2019 National Conference General Information



Register now to take advantage of the early bird discounts. CLS will not be able to extend the early bird registration discounts this year due to increased costs associated with this location. Early bird discounts end on July 31. 

Payment in full is required to process all registrations. The registration fee covers all main sessions, workshops, three buffet breakfasts, and the Saturday evening gala. We will confirm your completed registration by mail or email. The status of your membership on October 31, 2019 determines your registration fee. Those attending law school or undergraduate school full-time are considered “Students.” When both spouses are attorneys, law students, or non-lawyer members, the spouse with the higher registration fee must register and the other need pay only the spouse fee.

The hotel is located in downtown Chicago approximately 18 miles from O’Hare International Airport (ORD) and is accessible via rental car or Chicago Transit Authority (CTA). Parking at the hotel is expensive (around $70 per day). Please plan accordingly.

You can plan your trip via public transportation using the RTA Chicago Transit website (https://www.rtachicago.org/plan-your-trip). Cabs are available to take you to and from ORD and they accept credit card payment. During busy hours plan on 45 minutes to 1 hour to get to the hotel from ORD or vice versa.

CLE Credits
CLS will be applying for state bar approved CLE credits. There is no additional charge for CLE credits for workshop sessions; however, you must fill out the proper CLE forms at the conference to receive credit. CLE credit is also available for the main session on Friday morning. CLE credits will be provided for workshops that qualify, which is dependent on the rules of each accrediting state.

Dress for the conference is business casual; Saturday evening banquet is business formal.

Special Needs
If you have dietary or other special needs, please let us know when you register so that we can make arrangements to accommodate your needs.

Any cancellation/request for a refund must be made in writing, and CLS will issue a cancellation number. If received on or before September 1, a $75 administration fee will apply. If received by 4:00 pm EDT on October 1, a $150 fee will apply. No refunds will be given after 4:00 pm EDT on October 1, 2019. No-shows will not receive a refund.

The Westin Chicago Michigan Avenue is located at 909 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611. The hotel is directly across the street from the 360 Chicago Tower (the Hancock building) on Michigan Avenue and E. Delaware Place and just a few blocks from Lake Michigan.    

Click here to access the hotel reservations page. Please note that we expect the discounted rate hotel block to fill quickly and the hotel will not guarantee an extension of our room block. Please plan accordingly by booking early to ensure your discounted rate of $189/night. 

Child Care
Age-appropriate, Christ-centered care is available for children ages 0-11 for most conference sessions and workshops. Childcare is free for all registrants; however, registrations must be received by September 16, 2019, so we can make the appropriate accommodations. Details and program offerings are subject to change based on interest.