Registration is now open for the 27th Annual AALJ National Educational Conference
October 30 – November 1, 2018
Major Body Systems II: Neurological Disorders and the Brain
Charleston, South Carolina at the Francis Marion Hotel
We are once again offering an Early Bird Special registration now through April 15, 2018.
Your registration fee includes three days of programming/classes, a welcome reception on Monday evening, as well as breakfast, lunch and two coffee breaks on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
We are still working on the Agenda, but our main medical topics will cover seizure disorders, migraines (including a discussion re “equals”), strokes/organic brain disorders/vascular, and neuropathy/radiculopathy (diabetic neuropathy, CTS and ulnar neuropathy included). Those are our 4 main medical topics and we’re going to try to include in each of these discussions the doctor’s opinion of what to make of a claimant’s symptoms (such as vertigo, migraines, staring seizures, radicular pain, etc.) when objective testing such as EEGs, EMGs, etc. are negative. Our non-medical sessions will include ethics training and circuit court breakouts. Our other breakout sessions will include Lexis/Nexis training, VE discussions regarding how vocational rehabilitation works and other VE issues, and also sessions on Mindfulness, and Retirement (agency retirement guru, Bob Gelkin is trying to attend again this year). There will be other breakouts and main sessions added.
- The Early Bird Special registration fee for judges is $425.
- For the regular registration period of April 16, 2018 to September 15, 2018, the registration fee for judges will be $450.
- From September 16, 2018 through the conference, the late registration fee for judges will be $475.
- The Early Bird Special registration fee for retired judges is $375.
- For the regular registration period of April 16, 2018 to September 15, 2018, the registration fee for retired judges will be $400.
- From September 16, 2018 through the conference, the late registration fee for retired judges will be $425.
- The Early Bird Special registration fee for new judges appointed in 2017, but who did not attend the Chicago conference is $325.
- For the regular registration period of April 16, 2017 to September 15, 2017, the registration fee for these new judges will be $350.
- From September 16, 2018 through the conference, the late registration fee for these new judges will be $375.
As noted, your registration fee includes three days of programming/classes, a welcome reception on Monday evening, as well as breakfast, lunch and two coffee breaks for the three conference days. If you wish to have a guest attend the luncheon with you, you can purchase a guest lunch on the registration page. The registration page also offers you an opportunity to donate to our scholarship fund. We certainly hope you will contribute.
Those who sign up during the Early Bird Registration will receive the hotel reservation link on or about April 16/17, 2018 and registration will be closed for a few days, while you reserve your hotel rooms. Thereafter, those who register for the conference during the regular and late registration periods will get the hotel reservation link in their confirmation E-mail. Our block is only a portion of the hotel’s 235 guestrooms and suites, so we encourage you to register as soon as the Early Bird registration begins.
There will be a cancellation fee of $100.00 for cancellations made after October 15, 2018.
The Francis Marion Hotel, with its central downtown location across from Marion Square (see above), is an easy walk to antebellum homes, magnificent gardens, antique shops and boutiques, and world-class restaurants. This historic hotel, named for the Revolutionary War hero Francis Marion, the “Swamp Fox,” has a long tradition of gracious service, elegant accommodations, and hosting splendid banquets and events dating back to its opening in 1924. Built by local investors at a cost of $1.5 million from plans by noted New York architect W.L. Stoddard, the Francis Marion was the largest and grandest hotel in the Carolinas. The 1920s was the Golden Age of railroads, radio and grand hotels, and the Charleston Renaissance was in full bloom and the Francis Marion Hotel was “the place to be”. The hotel was meticulously restored in 1996 with a $12 million National Trust for Historic Preservation award winning restoration, the Francis Marion Hotel now combines 1920’s style and grace with 21st Century comfort and convenience in the heart of historic Charleston on Marion Square. There have been additional renovations since, including the last few years.
Rising 12 stories, many of the Hotel’s 235 guestrooms and suites offer spectacular views of Charleston’s historic harbor, church steeples and legendary King Street. The room rate negotiated for Charleston is $178 per night plus tax, etc. Your room rate includes complimentary in-room Wi-Fi, as well as complimentary use of the hotel fitness center. This rate will also be offered for at least three days prior and three days after the conference for your convenience. Please do not contact the hotel at this time, as reservations cannot be made until the Early Bird conference registration ends. We will send conference registrants a link to register on or about 4/16/18 – 4/17/18, after the Early Bird Registration ends.
A free trolley system circles the downtown area, which is easily accessible across the street from the hotel. A two-day guest program will be arranged (City Tour, Harbor Tour, Plantation Tour) with an optional third day excursion. Our block is only a portion of the hotel’s 235 guestrooms and suites, so we encourage you to register as soon as the Early Bird registration begins, as this is sure to be a sell-out.
If you send this E-mail to your home or mobile phone, you can view these informational videos on downtown Charleston (won’t work in the office):
https://youtu.be/-3siWhMFcLE (Radcliffeborough, Charleston)
https://youtu.be/grJy1-plwAg (French Quarter, Charleston)
https://youtu.be/SKydQJVCzLs (Ansonborough, Charleston)
https://youtu.be/YdGzQZvicYU (Harleston Village, Charleston)
2018 Educational Conference Committee
Michelle Marcus, Chair
With help from Ted Morriss, Charleston OHO