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IAFL USA & Canadian Chapters' Meeting, Seattle, USA

Event date: 11 Sep 2024

Watch the video below for a sneak peek of what's to come in Seattle!

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Refund policy: Full refund of registration fee less an administration fee of $100 if cancellation occurs before August 2, 2024. No refund of registration fees thereafter. Tour and event fees are refundable if cancellation occurs before August 2, 2024, and only if the Academy is not responsible for any charges or fees due to the cancellation. See hotel booking site for hotel cancellation policy.

Enjoy your stay in Seattle at the beautiful Fairmont Olympic Hotel

Our IAFL Hotel Room Block is open for bookings. The link to book will be included in your registration confirmation email. In the meantime, explore all the hotel has to offer!



The room block rate* is as follows: 

Deluxe King Room - $319/night

*please note: you will receive the booking link to reserve your room upon completing registration for the event. 

Schedule of Events

Thank you to our Exclusive Principal Sponsor, Marcum LLP for your support!

Wednesday, September 11, 2024

2:00-5:00pm - Seattle City Tour

Immerse yourself in Seattle and get your bearings as we kick off our time together in the “Emerald City”! This tour will show you the sights via motorcoach and provide you with history and fun facts to impress all your friends and colleagues.

Highlights Include: Seattle Skyline, Pike Place Market, Discovery Park, Cultural Landmarks

Join us for an unforgettable expedition as we unlock the secrets of Seattle, revealing its hidden gems and timeless allure. This city tour promises to leave you with cherished memories and a newfound appreciation for the Emerald City's charm. Register today!

6:00-9:00pm - Welcome Reception and Dinner - Sponsored by Stout

Join us as we kick off our much-anticipated meeting in the vibrant city of Seattle! The Welcome Reception & Dinner promises an evening of warm greetings, delectable cuisine, and engaging conversations in the heart of the Emerald City.

Mingle with fellow attendees, reconnect with familiar faces, and forge new connections as you enjoy a delightful selection of hors d'oeuvres and refreshing beverages during the reception hour. Following the reception, enjoy a dinner featuring Pacific Northwest-inspired cuisine as the Welcome Reception & Dinner sets the stage for an enriching and memorable experience in Seattle.

Thursday, September 12, 2024

8:30-11:00am - CLE Programming - Sponsored by Schiller DuCanto & Fleck

  • Seattle Introductory Speaker: Judge Abby Abinanti
  • Hot Topics in Family Law - Speakers: Julie Gerock, Caroline Harnois, Lucy Loizou

8:15 - 4:45 (if continuing on wine tour) OR 8:15-11:30 (if not continuing on wine tour) - Guest Event: Boeing Future of Flight

Join us on this tour and see how the magic of air travel begins. Attend this private tour of the Boeing Assembly Plant and see how aircrafts are designed, built, and made ready for service. Following the tour, all guests will be taken to Chateau Lil for the wine tour experience. If you are not participating in the wine tour, you will be taken back to the meeting hotel.

11:30 - 4:45pm - Wine Tours - Winery Lunch Sponsored by Boulby Weinberg

Seattle and its surrounding region are home to an impressive array of wineries. Experience the best of Seattle’s offerings with us! This tour begins with a delectable lunch at Chateau Lil, a charming winery nestled in the heart of Seattle's wine region.

After lunch, your adventure continues as we venture into the enchanting world of Washington wines. Discover renowned wineries and hidden gems, each offering a unique expression of the terroir. From crisp whites to bold reds, sample a curated selection of handcrafted wines guided by knowledgeable sommeliers.

Limited to the first 90.

7:00-10:00pm - First Timers Dinner at Aqua - Sponsored by MTMG Family Law and Siegel, Colin & Kaufman, P.C.

Is this your first IAFL Meeting? Join us at a private dinner at Aqua. Nestled along the bustling shores of Elliott Bay, Aqua invites you to embark on a gastronomic journey that celebrates the vibrant flavors of the Pacific Northwest. As you meet and mingle with IAFL leadership, take in the panoramic views of the shimmering waters of Elliott Bay which are dotted with sailboats and framed by the glittering lights of the city skyline. This dinner is the perfect way to get your feet wet in the IAFL.

Tbd - Dine Arounds

Friday, September 13, 2024

8:30-12:00pm -CLE - Sponsored by Hersh Family Law

  • Sleepless in Seattle: Losing Sleep over Complex Financial Quagmires - Speakers: Ric Roane (Moderator), Nancy Green, Richard Diamond, Heather Apicella, Jeffrey Brend
  • Custody Conundrums IRL: Decoding a Child's "Nope," "No Way," "IDK," and Other Legal Labyrinths - Speakers: Kelly Schindel DeLacey (moderator), Gretchen Rubel, Ginger Connell, Michael Stangarone, Stacy Heard

9:30-11:15 am - Guest Event: Starbucks Roastery and Cupping Tour

Indulge your senses and embark on a captivating journey into the world of coffee with our exclusive Starbucks Reserve Roastery Tour & Cupping Experience. Discover the artistry and passion behind one of the world's most beloved coffee brands as you delve into the intricate process of sourcing, roasting, and brewing exceptional coffees.

1:00-5:00 pm - Seattle Center Tour

Following a quick ride on the Seattle Monorail, experience the beating heart of Seattle with this captivating Seattle Center tour, where culture, innovation, and entertainment converge in one iconic destination.

Tour Highlights:

  • The Space Needle: an architectural marvel and symbol of Seattle's pioneering spirit. Enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of the city skyline, Puget Sound, and beyond from the observation deck, where every angle offers a picture-perfect moment.
  • Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibition: Watch as the masterpieces of renowned artist Dale Chihuly come to life in a stunning display of color, form, and light. Marvel at larger-than-life glass sculptures, intricate installations, and lush garden landscapes that ignite the imagination and stir the soul.
  • Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP): This is an interactive museum dedicated to celebrating the creative spirit of the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Explore immersive exhibits featuring iconic artifacts, memorabilia, and multimedia experiences that pay homage to music legends, sci-fi icons, and cultural trailblazers.

Saturday, September 14, 2024

9:00-10:00am - USA and Canadian Chapter Annual Meetings Sponsored by Wilmington Trust

10:30-12:00pm - CLE

  • USA and Canadian Chapter Annual Meetings
  • Baldwin v. Reed Baldwin featuring Ret. Judge Dianna Gould-Saltman, Lucy Loizou (facilitator), Mudita Chawla (facilitator)

4:00-11:00pm - President's Dinner at Kiana Lodge Sponsored by The Law Office of Stacy D. Heard

Charter Boat Reception sponsored by Crew Law ; Cocktails sponsored by Signature Resolution ; DJ Sponsored by Brown Henderson Melbye

Celebrate the conclusion of a fantastic meeting at the President’s Dinner! Step aboard a private yacht, where you'll be greeted with champagne and hors d'oeuvres as you set sail across the tranquil waters of Puget Sound. Relax and unwind as you soak in the panoramic views of the rugged coastline and majestic mountains that line the horizon.

Nestled on the shores of the serene Agate Pass, Kiana Lodge is a hidden gem steeped in history and surrounded by lush gardens and towering evergreens. Once the private estate of an industrial magnate, the lodge exudes rustic elegance.

Upon arrival at Kiana Lodge, you'll be welcomed ashore by Suquamish dancers. Spend the night indulging in a sumptuous dinner showcasing the finest local and seasonal ingredients sourced from the bountiful Pacific Northwest, dancing with friends, and reminiscing on the fun had together in Seattle. This is a President’s dinner you don’t want to miss. Register today!


Refund policy: Full refund of registration fee less an administration fee of $100 if cancellation occurs before August 2, 2024. No refund of registration fees thereafter. Tour and event fees are refundable if cancellation occurs before August 2, 2024, and only if the Academy is not responsible for any charges or fees due to the cancellation. See hotel booking site for hotel cancellation policy.

Sponsorship Opportunities Are Now Available! 

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For more information or to contribute to the meeting, please reach out to USA Chapter National Director, Valerie Smith at valerie.smith@iafl.com. 


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