Friday, May 5, 2006
With hotel labor problems still hitting San Francisco, our beloved Mother Ship, the Association of American Law Schools, has decided to move its Annual Meeting from the City By The Bay. After a great deal of work and effort, they've managed to come up with an alternative: Washington, D.C.!
This was no easy task. "The AALS staff," says the official release, "has . . . for worked diligently and successfully, to find another venue that would not only accommodate the Annual Meeting, but accommodate it in an excellent manner that will assure easy access for registrants to the many top quality programs that will be offered."
That diligence apparently included exploring the possibilities of going somewhere else, but it turns out that it is just too difficult to put on conventions in other possible venues, like Los Angeles, New York, San Diego, Houston, Dallas, Chicago, Seattle, Las Vegas, Atlantic City, Philadelphia, Boston, Detroit, Cleveland, St. Louis, Kansas City, Denver, Miami, Phoenix, Tampa, Nashville . . . . According to the release:
The AALS also considered other cities, but there are major difficulties in moving a meeting to a new city; it would take months of planning and investigation to assure that all events could fit in the meeting space, and to negotiate contracts with hotels unfamiliar with our needs. It is no exaggeration to say that those difficulties are almost insurmountable.
Want to bet it's going to be at the Marriott Wardman Park (top left)? We're extremely lucky that for some reason it's always available when everything else is sold out.