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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 will integrate 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.

An outline of the program preview will be posted mid-January. When making travel arrangements, please note that the CSE Retreat will open on Tuesday, March 13, with an evening dinner (7 pm) and end late afternoon (4 pm) on Wednesday, March 14.

Registration Fees

Registration package includes Tuesday Dinner, Wednesday breakfast and lunch, and all substantive programming. Registration deadline: February 23, 2018.

Meeting Venue and Accommodations

The 2018 CSE Retreat will be held at the Chicago Marriott Downtown (540 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL). The CSE Retreat immediately precedes the 2018 ABA Bar Leadership Institute, and accommodations will be provided by the BLI headquarters hotel (the Chicago Marriott Downtown). The BLI room rate is $202. The CSE Retreat is scheduled to precede the BLI conference for economy, but individuals may attend the CSE Retreat independently of the BLI and make reservations at the Marriott. Please follow the link below to make hotel reservations no later than February 19, 2018.

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Registration Policies

Registration: 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

Weather and Transportation

Weather: Chicago weather in March is typically between 45 and 50 degrees.

Transportation: O’Hare International Airport; Midway Airport; Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) Buses and Trains.

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National Association of Bar Executives
c/o ABA Division for Bar Services
321 N. Clark St., 17th Floor
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 988-6008