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Newsletter > October 2023 > "The 25th Fraternal Law Conference: Celebrating Many Years of Insight and Progress"
The 25th Fraternal Law Conference: Celebrating Many Years of Insight and Progress
Ilana Linder, Fraternal Law Partners, Ilana.Linder@manleyburke.com
As we prepare to embark on (what we believe to be) the 25th Fraternal Law Conference (“FLC”), we cannot help but reflect on the rich history and enduring relevance of this annual gathering.
The FLC journey began in November 1986, a time when fraternities faced unique legal challenges and sought collaborative solutions. Though our conference was not held every single year, its impact over three decades is immeasurable.
This year’s FLC promises to be a milestone, covering a spectrum of topics that have consistently shaped our fraternity landscape. From investigations to housing concerns, First Amendment rights to board members’ responsibilities, and DEI to risk management, we are exploring the very fabric of legal issues affecting fraternities and sororities today.
In honor of our significant FLC anniversary, I delved into the records of that inaugural conference in 1986. Amazingly, though perhaps not surprisingly, the issues discussed then mirror the challenges we continue to grapple with today. For example, in 1986, a session titled “Liability for Negligence and Insurance Problems” was the opening presentation. Fast forward to 2023, and we are set to engage in another session dedicated to the critical realm of risk management. Similarly, in 1986, there was a session addressing civil rights concerns; this year, this year, we will hear from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) about ongoing First Amendment challenges. The echoes of the past resonate as we navigate a world where legal landscapes shift, but core issues endure.
And just as we have been honored to host many prominent national speakers over the years—including the deans of multiple law schools, justices from three state supreme courts, U.S. Court of Appeals and District Court judges, the Chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents, and several others—we will be joined this year by the Honorable Justice Richard Bernstein of the Michigan Supreme Court.
As we look forward to this year’s Fraternal Law Conference, we anticipate not only insightful discussions but also the opportunity to reconnect with you, our valued community. Your experiences, perspectives, and expertise have been the driving force behind the longevity and success of the Fraternal Law Conference and Fraternal Law Partners. We are excited to continue exploring these consistent, yet ever-changing, issues with you and collectively shaping the future of fraternity law.
See you soon!