Speaker Application

AAJ members volunteer their time and talent throughout the year to share their expertise with colleagues. Speaking at a convention, CLE program, or webinar is a great way to grow your network and develop the civil justice field. 

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Speak at an Education Program

AAJ members and experts are invited to submit topics and programming ideas for continuing legal education (CLE) programs. Applications are considered on a rolling basis. Volunteer to speak today.

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Important Details for Speakers

Who can apply?

Speakers can be AAJ Members or non-member experts who can share knowledge and experiences on legal-related topics applicable to AAJ members.

What types of education programs does AAJ host?


AAJ’s Winter and Annual Conventions include CLE content on a wide variety of topics, providing educational skills and updates to thousands of AAJ members.


Webcasts and webinars are online programs offered multiple times a month on hot topics and advocacy skills.


AAJ Education offers over 20 live events around the country, including trial advocacy colleges, focus group programs, and substantive law seminars.

How are proposals evaluated?

Proposals will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Relevance to AAJ members
  • Practical application
  • Timeliness of the subject matter or topic

What is the selection process and timing?

Applications are reviewed by AAJ staff and presented to AAJ members who serve as program course advisors or sit on the NCA Board of Trustees.  Due to the volume of applications, AAJ is not able to respond individually to all applicants. If your application is selected for a speaking spot, you will be contacted by AAJ staff and receive more details.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and may be considered for future opportunities year after year. Individuals interested in speaking at the annual convention must submit proposals by the end of September to be considered for a CLE agenda the following year.


Are there other requirements?

  • Speakers must prepare a written paper to supplement their presentation. This is required for CLE accreditation. AAJ staff will provide guidelines for papers to invited speakers.
  • Speakers who teach at AAJ Education programs are volunteers.
  • Convention speakers who are eligible AAJ members must pay the convention registration fee and all travel-related expenses.