General Information

The American Association of Airport Executives, in cooperation with the law firm of Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell LLP and the International Municipal Lawyers Association, is pleased to present the 33rd Annual Basics of Airport Law Workshop and 2017 Legal Update, October 15 - 17, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois, at the Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile

Now in its third decade, the workshop is the best opportunity for those new to airport law, or new to specific legal issues, to learn from experts the fundamental legal principles that underlie virtually all aspects of airport operations and development. This workshop is the only conference which combines a thorough review of the basics of airport law with an update on recent legal developments. Conducted in a classroom format, the instructors are government attorneys from DOT, FAA and TSA, as well as seasoned practitioners with decades of experience and in-depth understanding of the federal laws, regulations and policies that govern public-use airports. While many participants are new to airport law, many experienced lawyers also attend to receive an update on areas of law with which they are less familiar. The opportunity to interact informally with these attendees is another benefit of the workshop.

The workshop is taught in plain English and is not limited to lawyers. While more than half of the attendees are lawyers, participants always include those involved in airport administration, operations, planning, finance, property, environmental management or security. Senior airport managers and commissioners or board members attend as well. This workshop also can help educate those who do not work for an airport but who interact with airports or are otherwise involved in the regulatory aspects of the industry. Everyone will take something away from the workshop, and most attendees will take away knowledge and tools that can be put to use immediately.

The workshop is a terrific value. It provides a comprehensive overview of airport legal issues in a relatively short amount of time; attendees can interact directly with government officials and lawyers; and attorneys can earn Continuing Legal Education credits. One of the most valuable benefits of the workshop is that all attendees receive the Airport Law Desk Reference, a comprehensive, user-friendly resource book that is updated each year for this conference. Past attendees have reported that this book is kept as a well-used reference on their desks!

The workshop is one of a kind. Don't miss your chance to attend and take advantage of this opportunity to gain valuable insight and information that you can put to use immediately. All participants will receive the Airport Law Desk Reference to take home.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

  • Airport directors and managers
  • Airport tenants
  • Federal agency lawyers
  • Lawyers
  • Anyone involved in regulatory aspects of the industry

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