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2009 Basics of Airport Law Workshop

The American Association of Airport Executives, in cooperation with the law firm of Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell and the International Municipal Lawyers Association, is pleased to present the 25th Annual Basics of Airport Law Workshop and 2009 Legal Update, September 13-15, 2009, at the historic Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco, California.

The Basics of Airport Law Workshop and annual legal update remain the only opportunities for those new to airport law, or new to specific legal issues, to gain an authoritative review of this complex subject. This review is supplied by government attorneys from DOT, FAA and TSA and other seasoned practitioners with years of experience and in-depth understanding of the federal rules applicable to public-use airports.

The workshop is taught in plain English and is not limited to lawyers. If you are involved in any aspect of meeting DOT/FAA or DHS/TSA requirements concerning, for example, capital projects, contracts and leases, grant assurance compliance or airport security, this workshop would benefit you. Lawyers and non-lawyers alike will find the presentations beneficial. The sessions are organized by discrete topics, with many sessions serving as building blocks for subsequent sessions.

This workshop is a terrific value because of the comprehensive overview of airport legal issues provided in a relatively short amount of time. In addition, attorneys can earn CLE credits by attending this workshop. As in the past, there will be a choice to attend either a “basics” or “advanced” session for several topics. The “basics” sessions provide a detailed primer for those new to specific issues and those seeking a refresher. In the advanced session, the faculty will probe deeper into the same discrete topics, with particular emphasis on recent cases, rulemaking, and new and emerging programs and policies.

An added value of the workshop is the comprehensive workbook created each year to address new developments in airport law. Each attendee takes home this workbook to refer to and use throughout the year. For obvious reasons, several sessions this year will focus on the many legal issues confronting airports as a result of the ongoing struggles in the aviation industry. This year’s workshop also will include multiple choices for break-out sessions that will provide attendees with specific tools for tackling difficult regulatory issues. Speakers in multiple sessions also will address changes initiated by the Obama Administration in areas such as the environment, contracting, and grant funding.

This workshop is one of a kind and offered just once a year. Don’t miss your chance to attend and take advantage of this chance to gain valuable insight and information that you can put to use immediately at your place of business.

All sessions will take place at The Fairmont San Francisco. The workshop will begin with an “Introduction to Airport Law” from 3-5 p.m. on Sunday, September 13, followed by the opening reception from 6-7 p.m. The workshop will conclude at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, September 15. Registration fees include the reception, two continental breakfasts, two lunches, all refreshment breaks and course materials. Dress is business casual (no ties). Confirmation letters will be emailed to attendees.