By Kelly-Ann Clarke
Kelly-Ann Clarke of Greer Herz & Adams in Galveston, Texas, is the ABA YLD chair for 2009–2010 and can be contacted at clarke.kellyann@gmail.com.
 
One visit to Birmingham, Alabama, and you will! Birmingham, nicknamed the Magic City, offers the charms of a Southern town with the comforts of a modern city, which makes it an ideal location for this year’s ABA Young Lawyers Division’s Fall Conference. Despite Birmingham’s shadowy civil rights history during the 1950s–60s, it now boasts a modern, enlightened vision that is the perfect backdrop to kickoff YLD’s 2009–10 public service project, They Had a Dream Too: Young Leaders of the Civil Rights Movement. It also offers an enchanting atmosphere where conference attendees can make lasting personal and professional connections with one another. The lawyers of Birmingham are excited to show us their Southern hospitality and show off their hidden gem!
The Fall Conference offers attendees CLE, professional development, and networking opportunities, with a few unexpected treats. Join us on Friday, Oct. 23, in Kelly Ingram Park, where the Children’s March of 1963 began, to launch our public service project and visit the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and Sixteenth Street Baptist Church. Don’t miss our gala later that evening at a sleek, sexy, and shiny car museum that overlooks a Porsche race track!
Make your travel plans early as college football will be center stage on Saturday, Oct. 24 with fans attending the Alabama vs. Tennessee game. Reserve your room now at the Sheraton Birmingham at conference rates by Sept. 21, take advantage of airfare wars, and set your sights on YLD’s Fall Conference Oct. 22–24, 2009, because the magic awaits you! For more information and to register, visit: www.abanet.org/yld/fall09.
 
 
 
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