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President's Spring LPBA Letter

I’m honored and humbled to offer greetings from the front office of LPBA’s command structure.  I have great expectations for our association over the next year, and with the dedicated and talented leadership we have on board, I’m confident we’re headed in the right direction. With your help and involvement, we’ll do even better.

Susan and I would like to take this opportunity to invite you to our next two meetings.  First, our Winter meeting is set for February 28th through March 4th at the magnificent El Conquistador Resort on the island of Puerto Rico.  Located on the northeast corner of the island, where the Caribbean converges with the Atlantic, the resort is situated on a 300-foot bluff above the Yunque Rainforest in the township of Fajardo.  Now operated by Waldorf Astoria, El Conquistador is everything you’d expect from that lineage.  The guest rooms are really nice, our group rates make them affordably priced, and there are numerous suites and deluxe villas available. 

There’s something for everyone.  The on-property championship-caliber golf course was designed by Arthur Hills and is a sight to behold, even hitting from the rough behind the palm trees as I often do.  The spa is 26,000 square feet of pampered relaxation.  There is a water park with a lazy river and water slides.  There’s a private marina with dozens of sailboats, ski boats, dive boats, deep sea fishing charters, jet skis, ocean kayaks and just about anything else that will float, all at our disposal.  Just a mile or so offshore is the resort’s private 100-acre island, accessible by twice-hourly catamaran, which has additional water sport opportunities, horseback trails, another spa, incomparable snorkeling in crystal clear tropical waters, and a beautiful white-sand beach.  There are 20 restaurants, bars and lounges at the resort.

El Conquistador is about 45 minutes drive-time east of San Juan, and is easy to reach through the resort’s fleet of courtesy vans, shuttles and busses, which will also be available for our tours of Old San Juan, the tropical rainforest, and whatever other adventures we choose.  San Juan’s primary commercial airport, Luis Munoz Marin International, is accessible by a number of air carriers including American, Delta, United, Jet Blue and Southwest, and is essentially the same as travel within the continental US.  We’ll be looking into the GA airports on our next planning trip down there, as well as the island-hopping route between Florida and San Juan.

Don’t take my word for it; I’ve posted a short promotional video and a PDF information file on our site.  You can also check out the resort’s own web site at

Next summer, we’re going to Lake Tahoe.  I’ve just returned from my initial recon mission, and having previously only been to Tahoe on ski trips, am pleased to report that our national treasure is every bit as beautiful in the summer time.  Snowcaps from this past winter’s record setting snowfall still decorate the peaks around the lake.  I visited nine separate properties.  The bad news is that after putting my eyes on target, I liked every one of them; however, the corollary good news is that no matter which of them emerges from the competition as our choice, it’s going to be awesome. 

Located along the California/Nevada border, the 22-mile-long lake is 6,200 feet above sea level, ringed by 9,000 to 10,000 foot mountains with world-class ski resorts (Heavenly, Squaw Valley).  The High Sierras are about as beautiful and majestic as mountains get, with the largest deep-water high altitude lake offering a spectacular backdrop to our meeting.  There are two readily accessible GA airports (Truckee to the north and South Lake Tahoe, surprisingly, to the south) as well as commercial flight access from Reno International.

As with Puerto Rico, the number and diversity of activities is staggering, and available right at our doorstep - hiking, biking, boating, fishing, casino gaming and shows, zip lines, wineries, historical tours, and on and on.  There are also opportunities to fly gliders in the warm mountain updrafts, as well as (somewhat pricy) air combat and aerobatics. 

By the time you’re reading this, we’ll have narrowed the field to the top two or three candidates and after playing a little bit of “can-you-top-this,” have a site selected and under contract within a week or two.  We’ve confirmed availability for the last two weeks of July and first week of August, and will be sending out a save-the-date notice as soon as there’s a firm commitment.  I look forward to filling in the blanks, and genuinely appreciate all of the assistance I’ve received from so many of you.

Lastly, if you’re reading this, you know how good our Journal and web site are, but LPBA membership is so much more than a law review level publication and an interesting last line of your resume.  If you’ve just joined LPBA, or are a long-time member who hasn’t been to one of our meetings (or hasn’t been lately), I urge you to take this opportunity to see for yourself why nearly every one of us that goes to these meetings returns time and time again.  We go to the nicest place in the nicest places, get continuing education in areas most other bar associations don’t even know about, but most of all we revel in one another’s company.  While the CLE is first rate (our upcoming program in Puerto Rico looks to be outstanding,) it’s our fellow members – including their spouses, significant others, and kids - that bring us back.  We’re cooperative with one another, not competitive.  We have a social connection with each other that goes above and beyond a simple bar association.  Given the choice, we would rather talk about airplanes and share trips to enjoyable and memorable destinations with people we like.   

The timing has never been better; we’re going to a wonderful resort in a tropical Caribbean paradise this winter, and to a  stunning western mountain getaway next summer.  Susan and I look forward to welcoming you as together we move our beloved LPBA ahead and higher.

Lloyd Kirschbaum 
LPBA President

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