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Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association

Winter 2014

President's Message



Dear Members:

We are pleased to extend to you a personal and cordial invitation to renew your LPBA membership! As you know, our membership cycle now follows the calendar year, so it’s time to renew before the seasonal celebrations and distractions get underway in earnest.

As a current member, you know that our LPBA, founded in 1959, is a unique international, non-profit bar association with members in the United States and many other countries.  It fills a special niche in the multitude of professional associations by bringing together a diverse mix of lawyers, pilots and aviation aficionados whose common denominator is a love for aviation and an interest in aviation safety and the law.  Membership benefits include your subscription to the always-interesting and educational LPBA Journal, issued quarterly; numerous networking opportunities; and fun-filled, entertaining, and rewarding Winter and Summer CLE Conventions.

The LPBA offers three levels of membership:

  1. 1) Sustaining Membership - $250.00 a year.  This level is recommended if you want to give you and/or your company special exposure, while showing your commitment to and support of the LPBA.  As a sustaining member, you will have a link on the LPBA website to your company’s page, or your email address.  You will also have your name published in each issue of the LPBA Journal.  Plus, Sustaining members receive special recognition and publicity on their name badges at the Winter and Summer Conventions.

  1. 2) Regular/Associate/Affiliate Membership – just $119.00 a year. A bargain!

  1. 3) Student Membership – only $49.00 a year. Keep your professional knowledge and network growing with this special rate as you pursue your education.

We have automated our renewal process to make it easy for you to renew online.  Let me echo the sentiments of your LPBA Executive Committee and the Board of Directors and strongly encourage you to authorize automatic yearly renewals.  You won’t have to worry about renewing from year to year (of course, you WILL be notified in advance annually and given the option to opt out) and your LPBA can minimize our administrative costs and efforts, enhance our cash flow predictability, and help keep our membership dues at the lowest possible levels.  Renewal, whether annual or continuing, is easy - just go to our website, Please do it now and accept our sincere thanks for doing so.

While we remind you to renew your membership, we also want to encourage you to attend the 2015 Winter Convention at the Sunscape Sabor Resort on Cozumel Island, Mexico, which will take place February 11-15, 2015.  We have prepared a great CLE Program with interesting and educational speakers and materials.  Cozumel is a Caribbean island, just 12 miles east of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. The resort has the most complete beachfront complex on the island.  It is located just 20 minutes from Cozumel International Airport, and the resort is all inclusive!  This means that your room rate will include unlimited and no-charge access to dining at four different restaurants, and free beverage service (including beers, wines, liquors, juices, soda and water) at three separate bars/lounges.

We have negotiated discounted daily rates from $112 to $161 per person.  In addition to the great educational and networking opportunities, visiting Cozumel will allow you to experience the wonders of the second-largest coral reef system in the world, the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef.  Besides seeing the reef, other activities will be available such as touring San Gervasio, a famous Mayan archeological site; visiting the Punta Sur National Ecological Park; and exploring the Chankanaab National Marine Park.

The 2015 Summer Convention will be held July 22-26, 2015, at the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel, in Watkins Glen, New York.  The hotel is located on the shores of Seneca Lake in the Finger Lakes region of western New York State.  This region is famous for its aviation history and its local wineries.  A few of the highlights for our 2015 Summer Convention will include a visit to the Watkins Glen International Race Course (including a "Drive the Glen" experience in your own car), vineyard tours, golfing, boating, and our gala Saturday dinner, to be held among the aviation treasures at the Glenn Curtiss Museum.

For those of you who have not yet attended an LPBA Convention, we urge you to join us in Cozumel and/or Watkins Glen.  You will be pleasantly surprised by how different LPBA Conventions are from any other professional association meetings or CLE programs you have ever attended.  Besides the morning-only CLE sessions, which are always worthwhile, our Conventions include great networking opportunities, and many other social/educational activities for members and their families. 

We strive to ensure that each LPBA Convention experience is thoroughly enjoyable for all participants, and we meet in memorable settings.  Recent destinations have included the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort near Albuquerque; the InterContinental Hotel in New Orleans; the Fairmont Chateau near Whistler, BC; the Villas of Grand Cypress Hotel in Orlando; the Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg; and the Hilton Waikoloa Village on Hawaii’s Big Island.

Check the LPBA website for updates on our Conventions, and look for the Cozumel meeting Program and Registration info in your mail.  Also, be sure to check out our Linkedin page, our Facebook page!/groups/LawyerPilots/, and be sure to sign up to be a part of the LPBA community.

We look forward to your renewal and to your participation in our many future LPBA events. Mary and I extend our best wishes for the coming holiday season, and thank you very much for being and remaining a member of the LPBA!

Russ Klingaman, President
Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association
“Dedicated to aviation safety, the just administration of the law and continuing legal education”




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