Conference FAQ

Why Lindsborg?

The city of Lindsborg has been welcoming to KWAA conference attendees for over 25 years. Bethany College has opened its doors to KWAA during that time as well, hosting the CLEs and keynote speakers on its campus and providing delicious meals to conference attendees. Located in the middle of Kansas, Lindsborg is a wonderful place for attorneys across the state to gather for KWAA's annual conference.

What is there to do in Lindsborg?

If you've never been to Lindsborg, you will be pleasantly surprised by what this little town has to offer. 

Lindsborg offers a charming shopping experience, with boutique shops including antiques, fair-trade, clothing, and art. Conference attendees are given free time to enjoy some fabulous shopping and local merchants go all out with late hours and wine and snacks.  The town graciously welcomes us every year. 

Conference attendees can wake up early to run a 5k from Coronado Heights to Bethany College on the second day of the conference. Others choose to walk inside Lindsborg's city limits. Others choose to sleep in until right before breakfast and the first CLE.

The Birger Sandzén Memorial Gallery at Bethany College is a wonderful place to view artwork by Lindsborg's very own Birger Sandzen along with other travelling exhibitions from all over the world.

Conference attendees often find themselves kicking back at the Ol' Stuga or one of the other local establishments in town that provide a welcoming and rustic atmosphere. 

Lindsborg is home to beautiful 19th and 20th Century Victorian homes and is known for its Swedish history. Many conference attendees walk away with a hand-carved Swedish Dala Horse. 

What does the conference have to offer?

KWAA prides itself on its nationally recognized keynote speakers, who present and then join attendees for a reception and even a beer at the local bar. Past speakers include:

  • Connie Schultz, Pulitzer Prize winning columnist
  • Deanell Reece Tacha, Dean of Pepperdine Law School & fomer Tenth Circuit Chief Judge
  • Gail Collins, New York Times columnist
  • Sharon Ellison, Director, Institute for Powerful Non-Defensive Communication
  • Ellen Goodman, Pulitzer Prize winning columnist
  • Susan Estrich, Fox News commentator

Perhaps the thing that sets this conference apart most is the low key and effortless networking. Many judges attend and participate in the socializing. Participants are encouraged to come hungry and ready for a good time, whether that means kicking back and relaxing or kicking off your dancing shoes. 

Events include:

  • Law School receptions prior to the keynote address where law school alums can touch base.
  • Reception with keynote speaker at the Birger Sandzén Memorial Gallery.
  • Friday night dinner and social with a tasty buffet, cash bar, dancing, silent auction, and a photo booth. The Jennie Mitchell Kellogg Attorney of Achievement Award (hyperlink?) is announced at this event.
  • Less formal networking at the Ol Stuga (link) and other local bars or hotel pools.

The conference includes a silent auction, with items and baskets donated by local women attorney organizations and artistically talented members of KWAA.

What kind of continuing legal education is provided at the conference?

KWAA's annual conference offers high quality continuing legal education. 

Among others, Judge Steve Leben has called the Lindsborg conference CLE “the best CLE in the state.” Examples are an annual update on appellate cases from the judges who authored the opinions, point-counterpoint formats on hot issues of the day, presentations by seasoned attorneys about how to build a practice, interactive ethics exercises, out of town speakers including judges, and professors speaking on cutting edge legal issues. 

What do I wear?

Dress code is affirmatively casual. Although some do like to dress up in business casual wear or cocktail dresses for the dinner and social on Friday evening.

 

 

What kind of social events are held at the conference?

  • Law School receptions prior to the keynote address where law school alums can touch base.
  • Reception with keynote speaker at the Birger Sandzén Memorial Gallery.
  • Friday night dinner and social with a tasty buffet, cash bar, dancing, silent auction, and a photo booth. The Jennie Mitchell Kellogg Attorney of Achievement Award is announced at this event.
  • Less formal networking at the Ol Stuga and other local bars or hotel pools.

Where do I stay while at the conference?

 The cost for accommodations in Lindsborg is separate from the cost of conference registration. Accommodation options include:

  • Bethany College Swede Suites - 4 people per suite (requires 2 night minimum) - $65 a night per person
  • Bethany College New Hall - $65 a night per person

New Hall is a mix of single rooms with a private bath, two single rooms with a shared bath, quad rooms with a shared bath, two 6-person suites with three bathrooms, and one 10-person suite with three bathrooms.

  • Bethany College Dorm Room - $60 a night per person
  • Hotels or other accommodations in Lindsborg

*Bethany College will provide bed linens, a washcloth and a towel.

Where is the conference held in Lindsborg?

On the campus of Bethany College. 

Who can go to the conference?

Law students and lawyers, active, inactive, and retired. Men, women, and children are welcome.

How many people attend the conference? Who usually attends?

Approximately 200 individuals, including law students, lawyers, judges, and family members.

How much does the conference cost?

Registration Early Bird Registration (early July):

KWAA Member $190  
Non-member $240  
Student $50 (includes all meals & conference registration)

Late Registration (mid to late July):

KWAA Member $215  
Non-member $270  
Student $50 (includes all meals & conference registration)

NOTE: KWAA membership dues [optional] are $50. One-Day Seminar Registration - $100

What does conference registration include?

  • 12 hours of CLE
  • Thursday night social with heavy hor d'oeuvres and drinks
  • Friday night dinner, social, and entertainment
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner, & snacks
  • Alumni events
  • Keynote speaker
  • Networking
  • Childcare

What are the food options at the conference?

All meals are provided at the Bethany College cafeteria. The College provides wonderful meals that include a salad bar, entree, dessert, soft drinks, and coffee or tea.

Friday night's meal is catered by a local restaurant.

Heavy hor d'oeuvres are served on Thursday night.

Snacks are served throughout each day.

Many of the local shops serve snacks and drinks on Friday afternoon before the evening's dinner and social.

How do I access conference materials?

You may request and pay $10 for a zip drive, which will be given to you at registration. In the alternative, a PDF version will be distributed electronically to all registrants prior to the conference.