RELACS and LRL Professional Development Seminar 2018

Harrisburg, Penn. | Oct. 4-6, 2018

Pennsylvania CapitolThe Research, Editorial, Legal and Committee Staff Association and the Legislative Research Librarians will hold a Joint Professional Development Seminar in Harrisburg, Penn., Oct. 4-6, 2018.

The LRL Professional Development Seminar brings together legislative librarians and information specialists from around the country. The 2018 seminar features sessions on important legislative issues, soft skills, best practices, opportunities for networking, and tours of local libraries and/or archives.

The RELACS Professional Development Seminar is an opportunity to bring together staff who are critical to the legislative process and provide training and networking for legislative employees who provide research, editing, legal services, committee staffing, bill drafting, code revision, administrative rules review and compilation, policy analysis, and constituent services.

Program Topics

This meeting offers sessions specifically designed for attorneys, editors, librarians, research and committee staff and it's a great opportunity to brush up on skills, learn something new, and network with peers.

Plenary sessions:

  • Ethics and Civility
  • Creating an Aspiring Leaders Program
  • Legislative Staff Services in Pennsylvania
  • Prepare To Present: Tools To Present A Concise, Precise Message, And Become More Comfortable In Any Speaking Situation
  • Supreme Court Update
  • The perks of being a wallflower: Navigating parties as a nonpartisan


  • The Legislature and Litigation: A Case Study
  • Library/Archive Tours
  • Panning for Primary Source Gold: Historical Methods in Legislative Research
  • Bill Drafting Case Study on taxing Opioids
  • Archival Alchemy: Transforming Original Research into Engaging Narratives
  • A Horse of a Different Color: Working with the Budget Bill
  • What makes a great legislative editor?
  • Senate Library Tour and Session
  • Putting People Under Oath: Committee Subpoena Power and Usage
  • In-House Interim Training: The Grammar Boot Camp
  • Gubernatorial Activism
  • 100 Words
  • Preparing for Committee Sessions: Managing Chaos and Engagement


More Information

Would you like to learn more about these legislative staff associations?

  • Research, Editorial, Legal and Committee Staff (RELACS): Visit the RELACS homepage.
  • Legislative Research Librarians (LRL): Visit the LRL homepage.


Registration Information Registration Fees Are:

Early Bird (Sept. 25): $375
Post early bird rate for legislative staff: $400
Host state discount (Penn. legis. staff): contact Kae Warnock
Spouse/guest: $175
All others: $450

Two Ways to Register:

Register Online 

Requires a credit card for everyone except legislators and legislative staff. Confirmations will be sent by email. Deadline to register online is Sept. 25.

Onsite Registration
If you can't make the Sept. 25 registration cut-off, onsite registration will be available at Hilton Downtown Harrisburg beginning Oct. 3, 2018.

Spouse/Guest Registration. The $175 guest fee includes admission to all scheduled meal functions and evening social events.

Click To Register

Cancellations received in the NCSL Denver office by (Oct. 2), will be refunded minus a $50 processing fee. Cancellations must be made in writing and faxed to 303-364-7811. Fees cannot be refunded for registrations cancelled after the conference begins.

Hotel Information

Hotel InformationThe Hilton Downtown Harrisburg is completely sold out.

There are a few other hotels in Harrisburg. Here is contact information for three properties. NCSL has not negotiated rates nor checked availability at any of these properties.

Crowne Plaza Harrisburg-Hershey
23 S 2nd St, Harrisburg, PA 17101
Phone: 717-234-5021 or 877-2-CROWNE

1 mile away from the Hilton Harrisburg Hotel


Quality Inn Riverfront
525 South Front Street, Harrisburg, PA
Phone: 717-33-1611

.5 mile away from the Hilton Harrisburg Hotel


Radisson Hotel Harrisburg
1150 Camp Hill Bypass, Camp Hill, PA 17011
Phone: 717-763-7117 or 800-333-3333

2.5 miles away from the Hilton Harrisburg Hotel

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

Travel Information

Travel InformationHarrisburg is served by the Harrisburg International Airport. Many major airlines serve the airport, including: Allegiant, American Airlines, Delta Airlines, Southern Airways Express, United Airlines, and Frontier.

The Harrisburg International Airport offers taxi cabs, shuttle services and rental cars to arriving passengers. The Harrisburg Hilton does offer an airport shuttle service at $14/person each way. Please contact the hotel for information.

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

Special Needs
To ensure full participation and accessibility for all meeting attendees, please notify Tricia Simmons at 303-856-1486 of any special accommodations you may require.

About Harrisburg
Harrisburg, the state capital of Pennsylvania, sits on the Susquehanna River. The top destination to visit for any Harrisburg trip is the state capitol and RELACS and LRL members will enjoy personalized tours and meetings there.

Other places to visit include: the National Civil War Museum; the Pennsylvania State Museum featuring ten permanent exhibits plus special exhibits; scenic Riverfront Park; Fort Hunter Mansion and Park.

If you are considering adding a couple of days to your trip, Harrisburg is within about an hour's drive of Hershey and Gettysburg.

Check the weather in Harrisburg before you pack.