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ABA Section of Family Law

Family Law CLE Conference October 7-10, 2009, Montreal

2009 Fall CLE Conference
October 7-10, 2009
Hilton Bonaventure Montreal—Montreal, Canada

O Canada! Follow the ABA Section of Family Law north to Montreal this fall for top-notch CLE programming, city tours, and great social events.

This conference has already occurred. If you'd like to purchase a cd-rom of the course materials, please visit the ABA Web Store.

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CLE Programs | Registration & Events | Hotel
Passport & Travel Information | FAQs | What to See & Do
Sponsors | Sponsorship Opportunities | Brochure (*Updated, includes Schedule!!)



Hotel Update:
Hotel rooms have sold out over our meeting dates at the Hilton Montreal Bonaventure. You can call the Hilton Montreal Bonaventure if you would like to be added to their waiting list in case of a cancellation or you can call the Embassy Suites, which is close to the Hilton Montreal Bonaventure, to reserve a room. Rates have been around $179.99 CAD plus tax and can change depending on their availability.

Embassy Suites Montreal Downtown Hotel by Hilton
208 St-Antoine Ouest
Montreal, QC
Canada H2Y 0A6
Tel: (514) 288-8886 or 1-877-601-7666
Web: www.embassysuitesmontreal.com

Travel Update: Please note that the discount code for Continental Airlines has changed. Please use the following:

    Z code: ZFD2
    Agreement code: BWRKNY

    If making reservations at continental.com, please enter: ZFD2BWRKNY

CLE Programs

You won't want to miss our special plenary, "Today's Celebrity and High Net-Worth Client: The Media, Transparency and Today's World" or courses on adoption, immigration, and third-party custody, to name just a few. We'll also have four programs on Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART).

For a full list of courses and descriptions, download the brochure.

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Registration and Events

Advance Registration for this conference is now closed--please register on-site in Montreal.

The early-bird conference registration fee for ABA FL members is $450 (deadline: September 4, 2009) and covers all CLE Programs and program materials, breakfast each day, our welcome/networking receptions and Chair's Suite receptions.

The non-lawyer spouse or guest registration fee is $135. This registration fee allows your registered guest to attend the morning breakfasts, evening receptions and Chair's Suite receptions.

All spouses/guests will be required to wear a name badge to all events. Registration fees for children under 18 are complimentary; however, tickets must be purchased for all children attending ticketed social events.

Registration Fees:

    $525—Standard Registration Fee for Section members and Canadian and International Bar Members
    $575—Non-Section Fee for ABA Members
    $625—Non-ABA Member Registration Fee

    $450—Speaker Registration Fee (Does not include moderators)
    $250—Judges, Full-time Law School Faculty, Full-time Legal Services, or Social Service Practitioners
    $250—New Practitioners (up to 3 years)

    $125—Law Students
    $135—Guest Fee (Spouses and guests attending any of the Conference events; children 13 & over must register as guests)
    $0—Children (Ages 12 and under)
All registrations must be received (online or via fax/mail) by September 25th; after this date, you must register on-site.

Cancellation Policy
To receive a full refund, a written request must be received on or before September 16, 2009. No refunds will be issued after that date. Please note that there is a cancellation fee of $50 ($25 for guests). Questions about cancellations can be directed to Section staff at 312-988-5145.



EVENTS

Dancing with the Lawyers Evening Event (Ticketed)
Put on your dancing shoes and join the Section on Friday, October 9th, as we dance the night away to the live music of Blush. An elegant dinner and cocktails will be provided. (This event is black-tie optional.)

    Tickets: Adult $125; Kids ages 4-12 are $50

City Tour of Montreal
Discover Montreal's multi-cultural heritage and cosmopolitan blend of old and new. On this bus tour of Montreal, your guide will provide information and insight into the city's rich architectural and historical legacy with such highlights as: Old Montreal and the Old Port, the financial district, the elegant residential areas of Outremont and Westmount, the downtown area and underground city, leading museums, the Olympic Park, Jean-Drapeau Park and Mount Royal Park. The tour includes two stops: Tour of Notre-Dame Basilica and a photo stop at the summit of Mount Royal for a panoramic view of the city. Transportation by deluxe motor coach, driver and guide gratuity, access to Notre-Dame Basilica, and fresh bagels for participants are included in the cost.

Committee Luncheons
Interested in a specific area of family law, or just want to see what our committees do? Stop by the committee meetings (working lunches) on Friday and Saturday and hop from table to table or park at just one of them. Networking is free, lunch is ticketed.

    Tickets: $35


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Hotel Information

Hilton Montreal Bonaventure
900 de La Gauchetiere W.
Montreal, Quebec
Canada H5A 1E4
Tel: 1-514-878-2332
Fax: 1-514-878-3881
Web: www.hiltonmontreal.com

More information about the Bonaventure


Hotel Update:
Hotel rooms have sold out over our meeting dates at the Hilton Montreal Bonaventure. You can call the Hilton Montreal Bonaventure if you would like to be added to their waiting list in case of a cancellation or you can call the Embassy Suites, which is close to the Hilton Montreal Bonaventure, to reserve a room. Rates have been around $179.99 CAD plus tax and can change depending on their availability.

Embassy Suites Montreal Downtown Hotel by Hilton
208 St-Antoine Ouest
Montreal, QC
Canada H2Y 0A6
Tel: (514) 288-8886 or 1-877-601-7666
Web: www.embassysuitesmontreal.com

 

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Passport & Travel Information

PASSPORT REQUIRED!

You MUST have a passport to attend this meeting.

Beginning on January 23, 2007, all persons, including the U.S. Citizens, traveling by air between the United States and Canada are required to have a passport. Obtaining a passport can take 6-8 weeks from the time you submit it to the Secretary of State, but can take longer if you do not have the required documentation available to submit. The time for issuance can be reduced by paying an extra amount for expedited service.

To obtain a passport for the first time, you need to go in person to one of the 9,000 passport acceptance facilities located throughout the U.S. with two photographs of yourself, proof of U.S. citizenship, and a valid form of photo identification such as a driver's license.

Visit www.travel.state.gov for information about obtaining or renewing your U.S. passport.

Discount Airfare & Getting to Montreal

Montreal is served by most major airlines through the Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (formerly known as Dorval). The airport code is YUL. The hotel is a 20-minute cab ride from the airport and costs approximately $35 CAD (Canadian).

Travel Note: Please note that the discount code for Continental Airlines has changed. Please use the following:

    Z code: ZFD2
    Agreement code: BWRKNY

    If making reservations at continental.com, please enter: ZFD2BWRKNY

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. Last time I went to Canada, I used my driver's license as ID—why does everyone keep talking about getting a passport?
    As of January 2007, a new law requires a valid (i.e. non-expired) passport to travel to/from Canada. Getting or renewing a passport may take up to 6 weeks, so if you don't already have a valid passport go to www.travel.state.gov for information on how to obtain/renew your passport.
2.I don't speak any French—will I be okay?
    Montreal is a bilingual, cosmopolitan city. A majority of people, especially people in the service industry, are fluent in both French and English. English speakers will have no problems getting around or being understood. In addition, your hotel TV will have all your favorite American channels (ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, etc.), you will be able to read news from the two major English-language newspapers (The Gazette and the National Post), and listen to English radio stations.
3. Do I need a car?
    While you may choose to rent a car (hotel has parking available for guests), it's really not necessary. Montreal has an amazing public transportation system, including a metro/subway system that is clean, safe and very user-friendly. Taxis are abundant and always easy to flag down. In addition, the Hilton (the conference hotel) is very central and you will be able to walk many places from there.

4. Can I use US currency?

    While most stores will accept US currency, the exchange rate they will charge you is typically high. It is highly recommended that you use Canadian currency (or credit cards) for your purchases. Remember that you will likely need Canadian currency to pay for the taxi to the hotel from the airport. You can convert US dollars at the airport (although you may be charged a higher fee).

    When using credit cards, you will be charged in Canadian dollars. Your credit card will likely charge you a fee for converting Canadian dollars to US dollars.

5. What will the weather be like?

    Visitors to Montreal in October should be prepared for a variety of temperatures. October is a month for lovely weather that is no longer hot and humid but not yet cold. Many outdoor activities can still be enjoyed comfortably with just a little extra clothing, so pack items that can be layered. Average high is 57 (F) and the average low is 39 (F). We advise you to check the weather reports as the conference gets closer.

6. What airport should I fly into?

    While Montreal technically has two airports, most regular airlines (non-charter) fly into Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (airport Code: YUL) This is by far the closer airport to the city—only 20 min/$25 taxi ride from hotel.

7. Will my cell phone and Blackberry work in Canada?

    The answer to this depends on your service provider and your phone, so check with your provider. Also note that most calling plans cover the continental US, and do not include Canada. This means that calls you make/receive while in Montreal will be "long distance" and will incur additional per minute, roaming or connection costs—please check with your service provider to make sure you understand the true costs of each call you will make/receive before you have an unexpected surprise on your next cell phone/Blackberry bill.

    In addition, you may be required to dial differently. For example, you may be required to dial "1" before making calls even though you do not need to in the States.

8. What time zone is Montreal in?

    Montreal is in the same time zone as the US Eastern time zone.

9. Will my electronic appliances work in Montreal?

    YES - Canada works on the same voltage as the US and uses the same plugs, so all your electronic appliances will work without the need for any adaptors or transformers.

10. What about the high sales tax?

    For those of you who have traveled to Canada in the past, you might remember getting taxes back on your purchases. As of April of 2007, this is NO LONGER THE CASE. So make sure you understand that every purchase you make will have about 13.5% tax (2 separate taxes added one over the other) added to it.

    Unlike Europe where the tax is included in the ticket/list price, tax in Montreal will be added at check-out. And don't forget tips aren't included on restaurant checks, so be sure to take that into account, too.

11. What is the meeting attire?

    Business casual is appropriate for all functions except for the Friday social event, where more formal attire is suggested.

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What to See & Do

Not sure what you'd like to see in Montreal? Here are some suggestions:

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