122nd National Convention & 85th Chicago Spring Meeting
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122nd National Convention & 85th Chicago Spring Meeting

4/6/2016 to 4/9/2016
When: Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Where: Westin Michigan Ave
909 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, Illinois 
United States

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CLLA’s 122nd National Convention Recap

The CLLA returned to the Magnificent Mile in Chicago to hold its 122nd National Convention April 6-9th.  The Convention also marked the 85th time CLLA members have convened in Chicago for a Spring Meeting!  The atmosphere at the Convention was vibrant and positive.  The League’s leadership and Convention attendees participated in an engaging Town Hall, moderated by President, Robert S. Bernstein.  The Town Hall culminated with leaders and members unified in achieving a common goal: to take action to become the leader in providing legal, educational and professional services to the business and credit communities.  League membership also had an opportunity to vote for candidates running for a contested Board of Governors election.  The election process and enthusiasm of the candidates created a palpable excitement and positive energy which carried through to every section meeting with standing room only in many meetings.  Attendees enjoyed nightly receptions with cocktails and appetizers as they mingled with Exhibitors and Sponsors.

At the heart of the conference were ten (10) high quality educational programs, providing CLE with Ethics and Certification credits.  Education programs catered to the diverse practice areas of membership.  Bankruptcy and insolvency professionals were treated to a full day of education from prominent speakers, judges, and practitioners who presented industry programs titled: Hidden Assets in Consumer and Business Bankruptcy; To Amend or Not: Debating the Pros and Cons of Proposed Revisions to Chapter 11; and Righting the Sinking Ship: Working Out Problems With Troubled Loans & Troubled Clients.   Commercial litigation and collection professionals participated in a full day of interactive education led by litigators and collection and industry experts that included programs titled: The CLLA Game Show: What’s My Fee??? – Ethics Roundtable Discussion; Multi-Part Litigation Part II; How To Be An International Superhero to Your Clients; and Advanced Collection Procedures Roundtable: Unusual Techniques.  The education programs concluded with Manny Newburger’s presentation on CFPB Consent Decrees, and Ronald Peterson’s presentation on recent Case Law updates.

As always, the CLLA also held a variety of committee meetings, including: the NCJB, Nominating, Triadic Initiative Steering, Social Media, and Marketing.   There were also several events organized specifically for CLLA women, including the Women’s Networking Event with PWCI and the Women’s Spiritual Circle.  The committee meetings and other events were productive and full of fresh ideas in furtherance of the CLLA’s vision and goals for the future.

And of course, there was ample opportunity to network formally and informally.  The formal Attorney-Agency Networking Event was held Friday morning and titled: The Social Media Showdown.  Attorneys and Agencies enjoyed Bloody Mary’s while meeting and answering a list of multiple choice questions focused on agency social media facts, trivia and history. Attendees who answered each question correctly were eligible for a prize at the end of the Event.


Finally, after each jammed packed day of the conference, members took advantage of additional off-site social activities.  The YMS hosted a dinner at Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria where they enjoyed Chicago deep-dish pizza and drinks, and members were visible at local restaurants, pubs, and shopping venues along the Magnificent Mile.


The 122nd National Convention was a unique gathering for members as the CLLA took concrete action in the journey to change and lead the business and credit communities, and another excellent example of how you can Meet, Learn, & Play with CLLA!  If you missed the National Convention, we hope to see you at the 2016 Mid-Year, Joint CLLA/IACC Collection conference at the Silverado Resort and Spa, in Napa, California.   Watch for more information coming soon on our website clla.org; stay up to date with members and the CLLA on twitter @CLLAInforms and #CLLAInforms, and be a part of the CLLA discussion on the CLLA group page on LinkedIn!

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