Letter from the President

I hope this letter finds you healthy and dealing the best you can with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The Association of Transportation Law Professionals (ATLP) prides itself on the value that its programs bring to you as well as the opportunity for you to network and continue to develop relationships with your colleagues. Unfortunately, as a result of the pandemic, we have been forced to cancel the 2020 Annual Meeting set for Vancouver, BC in June. Given the current travel restrictions between the US and Canada, as well as the 14-day quarantine for US travelers who enter Canada and the numerous “shelter in place” orders enacted by a majority of states, the meeting is not feasible. Needless to say, this is a great disappointment for all, but rest assured that we are looking at other opportunities to bring you updated information relevant to your business, even if it must be done virtually.

To that end, the Program Committee, under the guidance of co-chairs Louis Amato-Gauci and Jameson Rice, have put together a tremendous program that we must get to you somehow. We are planning to incorporate as much of that program as possible into a series of webinars, which will be available on-line. We will follow up with specific details soon, but in the meantime, please keep the dates that you had on your calendar for the meeting (June 14-16) as we figure out how to move our ideas forward. We are exploring the possibility of presenting as much of the program as we can online during those days or, if conditions improve substantially enough to allow for some type of in-person gathering in June, we will consider holding the Annual Meeting at an alternate domestic site.

The Annual Meeting is a primary source of revenue for the ATLP. The organization relies upon the modest profits from this event to continue operating. Losing that meeting and the corresponding revenue is a financial blow to the organization and will be difficult, if not impossible, to replace through other sources. We believe that our small bar association serves an important function, but we will need your support to remain viable. We know that we are not alone and many will struggle through this crisis, but we believe that our role in your career development is an important investment for you and deserves consideration.

If you have any questions regarding any the above, please reach out to me, any Board Member, or Lauren Michalski, the Executive Director. I truly appreciate your consideration in this difficult time.

Best regards

Tim D. Wackerbarth
President, Association of Transportation Law Professionals

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