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On Tuesday May 26th, 2009Print
On Tuesday May 26th, 2009Print
Location: San Francisco, CA
Conference: AAJ 2009 Annual Convention
Organization: American Association for Justice
Date: July 25 – 29, 2009
Description: AAJ is the world’s largest trial bar and is committed to the goal of a fair and effective justice system, both in the US and internationally.
Who should go: Plaintiff lawyers and law students.
Professional highlights: With thousands of attendees, the opportunities to network and learn are many. Don’t miss US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s opening talk.
Personal highlights: Check out the infamous Alcatraz prison, stroll down Pier 39, or escape the city for a Napa Valley wine tour.
Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Conference: American Lawyers Football Cup
Date: June 10 – 14, 2009
Description: Mundiavocat organizes lawyer-only soccer tournaments for Europe, Asia, and now North and South America. The World Lawyers Football Cup will take place next year in Turkey.
Who should go: Any lawyer who loves a game of footie.
Professional highlights: Okay, so it’s not technically a conference, but the networking opportunities and “business” lunches by the pool more than justify five days of soccer in the sun.
Personal highlights: Did we mention it’s on Copacabana Beach? Rio de Janeiro is a city that knows how to party, and sunshine and good times are virtually guaranteed. Order a caipirinha and get ready to samba the night away.
Location: New York, NY
Conference: 8th International Mergers and Acquisitions Conference
Organization: International Bar Association
Date: June 23 – 24, 2009
Description: The IBA has 30,000 members representing more than 195 bar associations and law societies worldwide.
Who should go: Lawyers in private practice, in-house counsel, investment bankers, accountants, and M&A specialists.
Professional highlights: This two-day conference gives an overview of the current M&A marketplace, with a focus on private equity in the credit crunch and the acquisition of troubled businesses.
Personal highlights: Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge for a spectacular view of America’s legendary city, ride the ferry to Staten Island, and stay an extra day to hear Ziggy Marley play in Central Park.
Location: Victoria, BC
Conference: 2009 National Criminal Law Program
Organization: The Federation of Law Societies of Canada
Date: July 6 – 10, 2009
Description: Founded in 1926, the FLSC unites provincial law societies to create national uniformity across the legal profession.
Who should go: Lawyers and judges involved in criminal law.
Professional highlights: This year’s focus is the law of evidence, and features five days of talks and interactive workshops hosted by a range of Canadian industry leaders.
Personal highlights: Victoria is the closest you’ll come to a quaint English seaside town without crossing the Atlantic. Take a quiet stroll along the picturesque boardwalk and don’t miss afternoon tea at the historic Empress Hotel.
Location: Dublin, Ireland
Conference: CBA Canadian Legal Conference
Organization: Canadian Bar Association
Date: August 13 – 18, 2009
Description: The CBA was formed in 1896; today approximately two-thirds of Canadian lawyers belong to the organization.
Who should go: Anyone with an interest in Canada’s role in the international legal community.
Professional highlights: This whirlwind three-day conference boasts an impressive list of speakers including former Irish president Mary Robinson, visionary business lawyer Leonard Brody, and legal futurist Richard Susskind.
Personal highlights: The conference has organized some fabulous activities including a private performance by Riverdance and an evening of drinking and dining at the Guinness Storehouse and Museum.
Location: Reno, Nevada
Conference: Interventions for Family Conflict
Organization: Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
Date: November 5 – 7, 2009
Description: The AFCC is an interdisciplinary international organization committed to resolving family conflict.
Who should go: Lawyers and judges practicing family law and those outside the legal profession with an interest in resolving family legal issues.
Professional highlights: This three-day conference focuses on the issues surrounding children in legal conflict, and how the system can work to stack the odds in their favour.
Personal highlights: Don’t limit yourself to the inside of a casino: eat fresh, local food at the West Street Market, get in a round at the Rosewood Lakes Golf Course, or raft the rapids of nearby Truckee River.
Location: Budapest, Hungary
Conference: 47th Annual Congress of the International Association of Young Lawyers
Organization: International Association of Young Lawyers
Date: August 25 – 29, 2009
Description: AIJA is a non-profit organization committed to fostering the young global law community. They hold several international conferences, but this is the main event.
Who should go: Lawyers and in-house counsel 45 and younger.
Professional highlights: With a huge range of workshops, this conference really packs it in. You can address your own area of practice and still have the chance to dabble in something new.
Personal highlights: Visit the 13th-century Buda Castle, check out the communist statues at Memento Park museum, and relax in one of the city’s natural thermal Turkish spas.