Statement Adopted by AALS Executive Committee
August 15, 2008
The AALS 2009 Annual Meeting will take place January 6-10, 2009, in San Diego,
California. Several years ago the Association booked rooms at the San Diego
Marriott and the Manchester Grand Hyatt. In the last few weeks there have been
suggestions that the Association should boycott the Hyatt because its owner has
contributed money to a ballot initiative designed to overturn the California
Supreme Court's May decision in favor of same-sex marriage. In addressing this
issue, the Executive Committee has sought to ensure that the Annual Meeting
serves the needs of all participants to the maximum extent possible given our
contractual obligations to the hotels.
with the hotels provide that each hotel reserve a block of guest rooms, and
leave to the AALS the choice of where to locate the AALS Registration, Exhibit
Hall, Section Programs, Presidential Programs, and House of Representatives
meetings. We will honor our contracts with both hotels, and we have exercised
our option to hold all AALS events at the Marriott to ensure the maximum
participation by our members.
schools and other organizations hosting meetings and receptions will be
contacted soon by an AALS meetings manager regarding the location of their
events. Faculty and staff at law schools will soon receive housing information
and you will be able to choose your individual hotel room on a first-come,
first-served basis in accordance with the usual housing procedures.