1. Hotel Information

The conference will be held at the Westin Buckhead Atlanta; Phone 800-937-8461 - Guest Fax 404-365-8787.  Visit the hotel's website at http://www,westinbuckheadatlanta.com/ for further information.

2. Hotel Reservations

The Forum on the Construction Industry has negotiated a special room rate of $169 per single/ double room at the Westin.  This rate is inclusive of bellman and maid gratuities.  A 15% sales tax will also apply per night. To make your hotel reservations online, please visit http://www.starwoodmeeting.com/Book/abaforumonconstruction.  You may call the hotel directly at 800-937-8461 and mention the ABA 2011 Forum on the Construction Industry Fall Meeting.  We have reserved a limited block of rooms through September 13, 2011. You must register for the conference prior to making your hotel reservation. After this date, the Hotel Reservation Office will assign rooms on a space available basis. All changes and cancellations to guaranteed hotel reservations must be made within 72 hours of the scheduled day of arrival to avoid a one night’s cancellation charge.

3. Air / Ground Travel

Air Travel:  Airfare discounts to ABA meetings are available through ABA Online Travel.  To access ABA Online Travel, go to www.abanet.org, and click on the link at the bottom of the ABA Calendar Box.  At ABA Online Travel you will have automatic access to meeting airfare discounts, web fares and web book only airlines.  The ABA's toll-free number for Orbitz for Business (OFB) is 877-222-4185.

Ground Travel:  The Westin Buckhead Hotel is approximately 19 miles or a 30 minute drive away from the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL).  A taxi will cost around $40 each way.  The Hotel is located 7 miles or a 15 minute drive away from the Peachtree-Dekalb Airport (PDK).  A taxi will cost around $15 each way.  Atlanta's railway MARTA www.itsmarta.com Buckhead Station is located .1 miles away from the Westin Buckhead Hotel, takes 35 minutes and starts at $2 each way.

4. Program Registration

To register for all programs and events described in this brochure, we encourage you to register online at www.americanbar.org/groups/construction_industry.  If mailing, please submit your completed registration form and payment to: Technical Registration Experts, 303 West State Street, Geneva, IL 60134. Or fax your form with credit card payment only to 630-262-1520. Checks should be made payable to the American Bar Association.  Confirmations will be emailed to you within 72 hours of registration receipt. In order to be included in the list of program attendees, you must register by September 14, 2011. Guest tickets for special events are available for an additional fee. Please see the registration form for price details. 

5. On-Site Check-In

Beginning Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., attendees may check-in at the ABA registration desk to pick up name badges and course materials.

6. On-Site Registration

On-site registration is available for those persons who missed the registration deadline. If you plan to register at the door, please call the Forum at 312-988-5678 on or before Friday, October 7th, to confirm that space is still available. Failure to call in advance may preclude admission to a sold out conference. On-site registrants must pay the registration fees by check, money order, Visa, MasterCard, or American Express. NO registrations will be accepted without payment.

7. Tuition Information

Tuition includes admission to the program, welcome reception, continental breakfasts, beverage breaks, luncheon, and course materials.  The Forum will be providing this year's program materials on CD-Rom only in an effort to help "green" the environment.

8. Cancellation Policy

Registrants who are unable to attend the conference will receive a refund less a $50 administrative fee if written cancellation is received by September 14, 2011. Cancellations may be faxed to 630-262-1520, Attn: Technical Registration Experts. No refunds will be granted after September 14, 2011. Substitutions are acceptable, or conference materials will be sent in lieu of a refund after the program. The ABA reserves the right to cancel any programs and assumes no responsibility for personal expenses.

9. CLE Credit

CLE accreditation has been requested for this conference from every state with mandatory continuing legal education requirements for lawyers. Please be aware that each state has its own rules and regulations, including its definition of CLE. Check with your state agency for confirmation of this program's approval.  Attorneys seeking to obtain MCLE credit in Louisiana and/or Pennsylvania will be required to pay state accreditation fees directly to these states. Certificates of attendance will be available the last day of the conference at the registration desk. You may contact your respective state(s) for confirmation of the number of CLE credit hours requested by the ABA or credit approved by any particular state.

10. Membership

To encourage registrants to join the ABA Forum on the Construction Industry, the reduced member's tuition rate will be extended to registrants who join the Forum when they register for the conference. Forum membership dues are $50 for attorneys/associates and $5 for law students. Membership in the ABA and one Section is a prerequisite to Forum membership. Please include a separate check (payable to the American Bar Association) for membership dues.

11. Additional Course Materials
Materials for all programs may be available for purchase after the conference by calling the ABA Service Center at 1-800-285-2221.

12. Tax Deduction for Educational Expenses

In the United States an income tax deduction may be allowed for educational expenses undertaken to maintain or improve professional skills. This includes registration fees, travel, meals, and lodging expenses (see Treas. Reg. Sec. 1.162-2) Coughlin v. Commissioner, 203 F.2d 307 (2nd Cir. 1953.)

13. Americans with Disabilities Act

If special arrangements are required for disabled individuals to attend this program, please contact the Forum in writing by September 16, 2011 at the American Bar Association, 321 N. Clark Street, Chicago, Illinois, 60610. Fax: 312-988-5677.

14. Dress

In keeping with Forum tradition, participants are encouraged to wear business casual attire during the programs and to the special events.

15. For the Latest Program Information

Please visit the Forum on the Construction Industry website: www.americanbar.org/groups/construction_industry.

16. Questions

If you have questions or require additional conference information, please call 312-988-5678. Fax: 312-988-5677; e-mail: toni.cosey@americanbar.org.