46th Professional Development Seminar: Richmond, Va, Oct. 2-7, 2012


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Greetings of Richmond - 2012 PDS LogoThe American Society of Legislative Clerks & Secretaries (ASLCS) will hold its Annual Professional Development Seminar in Richmond, Va. The ASLCS seminar is the premier training opportunity that brings together participants from across the country and internationally to learn important skills and procedures, build relationships, and take home new tools and ideas aimed at enhancing the effectiveness of America’s state legislatures. Legislative clerks, secretaries and their staffs work in a unique environment for which little formal training is available. The American Society of Legislative Clerks and Secretaries (ASLCS) responds to these training needs by offering a seminar emphasizing the development of professional skills.  

The purpose of the ASLCS Professional Development Seminar is threefold: to improve the administrative and parliamentary effectiveness of state legislatures; to develop procedures to enhance lawmaking; and to provide a forum where legislative staff can meet and learn from their counterparts in other states. Don't miss out on continuing your education and becoming a part of NCSL's most dynamic staff section. If you can attend only one training seminar this year, plan to attend the ASLCS Professional Development Seminar in Richmond!


Registration fees

  • Legislative staff: $325
  • Spouse/guest: $195
  • All others: $500

Three ways to register:

       NCSL Registration/Accounting
       7700 East First Place
       Denver, CO 80230

The deadline to register is Friday September 21, 2012.

Onsite Registration
If you are unable to meet the Friday, September 21, 2012 registration deadline, you can register onsite at the OMNI Richmond Hotel.

Spouse/Guest Registration
The $195 fee includes admission to all scheduled meal functions and evening social events. It must be paid in full at the time of registration.


Cancellations received in the NCSL Denver office by Monday, October 1, 2012 will be refunded, minus a $50 processing fee. Cancellations must be made in writing and faxed to (303) 364-7811 or emailed to registration@ncsl.org. Fees cannot be refunded for registrations cancelled after the conference begins.


Confirmations will be e-mailed if an address is provided. Letter confirmations will be mailed upon request.



A block of rooms has been reserved at:

OMNI Richmond Hotel
100 South 12th Street
Richmond, VA 23219
1 (800) THE-OMNI
(804) 344-7000

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

When arranging hotel accommodations, please indicate that you are attending the "ASLCS Professional Development Seminar" to receive the negotiated seminar rate of $147 per night for a single/double (plus 13% tax).  You can make your hotel reservation on the personalized ASLCS reservation site

Reservations must be held by one night’s room deposit (major credit card guarantee is acceptable). The cut-off date for the negotiated rate is Wednesday, September 19, 2012.  After that date, reservations will be accepted at the seminar rate based on room availability. Room reservations must be cancelled 72 hours prior to the arrival date.

Visit the OMNI Richmond Hotel for more information about the hotel 















Richmond is served by the Richmond International Airport and the following airlines provide service into the Richmond area: American Airlines, United Airlines, Delta, US Air, Air Canada, Jet Blue and Airtran.

Flight reservations must be made at least seven days in advance, but make arrangements early for the best rates.

For questions about flights or to make flight reservations, call Christopherson Business Travel at:

  • 800.685.0038
    (7 a.m. to 6 p.m. MDT).
  • 303.694.3322

The airport supports a variety of rental car companies including Advantage, Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar and Hertz.

The OMNI Richmond Hotel is eight miles, approximately 15 minutes from the airport. Taxis including Airport Taxi, Checker, Galaxy, Richmond Flyer, Virginians Cab and Wilson Taxi are available to rent for the ride.

Special Needs
To ensure full participation and accessibility for all meeting attendees, please notify Heather Plush at 303.364.7700, ext. 1496, of any special accommodations you may require.

City Information

Richmond, with its wealth of tradition, landmarks and culture, invites attendees to explore the many museums, historic homes and Civil War battlefields located in and around the city. Visitors can walk from the OMNI to tour many sites, including:

• American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar

• Shockoe Slip

• Canal Walk

• Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall’s home

For more information about Richmond, visit the Richmond Visitors and Convention Bureau at: Richmond's Tourist Center