You have about two months left to register for LWI’s 18th Biennial Conference! To register and learn all about the conference, click here.
We are excited to welcome you all to the LWI Biennial Conference in Milwaukee less than two months from now. If you were here for the ALWD Conference in 2013, you may remember our closing reception with the best custard ever—Kopp’s Frozen Custard. We’re going to have some more Kopp’s custard for the LWI Biennial Conference, but we have an added twist this year! We are going to feature one custom flavor—and you’re going to help both create it and select it.
Here’s how this will work: If you’ve already registered for the conference, you’re eligible to participate in creating a custom custard. Come up with a custom flavor. Be creative. Maybe when you think of the LWI Conference, you think of a vanilla chocolate swirl with a few nuts and a strawberry ribbon (think red pen). Then give your creation a name and email that to Lisa Mazzie (firstname.lastname@example.org) by June 2. (Don’t email the list.) Only 3 suggestions per registered participant, please.
To give you a flavor of the kinds of custard Kopp’s has offered, you can check out the May flavor forecast here: https://www.kopps.com/flavor-forecast. Oh, the options! I mean, you have your more “traditional” kinds of flavors—Mint Chip, Cookies-n-Cream, Strawberry Shortcake—but then you have some amazing combinations like Chicken Dinner, Bark in the Dark, and Rum & Coca-Cola!
Past flavors have included: Bailey’s Irish Cream Coffee (Irish mocha custard and yogurt walnuts); Maple Syrup & Pancakes (maple custard, pancakes, maple syrup); Blueberry Muffin (blueberry custard, sponge cake, streusel, and blueberries); Bear Paw (caramel custard, cashews, fudge, and caramel ribbons); and After Dinner Mint (butter mint custard, chocolate flakes, and marshmallow ribbons). So, you can see it appears the limit is our own creativity, but we ask that you not choose something potentially “out there,” like, say, beet or pea. Also, if you want your flavor to include nuts, that’s fine. Know that we plan to offer a couple of other flavors as well (making sure that there are non-nut choices).
After June 2, we’ll compile the suggestions into a Doodle poll and email that poll to the list. We’ll take the top vote-getter to the custard crafters at Kopp’s to see if they are able to churn up our flavor. (Note: we are not guaranteed that any flavor combination will work, but we’ve been told that with enough advance notice it’s likely it can be done.)
Conference Start and End Times
We will kick off the conference with an opening reception at 6 pm on Wednesday, July 11. Programming begins early the next morning and runs through the late afternoon on Saturday, July 14. The conference program will be posted on the LWI website by February 9.
The room block at the Hilton Milwaukee is open. To get the $179 conference rate, use the group name "LWI.”
Marquette University dormitory lodging is also available. The rates are $55.25 per night, per room (single); $80.00 per night, per room (double); $ 89.25 per night, per room (triple); and $99.50 per night, per room (quad). To reserve a room, contact Carrie Enea at 414-288-4737 or email@example.com.
Financial Aid for Conference Attendance
LWI has limited funds available to provide need-based grants to LWI members to assist in paying the costs of attending the biennial conference. Additional information and applications will be available soon.
Second Call for Proposals: Scholarly Works in Progress
The Second Call for Proposals seeks to fill a small number of spots reserved for scholarly works in progress. Presenters will be grouped into panels and will have fifteen to twenty minutes to discuss their work. Proposals are due Monday, March 5, 2018. Much more information can be found here.
For those of you have never been to Marquette or Milwaukee, the law school, which dates back to 1908, is in a bright and spacious new building (see picture above), and the conference hotel is just a few minutes' walk away. Milwaukee is the largest city in Wisconsin. It sits on the shores of beautiful Lake Michigan, making it truly a water city in the middle of the country. The picture below is of Discovery World, the Science and Technology Museum on the Lake, where we will have our traditional gala dinner Friday night.
And there is much more to see and do in Milwaukee!
Check back for more updates as we count down to July 2018.
Your enthusiastic conference planners,
Rebekah Hanley (Oregon), Sherri Keene (Maryland), and Ted Becker (Michigan)
Conference Committee members:
Erin Carroll (Georgetown, Program Committee, Co-Chair)
Wendy-Adele Humphrey (Texas Tech, Program Committee, Co-Chair)
Alison Julien (Marquette, Site Committee Co-Chair)
Sue Bay (Marquette, Site Committee Co-Chair)
Heather Baum (Villanova, CLE, Co-Chair)
Kristin Hazelwood (Kentucky, CLE Co-Chair)
Frances DeLaurentis (Georgetown, Pro Bono Project)