Tuesday, January 28, 2014

What I learned at the Annual CAI Law Seminar



I recently returned from the annual CAI Law Seminar held over four days in Las Vegas-a tough job to be sure but someone has to do it!


This year's law seminar was the largest in the event's 35-year history with over 600 people registered to attend. Despite the polar vortex delaying some attendees, the buzz of excitement was evident from the very first day of registration through the last event held on Saturday. For many of us who attended, the excitement started even before we landed in Nevada as we played around with our incredibly cool Law Seminar App, setting up our profiles, creating our schedules and more.

The sheer magnitude of this event was impressive. There are many who say that organizing lawyers and other professionals is akin to herding cats but you would have to disagree looking at how the seminar was handled from start to finish. There were many people involved with the planning and execution of an event this large and they are all to be commended for an incredibly well done job.

Each day brought a packed schedule of course offerings exploring the trends and practices in community association law for attorneys, managers, insurance professionals and others in the industry. It wasn't always easy to decide which of the concurrent sessions to attend. Did I want to learn more about parking, pets and pools and the nuances associated with each of those  under the Fair Housing Act or did I want to sit in on the practical tips for effective and efficient association litigation management?

Ethics for Associations and the Attorney's Role was a course that had many "aha" moments and, given my social media activities, Maximizing Technology for Associations was not a session I was likely to miss. One of the highlights of the event for me and many others with whom I spoke was the keynote address given by Dan Abrams, the chief legal affairs anchor for ABC News. It's always a good thing to hear a respected journalist speak your language!

The event was presented by the College of Community Association Lawyers (CCAL) of which I am a proud member.  CCAL was established in 1993 to acknowledge CAI member attorneys who have distinguished themselves through contributions to the evolution or practice of community association law and who have committed themselves to the highest standards of professional and ethical conduct in the practice of community association law.

I can't speak for how other industries handle their annual conferences as I have been immersed in this one for over two decades now. However, this annual law seminar always makes me proud of my career choice and honored to be surrounded by the caliber of people who also dedicate their lives to making the community association concept and lifestyle successful.

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