Whether you are coming to engage your inner scholar –or to check out all that New Orleans has to offer (or some of both!) -  a good time will be had by all. 

Or as they say in New Orleans . . .


Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler!

(less-say lay bon tonh roo-lay): Let the good times roll.


Your fun-loving activity planners have been cooking up a scrumptious gumbo of delights – to appeal to the gourmet, the music lover, the historian, the architect, the adventurer, and, yes, the closet Cajun dancer – that reside in each of you.  Consider the following options and take in as much as you can while you have the chance.  Even while you’re indulging your inner scholar, your guest can explore a different kind of enlightenment!


And remember – New Orleans is the Big Easy.  Leave your worries – and any uncomfortable clothing – behind.  The attire for New Orleans in September is light and airy – and comfortable.  And we hope your stay in New Orleans will be the same. REGISTRATION FOR OPTIONAL EVENTS IS CLOSED.  The optional events described below. 

NAALJ/FALJC Welcome Jazz Reception in the Courtyard: Meet old friends, make new ones, and immerse yourself in some cool, New Orleans jazz at an opening reception in the lovely courtyard of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel on Sunday, September 9, 2012, from 5:00 to 7:00.  www.ritzcarlton.com/neworleans   The reception is free for conference attendees and guest tickets are available for $50. 



  • Take a break from the academic life on Monday morning and pass the time with some Turtle Soup, Shrimp Etouffee, Duck a l’Orange, Crawfish Louise, Grits and Grillades, Bread Pudding, Bananas Foster – and every other New Orleans culinary delight you’ve been dreaming of – at the famous Court of Two Sisters Jazz Brunch Buffet. 






  • On Monday night, you might want to take off those walking shoes and put on your dancing shoes.  Cajun dancing shoes, that is!  Join your colleagues and friends for a great time at Mulate’s.  Your happy party planners have arranged for a private party with such great Cajun dishes as alligator, fried catfish and jambalaya.  A Cajun band will play for your dancing pleasure while “genuine” Cajun dancers will teach the two-step and the waltz.  It doesn’t matter how many left feet you have, you will not want to miss this party.   



  • On Tuesday night, you’ll have your chance to “dine around” the French Quarter – selecting from a list of the finest and most famous restaurants in New Orleans for your evening culinary pleasure.  This is your opportunity to join a group for dinner at the restaurant you’ve always wanted to try! 



  • Bring your walking shoes!  On Monday from 1:30 – 4:00, optional activities include a hosted walking tour of the lovely and historic Garden District.  Please sign up for this excursion when you register.  




  • On Tuesday, keep those comfortable shoes handy for another optional walking tour – this time of the quirky and incomparable French Quarter - from 10:00 – noon. 





  • There are other great tours of New Orleans that are available individually, or with a small group.  Make sure to check out the Crescent City night tours.  You aren’t afraid of ghosts, are you?  Get info at the registration table
  • Come join the Directors and Chief ALJs of the Administrative Law Central Panel Directors Conference (CPDC) on Wednesday evening for a French Quarter Ghost Tour.  This fun joint event will depart the Chateau Le Moyne Hotel, 301 Rue Dauphine (2 blocks from the Ritz Carlton) promptly at 8:30. Our guides will provide entertaining views of the netherworlds of French Quarter history. This walking tour will be 1 ½ hours long, cover about one mile, and will end at Flanagan’s Pub, 625 St. Philip Street, at 10 p.m. Those who have paid for the tour may enjoy a 2 for 1 Hurricane drinks special at Flanagan’s. The tour will go on regardless of the weather. Even if you don’t join the tour, you are welcome to join the group at Flanagan’s at 10, cash bar only. $14 per person. Deadline for the receipt of payment: September 4th. To register: send your name and check made payable to “Central Panel Directors Conference” to Charlotte Collins re CPDC, Division of Administrative Law, Post Office Box 44033, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-4033. Call Charlotte at (225) 342-1613 with questions or for additional information. (If you have registered for the CPDC conference, this activity is included in your registration fee.)
  • Or maybe you would like to check out New Orleans on two wheels?  Or in a kayak?  Or from a streetcar? 
  • Maybe take a river boat cruise on a paddlewheeler?  And is anything more fun than a carriage ride around Jackson Square?




  • Guests of conference attendees are invited to stop by the registration table and sign up for optional, informal walks and activities during the day.  Come by the registration table on Sunday and leave your name and number if you want to get together with others informally.  We will have fun folks just waiting to show you a good time in New Orleans.


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