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51st Annual Meeting, ACLEA Chicago ACLEA's 51st Annual Meeting

Renaissance Chicago Downtown | Chicago, IL | August 1-4, 2015

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**NEW** ACLEA Conference Concierge

Centrally located near the ACLEA registration area, the Conference Concierge provides an area for attendees to ask questions of speakers, as well as get general assistance on all issues concerning the conference. Receive advice on selecting suitable sessions to attend, get technical assistance, or just relax and network with your peers. The Conference Concierge desk is also where you can make any adjustments to your SIG Luncheon registrations. Whatever you need, the Conference Concierge can help you find the answer!

Optional Networking Event

Chicago Boat Tour

Chicago Architectural Boat Tour

Saturday, August 1 | 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. (ticketed)

Explore the city that defines upward mobility! Each year thousands of architecture lovers make a pilgrimage to the birthplace of the skyscraper. Critics say that no other city has influenced and embodied the state-of-the-art in high-rise design and modern architecture as prominently as Chicago; virtually every major architect has a signature building here. Hop on board for a 90-minute expert narrated Architecture Tour on the Chicago River.


The program registration fee includes conference materials, admission to Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday sessions, the business meeting and breakfast, the Saturday welcome reception, the Sunday evening reception and the Monday night special event. Saturday’s add-on workshops, and all optional lunches and tours are separately priced. We must receive payment for optional sessions, lunches, and tours in advance of the conference to guarantee your reservation. Unless otherwise stated, all special event and tour fee payments are nonrefundable after July 3, 2015.

Spouse/Guest Fee

ACLEA has a spouse/guest fee for attendance at ACLEA meetings by those not eligible for ACLEA membership. This is a restricted fee intended for family members. Any spouse/guest who is interested in networking with other spouses/guests as well as friends in ACLEA, may pay a fee to cover the costs of food and beverage and attendance at some meetings. This $175/225 fee includes the Saturday welcome reception, continental breakfasts, business meeting breakfast, exhibit hall mixer, morning and afternoon breaks, and attendance at any sessions on topics that may be of interest, but does not include conference materials, luncheons, or optional events. This benefit is extended only to those spouse/guests who are not eligible for ACLEA membership. ANYONE CONSULTING WITH, OR EMPLOYED BY, AN ORGANIZATION ELIGIBLE FOR MEMBERSHIP IN ACLEA IS NOT ELIGIBLE FOR THIS FEE.

Special thanks to our 51st Annual Planning Committee

  • Chair: Dawn Ofner, Legal Education Society of Alberta
  • Jeanne Heaton, Illinois State Bar Association
  • Raymond Lee, CLEBC
  • Jill Eckert McCall, American Bar Association
  • Amy Plent, District of Columbia Bar
  • Linda Russell, CEB - California
  • Paul Unger, Affinity Consulting Group LLC
  • Alexandra Wong, The Law Society of Upper Canada

Hotel and Transportation Information


Our host hotel is the Renaissance Chicago Downtown. ACLEA has secured a special room rate of 199 USD per night for single/double available until July 9, 2015 or until the room block is exhausted, whichever comes first.

NOTE: ACLEA has obtained this room rate by contracting a total meeting package at the Renaissance Chicago Downtown. ACLEA must meet certain minimum food & beverage and hotel room pickup requirements or ACLEA will face attrition and/or meeting room rental. In order for ACLEA to continue to provide a reasonable registration fee, we need your help. Please take advantage of the room rate we have negotiated and make your reservation by contacting:

Renaissance Chicago Downtown
1 West Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60601, USA
Phone 1+ (312) 372-7200
Book your group rate for Association for continuing Legal Education


Chicago O’Hare International Airport — ORD
Hotel direction: 18 miles SE

  • Alternate transportation: Go Airport Express- 24 hour notice/advanced booking required; fee: $28 US (one way); on request
  • Bus service, fee: $5 (one way)
  • Subway service, fee: $5 (one way)
  • Estimated taxi fare: $40 (one way)

Chicago Midway International Airport — MDW
Hotel direction: 12.1 miles NE

  • Alternate transportation: Go Airport Express- $24 hour notice/advanced booking required; fee: $23 (one way); on request
  • Bus service, fee: $5 (one way)
  • Subway service, fee: $2.25 (one way)
  • Estimated taxi fare: $35 (one way)

The parking rates for Renaissance Chicago:
Overnight, fee: $65 daily
8-24 hours, fee: $65 daily
2-8 hours, fee: $45 daily
Under 2 hours, fee: $35
Event rate, fee $32
Restaurant, fee $26

**Valet parking only with in/out privileges included in fee / Large SUVs and other oversized vehicles are not allowed. **

Cancellation Policy

All special event & tour fee payments are nonrefundable after July 3, 2015. Registration refunds, less a $50 processing fee, will be given to registrants who cancel by 5:00 p.m. July 3, 2015. No refunds or transfers will