2016 Legislative Summit | LRL Agenda


Chicago Logo 2016 SummitThe Legislative Research Librarians (LRL) are cosponsoring a variety of informative sessions at the 2016 NCSL Legislative Summit in Chicago. Programs include sessions on legislative privilege and immunity, speaking on the fly and building your brand.

LRL members will also hold their annual Business Meeting, award the winners of the Notable Documents Award and hold their annual Dutch Treat Dinner.

We hope you'll join us to learn useful new skills, broaden your perspective, and network with your counterparts from other state and legislative libraries.

Monday, Aug. 8
Time Sessions
1-2:15 p.m.

Privilege and Immunity Protecting the Legislative Process

Balancing unencumbered legislative deliberations with more open government is an ongoing struggle. Constitutional speech and debate clauses protect legislator—and to a more limited extent, staff –communications. Yet in some cases, the courts have narrowed this legislative privilege. What has happened in recent cases and how are legislatures working to protect the legislative process?



Tuesday, Aug. 9
7:30-8:45 a.m.

LRL Notable Documents Award Ceremony

Attend the annual business meeting, including presentation of  the 2016 Notable Documents Awards.

Presiding: Jennifer Bernier, LRL Chair, 2015-2016

Co-Head Librarian, Connecticut Legislative Library
10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Supreme Court Roundup

Many cases with implications for states came before the U.S. Supreme Court this term, including immigration, redistricting, affirmative action, abortion and the death penalty. Learn about these cases and how the Court’s ruling will impact your state.
Wednesday, Aug. 10
3-4 p.m.

Seismic Demographic Shift: Generations in the Office

Millennials—the largest generation ever—are overtaking the workforce as Baby Boomers retire. This demographic shift has huge implications for the workplace—how we communicate, hire, retain, motivate and develop the new generation—and how understanding it can ensure inter-generational success at the office.
Speaker: Katie Coates, Arizona
Thursday, Aug. 11
9:30-10:30 a.m.

Building Your Brand

Everyone has a brand, and consciously or not, we reinforce that brand for ourselves and our employer at every turn. Learn the do’s and don’ts of messaging, how to effectively build and maintain a strong brand, and how to position yourself, your team, your boss and your organization at the top of the food chain.
Speaker: Katie Coates, Arizona
10:45 a.m.-12 p.m.

Speaking on the Fly

Summary: Do your hands get clammy when, unexpectedly, you have to speak up and you're not prepared? Or when you have half a minute to get your point across? You’re not alone, and following this session you’ll have the tips and practice you need to articulate what you know succinctly, quickly and confidently.

Welcome: Samantha Scotti, NCSL
Speaker: Catherine Johns, Illinois