About the Workshop

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 Airport Law Workshop, back in-person! This year's workshop will be held October 17-19, 2021 in Washington, D.C. at the InterContinental at The Wharf.

The Workshop has long been regarded as the premier conference for both new and experienced lawyers (and those who need to understand airport law) to learn from experts the fundamental legal principles that underlie virtually all elements of airport operations and development.  This workshop is the only conference that combines a thorough review of the basics of airport law with an update on recent legal developments.  Conducted in an interactive 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.  Continuing legal education credits are generally available in most states.

The format of the workshop makes it more accessible to both experienced and relatively new practitioners.  The workshop will have concurrent sessions for basic legal issues and hot topics for participants who already understand the basics.  This will make it easier for participants to select the sessions based upon their own personal knowledge of the issues.

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.  Attendees often have commented that the networking opportunities are one of the most valuable elements of the conference, and this year’s conference incorporates more opportunities for participants to learn from each other.  To encourage that networking, there will not be a virtual attendance option.  This is a great opportunity to break out from the pandemic isolation and meet colleagues and connect with industry experts!

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 annually updated for this workshop.  Past attendees have reported that this book is kept as a well-used reference tool.

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 presentations will be available for download and 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

CLE Credits

Please visit the CLE Information page for more information or the Kaplan Kirsch and Rockwell Airport Law Workshop website