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NCACC Forty-First Annual Meeting

NCACC Forty-First Annual Meeting

Richmond, Virginia July 13 - July 18, 2014
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"While you weren't looking, Richmond got cool."
by Trish Harrington (VA), Host

So says Frommer's travel guide in its list of 14 places to visit in 2014. Richmond, therefore, joins locations that include Berlin, Rio de Janeiro, Bali, Scotland, Taiwan, Hawaii, India, the Dominican Republic and Liverpool. I'd love to claim that this was my grand plan all along - to schedule the NCACC's 41st annual conference for a city that would be named a top destination for that year. Instead I'll just acknowledge being way ahead of the curve in deciding to attend law school and then remain in Richmond, a city I've grown to love more and more each year.

According to Frommer's, the following reasons were crucial in putting Richmond on the list: history and the start of the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, since many of its biggest battles, "are within striking distance of Richmond;" a "growing slate of breweries [and] farm-to-table restaurants;" as well as white water rapid activities "cutting right through downtown." I am currently working on the social events for the conference and hope to have one event at The American Civil War Center for Historic Tredegar and another at the John Marshall Hotel, both of which are not far from the Omni Hotel.

The Tredegar site is located on the James River and was an ironworks company that manufactured cannons, locomotives and related parts, ships and various naval hardware, munitions, and brass items. There is both a National Park Service welcome center and a museum on the grounds.

The John Marshall Hotel opened in 1929 and was, at the time, the largest hotel in Virginia. It has since been renovated and includes a beautiful ballroom where I hope to hold an event that will include dinner and dancing. These plans are still in the process of being finalized, but I am optimistic that everything will work out. Therefore, I hope to see you in Richmond, a top destination for 2014, the week of July 13.