Annual Seminar

ABTL 49th Annual Seminar

The Finer Points: Practical Skills in Impractical Situations

The Fairmont Orchid

Big Island, Hawaii

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Program Details


October 11 – 15, 2023


Fairmont Orchid, Big Island, Hawaii
1 N. Kaniku Drive, Kohala Coast, Hawaii 96743


Wednesday, October 11, 2023

  • 3:00 – 5:00pm – Board of Governors’ Meeting (Kilohana)
  • 6:00 – 9:00pm – Welcome Dinner Reception (Coconut Grove)

Thursday, October 12, 2023

  • 6:45 – 8:15am – Buffet Breakfast (Croquet Lawn)
  • 8:30 – 11:50am – General Session (Grand Ballroom)
    • Trial Lawyers and Judges on Effective Advocacy: Preparation, Pacing, Projection and Eye Contact Go a Long Way
    • Ethical Issues in Settlement Negotiations
    • Direct and Cross Examination

Free Time to Relax and Enjoy Hawaii

  • 4:30 – 6:00pm – KCC Sunset Happy Hour
  • 6:00 – 8:00pm – Signature Resolution Seaside Sushi Party

Friday, October 13, 2023

  • 7:30am – Golf Shotgun (Mauna Lani South Course) [REGISTER TO GOLF]
  • 1:30 – 4:50pm – General Session (Grand Ballroom)
    • Examination of Expert Witnesses
    • Civility Discussion and Pet Peeves of Judges and Lawyers
    • MSJs, Drafting Declarations, Common Mistakes and Trends
  • 6:00 – 7:00pm – Keynote Address
  • 7:00 – 9:30pm – Dinner (Turtle Point)

Saturday, October 14, 2023

  • 6:45 – 8:15am Buffet Breakfast (Croquet Lawn)
  • 8:30 – 11:50am – General Session (Grand Ballroom)
    • Post-Covid Effective DEI Mentoring and Menteeing
    • Evidentiary Issues Involving Collection and Admissibility of Social Media
    • Effective Use of Demonstratives with Court and Jury — Just Because We Can Go Big, Should We?
  • 12:00 – 1:00pm – Breakout Sessions with Judiciary (various locations)

Free Time to Relax and Enjoy Hawaii

  • 2:00 – 4:30pm – Tennis Tournament (Fairmont Orchid Tennis Courts) [REGISTER FOR TENNIS]
  • 2:00 – 4:30pm – Pickleball Tournament (Mauna Lani Tennis Center) [REGISTER FOR PICKLEBALL]
  • 6:30 – 9:30 – Farewell Dinner (Turtle Point)

Sunday, October 15, 2023

  • 8:00 – 9:30am – Buffet Breakfast (Brown’s Beach House)


$1,195 — Attorney Registration and Retired Judiciary (1,295 after June 21st; $1,395 after September 20th)

$995 — Government, In-House and Young Attorney Registration ($1,095 after June 21st; $1,195 after September 20th)

  • Young Lawyer (Admitted to practice 10 years or less)
  • In-House Counsel
  • Public Entity/Government Attorney

$695 — Judicial Registration ($795 after September 20th)

  • Sitting State and Federal Judges

$695 — Guest Registration ($795 after June 21st; $895 after September 20th)

  • Includes meals, events, and entertainment
  • Does not include seminar program or MCLE credit

$300 — Child Registration ($375 after June 21st; $450 after September 20th)

  • Price per child
  • Ages 3 – 16 (children 17+ pay the full guest registration rate)


10.0 Hours MCLE

General Information

What is Included for Attendees and Registered Guests?

  • All Seminar Presentations – 11.00 Hours MCLE
    (Presentations, the lunch program and MCLE credit are for full conference registrants only; Registered guests are permitted to attend all breakfasts and dinners.
  • Welcome Dinner on Wednesday, October 11th
  • Three (3) Buffet Breakfasts (Thursday, Saturday and Sunday)
  • Dinner Party on Friday, October 13th
  • Farewell Dinner on Saturday, October 14th
  • Registered children may attend all breakfasts and all dinners
  • Ala carte tickets are not available.

Dress Code

All seminar sessions are casual. Shorts and golf shirts are welcome. Hawaiian shirts are encouraged.
Receptions and dinners are Resort Casual (no jackets or ties).

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Seminar Registration Fees are refundable prior to Wednesday, September 6, 2023, less a non-refundable processing fee of $175.00. Cancellations must be received in writing (by email to, no later than 5:00pm on Wednesday, September 6, 2023. No refunds will be processed after September 6th, although registrations are transferrable.

Hotel Accommodations

All accommodations are at the beautiful Fairmont Orchid on the Big Island of Hawaii. The ABTL has obtained discounted rates (depending on view classification) with no Resort Fee and complimentary self-parking. The tiered rates are as follows:

Fairmont Garden View: $359/night + tax

Partial Ocean View: $399/night + tax

Ocean View: $459/night + tax

Deluxe Ocean View: $509/night + tax

Hotel Reservations (at the ABTL rate) can only be made after registering for the conference. Registrants are limited to one (1) room initially. Subject to availability, this limitation may be lifted after August 15th. Each ABTL member is responsible for booking and/or cancelling his/her own hotel. Hotel information (including a phone number and direct link for reservations) will be provided to you by email after registering for the conference. Please allow twenty-four (24) hours for the information. Space permitting, the hotel will only honor the discounted rates for reservations made before September 12, 2023.

Contact Information

Event Planner: Linda Sampson
8502 E. Chapman Avenue, Suite 443
Orange, CA 92869

Phone: 714.516.8106 or 323.988.3428