Joint IOLTA Conference 2023 Proposal Guidelines

Guidelines, Procedures, and Important Information

Proposal Submission Form

Deadline: March 28, 2023



The National Association of IOLTA Programs (NAIP) and the American Bar Association Commission on Interest on Lawyers’ Trust Accounts (Commission) invite you to submit a session proposal for the 2023 Joint IOLTA Conference. This conference is being held November 1-3, 2023 in Columbus, Ohio at the Hilton Easton in Columbus. The conference is designed to bring together all stakeholders involved in all aspects of the operations of Interest On Lawyers Trust Accounts (IOLTA) programs. We hope that IOLTA Program Directors, Staff, and Board Members will be in attendance in addition to access to justice advocates involved in funding civil legal aid programming.


  1. DEADLINE: Proposal submissions are due no later than March 28, 2023. Proposals should be sent through the online submission form.
  2. SESSION DATES: The conference is being held November 1-3, 2023. All presenters are expected to be available during all three days in order to facilitate scheduling.  
  3. SESSION CATEGORIES: Sessions could focus on one or more of the following: IOLTA banking issues, managing grantee expectations on increased IOLTA/grant-related revenue, non-IOLTA revenue enhancements strategies, board and staff development, DEI strategies, grant application/reporting impact strategies, assisting civil legal aid programs with staff recruitment and retention. If you do not see your category list, choose Wild Card.
  4. SESSION FORMAT: We welcome a range of formats, including workshops, panel discussions, individual speaker presentations, and facilitated group discussions.  If using a panel format, please use no more than three presenters and a moderator.
  5. SESSION LENGTH: Sessions should be 60 minutes or 75 minutes long.
  6. AUDIO/VISUAL REQUIREMENTS: Please indicate in your proposal what audio/visual requirements you will need for your proposed session.
  7. ACCESSIBILITY: Conference organizers welcome participation from all members of the community. Accommodations are available upon request. 
  8. QUESTIONS: Questions should be sent to Caroline.

It would be best if you considered the diversity of conference participants (including geographic (US/Canadian/Puerto Rico, etc.) and program type (mandatory, opt-out, court created, legislative created), program size, and the diversity of our community as a whole when developing the content for your session and arranging the speaker(s) and potential moderator. You are expected to make an affirmative effort to ensure that your trainers and materials reflect inclusion, diversity, and cross-cultural competence. 

MATERIALS: All presenters will be required to provide workshop materials in advance, including a release, a short bio (not to exceed 150 words), and a photograph for inclusion in the final program. Each session presenter/moderator will be required to complete a copyright permission form or secure permission from the appropriate author or publication. 

EXPENSES AND PRESENTER REGISTRATION: Speakers are generally expected to cover their own travel and hotel costs. Session presenters who attend additional sessions must pay the full conference fee. 

Proposal Submission Form