2012 Spring Conference & Induction of Fellows
Santa Barbara, California

The 2012 Spring Conference & Induction of Fellows will be held May 9-11 at the Four Seasons Resort, The Biltmore, in Santa Barbara, California.  The conference is designed for Fellows of the Litigation Counsel of America to enhance their already superior trial skills, to address practical issues and topics challenging litigators in today’s changing legal environment, and to afford each individual the opportunity to hear and interact with some of North America’s finest trial and appellate lawyers.


Participants will be provided with many of the necessary tools for continued success and expertise in trial techniques, evidence presentation, courtroom technology, case evaluations, negotiations and alternative dispute resolution.  New Fellows of the LCA will be formally inducted into the society at a black tie dinner and ceremony on Thursday evening, May 10, 2012.  The conference will give Fellows the opportunity to network with other distinguished attorneys from across North America, earn CLE credit and enjoy the beauty of Santa Barbara’s beautiful beaches, majestic mountains and colorful culture.








Santa Barbara, California


Epitomizing the casually sophisticated California lifestyle, Santa Barbara is among America’s most coveted destinations. Located on the California coast between San Francisco and Los Angeles, nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, the landscape is lush and almost tropical. Graced by sunny skies and a mild year-round climate, the Santa Barbara ambience is richly Mediterranean, earning the community its reputation as America’s Riviera.


The town’s Spanish colonial heritage is reflected in romantic architecture featuring adobe walls with recessed doors and windows, graceful archways, wrought-iron gates and red-tiled roofs. With a small and exclusive population of just 89,000 people, Santa Barbara vibrates with activity – from quaint tree-lined State Street to intriguing art galleries, museums and the interactive Sea Center. Santa Barbara County is also a popular wine region, featuring nearly 100 vineyards. Adventure continues on the ocean, with sport fishing, sunset cruises and kayaking in the nearby Channel Islands.


Luminous palm-lined beaches, jasmine-scented gardens and whitewashed adobes topped with red brick tiles have lured artists, writers and movie stars to Santa Barbara for over a century. Once a well-kept secret, the California Riviera is now a popular vacation spot. Art lovers make their way to Santa Barbara’s Museum of Fine Arts and the galleries in historic El Paseo on State Street, and history buffs appreciate the Old Santa Barbara Mission, designed in 1812 to resemble an ancient Latin temple in pre-Christian Rome. Hikers take the Cold Spring mountain trail, surfers hit Rincon beach, and wine lovers find award-winning vintages in local tasting rooms. Shoppers hit their stride in the Spanish-style courtyard of Paseo Nuevo mall, and fine dining is informed by Pacific fusion, Latin American tradition, organic gourmet and, of course, a view of the sun setting over the Pacific.



May 9-11, 2012



Ten (10) hours (approximate, accreditation pending)



FELLOW EARLY-BIRD $1095 (on or before April 9, 2012)
• FELLOW $1295 (on or after April 10, 2012)
• NON FELLOW $1495


Financial scholarship applications are available for this program.  To request an application or receive additional information, please contact Julia Land at 212.724.4128 or Julia.Land@litcounsel.org.


Four Seasons Resort
The Biltmore
1260 Channel Drive
Santa Barbara, California  93108


Santa Barbara has been a popular travel destination for nearly a century.  The Four Seasons Resort was built in 1927 and sits on the Pacific Ocean.  The classic elegance of its Spanish Colonial architecture is evident throughout the resort and enhanced by the 20 acres of lush landscaping and gardens. While relaxing at the Resort, enjoy its fitness centers, spa, tennis courts, bikes to ride along miles of beach paths and a spectacular private beach club.  This club offers a 50 meter lap pool on the ocean and two restaurants.  The devoted staff of the Four Seasons Resort Santa Barbara will do everything to make your stay in this extraordinary place simply unforgettable. For additional information about the Four Seasons Resort, please visit their website: http://www.fourseasons.com/santabarbara/.


A limited number of discounted hotel rooms have been made available for this conference.  In order to obtain the group rate, please contact the hotel directly by April 9, 2012, at 805.565.8299.  Please specify the 2012 Spring Conference to take advantage of the following group rates:
            Superior Run of House:          $295.00
            Deluxe Run of House:             $339.00
            Deluxe Fireplace King:            $425.00


The above rates are subject to applicable occupancy and sales tax, which are currently 10%, but are subject to change. A California Tourism Assessment Fee of 0.08% and a Santa Barbara Tourism Assessment Fee (TBID) of $2.00 per room night will also be charged on all guest bills. Rates will be honored two (2) days pre and one (1) day post conference dates, based upon availability. A Sunday night stay with the above rates is not available. Standard rates will apply for a Sunday night stay.


Conference registration and hotel accommodations should be made at your earliest opportunity.  Rooms and rates, including the weekend, are available on a first-come, first-served basis.


The Resort offers complimentary day valet parking. Overnight valet parking charges are currently $31.00 nightly, per vehicle. Self-parking is complimentary for this program (value of $19.00 per vehicle per night).


If you have any problems reserving a room or desire the LCA to seek an exception on your behalf after April 9, 2012, please contact Julia Land at 212.724.4128 or Julia.Land@litcounsel.org.