1. Will there be vegan and vegetarian food options available at the conference?
All meals, snacks, and drinks at the conference will be vegan/plant-based.
2. What is the dress code?
We do not uphold a strict dress code for the conference, but most attendees choose to dress business to business casual.
3. Why is this year’s conference at a new venue and not at Lewis & Clark Law School?
The conference has consistently sold out early over the past several years. In order to allow everyone interested in attending the opportunity to do, we felt it was important to provide a larger venue.
4. Will any of the conference be held at Lewis & Clark?
No, the entire conference will be held at the Hilton Portland Downtown.
5. Why is there an additional cost for the banquet dinner?
Along with the bigger venue and growing attendance comes elevated costs for not only the space rentals, but the food provided as well. We chose to make the banquet dinner an optional add-on item as we know that not all attendees will attend the evening events and this way, those who choose not to participate do not end up subsidizing the cost for others.
6. I didn’t purchase a ticket to the banquet dinner, but I would like to attend. How can I update my registration to include the banquet?
Please send an email to [email protected] if you’d like to add on a ticket to the banquet dinner or purchase a banquet ticket for your guest. Eventbrite (the online ticketing platform) requires that we cancel your prior registration; you will then re-register with any add on options included with your new ticket.
7. Can I bring a guest to the conference and/or to the banquet dinner?
All attendees must purchase a ticket to attend the conference. Visit the “Register” page for more information about pricing and registration categories.
If you would like to bring a guest to the banquet dinner only, you may purchase a ticket during online registration by selecting “Saturday Banquet Dinner” from the “Additional Items” section (under the survey questions), and choosing the “Guest Banquet Ticket” option.
8. Will CLE credits be offered?
Yes, we will be offering 10 CLE (Continuing Legal Education) credits in Oregon and Washington, including 1 hour of ethics credit, pending approval from the OSB and WSBA. Anyone seeking credit in other states should submit the appropriate paperwork to their local Bar Association CLE Board or retain the certificate of attendance, which we will be providing to attorneys who register for the conference, if their state has a reciprocal agreement with either of these states. For example, the California State Bar Association accepts credits from approved CLE jurisdictions, such as Oregon.
9. Where do I find the written materials for CLE participants?
Materials submitted by the panelists will be posted on the conference website’s “Resources” page several weeks before the conference. PowerPoint presentations will also be posted on this page after the event, pending approval by individual presenters. NB: we will not be providing print-outs of the written materials.
10. What is live streaming?
In order to reach animal advocates around the world who may not be able to attend the conference in person, we are offering a live streaming registration option. Those who register to live stream the conference will be provided a login and will watch the conference sessions from the comfort of their own home. Attorneys who live stream the conference will also be eligible to receive CLE credits via the Oregon State Bar.
11. Will video recordings of the sessions be available after the conference?
Yes, the recordings of the conference will be available a few weeks after the conference concludes.
12. I registered for the conference but am no longer able to attend. What is the refund policy?
Refunds are available until September 29, 2017. Email [email protected] to request a refund.
13. Are companion animals or service animals allowed at the conference?
The Hilton Portland Downtown allows companion animals in the guestrooms and lobby area but unfortunately not in the meeting spaces or restaurants. Only ADA-approved service animals, therefore, are allowed at the conference. Please leave all other furry (or feathered, or scaly, etc.) companions at home or ensure you have proper animal care arranged during the conference sessions if you plan to travel with your companion animal.
14. Are there any group rates available at local hotels for conference attendees?
Yes, the Hilton Portland Downtown and the Residence Inn Portland Downtown/Riverplace are both offering Animal Law Conference attendees a special rate. More information can be found here.
15. Is student housing available?
We are not able to provide housing for students, but the Hilton Portland Downtown and the Residence Inn Portland Downtown/Riverplace are both offering Animal Law Conference attendees a special rate. More information can be found here.
16. I am a law student and cannot afford to travel to the conference. What can I do?
17. How do I get from the airport to downtown Portland?
For information on ground transportation to and from the airport, as well as getting around Portland over the weekend, check out our suggestions here.
18. What veg-friendly restaurants would you recommend in Portland?
Luckily, Portland is a very veg-friendly city! Check out the Northwest Veg website to find a compiled list of vegan and veg-friendly restaurants in Portland.
19. How can I sponsor the Animal Law Conference?
Sponsorship information is available on our website at this this link.
20. What else can I do while I’m in Portland?
Portland is a diverse and bustling city with lots of fun things to do! A quick Google search will result in lists of activities in Portland, like this one from Travel Portland.