ASLCS 2021 PDS Agenda


The 2021 ASLCS Professional Development Seminar (PDS) is being held Oct. 3-7 at the Westin Harborview in Portland, Maine. Don’t miss this opportunity to fully participate in the activities of ASLCS.

The agenda for the 2021 PDS includes plenary and concurrent programs, staff breakouts, the Legislative Expo, and sessions for the Executive Committee, standing committees, and special committees.

Here's the current agenda—please check back for updates. Events take place at the Westin Hotel unless otherwise noted.

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Sunday, Oct. 3
Time Sessions
1-5:30 p.m.
Main Lobby

Registration & Information Desk


Noon-2 p.m.
Sara Orne Jewett
Nominating Committee
2-4 p.m.
Winslow Homer

2020-2021 Executive Committee Meeting
 Paul Smith, Clerk of the New Hampshire House of Representatives and ASLCS President 

4-5 p.m.
(or immediately following the Executive Committee meeting)
Winslow Homer 

Internal Audit Committee Meeting 

3:45-5:30 p.m. 
Top of the East

Member Orientation and New Member Mixer 
Contact Jay Jacobs if you would like to mentor a new attendee!

Thank you to our sponsor, Xcential Legislative Technologies!

6-8 p.m.
Portland Museum of Art 

Opening Night Reception

The Maine Host State Committee welcomes everyone to Portland with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. The PMA is across the street from the Westin. 

Monday, Oct. 4
8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Main Lobby

Registration & Information Desk


8-9:15 a.m.
Eastland Grand Ballroom

Thank you to our sponsor, Sliq Media Technologies!

9:30-11 a.m.
Eastland Grand Ballroom

Plenary Session Emerging Stronger: Overcoming Bias, Burnout, and Blind Spots 

The past year has presented many challenges and many are finding ways to navigate a “new normal.” This motivating, empowering session will help you heal from the challenges through reflection exercises, self-assessments, and daily practices that will help you “emerge stronger.”  

Introduction: Paul Smith, Clerk of the New Hampshire House of Representatives and ASLCS President
Speaker: Dr. Melissa Furman, Career Potential LLC 

11:15-11:45 a.m.
Sara Orne Jewett

Committee Chair Transition
Brad Young, Clerk of the Ohio House of Representatives and ASLCS President-Elect

11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m.
Eastland Grand Ballroom

Annual Business Meeting and Luncheon
Presiding: Paul Smith, Clerk of the New Hampshire House of Representatives and ASLCS President

Thank you to our sponsor, International Roll-Call Corporation!

1:30-2:45 p.m.
Winslow Homer

Concurrent Session What Successful Women Know that All Professionals Should 
As the workplace continues to become more gender diverse, women are faced with many challenges as it relates to their career success. Designed for men and women, this session will provide practical recommendations for navigating the challenges and maximizing career success for women. Topics will include personal branding, communicating with power and influence, building relationships, and self-promotion. 

Speaker: Dr. Melissa Furman, Career Potential LLC 

1:30-2:45 p.m.

Concurrent Session How IT All Comes Together

A look into updating legislative technologies to encompass all of the legislative pieces: House, Senate, Legislative Services/ drafting, and the Legislative Process. 


Dustin Jones – House Fiscal Officer, Alabama Legislative Services Agency
Ernest Ince – Director, Alabama Legislative Data Center 
Jane Claire Carter – Project Manager, Alabama Legislative Information Network Exchange (LINX) 

4-4:30 p.m. Transportation via bus to Freeport
Buses will depart from the Westin at 4 p.m.
4:30-7 p.m.
Mallett Barn, Freeport, Maine

Maine Lobster Bake 

7:30-8 p.m.

Return to Portland
Buses will begin loading at 7:15 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 5
8-10 a.m.
Main Lobby

Registration & Information Desk

7:45-9 a.m.

Breakfast and transportation via bus to Augusta
Grab & go breakfast available in the lobby of the Westin. Buses will depart from the Westin at 8 a.m.

9:15-10 a.m.
Maine State Capitol

Tours of the State House and Capitol Complex

10:15-11:30 a.m
Maine State Capitol

Staff Breakouts

Seven breakout sessions (open only to legislative staff):

  • Principal Clerks and Secretaries - Senate Chamber
  • Assistant/Deputy Clerks and Secretaries - House Chamber
  • Legislative Operations: Journal Staff - Judiciary Committee (Room 438)
  • Legislative Operations: Technology Staff - Legislative Council Chambers (Room 334)
  • Legislative Operations: Enrolling and Engrossing Staff - Transportation Committee (Room 126)
  • Legislative Operations: Calendar, Bill Status/History and Committee Staff - Appropriations Committee (Room 228)
  • Administrative and Support Services: Administration, PR, Facilities, Safety and Security Staff - Taxation Committee (Room 127) 
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Lunch at the Governor's Mansion  

1:15-2:45 p.m. 
Maine State Capitol - Senate Chamber

Concurrent Session  Boosting EQ: How to Increase Our Emotional Intelligence
Everyone wants to think of themselves as intelligent, in possession of a high IQ. But recent research in the field of organizational psychology suggests that emotional intelligence, or EQ, is an even more important attribute for success in both our personal and professional lives. In this training, we will explore what EQ is, why it matters and how you can boost your own EQ score to improve the outcomes of your interactions with others.
Speaker: Curt Stedron, NCSL

1-2:45 p.m. 
Maine State Capitol - House Chamber

Concurrent Session  Legislative "Off the Record" 

Bring your issues, concerns, questions and even your frustrations from your legislative environment and discuss them with colleagues from around the country. This interactive session will provide an opportunity for you to gain practical advice to help you successfully navigate future legislative sessions. When it’s “Off the Record,” anything shared between colleagues STAYS between colleagues.
Moderator: Patrick O'Donnell – Clerk of the Nebraska Legislature

Panelist: Carrie Maulin – Chief Clerk of the Idaho House of Representatives

Panelist: Tim Sekerak – Chief Clerk of the Oregon House of Representatives
Note: Open only to legislative staff

3-4:30 p.m.

Transportation via bus to Portland | Optional trip to Freeport

Buses will depart at 3 p.m. 


Evening on your own

Wednesday, Oct. 6
8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Main Lobby

Information Desk    


8-10 a.m.
Eastland Grand Ballroom

Thank you to our sponsor, Tallan!

8:30-10 a.m.
Eastland Grand Ballroom

Legislative Expo
Show—and share—how you do your job with your ASLCS colleagues! This event is a great way to see how different chambers handle similar administrative challenges. 

Sponsored by the ASLCS Support Staff Committee

10:15 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
Eastland Grand Ballroom

The 2020 Mason’s Edition: Exploring Changes, Litigation, and Going Digital 
The panelists will discuss what’s new in the 2020 edition of Mason’s Manual, focus on questions surrounding remote participation and delve into related litigation. Bring your questions!
Susan Kannarr – Chief Clerk, Kansas House of Representatives 

Jim Drake – Chief Clerk, Arizona House of Representatives 

Yolanda Dixon – Secretary, Louisiana Senate 

Paul Smith –  Clerk, New Hampshire House of Representatives    

Noon-1 p.m.
Eastland Grand Ballroom
Noon-1 p.m.

Special Committee Meetings
Lunch will be served to the committees.

1-2:45 p.m.
Eastland Grand Ballroom

The Pandemic Effect: How State Legislatures Responded, What We Learned and What is Here to Stay

Voting Remotely & Working from Home & Plexiglass, Oh My!
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, legislatures faced challenges never before encountered in modern history. This session will dive deep into the changes that legislatures implemented in response to the pandemic and explore the long-term implications of those changes. 


Josh Babel – Assistant Clerk, Arizona House of Representatives
Neva Parker – Assistant Consultant, California State Legislature

Brian Ebbert, RP – Floor Director, Speaker’s Office, California Assembly 
Brandon P. Seto, Ph.D. – Senior Floor Consultant, California Assembly 
Meggan Foesch – Business Manager, Wisconsin Senate)
Jeanine Wittenberg - Director of Administrative Services, Nevada Senate
John Hollman – Chief Clerk, Illinois House of Representatives
Lacy Ramirez – Reading Clerk, Oregon House of Representatives
Brittany Yunker Carlson – Status and Minute Clerk/Senior Workroom Clerk, Washington State Senate


Sponsored by the ASLCS Support Staff and Technology Committees 

2:45-3:15 p.m.

Jurisdictional Updates from Abroad
Hear from our international clerks about what is new and interesting in legislative chambers across the globe, what challenges they are facing, and how they manage these unusual circumstances.

Moderator: Obie Rutledge, Chief Deputy Clerk, Oregon House of Representatives

Moderator: Emily White, Assistant Clerk, Missouri House of Representatives

Sponsored by the ASLCS Canadian-Relations and International Communication and Development Committees

3:20-3:45 p.m.

"A" Committees (4)*
Bylaws and Standing Orders: Winslow Homer
Inside the Legislative Process: Rines A
Site Selection: Longfellow
Technology: Sara Orne Jewett

*You are encouraged to attend committee meetings if you don’t currently serve on a committee and to join those still in progress once yours has ended.
3:45-4:10 p.m. "B" Committees (4)*
International Communication and Development: Sara Orne Jewett
Legislative Administrator: Rines A
Membership and Communication: Longfellow
Support Staff: Winslow Homer
4:10-4:35 p.m. "C" Committees (3)
Canadian-American Relations: Longfellow
Professional Journal: Sara Orne Jewett
Program Development: Winslow Homer
6-7 p.m.

President's Reception
Thank you to our sponsor, Propylon!

7-11 p.m.
Eastland Grand Ballroom

State Dinner
Celebrate ASLCS at the annual State Dinner, featuring entertainment from Soul Sensations!

Presiding: Paul Smith, Clerk of the New Hampshire House of Representatives and ASLCS President

Thursday, Oct. 7
8:30-9:30 a.m.
Eastland Grand Ballroom

Breakfast and Business Meeting

Presiding: Brad Young, Clerk of the Ohio House of Representatives and 2021-2022 ASLCS President

Thank you to our sponsor, Thomson Reuters!

9:30-11 a.m.
Sara Orne Jewett

2021-2022 Executive Committee Meeting
Presiding: Brad Young, Clerk of the Ohio House of Representatives and ASLCS President