2019 Futures Conference

Overview

The conference will be hosted by and held at Belmont University College of Law on October 24-25, 2019. After two years of single-topic conferences, this year we will return to the broader theme of the future of law practice management broadly defined. There is a half day of programming on Thursday, followed by an evening welcome reception where we will combine the Nashville music scene with law practice innovation. On Friday, there is a full day of programming followed by the 2019 Fellows Induction Ceremony and Dinner at our headquarters hotel, the Loews Vanderbilt.

This year, our conference theme is “In Tune with the Future,” and we will recognize that the future is already HERE. We'll showcase what some may deem to be cutting edge in the delivery of legal services, but for many are now just routine business practices. We'll tour innovations, practices, technologies and perspectives that have overturned decades of thinking about how legal services are consumed, purchased, delivered, managed, priced, and rewarded.

We're excited to be in Nashville – "Music City" – because it provides an excellent backdrop for demonstrating how an evolving industry can adapt and thrive. We'll learn how incumbents and disruptors in music have navigated their way through a fast-changing industry and see innovations that are making music more accessible – for musicians creating it, for consumers enjoying it, and for the many contributors along the way. The Futures programming will showcase the immense breadth and depth of talent found in the Fellows of the College of Law Practice Management. Many Fellows have been leading change for a long time, so we'll hear what they're up to today and learn what's next in the legal marketplace.

It's sure to be an intellectually stimulating event in a very entertaining city!

Registration Rates 

Priority registration begins May 1, 2019, for Fellows and Fellows-Elect (and their registered guests) and our 2019 speakers and 2019 sponsors. Open registration for the general public begins July 1 on a space-available basis.  

 

Early Bird
Registration Rate

May 1 - September 1

Standard
Registration Rate

September 2 - October 11
Fellows $699 USD $799 USD
Fellows-Elect $549 USD $649 USD

Guest of Fellow or
Fellow-Elect
(evening activities
only)

$250 USD $300 USD
General Public
(opens July 1)
$799 USD $899 USD

 

Online registration closes October 11. Thereafter, you may register on-site, subject to availability. 

Conference Venue

Belmont University College of Law
1900 Belmont Blvd.
Nashville, TN 37212
Phone: 615.460.8400

This year's law school partner is Belmont University College of Law. Located just two miles from downtown Nashville, Belmont is consistently recognized as a “Most Innovative” university.

The Randall and Sadie Baskin Center houses the law school. Opened and LEED certified in 2012, the Center sits atop a five-level underground parking garage. The law school has a two-story, state-of-the-art law library, a 21st century trial courtroom, an appellate courtroom and many other amenities.

Host Hotel

Loews Vanderbilt Hotel
2100 West End Ave.
Nashville, TN 37203 Phone 615.320.1700 | Hotel Reservations: 1.866.266.4451 (opens May 1)

The host hotel, the Loews Vanderbilt, is the venue for the black-tie Induction Dinner and Ceremony. Our conference group rate is $269/night; certain restrictions apply. It’s approximately nine miles (13 minutes) from the Nashville Airport (BNA) to the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel. There are several ground transportation options available: bus (line 18, approx. 36 minutes and $3-$7); taxi (approx. $25-$35); shuttle ($16-$75) or Uber ($14-$19). The hotel offers valet ($39) and self ($35) parking. All rates subject to change without notice.

Extend Your Stay!

Nashville has earned top 2019 rankings on TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice list and Smarter Travel’s list of Best Cities to Visit, so you’ll want to plan now to extend your stay in this entertaining city. "Creativity is the heart and soul of Music City and there’s never a shortage of inspiring things to do. From music, culture and the arts to food, sports and shopping, there is an 'only in Nashville' experience waiting for you."

Between now and October, we will continue to add content and links to local attractions, activities and events below to help you plan your stay:

Hungry
* Check out the list of restaurants near the host hotel and law school.

Events 
* 31st annual Jack Daniel's World Championship International Barbecue -- October 26 in Lynchburg. There will be live music, barbecue cooking competitions, games (butt bowling, bung toss and a country dog contest) and a lot of sampling. 

* Pumpkinfest -- The Heritage Foundation's 36th annual Pumpkinfest celebrates fall and Halloween on October 26 along Main Street in downtown Franklin, with kids' activities, putt-putt golf, pet and kids costume contests, pumpkin carving, music and food. This festival attracts more than 65,000 people. 

* Ghost Story Festival is a long standing tradition at the Tennessee State Museum. The festival is 10 a.m.-3 p.m. October 26. There will be a costume contest, crafts, scary stories and games. This popular event always includes a ghost trail and Tennessee characters such as the Bell Witch, Cherokee Spirit Spearfinger and John Murrell's thumb. 

Attractions
* Ryman Auditorium (116 5th Ave. N.; 615.889-3060) -- best known as the home of the Grand Ole Opry. Tours are available 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily; adult tour prices start at $24.95. Want to see a show? Opry Country Classics, hosted by Larry Gatlin (artists TBD), is available October 24 at 7 p.m. Show tickets start at $50. 

* Country Music Hall of Fame (222 5th Ave. S.; 615.416.2001 -- The museum, referred to as the "Smithsonian of country music," is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Ticket prices vary and start at $25.95 for adults. 

* RCA Studio B (1611 Roy Acuff Pl; 615.416.2011) -- Built in 1956 and known then as RCA Studios, this international recording center is an analog "temple of sound." This venue has been the home of numerous music titans and innovations in music practices. Tour access is limited and departs only from the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum (hourly between 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.) daily. Cost for adults is $40.95 and covers museum admission and transportation and admittance to the Studio B tour. 

* The Parthenon (2500 West End Ave.; 615.862.8431) -- The full-scale replica of the Parthenon and 42-foot Athena statue are the pinnacle of classical architecture. Operating hours are 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 12:30 p.m-4:30 Sunday (closed on Monday). Tickets for adults are $6.00,

* Fontanel (5225 Whites Creek Pike; 615.724.1600) -- The Mansion was once the home of Barbara Mandrell, one of country music's megastars. In addition to The Mansion, attractions include the amphitheater, winery, distillery, ziplines, trails & more. (The Mansion is currently available for private event bookings only, but watch Fontanel's website updates.)

* The Hermitage (4580 Rachel's Lane; 615.889.2941) -- This historical plantation was owned by Andrew Jackson who was the 7th President of the United States. He was known as the People's President. Visit the mansion, tomb and gardens. Hours beginning October 16 are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Multiple tour and itinerary options are available, with prices starting at $22 for adults. 

* Cheekwood Estates and Gardens (1200 Forrest Park Dr.; 615.356.8000) -- When you visit this Georgian mansion (now the Museum of Art) and 55-acre botanical garden, you will leave feeling restored and rejuvenated. Tours are available 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (closed Monday; beginning November 1, Cheekwood closes at 4 p.m.). Ticket price is $20 for adults. Parking is $5. 

* Belle Meade Plantation (5025 Harding Pike; 615.356.0501) -- Visit this Greek Revival Mansion and find the original cabin, a slave cabin and massive carriage house and stables built in 1892. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Adult tickets are $24. Also available are the Journey to Jubilee and Bourbon at Belle Meade tour options; adult tickets start at $24 and $60, respectively.

* Topgolf (500 Cowan St.; 615.777.3007) -- This venue believes "every great time starts with play, is fueled by food and drinks, moved by music and all made possible through community." They've blended technology and entertainment to make socializing a sport. Variable hours and  pricing