Lawyer Pilot's Bar Association
LPBA Summer 2011 Meeting
Coeur d'Alene Golf & Spa Resort
Coeur d'Alene, ID

Convention Program - Including Speakers and Presentation Titles

My wife, Jeanine, and I have just returned from the LPBA summer meeting at the Coeur d’Alene Resort, on beautiful Coeur d’Alene Lake, in Idaho. It was a wonderful spot for a very successful meeting. Highlights of the meeting included a tour of the Aerostar factory, set up by our president-elect, Gary Evans, and a CLE program with topics that included 1031 like-kind exchanges, public air- craft regulation, the history, shortcomings and advantages of glass cockpits, and the Nuremberg trial cross-examination of Hermann Goering.

Many of us took advantage of great weather and calm waters and rented boats to cruise the lake. Jeanine says that I’m a much better pilot than I am a boat driver (or a car driver, for that matter), but with the help of Jim Waldon, from Seattle, who actu- ally owns a boat, we made it back in time for our closing banquet, also on a boat, but a much larger one, and unlike our afternoon cruise snack of Nachos, peanuts and beer, the meal was substantial, and included a carving station of grilled chicken and roast beef and, of course, an open bar.

During the cruise, awards were given out to the winners of the golf tournament. Recognition was also given to the participants in the spot landing demonstration, which took place at the Coeur d’Alene Airport the previous afternoon, and to the participants in the fun run walk talk event, in which the runners run a 5-km course and the walkers walk a 2-km route. It was held Saturday morning, at 7 a.m., and the course took us along the lake shore, past flocks of Canada geese, historic Indian gathering places, and the many vacation houses bordering the path.

I presented Charlie Finkel, the outgoing president, with a plaque recognizing his service to our organization. I also gave him a special gift of a Lladro clown figure that I had bought for him in Paris the month before, when I was there to attend the Paris Air Show. Before Charlie was a lawyer, he spent a year in France learning to be a mime and a clown. I also spent a good deal of time in Paris in my youth, and in conversations he and I had, I learned that it was a significant period in his character development, as it was in mine. The porcelain clown is in recognition of that period which helped to make him the successful per- son and lawyer he is today.

At the end of the cruise, I assumed the presidency of LPBA. Photos of the meeting are published elsewhere in the Journal and are also posted on the website ( and on LPBA’s Facebook page.

Robert Feldman, LPBA President 2011-2012

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