Oh sweet change, how I love thee, let me count the ways. I know some don’t share my feelings for change but I for one, love it. It gives us an opportunity to look at things from a different perspective and see things we haven’t seen before. It challenges us to redefine our goals and refocus on what’s important.
There has been a lot of talk about how different it will be at the Mid-Year Meeting in Phoenix. It’s only two days. The event will be at a law school instead of a hotel. Sessions will be in classrooms instead of hotel conference spaces. There are three workshops to choose from instead of four. There is one group event instead of two. Have I convinced you NOT to register yet? Hang in there and keep reading.
As the legal industry changes, so must we. The Phoenix Planning Committee was tasked by the Executive Committee to come up with something innovative and fresh. To design a conference that focused on the content and met attendees where they are in their career. We have accomplished just that. With our tracks Better, Stronger, and Inspired, we have developed content for the newer attendee, the experienced attendee, and the attendee who needs a little motivation and inspiration. The Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law offers a perfect setting for this approach. It’s beautiful, sleek, and state of the art classrooms encourage collaboration and learning. You will also see new faces in your workshops. There are 19 speakers who are excited to engage with you that have never spoken at ACLEA before.
We didn’t forget about boot camp. The State Bar of Arizona will host boot campers on Friday January 25 in our beautiful CLE center. With Rob Seto as our master of ceremonies, attendees will feel welcome right off the bat. The same great content will be offered to help build a solid foundation for those new to ACLEA and the CLE world.
There is still plenty of time to build new relationships and strengthen current relationships with other members and our beloved vendors. The Membership Committee is offering three dine-around options on Friday and Sunday night. With almost an hour and a half in scheduled breaks each day, you are sure to find time to chat with your favorite vendor and build relationships with new vendors. Your SIG luncheons and committee meetings remain the same so you can touch base with your peers and get a sense for what’s happening globally. Oh, and there’s the food! Breakfast each morning, lunch at the ticketed SIG events, snacks, and our networking event on Saturday night. You will not go hungry!
I am excited to see you all in my hometown in January. Phoenix is a magical place when it’s not 197 degrees outside. The birds are chirping, the cactus are blooming, and the Phoenicians are smiling. Downtown Phoenix has become quit the spot for foodies, sports fans, culture seekers and those looking to relax and take it all in. Early bird registration is available through January 7 — so register today!
See you in Phoenix!