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2023 Fall Bench & Bar Retreat SOLD OUT! 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 Westbrook, CT 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. Election Law 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: Oceanview: +$125 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 to see room descriptions Children's Pricing (full weekend) 3 and Under: Free 4-11: $210 12 and older: $415 CANCELLATION POLICY: 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.
The Annual Thanksgiving Luncheon will take place in-person on Wednesday, November 22 at Cipriani 42nd St. The Federal Bar Council will honor Senior U.S. District Judge Colleen McMahon with the Emory Buckner Medal. Table of 10 - $7,500  Individual Ticket - $500 Government/Non-Profit/First Decade of Practice - $200
Register Now for the 2024 Winter Bench & Bar Conference! Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands Co-Chairs, 2024 Winter Bench & Bar Conference: Carrie H. Cohen, Esq. Amy Walsh, Esq. Judicial Program Chair: Hon. Alison J. Nathan U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit Registration includes 1 hotel room, daily breakfast, receptions & dinners, CLE Programs, and airport transfers for 5 days/4 nights. Families welcome. Children's pricing available upon request.  Pricing: Single Occupancy (1 person): $7,100 Double Occupancy (2 persons): $9,950 The standard room included in the registration is Resort View. A limited number of Ocean View rooms are available for an additional $1,775. The Federal Bar Council standard (resort view) room rate of $809/ night (exclusive of taxes & fees) is available 3 days before and 3 days after the conference, subject to availability. Contact for more information.  Flight Information: Jet Blue and Cayman Airways have daily direct flights to the Cayman Islands out of JFK.  United Airlines has a daily direct flight out of Newark. All other major airlines fly to the Cayman Islands Schedule: A preliminary schedule can be found here:  Winter Bench 2024 Preliminary Schedule.pdf CANCELLATION POLICY: Final payment, is due in full by Friday, December 15, 2023. If you cancel after that date, you will be charged a cancellation fee of $500.00 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. All cancellations must be received in writing through the Council office.
The 2024 Judges Reception will be held on Thursday, March 21, 6:00 - 8:00 pm at the Union League Club
ONLINE REGISTRATION IS CLOSED. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO PURCHASE A TICKET, PLEASE EMAIL AJA.STEPHENS@FEDERALBARCOUNCIL.COM OR CALL 646-736-6163 2023 Law Day Dinner This year, the Federal Bar Council will present the Learned Hand Medal to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor May 4, 2023, 6:00 pm Cipriani Wall Street Individual: $500 Table of 10: $7,500 Government/Non Profit: $200 Proof of full vaccination against covid-19 and a same-day negative rapid test is required to attend this year’s dinner.