NCACC Forty-Seventh Annual Meeting
Point Clear, Alabama August 2 - 7, 2020
Registration for the 47th annual conference is now open! Due to unprecedented circumstances, this year's conference is virtual. THERE IS NO REGISTRATION FEE, but please consider making a donation to the NCACC Educational Fund. Chris Prine and the Program Committee revamped the Alabama program and rescheduled three virtual education sessions. The NCACC will apply for CLE credit for these sessions, but given the unusual nature of 2020, we do not know what various states will approve or not approve as far as virtual education sessions. Also, there is a tentative C-track virtual meeting scheduled after the education sessions, but given the fluid situation that meeting may be rescheduled for a later date. The virtual meeting is scheduled for August 2, 2020 at 11 a.m. CENTRAL time (Noon Eastern, 8 a.m. Alaska, 9 a.m. Pacific, 10 a.m. Mountain).
A virtual conference is not the same as being together, and the various time zones complicate matters. I urge members who have been unable to attend past conferences due to budget restrictions, travel restrictions, health conditions or other considerations, to PLEASE consider registering and attending this virtual business meeting and the education sessions.
It is with great sadness that I announce that for the first time in the history of the NCACC, the in-person annual conference scheduled in August is cancelled. Instead the NCACC will host a virtual business meeting along with the election of new officers on Sunday August 2, 2020. We plan to convert a few of the scheduled speaker sessions to a webinar format. While it won't be the same as seeing each other and being together, the Executive Committee believed that this was the correct decision. To travel and meet as a large group in a confined space is not safe and is extremely risky.
As more details for joining the business meeting and registering for the speaker sessions become available, we will post this information on the list serve and this website. I encourage ALL OF YOU to join the virtual business meeting on August 2, and I hope that many of you who have not been able to travel to a conference in the past will now take this opportunity to join our virtual meeting and webinar sessions.
Save the date on Sunday August 2, and please stay tuned as there is much more information to come.
Make plans to attend the 47th Annual Meeting of the National Conference of Appellate Court Clerks which will be held in Point Clear, Alabama, from August 2 through 7, 2020.
The conference will be held at the historic Grand Hotel which is part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection of hotels. Historic Hotels of America recently recognized the Grand Hotel with its 2019 Best Historic Hotel award for hotels with over 400 guestrooms. There are two room rates for the conference. Resort-view rooms are the federal per diem rate of $169 for July 31st and $112 for August 1st through 6th. The rate for a bay-view room is $155 per night. Self-parking is free at the Grand Hotel.
On Monday evening, we will make our way to Mobile for an evening of music, food, and fun in the beautiful Crystal Ballroom of the historic Battle House Hotel. On Wednesday evening, we will go to Gulf Shores to stick our toes in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico as we enjoy an evening along the sugar-white sands of Alabama’s beaches.
Chris Prine (TX) and the Program Committee have been hard at work planning an informative education program that will be of benefit to us all. Speaking of the education program, be on the lookout for great items to donate for the Sunday night silent auction, as well as saving up your money to bid on those items! It is largely through our members’ generosity at the silent auction that we are able to experience an outstanding education program year in and year out as well as provide scholarship assistance for members to attend.
Make your plans to join us in Sweet Home Alabama!
Point Clear is in proximity to both the Mobile Regional Airport (MOB) and the Pensacola International Airport (PNS). Mobile Regional Airport, which is 38 miles from the Grand Hotel, is serviced by American, Delta, and United Airlines. Pensacola International Airport, which is 60 miles from the Grand Hotel, is serviced by American, Delta, Frontier, Silver, Southwest, and United Airlines. If you are considering driving, Point Clear is only 15 miles off of Interstate 10.
Things to do!
Please take the opportunity to bring your family or friends with you to Alabama. There is enough to do at the Grand Hotel to keep you busy the entire week. However, please also consider some of the these great adventures for you and your family while in Alabama:
- Go to the beach. Spend the day on the beaches at Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. If you have a desire for live music and good times while you are at the beach, go to the world-famous Flora-Bama.
- If you are looking for something more educational take a trip to Fort Morgan, and then take the ferry over to Dauphin Island to see Fort Gaines. Both of these forts played important roles in the Battle of Mobile Bay. While on Dauphin Island, check out Dauphin Island Sea Lab.
- Plan a day in Mobile. Mobile is home to the USS Alabama and has some great museums such as the GulfQuest, the Mobile Carnival Museum, and the History Museum of Mobile. Check out Historic Oakleigh or go see the beautiful Bellingrath Gardens and Home.
If you are a literary buff, make the two-hour drive to Monroeville, Harper Lee’s hometown and the basis of Maycomb in To Kill a Mockingbird and Go Set a Watchman. Visit the old Monroe County Courthouse, the setting of the courtroom scene in To Kill a Mockingbird.
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