Sunday, September 14, 2008
In an exclusive for readers of this blog, AALS has quietly opened hotel registration for the annual meeting this January in San Diego. The annual meeting is already surrounded in controversy as several organizations, lead by the Legal Writing Institute, are boycotting one of the designated conference hotels - the Grand Hyatt - because of the owner's alleged support of a California anti-gay marriage referendum on this year's November ballot. LWI's stand on this issue can be read here while the position of AALS is found here.
Because so many attendees will likely be avoiding the Grand Hyatt due to the controversy, demand for the other designated conference hotel, the San Diego Marriott, will likely be exceptionally high (although the scholarship dude has heard unsubstantiated reports that the owner of the San Diego Grand Hyatt may also have a financial interest in the Marriott as well. That is something you - the reader - may need to more thoroughly investigate if you have concerns).
For the record, neither the scholarship dude, nor the blog-masters, endorse the San Diego Marriott. Rather, we are merely purveying information about the availability of online hotel registration to our readers before it "hits the street" should you have an interest in getting a jump on the competition.
I am the scholarship dude.