NCPJ 2020 Spring Conference to be hosted in Colorado Springs, Colorado, May 13th to 16th, 2020, at Cheyenne Mountain Resort
We regret to advise you that the Executive Committee of the National College of Probate Judges (NCPJ) decided to cancel the 2020 Spring Conference scheduled for May 13-16, 2020 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. This decision was based upon the declaration of a pandemic by the World Health Organization necessitated by the outbreak of the coronavirus, and the national emergency declaration by the President. In addition, the majority of Governors have declared states of emergency and have banned travel by government employees who would be attending this meeting.
It was wonderful seeing so many of you at our 2019 NCPJ Fall Conference in Philadelphia last November, and we are looking forward to seeing even more of you at our upcoming 2020 NCPJ Spring Conference to be held at the fabulous Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs, in beautiful Colorado, on May 13-16, 2020.
Colorado has been aptly called “America’s rooftop” and “the state nearest heaven” since our country’s majestic Rocky Mountains reach their greatest heights there, with over 50 peaks soaring more than 14,000 feet into its glorious sky. Now we are happy to ask that you please save the dates of May 13 – 16 to join us for our Spring 2020 NCPJ Conference at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort (www.cheyennemountain.com). This magnificent venue is a luxury facility offering world-class amenities. We have secured very favorable group rates for our NCPJ members who register for this important conference to be held in our country’s fascinating “Rocky Mountain State.” Also, registrants who attend our educational sessions will earn 8.75 hours of CLE credit, thereby combining professional advancement concurrently with a most enjoyable cultural and memorable environmental experience.
That great American showman of the 19th century, P.T. Barnum, referring to the healthful and curative environment of Colorado Springs, opined that it was so rejuvenating there and vacationers looked so healthy that “two thirds of them came here to die, and they can’t do it!” As a thriving resort in the 1860’s, Colorado Springs was called “The Newport of the Rockies,” and was said to not only cure but actually prevent disease. There are bizarre rock formations near Colorado Springs, called the Garden of the Gods. Ute Indian legend says Manitou, a supernatural force, turned giants, who were invading Ute sacred ground, into stone. One of the truly spectacular visits is majestic Pike’s Peak framed by masses of weather-worn sandstone.
Judges Jim Walther and Tim Grendell have developed an informative and entertaining program for our spring conference. On Thursday, May 14, the agenda includes an instructive presentation by Prof. Richard B. Collins expertly covering “American Indian Law.” Prof. Lucy Marsh will present with Mr. Earnest House Jr., who served for 10 years as the Executive Secretary of the Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs, on the “Tribal Wills Project.” An optional tour of the U.S. Air Force Academy will be available in the afternoon.
Friday we’ll have programs featuring Judges David Furman and Craig Welling of the Colorado Court of Appeals, as well as Korey Elger and Kathryn Redhorse, giving us cultural and educational insights into Children Services Adoptions, ICWA history as well as presentations covering cases in Colorado involving child welfare and ICWA Compliance. Our last hour of the morning will feature Captain Deepa Patel covering Colorado’s Legal Assistance system.
On Saturday, we listen to the very knowledgeable Kathryn Truman talk about “Taking the Mystery out of Bonds,” as well as a special hour on Extreme Violence Protection Orders with Anthony Fabian, former president of the Colorado State Shooting Association, Colorado General Assembly Representative Tom Sullivan and the Colorado Attorney General or his representative. The final hour will be a program on “Good Deeds Make Good Sense” presented by our Ohio colleagues Judges Jim Walther and Tim Grendell. Don’t miss this very valuable CLE.
ACCOMMODATIONS: NCPJ has negotiated a very favorable conference rate of $185.00 single/double plus tax and a $15.00 resort fee. The cutoff date to make reservations is April 15, 2020 but you are strongly encouraged to make your reservations before then, as it is very likely the NCPJ room block will fill. After April 15, rooms will be available at the group rate subject to availability. Call the Cheyenne Mountain Resort at 800-588-0250, to make your reservation, or go to this online reservation link.
REGISTRATION: The conference registration fee is $400.00 for members if received by April 1, 2020 and $450.00 after April 1. The fee for retired judges not requiring CLE credit is $200.00. The registration fee includes all conference materials, the welcome reception and final reception/banquet. The fee for spouses/guests is $80.00, which includes the reception and banquet. The dress code for the conference is casual; dress code for the banquet is business casual.
TRANSPORTATION: There is a fine airport (COS) in Colorado Springs, and a very reputable shuttle service to the resort. Our colleague, Judge Don Davis of Alabama, has been to a conference at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort and reports back to us that it was a marvelous experience. You may want to rent a car so you will be able to explore this spectacular venue and its surroundings thoroughly. Denver Probate Judge Elizabeth Leith has reported to us on many wonderful things to do and places to visit. There are a number of other options which are available which you can explore yourself by visiting the website of the resort (www.cheyennemountain.com).
ACTIVITIES: The Cheyenne Mountain Resort is located in a thrilling, scenic part of Colorado Springs where the climate has been praised as “the very quintessence of perfection.” Judges Davis and Leith have been very helpful to us in describing and recommending places to visit, including the Cave of the Winds, a 45 minute tour through the caves, $23/person; Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, $17-25/person, and Glen Eyrie Castle, home of General Palmer, founder of Colorado Springs, a 90 minute tour at 1:00 PM, $9.00/person. Judge Beth Leith (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Judge Don Davis (email@example.com) have graciously agreed to receive and respond to emails from any of our members with suggestions should you wish to plan specific outings for yourself and your guests in the Colorado Springs area.
This is an important NCPJ Conference that you must not miss! Please join us and many other probate judges and probate professionals from all across America for this most enjoyable and educational experience. We are anxious to welcome all of you to this magnificent venue! Please mark your calendar for May 13 through 16, 2020 now! We look forward to seeing you there.