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Update - April 2017
May 1, 2017

President's Perspective

If you have not yet done so, then it is time to mark your calendar for SER’s 25th Annual Meeting and Conference, to be held at the Union League Club of Chicago on July 28 and 29. As those of you who have been to the ULCC know, the facilities are superlative and the room rates are less than most hotels in the area. The ULCC excels in every area, offering a wonderful art collection, grand architecture and fine dining. It has been voted the #1 city club in the US. In short, the ULCC is a welcome and enjoyable location for us to assemble.

As President-Elect, Ross Tulman is in charge of the programming this year. The agenda is close to completion and I am confident that it will be interesting and informative for all. Given the overwhelming response to last year’s Testifying Competition, we plan to include the 2nd annual Testifying Competition. Mike Loconte won last year’s competition, earning him the admiration of his peers and a year’s complimentary membership to SER. Who will win this year’s competition? [Best answer:  Everyone!]

Last year’s annual conference was a smash success, with members citing a wide variety of highlights in their responses to our follow-up survey. As Frank Sullivan summarized:

“This interaction with like-minded members has been the number one reason why I and others attend SER conferences. Experts from around the country with successful practices are the intellectual capital resource that is the heart and soul of SER. Having the opportunity to tap into this well of knowledge is worth its weight in gold and, in my opinion, more than justifies both my annual dues and the registration fee for the conference.”

I agree with that sentiment. Though I enjoy and benefit from the programming each year, that is not my primary reason for attending the annual SER meetings. The presentations provide me with 8-10 hours of valuable continuing education, but the aspect of the conference that I prize the most is the time that I can spend building relationships with other SER members. I have learned valuable lessons from many, many members that make me a better expert and help me to run a better expert practice. I have gotten to know other members well enough to refer cases to, and have received cases in turn. Most of all, I have developed lasting friendships.

I look forward to seeing you in July for this milestone conference. 

Respectfully, Jeffery Schaff, President


2017 Annual Meeting & Conference

Save the date! Registration will open shortly. Upon registration you will be able to reserve your room at ULCC ($202.80 inclusive rate). 

July 28th & 29th
Union League Club Chicago 
65 West Jackson Blvd, Chicago



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