ILAA Newsletters & Updates

Our next conference is scheduled for September 28 to September 30, 2018 in Charleston, South Carolina.  The conference is being hosted by the South Carolina Bar.

Charleston is a wonderful city and my wife and I are looking forward to a return visit.  I can think of no better way to describe it than what I found on the website:

“Charleston, the South Carolina port city founded in 1670, is defined by its cobblestone streets, horse-drawn carriages and pastel antebellum houses, particularly in the elegant French Quarter and Battery districts. The Battery promenade and Waterfront Park both overlook Charleston Harbor, while Fort Sumter, a federal stronghold where the first shots of the Civil War rang out, lies across the water.”

The conference hotel is the Francis Marion Hotel and as usual at ILAA conferences there will be lots of time to explore this wonderful city.  I have communicated with our South Carolina hosts and hope they will soon have the ILAA Registration Form posted on our website.  

Another thing to consider is coming Thursday, September 27th to attend the COLAP Conference Dinner.  The cost is $75 and will require registration through COLAP.  The COLAP Registration Form can be obtained at 2018 national conference for lawyer assistance programs.

We continue with our idea and hope that we can “cure” the issue of our aging Membership and declining numbers by recruiting more new young members.  Often we have quite a few newcomers from the host city, but it was my experience and that of many others, that you need to attend at least two conferences to become “hooked” on ILAA.  The Trustees floated the idea to raise funds for scholarships to be available to younger members of our profession who cannot afford to attend because of the cost, particularly hotel and transportation costs.  This would be beyond our current policy of granting scholarships for registration fees, and little else.  We agree with the suggestion made at the last Business Meeting that our members canvas their local LAP’s and Bar Associations to see if one-time donations could be made for this purpose.  We encourage you to do so – soon.  The power of connection through ILAA is amazing, and if we can attract younger members we will continue to grow. 

Your Trusted Servant, Barry Kerfoot


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