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Below, you'll find a "justification letter" template — a letter to your firm leadership explaining all of the benefits you'll get from attending an IDC event, how the events will make you a more effective attorney and help advance your firm.

This general template will get you started while allowing you to customize it to you and your firm's particular needs.

Letter to Firm Leadership

<Date>

Dear <supervisor's name>:

I would like to attend the IDC <event name and date>, at the <venue and city>. The event will enable me to attend a number of education sessions that are directly applicable to my work and will allow me to network with defense counsel and corporate professionals from around the state. Many of the presentations are tailored to the <insert your primary practice area> and give information on how to <insert benefits/lessons here, for example: enhance knowledge, make contact with potential clients, etc.>. I am seeking sponsorship for the registration fee, any travel and expenses incurred during the event. A detailed cost breakdown is included below.

 

After reviewing the event agenda, I believe the educational sessions will allow me to gain knowledge and understanding about how I can expand my knowledge of this practice area and how we can improve our practice in the firm. The presentations are facilitated by both experts and attorney colleagues who face similar challenges. Getting the information in an interactive, seminar format will greatly reduce the research time and costs that our firm would normally incur in researching the topics.

<The numbers in brackets below will need to be adjusted to reflect the current pricing. The travel costs vary as well and should be changed to reflect your costs.>

 
The full price conference fee is <$xxxx>. However, as an IDC member, my registration fee is <$xxxx>.

 

<You will need to insert your travel cost numbers here>
Here is the breakdown of conference costs:
Transportation: <$xxxx>
Hotel (if needed): <$xxxx>
Meals: Continental Breakfast, Lunch and refreshments during the event will be provided. I expect to have additional food and beverage expenses of <$xxxx>.
Conference Fee: <$xxxx>
The total costs associated with attending this conference are: <$xxxx>.


The opportunity for me to develop better contacts and gain knowledge in <practice area> makes my attendance at the <event name> a wise investment, which will yield rich dividends for <your firm name>.

Sincerely,
<your name here>

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