2021 ASLCS Professional Development Seminar


Portland, Maine | Oct. 3-7, 2021

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 Portland, Maine, 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, emotional intelligence, parliamentary procedure and technology; breakouts for principals and associates; the Legislative Expo; and meetings of the standing committees and special committees. In addition, our hosts are planning an array of social events to allow attendees to network with their counterparts in other states while experiencing the best of Maine! 

Thank you to 2021 Seminar Sponsors International Roll-CallPropylon, Sliq Media Technologies and Tallan!

NCSL considers the safety of all those onsite as our top priority. By attending an NCSL meeting, you agree to abide by and follow any onsite health and safety protocols recommended by NCSL and the venue to help ensure the safety of all event participants. NCSL encourages all attendees to familiarize themselves with COVID-19 guidance provided by the CDC and by the appropriate state and local public health authorities in the areas to and from which they will be traveling.


Registration Information

Please contact the NCSL Liaison to ASLCS for more information about registering. Onsite registration will not be available for this meeting. Cancellations must be made in writing and emailed to registration@ncsl.org or faxed to 303-648-5656. Fees cannot be refunded for registrations cancelled after the conference begins.

Travel Information

Travel Information

Portland is served by the Portland International Jetport (PWM), which is less than 4 miles and 10 minutes from the Westin Portland Harborview. The hotel offers complimentary shuttle van service from the airport to the hotel, based on availability. The estimated ride-hail fare is $25 from the airport. Transportation options are available online. 

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
With its renowned foliage and famed lighthouses on full display, Portland, set on a peninsula extending into Casco Bay, is the ultimate fall destination. Its Old Port waterfront features cobblestone streets, working fishing wharves and converted warehouses with restaurants and shops.The nearby Western Promenade is a public park atop a bluff, offering river and mountain views, and its surrounding district, the West End, is full of Victorian-era homes, including the Victoria Mansion museum.

The average Portland high temperature in early October is 70°F and the average low temperature is 50°F. Learn more about this year's PDS destination.