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            The 96th Annual Tau Epsilon Rho Law Society National Convention was recently held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Sarasota, Florida from February 9, 2017 through February 12, 2017. The convention began on the afternoon of February 9th with an informal get-together in our hospitality suite for convention registrants. The opening dinner took place in “The Boathouse” of the hotel and after a wonderful Hawaiian Buffet Dinner the group was entertained by an Hawaiian Hula Dancing Group. Dinner was followed by our gathering in the Hospitality Suite for late night desserts, soft drinks, light snacks, coffee and tea. We also began our traditional challenge of completing a 750 piece jigzaw puzzle of New York City’s Broadway by the group prior to the close of the convention.

            The convention resumed on the following morning with a continental breakfast in TER Hospitality Suite followed by the CLE Presentation by Professor Louis J. Virelli, III, from Stetson University College of Law, on “The Separation of Powers In a New Administration.” The extremely timely CLE program had been approved for 3.00 substantive CLE credit hours by the states of Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania.  The presentation by Professor Virelli was  extremely outstanding and many of the attendees wanted it to extend beyond the three (3) hour scheduled time limit. The CLE presentation was presented without charge to TER members whose dues were current and included all local state filing fees.

            The afternoon and  evening were open allowing convention attendees to enjoy the beautiful Florida weather at the pool and at local shopping areas. Thanks to convention chair David Liner for proving a list of excellent local restaurants for dinner that night. We again met that night in the hospitality suite for those late night desserts, soft drinks, light snacks, coffee and tea, and that continuing jigzaw puzzle challenge.

            The highlight of the convention began on the morning of February 11th when Chancellor David Marion, Convention Chair David Liner, Danny Liner and Executive Director Alan Tepper met for an informal breakfast with the Honorable Stephen Breyer, Justice of the United States Supreme Court and recipient of the TER Benjamin Nathan Cardozo Memorial Award. Following breakfast and beginning at 11:00 am, there was the Cardozo Award Reception in “The Boathouse” of the hotel during which time Justice Breyer circulated among the attendees of the Cardozo Award Luncheon and participated in numerous “photo-ops” with those in attendance.

            Following the reception, the group moved into the hotel ballroom where we had a sumptious buffet luncheon after which time Justice Stephen Breyer accepted the Tau Epsilon Rho Law Society Benjamin Nathan Cardozo Memorial Award.  Justice Breyer then offered some remarks about the workings of the United States Supreme Court keeping the over 150 attendees enjoyably amused and entertained. It was a real pleasure listening to the Justice speak on this auspicious occasion.

            That evening, we had dinner for all convention registrants outside the hotel at Mediterraneo Ristorante Italiano, a local fine Sarasota restaurant located in downtown Sarasota to celebrate the conclusion of the 96th Annual National Convention. We then again met later that evening in our hospitality suite for a final night of noshing, kibitzing, & those famous TER jokes and stories. And of course we enjoyed those late night desserts, soft drinks, light snacks, coffee and tea, AND WE DID FINISH THAT JIGSAW PUZZLE!!!

Thanks again to our convention chair, David Liner, for running another fabulous national convention.
We all look forward to word about our upcoming  97th Annual National Convention.



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