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American Bar Association
ABA Section of Family Law

Fells Point

2009 Spring CLE Conference
April 22-25, 2009
Hilton Baltimore—Baltimore, MD

Join us in Charm City for a cornucopia of family law CLE programming. (Some of the programs will be produced in cooperation with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.) Enjoy the harbor, crabs, and an evening at the Sports Legends Museum, too!

Council Agenda Book now online! (Log in to ABA website to access)

Note: All CLE sessions will take place April 24-25, while the Council meeting will be held on April 23rd. (Most committees meet on Saturday.)



Advance Registration is now closed. Please register on-site at the meeting in Baltimore. (Section members get a discount!)

Reserve your hotel room today! Discount rate still available!

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CLE Programs

Pick up CLE credits on a variety of topics, including (but not limited to):
  • Alimony *
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Assisted Reproductive Technologies (special track of 7.5 hours of CLE)
  • Child Support
  • Custody
  • Domestic Violence
  • Ethics
  • International Law
  • Law Practice Management
  • Marital Property
  • Reasonable Compensation *
  • Recession Issues *
  • Trial Practice & Techniques *
Programs with an asterisk (*) are being produced in cooperation with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. We are also pleased to offer a special track of Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) programming (7.5 hours of CLE). Basic and advanced sessions will be offered, including (but not limited to): state survey of ART law; nuts and bolts of an ART case from planning conception to birth certificate; drafting ART agreements; and an entertaining and informative ethics vignette.

Conference Schedule
Download the schedule below to begin planning around your own CLE needs! Also be sure to note when Council and committees will be meeting, and don't forget to see when the Hospitality Room will be open. (Special events are also included.)

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Registration

Advance Registration is now closed. Please register on-site at the meeting in Baltimore.

The conference registration fee for ABA FL members is $500 and covers all CLE Programs, a CD-ROM, breakfast each day, our welcome networking reception on Thursday, and Chair's Suite receptions on Thursday and Saturday evenings. (Get a discount if you register by March 23, 2009.)

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


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Welcome Reception
Tydings & Rosenberg LLP
100 E. Pratt Street
Baltimore, MD

Come say hello, enjoy a cocktail, and partake of heavy hors d'oeuvres at our Welcome Reception on Thursday, April 23, at Host Committee Chair Herb Belgrad's firm, Tydings & Rosenberg (26th Floor). Look out over the spectacular view of Baltimore's Inner Harbor and ease yourself into the conference by greeting old friends and meeting new ones, too.

Newcomers' Dinner
We are pleased to offer an opportunity for first-time attendees and those "nearly new" attendees to join with Officers of the Section for a "Dutch Treat" dinner. This year's dinner will be at Frank and Nic's West End Grill, 511 W. Pratt Street, Suite A. This special dinner will take place on Thursday, April 23, at 7:00 p.m.

Special Event (Ticketed)
Be sure to join us on Friday, April 24, for our Evening at the Sports Legends Museum.
A limited number of tickets will be available for purchase on-site at the meeting.

Let's Play Ball!
The Baltimore Orioles will be playing the Chicago White Sox on April 22nd and 23rd and the Texas Rangers on April 25th at 7:05 p.m. Two types of tickets are available for each of the games. Center Field Bleacher tickets can be purchased for $15 or Left Field Lower Box tickets can be purchased for $25. All tickets must be ordered by March 26th. After that date you will need to buy your tickets at the Baltimore Orioles Stadium, Camden Yards.

Cancellation Policy
To receive a full refund, a written request must be received on or before April 2, 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.

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Hotel & Airport (Travel) Information

Hilton Baltimore
401 West Pratt Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Tel: 1-443-573-8700; Fax: 1-443-683-8841


The brand-new Hilton Baltimore Convention Center hotel lies in the exciting Inner Harbor area, a prime business, historic and cultural district in downtown Baltimore, Maryland.

Call the Hilton Baltimore at 443-573-8700 or reserve your room online prior to April 1st, 2009, at 5:00 p.m. Central Time, in order to receive the discounted conference rate of $209. If you make your reservations by phone, be sure to mention that you are attending the ABA Section of Family Law Spring CLE Conference to receive the conference rate.

Reserve your room online.

Nearby & Notable Attractions

  • Baltimore's Inner Harbor
  • Oriole Park at Camden Yards
  • National Aquarium in Baltimore
  • M & T Stadium (Home of the Baltimore Ravens)
  • Fort McHenry National Monument

Airline Arrangements
Discounted airfares are available from ABA Orbitz for Business, including ABA-negotiated discounts on American and United Airlines.

American Airlines Discount Code: #19838
United Airlines Discount Code: #578IG

To book online, visit ABA Travel and click under the Orbitz for Business logo at the top of the page. Then just click on the appropriate link in the Self Paid Travel box.

For assistance with online or offline reservations, call toll free 1-877-222-4185.

Airport & Transportation
There are three (3) local airports:

    Baltimore/Washington International (BWI)
    10 miles from hotel
    Drive time: 20 min.
    Taxi: $30 (typical charge)
    Washington National Airport
    41 miles from hotel
    Drive time: 50+ min.
    Taxi: $50 (typical charge)
    Washington Dulles International Airport
    70 miles from hotel
    Drive time: 75+ min.
    Taxi: $100 (typical charge)
You can reserve a shuttle by visiting SuperShuttle.com or by calling 1-800-258-3826. The cost is $13 one-way or $26 roundtrip from BWI to the hotel.

Driving Directions:
The hotel website has great directions, maps, and information.

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Special Events

Sports Legends Museum
Friday, April 24
7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Join us for an enlightening and fun evening at the Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards! Explore artifacts and interactive exhibits at one of the most spectacular sports museums in America while catching up with old and new friends.

The Sports Legend Museum is within walking distance of our hotel.

Pricing:

  • Adults: $85
  • Kids 3-12: $40
  • Children under 3: Free
(Remember to select this event when you register for the meeting.)

For more information about the museum, visit Sports Legends Museum. But don't just learn about the current exhibits; the history of Camden Station is interesting, too!

Speaking of sports.....
Let's Play Ball!
The Baltimore Orioles will be playing the Chicago White Sox on April 22nd and 23rd and the Texas Rangers on April 25th at 7:05 p.m. Two types of tickets are available for each of the games. Center Field Bleacher tickets can be purchased for $15 or Left Field Lower Box tickets can be purchased for $25. All tickets must be ordered by March 26th. After that date you will need to buy your tickets at the Baltimore Orioles Stadium, Camden Yards.
Conference Schedule
The schedule includes CLE programs, committee meetings, special events, and much more. Download a schedule today to begin planning around your own CLE needs.

Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards

Photos courtesy of Baltimore CVB.

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