The 128th CLLA National Convention

March 18-20, 2022

Swissotel Chicago
323 East Upper Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 565-0565

We’re back!!! Back to our first live meeting since 2019, and back to the Windy City and all of the great memories of meetings past.

While remote meetings helped us get through some difficult times, there is no substitute for face-to-face interaction in the processes of learning and networking.

Our Education Committee, led by Lorna Walker, has put together an outstanding educational agenda that includes some new speakers as well as some old favorites, demonstrated by our two keynote speakers, Joel Oster (new) and Nancy Rapoport (favorite). Several networking events are also available from breakfasts to luncheons to receptions and our optional first outing to the rooftops of Wrigley Field to enjoy a Cubs game as they take on the Arizona Diamondbacks. Ample time to reconnect with old friends as we come out of the pandemic as well as make some new ones. If you have never attended a CLLA meeting in person, you are missing the opportunity to expand your business and to get to know the leaders of your industry. As always, the National Convention also includes our annual awards presentations.

So come to Chicago to reconnect and engage. We look forward to seeing you there!

Conference Events

Business Session – a Town Hall Meeting that includes the Annual Report from the League President and the Treasurer’s Report.

Meet the Candidates – Hear from the candidates running for CLLA offices (debates if elections are contested).

Change of Officers – Introduction of the newly installed officers.

President’s Cup – Honoring a lifetime of achievement and service.

Networking Opportunities

Your registration includes your participation in all educational programs, networking events, and meal functions. This is your opportunity to meet with attorneys, collection agency members, law list publishers, credit professionals, and other industry professionals to develop business relationships and foster friendships, both old and new.

Education Programs

Here’s your chance to fulfill your CLE and CEU certification requirements by attending a variety of educational programs throughout the event.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION

EARLY REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS MARCH 18, 2022. REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS Friday, April 15

No registrations will be accepted after Friday, March 18 that require state accreditation for CLEs. No exceptions! Register early!

*Disclaimer: Attention Attorneys: In order to follow state CLE accreditation deadlines, attorneys seeking state(s) accreditation must register on or before March 18. **Please note that business colleagues are not eligible to register under this category.

Registration Fee Includes:

Member/Non-Member 

  • Wednesday’s Welcome Reception
  • Educational Sessions
  • Keynote Speakers
  • Continuing Education: CLE/CEU
  • Two Continental Breakfasts
  • AM/PM Breaks
  • Women’s Networking Event
  • Thursday’s Lunch Buffet
  • Thursday’s Evening Social
  • Friday’s Annual Awards Brunch

Spouse/Guest** 

  • Wednesday’s Welcome Reception
  • Two Continental Breakfasts
  • Thursday’s Lunch Buffet
  • Women’s Networking Event
  • Thursday’s Evening Social
  • Friday’s Annual Awards Brunch

Virtual Registration Fee Includes:

  • Keynote Speakers
  • Thursday’s Business Meeting
  • Education Sessions
  • Continuing Education: CLE/CEU

Event Location

Swissotel Chicago

323 East Upper Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: (312) 565-0565

Accomodations

Designed by renowned Chicago architect Harry Weese, Swissotel Chicago is an award-winning luxury hotel overlooking the Chicago River and Lake Michigan, and just steps from the Magnificent Mile. The distinctive 4-diamond, all-glass hotel offers spectacular wrap-around views from Navy Pier to Millennium Park, 662 guest rooms and suites, five premier ballrooms, state-of-the-art penthouse fitness center, and spotless European-style service.

Weather

Average Chicago temperatures for early May are high 70s / low 50s. Be prepared, it’s Chicago!

Hotel Reservations

Make your hotel reservation as early as possible to ensure you receive the discounted rate (subject to availability). When calling the reservation line, be sure to mention you are with the Commercial Law League of America-CLLA to receive the group rate.

On-line reservations can be made at this link: https://book.passkey.com/go/CLLA0522

Making your reservation by phone, call the Reservations Department at 1-888-737-9477 or the Global Reservation Centre at 1-800-441-1414.

Room Rate: $239/night, single/double occupancy, plus applicable taxes (currently 17.4%) (NO resort fee). Room cut-off is Friday, April 15, 2022.

Visit CLLA.org/Events web page to access our special online reservation link to the hotel.

Transportation and Parking

Driving directions can be found at this link:
www.swissotel.com/hotels/chicago/explore-hotel/

Parking

Swissotel: Valet Parking overnight with in and out access is $78/night.

Nearby Self-Parking Garages:

  • 303 East Wacker Garage (303 E. Wacker Dr.)
  • Coast Parking (345 E, W. Wacker Drive)
  • The Tides at Lakeshore East (360 E. South Water St)
  • Illinois Center (111 E. Randolph)
  • Park Millennium Parking Garage (221 N. Stetson Ave.)

To find discounted parking near the hotel, download the SpotHero app to your mobile device and search the area.

Swissotel COVID-19 Protocol

For safety and well-being of all, the Swissotel has provided a covid protocol (below). CLLA will keep you advised of any updates.

  • All overnight Guests will be asked for proof of vaccination upon check-in. Once verified by the desk, the Swissotel card (above) will be issued. This card is required to use the F&B outlets or Fitness Centre. You will be refused service if you do not show this card.
  • A separate key card will be given to registered overnight Guests for Fitness Centre access. The Guest room card will no longer allow access.
  • Guests using Amuse or The Palm for dine-in service must show the card above. With this, they will not need to show their vaccination card for the duration of the stay.
  • Please have a photo of your vaccination card on your mobile device and take a photo of the card when given at check-in (just in case it is lost while moving throughout the hotel). Please bring your mask. CLLA will have a supply of masks and hand sanitizer available. For more information, you can visit: https://www.chicago.gov.

Thank You to Our Champions!

Get your firm’s logo placed on the CLLA Events page, conference eblasts, NewsWire, AGENCYAction and opening slides at all sessions. Contact Dawn Federico at 312-240-1400 or by email at dawn.federico@clla.org.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship will provide you with exposure to attorneys, agencies and commercial collection professionals. This is a great opportunity to showcase your company name as one of the sponsors at the 128th National Convention. Show your support and sponsor today!

Sponsorship Benefits:
All sponsors will be listed on:

  • CLLA website
  • Email promotions
  • On-site Signage
  • Event Program

Exclusive Sponsorships:

  • Lanyards – $750 SOLD
  • Notepads – $350 SOLD
  • Pens – $350 SOLD

General Sponsorships:

  • Wednesday’s Welcome Reception – $1,500
  • Thursday’s Evening Social – $1,500
  • Pocket Guide – $750
  • Continental Breakfasts – $500
  • Networking Breaks – $350
  • Women’s Networking Event – $300
  • General Convention Sponsor – $250

Saturday, March 26, 2022

8:30 – 9:00 a.m.

Registration /Continental Breakfast/ Welcome

Waterfront Park Place Condominiums
222 East Witherspoon Street • Terrace Room, 3rd Floor

8:30 – 9:00 a.m.

Registration /Continental Breakfast/ Welcome

Waterfront Park Place Condominiums
222 East Witherspoon Street • Terrace Room, 3rd Floor

9:00 – 9:50 a.m.

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History of Artificial Intelligence and How it is Affecting the ARM Industry

The history of Artificial Intelligence will be presented from a historic perspective. Detail descriptions of the people and events who have shaped the course of the evolution of Artificial Intelligence will be discussed. More importantly, Artificial Intelligence’s influence now occurring in the ARM Industry. Our speaker will also discuss how agencies are rated by the speed in which claims are processed and would want to do business with law firms that use A I to process claims. There are some products, using A I, that are already available for agencies. The speed and accuracy of A I is incredible. Finally, the future of the Artificial Intelligence industry and its effects on society and the moral issues it creates will be presented as well.
Presenter: Lawrence H. Butterfield, A I Legal Solutions, Inc., Louisville, KY

9:50 – 10:00 a.m.

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9:50 – 10:00 a.m.

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10:00 – 10:50 a.m.

Kentucky Straight Bourbon Law: Alcohol Law Basics in the Home of Bourbon

Alcoholic beverage regulation is a unique animal in the way it operates. Unlike other areas of the law, which carve out prohibited behaviors from a vast swath of otherwise allowable behavior, laws that regulate the production, distribution, sale, and consumption of alcohol are generally, instead, exceptions from a blanket prohibition on such behavior. Kentucky, like many jurisdictions, adopted the three-tier system of alcoholic beverage regulation in the aftermath of Prohibition, which generally limits vertical integration of alcohol producers, distributors and retailers, generally. With the resurgence of the bourbon industry and the proliferation of craft producers such as microbreweries, small farm wineries and craft distilleries, Kentucky alcoholic beverage regulations have begun a progressive reimagining of these traditional structures, and the state is now the vanguard of alcoholic beverage regulation reforms such as shipping to consumers from producers and on-site retail privileges for producers. This presentation will cover the basics of alcoholic beverage law as it was, as it is, and where it’s headed.
Presenter: Stephen G. Amato, McBrayer PLLC, Lexington, KY

10:50 – 11:00 a.m.

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11:00 – 11:50 a.m.

Horse Country Lawyer: Legal Issues in Equine Law

Kentucky is the epicenter of the thoroughbred industry, so it makes sense that it also plays home to the equine legal industry as well. Equine law is more than just contracts and business as usual, however – this unique field combines experience from multiple practice areas and even other disciplines, with issues ranging from medication and veterinary care to gaming law and agricultural liability to syndication and other breeding contracts. This presentation will provide an overview of the myriad legal issues at play, and how they relate to commercial law and litigation.
Presenter: Robert E. Maclin, III, Esq., McBrayer PLLC, Lexington, KY

11:00 – 11:50 a.m.
Horse Country Lawyer: Legal Issues in Equine Law

Kentucky is the epicenter of the thoroughbred industry, so it makes sense that it also plays home to the equine legal industry as well. Equine law is more than just contracts and business as usual, however – this unique field combines experience from multiple practice areas and even other disciplines, with issues ranging from medication and veterinary care to gaming law and agricultural liability to syndication and other breeding contracts. This presentation will provide an overview of the myriad legal issues at play, and how they relate to commercial law and litigation.
Presenter: Robert E. Maclin, III, Esq., McBrayer PLLC, Lexington, KY

12:00 – 1:15 p.m.

LUNCH & NETWORKING

12:00 – 1:15 p.m.

LUNCH & NETWORKING

1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

21C Museum Hotel Bar; 700 W. Main Street

Meet here, the headquarters for afternoon activities, to participate in the following events that are included in your registration fee:

1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

21C Museum Hotel Bar; 700 W. Main Street

Meet here, the headquarters for afternoon activities, to participate in the following events that are included in your registration fee:

Evan Williams Bourbon Experience*
528 W. Main Street, (1 hr. tour)

The Tour and Tasting takes you back in time to meet Kentucky’s first licensed distiller, Evan Williams. Along the way, you will visit recreations of the Louisville wharf in the late 18th Century, as well as Whiskey Row along Main Street from the 1890’s through the present. You’ll learn how Heaven Hill’s modern Bernheim Distillery operates and discover how it is different from distilling in Evan’s era. Then, you will see a combination of the two—a state-of-the-art, modern, operating distillery utilizing the same type of pot stills as the early Bourbon-making days. This tour will also include 4 product tastings.

*All visitors and staff are requested to wear CDC recommended face coverings while not actively imbibing onsite so that we can keep our guests safe and remain open. All guests must be at least 21 years of age to enter the tasting rooms.

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Muhammad Ali Center*
144 N. 6th Street

The Muhammad Ali Center is a multicultural center with an award-winning museum dedicated to the life and legacy of Muhammad Ali. The Center’s museum captures the inspiration derived from the story of Muhammad Ali’s incredible life and the six core principles that have fueled his journey. The mission of the Muhammad Ali Center is to preserve and share the legacy and ideals of Muhammad Ali, to promote respect, hope, and understanding, and to inspire adults and children everywhere to be as great as they can be. In its 16-year history, the Center has created programs that exemplify the principles of Muhammad Ali and the mission of the Center.

*Masks are required upon entry.

Evan Williams Bourbon Experience*
528 W. Main Street, (1 hr. tour)

The Tour and Tasting takes you back in time to meet Kentucky’s first licensed distiller, Evan Williams. Along the way, you will visit recreations of the Louisville wharf in the late 18th Century, as well as Whiskey Row along Main Street from the 1890’s through the present. You’ll learn how Heaven Hill’s modern Bernheim Distillery operates and discover how it is different from distilling in Evan’s era. Then, you will see a combination of the two—a state-of-the-art, modern, operating distillery utilizing the same type of pot stills as the early Bourbon-making days. This tour will also include 4 product tastings.

*All visitors and staff are requested to wear CDC recommended face coverings while not actively imbibing onsite so that we can keep our guests safe and remain open. All guests must be at least 21 years of age to enter the tasting rooms.

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Muhammad Ali Center*
144 N. 6th Street

The Muhammad Ali Center is a multicultural center with an award-winning museum dedicated to the life and legacy of Muhammad Ali. The Center’s museum captures the inspiration derived from the story of Muhammad Ali’s incredible life and the six core principles that have fueled his journey. The mission of the Muhammad Ali Center is to preserve and share the legacy and ideals of Muhammad Ali, to promote respect, hope, and understanding, and to inspire adults and children everywhere to be as great as they can be. In its 16-year history, the Center has created programs that exemplify the principles of Muhammad Ali and the mission of the Center.

*Masks are required upon entry.

3:30 – 7:00 p.m.

EXPLORE LOUISVILLE ON YOUR OWN

3:30 – 7:00 p.m.

EXPLORE LOUISVILLE ON YOUR OWN

7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

DINNER AT THE LOUISVILLE THOROUGHBRED SOCIETY CLUB

209 E. Main Street
A private, members-only club located on the second floor of the Historic Hughes Building in the heart of Louisville, for the thoroughbred enthusiast.

7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

DINNER AT THE LOUISVILLE THOROUGHBRED SOCIETY CLUB

209 E. Main Street
A private, members-only club located on the second floor of the Historic Hughes Building in the heart of Louisville, for the thoroughbred enthusiast.

9:00 – 11:00 p.m.

NIGHT CAP AT LARRY’S

Larry Butterfield’s Residence • 222 East Witherspoon Street • Suite # 1701

9:00 – 11:00 p.m.

NIGHT CAP AT LARRY’S

Larry Butterfield’s Residence • 222 East Witherspoon Street • Suite # 1701

9:00 p.m.

LOUISVILLE NIGHT LIFE HOSTED BY PATRICK KILBURN

9:00 p.m.

LOUISVILLE NIGHT LIFE HOSTED BY PATRICK KILBURN

Presenters

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Stephen G. Amato,
McBrayer PLLC, Lexington, KY

Stephen G. Amato concentrates his practice in the area of hospitality law and represents the interests of a variety of well-respected and innovative alcoholic beverage producers, as well as wine and spirits wholesalers, malt beverage distributors, and a multitude of on and off-premise retailers. He assists these businesses in connection with federal permitting, state and local licensing, enforcement, and policy issues. As such, he takes pride in maintaining strong and effective relationships with regulators in the various local jurisdictions around our state, with the Kentucky ABC and at the US TTB. He also serves as outside counsel for the Kentucky Distillers’ Association, assisting in the formulation of the policies as set forth by its prestigious Board of Directors. He is a 1990 graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Law.

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Lawrence H. Butterfield
A I Legal Solutions, Inc., Louisville, KY

Lawrence H Butterfield Jr has been involved in the ARM Industry for 45 years. He has been involved in multiple companies and now serves as President of A I Legal Solutions, Inc. A I Legal Solutions, Inc uses Artificial Intelligence to produce documents and e file documents electronically with great speed and accuracy. The company also provides customized programming using Artificial Intelligence. Larry is also involved in a multi faceted farming operation in Tanzania. His 5 farms grow avocados, cashews, macadamias, beans, corn and hot peppers. He is also involved in a micro finance company and a staffing company in Tanzania as well. His interests include reading, sports, especially the University of Louisville’s men’s and women’s teams and fine art.

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Robert E. Maclin, III, Esq.
McBrayer PLLC, Lexington, KY

Robert E. Maclin, III, is a legal champion in the areas of commercial litigation and agricultural law, specifically equine law, an industry he has been involved with for 55 years. He has represented numerous owners, breeders, trainers and purchasers of thoroughbreds in matters from basic sales transactions to litigation involving medications to conceal imperfections. He is not only an attorney, but a horse owner and a farm owner – he and his wife operate Merefield Farm in Midway, Kentucky. His legal practice in the equine area has focused on assistance to owners with establishing their racing stables and matters related to licensing. He is a 1984 graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Law and possesses a Master’s Degree in Agricultural Economics, also from the University of Kentucky.

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Stephen G. Amato,
McBrayer PLLC, Lexington, KY

Stephen G. Amato concentrates his practice in the area of hospitality law and represents the interests of a variety of well-respected and innovative alcoholic beverage producers, as well as wine and spirits wholesalers, malt beverage distributors, and a multitude of on and off-premise retailers. He assists these businesses in connection with federal permitting, state and local licensing, enforcement, and policy issues. As such, he takes pride in maintaining strong and effective relationships with regulators in the various local jurisdictions around our state, with the Kentucky ABC and at the US TTB. He also serves as outside counsel for the Kentucky Distillers’ Association, assisting in the formulation of the policies as set forth by its prestigious Board of Directors. He is a 1990 graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Law.

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Lawrence H. Butterfield
A I Legal Solutions, Inc., Louisville, KY

Lawrence H Butterfield Jr has been involved in the ARM Industry for 45 years. He has been involved in multiple companies and now serves as President of A I Legal Solutions, Inc. A I Legal Solutions, Inc uses Artificial Intelligence to produce documents and e file documents electronically with great speed and accuracy. The company also provides customized programming using Artificial Intelligence. Larry is also involved in a multi faceted farming operation in Tanzania. His 5 farms grow avocados, cashews, macadamias, beans, corn and hot peppers. He is also involved in a micro finance company and a staffing company in Tanzania as well. His interests include reading, sports, especially the University of Louisville’s men’s and women’s teams and fine art.

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Robert E. Maclin, III, Esq.
McBrayer PLLC, Lexington, KY

Robert E. Maclin, III, is a legal champion in the areas of commercial litigation and agricultural law, specifically equine law, an industry he has been involved with for 55 years. He has represented numerous owners, breeders, trainers and purchasers of thoroughbreds in matters from basic sales transactions to litigation involving medications to conceal imperfections. He is not only an attorney, but a horse owner and a farm owner – he and his wife operate Merefield Farm in Midway, Kentucky. His legal practice in the equine area has focused on assistance to owners with establishing their racing stables and matters related to licensing. He is a 1984 graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Law and possesses a Master’s Degree in Agricultural Economics, also from the University of Kentucky.

For More Information, contact Dawn Federico at dawn.federico@clla.org or call 312-240-1400.