By Andrew Terrell
Mr. Terrell is co-chair of the 2021 Community Association Law Seminar Planning Committee and a fellow in CAI’s College of Community Association Lawyers (CCAL). He counsels community associations in the areas of covenant enforcement and governing documents interpretation, negotiates statutory warranty claims, and litigates cases in a wide variety of issues. He is a partner at Whiteford Taylor Preston LLP in Falls Church, Va.

In addition to serving as a forum to discuss emerging trends and issues relevant to the practice of community association law, the Community Association Law Seminar developed by CAI and the College of Community Association Lawyers (CCAL) provides numerous networking opportunities for hundreds of community association attorneys, insurance professionals, and other industry leaders.

The 2021 Virtual Law Seminar, which will be held January 25–29, will ensure that attendees can interact and network with industry peers throughout this weeklong event. Each day will begin with an hour of facilitated networking that will connect attendees through specific topics of interests or by geographical region. You will have an opportunity to connect with colleagues you haven’t seen in the past year and meet new lawyers from across the country.

Young attorneys who weren’t able to attend previously will have opportunities to connect during a coffee session and an exclusive meet-and-greet with the CCAL Board of Governors and the Law Seminar Planning Committee. The committee has reimagined the popular Panel of Pundits to allow attendees to virtually ask pundits from across the country questions to help them advance their practice. If you have questions about how partners and associates have handled the COVID-19 pandemic or what to expect for the future of the community association legal field, this is the place to be.

I started attending the law seminar in the early ’90’s. At that time, I was focused on receiving CLE credits and learning this area of the law.  However, as I continued to participate in the seminars I learned about the enormous benefit they provide beyond education.  The networking opportunities for participants who attend are vast.  The seminar gives all attendees the opportunity to meet and mingle with fellow practitioners, within your jurisdiction, in a casual and enjoyable atmosphere.  This has resulted in a number of referrals from my colleagues due to conflicts.  In addition, the networking opportunities exposed me to a wide variety of practitioners from all across the country.  These relationships bolstered my practice immensely, giving me an opportunity to discuss ideas with lawyers whose jurisdictions may have dealt with an issue earlier than my state.  The networking opportunities available at every law seminar are invaluable.

Do not miss these one-of-a-kind networking and professional development opportunities to grow your legal career. It’s important to CAI and CCAL that you have the resources and relationships to share ideas, expand your network, and discover how to make the most of your Law Seminar experience.

>> Register today for the 2021 Virtual Community Association Law Seminar.

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