedures, build relationships, and take away new tools and ideas to enhance the effectiveness of state legislatures.

On the agenda are sessions on leadership, parliamentary procedure, civics education and technology; breakouts for principals and associates; and meetings of the standing committees, special committees, and the 2020 Mason's Manual Commission. In addition, our hosts are planning an array of social events that will allow attendees to network with their counterparts in other states while experiencing Wisconsin hospitality! 


Registration Information Registration fees (includes admission to all scheduled meal functions and evening social events):

  • Legislative Staff: $400
  • Guests: $200
  • Retired Members: $200
  • International: $0
  • All others: $500
Three ways to register:
  1. Register Online: Credit card required for everyone except legislative staff. Confirmations will be sent by email. Deadline to register online is September 12, 2018.

  2. Register by Email/Fax: Download the registration form and email or fax it to 303-856-2554.

  3. Register Onsite: Available at the Madison Concourse beginning on the afternoon of Sunday, September 23, 2018.

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Cancellations received in the NCSL Denver office by Friday, Sept. 21, 2018 will be refunded minus a $50 processing fee. Cancellations must be made in writing and emailed to registration@ncsl.org or faxed to 303-856-2554. Fees cannot be refunded for registrations cancelled after the conference begins.

Hotel Information

Hotel InformationThe room block at the Madison Concourse Hotel is sold out, but a second block of rooms for the PDS is now available at the Hilton Madison Monona Terrace Hotel with a room rate of $210. Please make your hotel reservations by Monday, September 3, 2018. After that date, our room rate cannot be guaranteed.

Madison Concourse Hotel
One West Dayton Street  | Tel: 1-800-356-8293

Hilton Madison Monona Terrace Hotel
9 East Wilson Street | Tel: 1-877-510-7465
(Group code is NCSL)

Book your room


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


Travel Information

Travel InformationDane County Regional Airport is just six miles from downtown Madison. The Madison Concourse provides a free airport shuttle to guests.

Other options:

General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee is approximately 85 miles (or about 1.5 hours) from Madison.

  • Ground transportation services at the Milwaukee airport.
  • Badger Bus. A roundtrip fee is approximately $45. There are three drop-off locations in Madison (with complimentary hotel shuttle available); the closest to the hotel is East Gorham at N. Pinckney Street.

Chicago O'Hare International Airport is approximately 135 miles (or about 2 hours) from Madison. 

  • Ground transportation at Chicago O'Hare.
  • Coach USA/Van Galder. A roundtrip fee is approximately $60. Drop off location (with complimentary hotel shuttle available) is 800 Langdon Street on the University of Wisconsin campus.

Chicago Midway Airport is approximately 160 miles (or about 2.5 hours) from Madison.

  • Ground transportation at Midway.
  • Coach USA/Van Galder. A roundtrip fee is approximately $65. Drop off location (with complimentary hotel shuttle available) is 800 Langdon Street on the University of Wisconsin campus.

For assistance booking air travel:
Christopherson Travel
800-825-3283 (7 a.m.-6 p.m. MDT) or 303-694-4344

Special Needs
To ensure full participation and accessibility for all meeting attendees, please notify Megan Martin at 303-856-1496 of any special accommodations you may require.

City Information
Fall foliage, farmers markets, Frank Lloyd Wright, and food (and not just cheese and brats!): September is an ideal time to visit Madison, with temperatures in the 70s. Learn more about this year's PDS destination.