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2018 Chief Staff Executives Retreat
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3/13/2018 to 3/14/2018
When: Tuesday, March 13 - Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Where: Chicago Marriott/Downtown Magnificent Mile
540 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, Illinois  60611
United States
Contact: Nora Warens
(312) 998-6008

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In addition to the programming sessions regularly provided during the CSE retreat, this year’s retreat integrated programming specifically geared toward executive directors of small bar associations. The CSE retreat has traditionally provided an opportunity for chief staff executives of bars of all sizes to gather in advance of the BLI to discuss personal development, human resource issues, and volunteer/management relationships. With the decision to cancel the 2018 Small Bar Conference, it was the perfect opportunity to intentionally create a track to focus on the needs of small bar associations, those with memberships less than 1,000. As always, the CSE Retreat is open to executive directors only.

Meeting Venue 

The 2018 CSE Retreat was held at the Chicago Marriott Downtown (540 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL). The CSE Retreat immediately preceded the 2018 ABA Bar Leadership Institute, and accommodations will be provided by the BLI headquarters hotel (the Chicago Marriott Downtown).

Registration Policies

Registration: Registration is $200 for bar associations with fewer than 1,000 members and $275 for bar associations with 1,000 + members through February 2. After that, registration increases to $250 for bar associations with fewer than 1,000 members and $325 for bar associations with 1,000 + members. Registration closes on February 23, 2018. Late registrations will be accommodated provided that registration has not reached capacity of 65. Please contact Rebecca Green-Jablonsky at to request registration after February 23. Names of late registrants may not be included on the attendee list provided in the pre-meeting message sent to registrants.

Cancellations: All requests for refunds must be submitted in writing to Rebecca Green-Jablonsky at A full refund will be applied to cancellations received on or before February 19. Refunds of 50 percent will be applied to cancellations received after February 19 through March 2. Refunds for cancellations after March 2 cannot be guaranteed.

Information: Please direct general registration questions to Nora Warens at

National Association of Bar Executives
c/o ABA Division for Bar Services
321 N. Clark St., 17th Floor
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 988-5408