2019 ASLCS Professional Development Seminar


Seattle | Sept. 22-27, 2019

The 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 takes place in Seattle, Wash., 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 the best of Seattle and Olympia! (Print-ready agenda also available.)

Thank you to 2019 Seminar Sponsors International Roll-Call and Propylon!


Registration Information

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

  • Legislative Staff: $450
  • Guests: $250
  • Retired Members: $250
  • 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 Friday, Sept. 13, 2019.
  2. Register by Email/Fax: Download the registration form and email or fax it to 303-856-2554.
  3. Register Onsite: Available at the Renaissance Seattle beginning on the afternoon of Sunday, Sept. 22.

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Cancellations received in the NCSL Denver office by Friday, Sept. 20, 2019 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 Information

A block of rooms for the 2019 PDS has been reserved at: 

Renaissance Seattle Hotel
515 Madison Street
Seattle, WA 98104
Tel: 1-800-546-9184 | 1-206-583-0300
(Please reference ASLCS Professional Development Seminar)

A few rooms are still available (depending on the date needed) at rates of either $229 (original block) and $269 (overflow block) plus a 15.6% tax and occupancy charge of $2/night) until Monday, September 2, 2019. After that date, our room rate cannot be guaranteed. Please mention that you are attending the ASLCS Professional Development Seminar. You can also reserve your room online

Book your room

Notes: The group rate will be honored three days pre- and post-meeting, depending on room availability. Reservations must be cancelled 72 hours prior to arrival. Each attendee is responsible for making his or her hotel and travel arrangements.

A second block is now available until September 9 at the Kimpton Hotel Vintage.
1100 Fifth Avenue, Seattle WA 98101-3001 | Nightly rate: $250 plus tax

Travel Information

Travel Information

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is 15 miles from downtown Seattle. There are a few options for travel between Sea-Tac and the Renaissance:

  • SoundTransit's Link light rail drops off in downtown Seattle at the University Street Station. The hotel is 4 uphill blocks from the station.
  • Taxis are about $45 to downtown. Uber and Lyft are also available.

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 Meghan Keelean at 303-856-1508 of any special accommodations you may require.

City Information
Surrounded by mountains and water, Seattle is one of the country's most stunning cities, and September is an ideal time to visit. Temperatures hover around 70, perfect for enjoying the Emerald City's restaurants, parks and cultural offerings. Learn more about this year's PDS destination.