2023 Fall Bench & Bar Retreat
The Fall Bench & Bar Retreat is currently at capacity. You may register for the Wait List.
November 3-5, 2023
Water's Edge Resort & Spa
All registrations include CLE programs, hotel room, and group breakfasts, lunches, dinners and receptions for the full weekend.
Families are welcomed and encouraged to attend.
Judicial Guests include:
Hon. William J. Nardini
Hon. John Cronan
Hon. Philip Halpern
Hon. Dale Ho
Hon. Peggy Kuo
Hon. Jennifer Rearden
CLE Programs to Include:
Federal Rules Challenge
Jeopardy-style competition on Federal Rules
Cybercrime Update: Fear and Hope!
The past year has seen ever more critical cyber-security issue impact our work as lawyers – from the increase in ransomware and other cyber-extortion cases often targeting law firms to new laws governing the protection of data and developments in the law of privilege and ethics and even a new CLE requirement focused on lawyers and cyber-security ethics. Please join us for this interactive panel which will discuss these “ripped-from-the-headline” issues, why they are and can be scary, and also why, notwithstanding this, there is reasons for hope.
A Court-Packing History: Getting to Nine, A Switch in Time, and Recent Designs
The role and operation of the Supreme Court in our constitutional system and the functioning of the constitutional process by which the president nominates and by and with the advice and consent of the Senate appoints Justices to the United States Supreme Court has been the topic of much debate in recent years – but 2020 was not the first-time questions regarding the makeup of the US Supreme Court has crossed the landscape of political debate in this country.
We look back to the 1930s and the aftermath of Three Supreme Court decisions striking down New Deal legislation and we glance into the issue presented in the modern day.
The LGBTQ+ Community: Review of the Current Legal and Legislative Landscape
A panel discussion to review the Supreme Court’s recent decisions, including but not limited to: Groff v. DeJoy, 303 Creative, Inc. v. Elenis, Students for Fair Admissions Inc. v. President and Fellows of Harvard College and Students for Fair Admissions Inc. v. University of North Carolina, and their impact on the future of the LGBTQ+ community specifically and the Civil Rights movement generally. Panelists will present all sides of the issues and will provide guidance on how these decisions and current legislation may impact DEI conduct and policies within corporate organizations, law firms, as well as the wellbeing of marginalized communities.
As we head into the 2024 election year, the courts are hearing a variety of election-related suits. The panel will discuss recent developments such as Judge Marrero’s decision National Coalition on Black Civic Participation v. Wohl
, the intersection of the First Amendment and voter intimidation, recent state legislation, and the DOJ’s position on voting legislation.
Hot Topics in Ethics
Early Bird Pricing
Member Single Occupancy: $1,545
Member Double Occupancy: $2,515
Non-Member Single Occupancy: $1,745
Non-Member Double Occupancy: $2,915
Double Occupancy means 2 people, 1 room. For Member Double Occupancy, the second occupant does not need to be a member of the Federal Bar Council.
A limited number of spaces are available for members in good standing who: (1) are in their first 5 years of practice and/or (2) work for the government or a non-profit organization.
Single Occupancy (discounted): $1,045
Double Occupancy (discounted) $1,515
Room Upgrade Additional Cost:
Junior Suite: +$125
Royal Suite: +$385
Three Bedroom: +$605
2 Bedroom Villa (Must be booked under 2 different registrations): $1,810 single, $2,800 double
Visit https://watersedgeresortandspa.com/rooms/ to see room descriptions
Children's Pricing (full weekend)
3 and Under: Free
12 and older: $415
Payment in full must be submitted with your registration. If you cancel after Friday, September 29, 2023, you will be charged a cancellation fee of $250.00 per adult, provided that the space can be resold. If it is not resold, in addition to the cancellation fee, you will be responsible to pay any and all related hotel cancellation charges.