Education Conference

October 2-4, 2014 | Houston, Texas

Hotel Information | Conference Schedule | Travel Discounts | Ticketed EventsExhibit/Advertising Opportunities | New Conference Information

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Hotel Information

Crowne Plaza Houston Near Reliant-Medical
8686 Kirby Drive, Houston, TX 77054

$109 Single & Double Rate

For reservations call 713-748-3221 or (800) 227-6963 and ask for the NALS group rate. Group code is TAL. Available dates for the NALS rate are September  25 – October 9, 2014, based on availability.  Make your reservations now! If reserving rooms online, click here to reserve online

Deadline for making room reservations at the NALS group rate is September 16, 2014, or whenever block is full. If reservations are made after this date, the room rate cannot be guaranteed.


Are you looking to share a room? Find a roommate using the Houston Roommate Connection Forum.


Conference Schedule

The NALS Education Conference & National Forum offers attendees more CLE than any other conference dedicated to legal professionals. With tracks focusing on Litigation/Civil Law, Corporate law, Estate Planning/Family Law, and General Practice, you will find sessions that directly impact your career. 17.75 hours of CLE will be available, with 43 sessions to choose from, all wrapped around 4 days of networking. Session titles are color coded by track.

Litigation/Civil | Corporate | Estate Planning/Family |General

Wednesday, October 1

3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 2

7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Coffee Break

8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Welcome & Opening Keynote Speaker – Courtney Clark
Sponsored By The NALS Foundation

10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Exhibit Hall Open
Networking Lounges Open

10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Seven Significant Signs of a Serious Liar
Real Estate Recovery Solutions
Revocable Living Trusts
Intersection of Marketing and Intellectual Property

12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Exhibitor Luncheon (Included in Registration)

1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Bankruptcy in Practice
Professional Responsibility Issues in an Oil, Gas, and Energy Law Practice
Pet Trusts
Outlook Tips Your IT Department Never Told You About

2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Exhibit Hall Open
Networking Lounges Open

3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Military Law vs. Civil Law
The Role of Paralegals in Corporations
Estate Administration A to Z
Ethics and the Holocaust
Avery Products Corporation – Sponsor Session

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Exhibit Hall Open
NALS Foundation Silent and Live Auction

7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Welcome Party


Friday, October 3

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Coffee Break

8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
The Rules Are Changing:  Recently Implemented and Recently Proposed Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedures
Fracking:  Its Impact and Legal Issues for the Energy Industry
The ABCs of a Social Security Disability Claim 
What I’ve Learned as “The People’s Lawyer

9:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Exhibit Hall Open
Networking Lounges Open

10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Federal Statutory Rights
Corporate Entities
Tax Planned Wills and Lifetime Gift Planning Strategies
Changes:  Turn and Face the Stranger—Modern Trends in Patent Law in View of AIA

11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Networking Luncheon (Included in Registration)

1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
The Court of Appeals Process
Practicing Ethically in Rule-of-Law Challenged Countries
Estate and Gift Tax Returns Start to Finish
Workflows With Acrobat XI

2:15 p.m. — 3:00 p.m.
Exhibit Hall Open
Networking Lounges Open

3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Criminal Law:  From the Fire to the Courthouse
Due Diligence and Checklist for a Commercial Real Estate Loan 
How to Identify and Address Substance Abuse Problems in Family Law Cases
To Be LinkedIn or Not to Be?  Enhance Profile Searches and Optimize Results

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Exhibit Hall Open
NALS Foundation Sweepstakes

7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
NALS Foundation Gala (Ticketed Event) Click here for details.
Sponsored By The NALS Foundation.


Saturday, October 4

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Coffee Break

8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Securities Law
Maritime Contracts:  Insurance & Risk Allocation—You May Not Always Get What You Want But It’s Important to Get What You Need
What is Special Needs Estate Planning?
The Strategic Use of Online Resources to Research Experts

10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Veterans’ Court
What Legal Professionals Should Know About Bank Transactions With the FDIC
Finding a Voice for the Children
Intellectual Property Law

11:15 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Recognition Luncheon (Ticketed Event) Click here for details.

1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Building a Trial Notebook the Paralegal Way
Real Estate:  Survey Review
The Affordable Care Act in 2014
More Than Legal Research:  An Integrated Start to Finish Legal Workflow Experience

2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
NALS Open Forum

4:45 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
BONUS SESSION: Preparing For Retirement 101


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Houston Conference Pins

Houston ALP will be selling conference pins for the upcoming 63rd Annual Education Conference & National Forum, which is being held in Houston, Texas. The cost is $5/each. Order now as the quantity is limited!

Houston Conference T-Shirts

Get your NALS 63rd Annual Education Conference & National Forum t-shirt! These shirts are available by pre-order only. The conference t-shirts will be available for pickup at the NALS registration desk in Houston, but WILL NOT BE FOR SALE AT THE CONFERENCE. If you are not able to make it to Houston but would still like to purchase a conference t-shirt you can do so for $5 more and we will ship it to you after the conference. Show your NALS Pride in this stylish t-shirt and get a great souvenir for only $15!

NALS Foundation Sweepstakes & Auction

The NALS Foundation Trustees are seeking donated items for the annual Foundation Sweepstakes and Silent/Live Auction to be held during the 63rd Annual Education Conference & National Forum in Houston, Texas. Individuals, groups, local chapters, state associations, regions, law offices, suppliers, etc. may donate items. We will gladly accept all donations.

Conference Marketing

Do you want to attend the NALS 63rd Annual Education Conference & National Forum in Houston, Texas this Fall? Do you need a little help convincing your employer to a) let you attend, and b) pay your way? Give this 2-sided, employer-focused flyer to your boss as you make your request. 

Houston Roommate Connection

Are you attending the NALS 63rd Annual Education Conference & National Forum in Houston, Texas, October 2-5, 2014? Do you need a roommate? If so, this is your forum to connect with other NALS members who are looking to share a room.

Travel Discounts for National Forum Conference

We know that flying to NALS conferences can get expensive. In efforts to help our members, NALS proudly announces travel discounts with American Airlines and Delta Airlines.


Exhibit/Sponsorship Opportunities

Your target market awaits! NALS Education Conference & National Forum offers attendees more CLE than any other conference dedicated to legal professionals. By offering such quality education, attendees are career driven and highly motivated—the ideal target market.

Click here to view vendor/sponsor information packet.

NALS would like to express appreciation for the following exhibitors & sponsors. Without their support, this conference would not be possible. Please show your support by visiting our sponsors’ websites and visiting with each exhibitor in the NALS Exhibit Hall on October 2 and 3.


Avery Products Corporation

Houston Association of Legal Professionals

Kim Tindall & Associates, Inc.

Liberty Mutual Insurance

Paralegal Today

Registered Agent Solutions, Inc.

Texas Association of Legal Professionals


U.S. Legal Support

Event Sponsors 

The NALS Foundation

Corporate Sponsors 

Avery Products Corporation

Liberty Mutual Insurance