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38th Bond Attorneys' Workshop Sep 25–27, 2013 | Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers | Chicago, Illinois

38th Bond Attorneys' Workshop

Sep 25–27, 2013

Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers
Chicago, Illinois


Interested in the SEC Municipal Advisor Rule?  You won't want to miss John Cross, Director of the SEC Office of Municipal Securities, who will be participating in all three of Thursday's panel sessions on "Hot Topics in Securities Law".  The 11:00am session will be devoted to a more in depth discussion of the regulations.

Lois Scott, Chief Financial Officer for the City of Chicago, will kick off BAW on Wednesday, September 25, with a keynote presentation about the Chicago Infrastructure Bank initiative and the public finance industry.

Rebecca Harrigal, newly announced Director of the IRS Office of Tax Exempt Bonds, will speak for the first time to the industry about her plans for the future activities of the TEB office on Wednesday, September 25 on the "Hot Topics in Tax Law" panel.


Make your Workshop experience easier with the free BAW mobile app.  Download on your mobile phone or tablet by either visiting directly from your browser or searching for the app in the iTunes store or Google Play store using the key words "NABL Events".  Once downloaded, you will be asked to enter an activation code, which will be e-mailed to all attendees before BAW.

BAW attendees will find these great features on the app:

  • The full event schedule sorted by day, speaker, or track with the ability to rate the sessions directly on the app.
  • Connect and exchange contact details with other attendees.
  • Follow the event on Twitter using #BAW13 directly from the app.
  • Find session and activity locations with maps of the Sheraton’s meeting rooms and a Chicago area map.
  • See details about the exhibitors and sponsors.
  • Learn more about the Panel Session Chairs.
  • Catch notifications about networking opportunities, contests, and other breaking event news pushed directly to your device.

Rooms at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers are sold out for the nights during BAW.  Additional hotels in the area that are currently available are the Hyatt Regency and the Omni Chicago.  Visit their website for more information, including current room rates.


Will there be tax reform this year or next?  What is the SEC telling us we must do?  How do I understand and use EMMA?  How can I best protect myself from potential liability and best help my clients?  While it is difficult to predict what new developments will most affect your practice, the 2013 Bond Attorneys’ Workshop will be information-packed and address matters of critical importance to the municipal finance industry. We will sum up the year’s securities law developments, IRS enforcement activity, and tax reform proposals. You will hear about the current thinking on MSRB rules, pension disclosure, Dodd-Frank, crisis driven transactions and financial distress, and direct purchases. In a fast-changing world, you cannot afford to miss this Workshop.

A General Session will kick off our program on Wednesday. Lois Scott, chief financial officer for the City of Chicago, will kick off the Bond Attorneys’ Workshop with a keynote presentation about the Chicago Infrastructure Bank initiative and the public finance industry.  In 2011, Ms. Scott left Scott Balice Strategies, the financial advisory services company she founded, to become chief financial officer for Mayor Rahm Emanuel.  She met Mayor Emanuel while she was a White House fellow in 1997 and he was a policy chief for former President Bill Clinton.  After working in D.C., Ms. Scott went on to manage the Midwest public finance offices for DLJ Merchant Banking Partners (which is now part of Credit Suisse) and Bank of America.  She spent a decade on Wall Street, and by 32 she was a senior vice president at Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette Securities Corp.  Recently, the Chicago-based Women in Public Finance recognized Ms. Scott with a lifetime achievement award.

The General Session also includes the presentation of NABL’s prestigious awards: The Bernard P. Friel Medal, and the Frederick O. Kiel Distinguished Service Award.  You will have the opportunity to participate in the association’s Annual Membership Meeting, vote for the new Board of Directors slate, and hear from 2013-2014 NABL President, Allen K. Robertson, about his vision for NABL in the upcoming year.

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One of the major benefits of the Bond Attorneys' Workshop is the opportunity to meet new colleagues and reconnect with old friends.  Be sure to attend the Welcome Reception on Wednesday evening, September 25. Weather permitting, the reception will be outside overlooking the Chicago River. 


You’ll have the opportunity for more networking on Thursday evening at an informal Beer and Wine Reception following the panel sessions to provide members a chance to mix and mingle before heading out to dinner.  This year, the theme of Thursday Reception will be "Aloha Spirit".  The "Aloha Spirit" embraces the attitude of "friendly acceptance" for which the Hawaiian Islands are so famous. It also refers to a powerful way to resolve any problem, accomplish any goal, and to achieve any state of mind. So, put on your Hawaiin shirt and share the "Aloha Spirit" with your fellow attendees! 


Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson, P.A. will host the Diversity Luncheon on Thursday as an alternative to lunch on your own.  The luncheon is a chance to further NABL’s goals of providing better diversity in the bond counsel world.  NABL's Diversity Initiative Chair, Bryant Barber, is working on an exciting agenda for the session.  We have a limited number of spaces for this lunch.  Tickets will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis,  and distributed on-site with registration materials.

BAW will be mobile again this year!

The BAW mobile app will be available to download from iTunes and the Android Marketplace in early September. Be sure to download the mobile app to enhance your Workshop experience!