School of Law events enrich the life of the University and the community. The school of law hosts diverse and interesting events from outside speakers to student organization events.
In order to host a successful event, it is imperative that you devote time and attention to the planning process. It is important to start planning as early as possible, especially if you are inviting an outside speaker or want to garner more community attendance. The checklist below is designed to help you navigate the planning process.
A Checklist for success
Find a date
Contact Dee Westcott who will check the Event Scheduling System (ESS) and the School of Law google calendar to see if there are any conflicts with scheduled events.
If you want the Dean to make remarks or have a role in your event, please contact Karen Andros for available dates.
If there are speakers or faculty who are participating in your event, it is best to consider their schedules before selecting a date.
NOTE: Student events require approval by SBA.
Reserving a room on the calendar
Once you have a viable date, reserve the room with Dee Westcott He will add your event to the ESS and School of Law google calendar. Please provide him with the following information:
- Room #
- Time of Event
- Estimated number of people expected
- Room set-up (including types and number of tables and chairs and linen and skirting requirements)
- Will you be serving food?
- Will you be serving alcohol at the event?
- Will you need AV/Media/OIT support?
- Will you need the services of Public Safety for attendance at event or for unlocking doors?
Planning travel arrangements and accommodations
At least 5 weeks before event, obtain travel needs from outside speakers and make transportation and hotel reservations.
- What type of transportation to Springfield is needed? (Air, Train, Bus, Rental Car)
- Will transportation be needed to/from the airport/train/bus station to hotel or law school?
- If staying in a hotel, how many nights need to be reserved?
- Do you need to reserve a block of rooms for multiple attendees?
- Who is responsible for making travel and hotel arrangements?
- Have you sent the Travel and Reimbursement policy and form to attendees?
- Who is responsible for communicating reservation details to attendees?
Ways to recognize participants
- Will you be offering an honorarium or stipend to participants?
- What amount will you be offering for honorarium or stipend?
- Has this amount been budgeted for?
- What budget account number will be used for check request?
- Who will complete the Check Request form and submit it to Procurement 2 weeks prior to event?
- Who will pick up the check at the bank located in SAS?
- Who will present check to participant?
- Will you offer a "swag bag" to participants?
- How many bags will need to be assembled?
- What will each bag contain?
- Where will you secure contents for bag?
- Who will be responsible for assembling the bag?
Mementos are mostly for honors, such as retirements and other recognition events, where a plaque, chair, or medallion might be presented to a guest of honor. It could include a framed (or not) poster of the event presented to the speaker and/or obtaining a signed copy of a poster for our own use.
- Will you be offering a memento to participants?
- Has the cost been budgeted for?
- Who is responsible for obtaining memento?
- When does memento need to be order to receive it prior to event date?
How will you arrange your room
Campus Events will assist you with your room set-up. They can provide expert guidance on how to arrange tables and chairs. Sketches of detailed layouts should be sent to Campus Events at least two weeks before your event.
- Determine the types of tables and how many of each you will need. Table types include:
6 ft. tables
8 ft. tables (limit of 5 if available)
High Tops (There is an extra charge for high tops as they are rented from a party supply store.)
- Will the tables need linen and table skirts?
- Will you need brown folding chairs to be set-up? If yes, how many?
- Is the brown chair set-up described in the diagram sent to campus events?
Campus EVENTS Contacts
All food must be ordered from Aramark through their Catertrax system four weeks prior to your event. If you want to serve food from an outside vendor you will need to request a Waiver from Aramark two weeks prior to event.
- Does your event require refreshments?
- How many people do you need refreshments for?
- Does your budget include food costs?
- What budget account number will you be using?
- Who will be ordering the food?
- When do you need food delivered on the day of the event?
- Are you using an outside food vendor?
- If using an outside vendor has the Aramark Waiver form been completed and submitted?
Dawn Taylor (413) 782-1636,
Approval to serve alcohol
If you plan to serve alcohol at your event, you must start the approval process four weeks before your event. However, since this is a time consuming and complicated process, it is suggested that you start the approval process six weeks before the event. Alcohol may not be served without an approval. To request approval complete the Request to Serve Alcohol Beverages form. For student events, the form should be submitted to Michael Johnson. For all other events, form should be submitted to Maureen Keizerr.
- Read the Alcohol Policy Guidelines for an Event
- Who will complete and submit the Request to Serve Alcohol form?
- Have you arranged for a bartender with Aramark?
- How will you serve the alcohol? (Bar, table, or combination of both)
- Will alcohol be sold?
- What type of alcohol beverages will be served? (Beer, wine, champagne, or wine cooler)
- Will you also have food at event? (Non-alcoholic beverages and substantial food must be served and prominently displayed for ready accessibility for an event serving alcohol)
Planning for Audio Visual and OIT Needs
Advise Campus Events of your A/V needs at least 2 weeks prior to the event. OIT Equipment should be requested through an OIT Work Order using Connect2U.
- Will you need a technician? For the entire event or for set-up only?
- How many table microphones are needed?
- How many lavaliers are needed?
- Is the Podium with microphone needed?
- Will participants require access to internet?
- If not using classroom AV, will the event require: laptop? laptop projector? screen? power strips?
- Who will contact Campus Events to request Audio Visual equipment and services?
- Who will complete OIT work order for OIT services?
- Does your event need to be recorded?
- Does the recording need to be placed in the Digital Commons?
- Do DVDs need to be made of event? How many?
- Have non-employee and non-alum participants completed a video release form?
- Does the event need to be LIVE STREAMED to Law Common from Moot Courtroom?
- Does event need to be LIVE STREAMED to Web from Moot Courtroom?
CAMPUS EVENTS CONTACTS
Request Public Safety services at least two weeks before the event. This is done through the campus events office.
- Will you need a Police Officer present at your event?
- Will you need doors unlocked by campus security for event?
- Will you need security personnel present at event?
- Should parking tickets be suspended during event? If yes, notify Lieutant Purcell.
- Who will notify Campus Events of your security needs?
CAMPUS EVENTS CONTACTS
Marketing the event
In order to successfully publicize your event, it is important first to consider your desired audience. Then, make a plan for inviting people and publicizing your event.
Contact Marketing at least 4 weeks before event if you need Marketing services to assist in creating promotional materials. Marketing can assist with creating an HTML template for emails, flyers, mailers, posters, and press releases.
- Determine if your budget includes advertising costs.
- Determine how much of your total budget you want to spend on advertising.
You can get the word out in many different ways.
Post event internally by:
- Creating posters (8 x 11 for Events Board and 9 X 13 to put up a few days before event)
- Adding event to Web Calendar as soon as you have secured a date
- Advertising on University Posts and Installments
- Advertising on law school’s social media.
- Sending an email blast
- Contacting Alumni Relations requesting notification to Law Alumni through various mediums including email blast, Law Digest, Perspectives, and Law Minute
Post event externally by:
- Working with Marketing to create promotional materials
- Advertising in the Hampden County Bar Association newsletter
- Advertising on the Western Mass Visitors ’ Bureau Calendar
- Advertising in Reminder online calendar
- Advertising on Republican online calendar
- Advertising on AALS
- Advertising on Cypress media (National Jurist, PreLaw)
Arrange for Photography
If you would like photos taken of your event you may use the Law School's camera by requesting it from Karen Andros. You may also request a photographer from Marketing. However, there is an additional fee for this service.
- Will you use the law school camera?
- If using law school camera, who will get camera from Karen Andros and take pictures?
- Who will be downloading pictures off the camera?
- Will you need a photographer from Marketing?
- If yes, who will contact marketing to arrange for photographer?
- Will you be using an external photographer?
- If yes, who will make arrangements for external photographer?
- Does your budget cover photographer costs?
Marketing - Matt Reilly (413) 782-1541
Day of Event Contact Numbers
Jerry Hodges (413) 782-1387 (Facilities office can reach him by radio)
Dawn Taylor (413) 782-1636
Food Services (413) 796-2196
Non-emergency line: (413) 782-1207
In order to ensure that every aspect of an event is properly planned, we have created an online Events Planning Checklist form. This checklist requires completion for all student, faculty, and community events held at the School of Law.