2017 ACAM Annual Meeting

March 30-April 1, 2017 | Omni San Diego Hotel | San Diego, CA

Register for the 2017 ACAM Annual Meeting



Thursday, March 30, 2017

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm ACAM Board of Directors Meeting
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Registration
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Welcome Reception
7:30 pm – 9:30 pm Dinner for Board, Committee Chairs, Speakers, and Sponsors (by invitation only)

Friday, March 31, 2017

7:30 am – 1:30 pm Registration
7:30 am – 8:30 am Continental Breakfast
8:30 am – 8:45 am

President's Welcome

Cary Ichter
Ichter Davis, LLC
Atlanta, Georgia

8:45 am – 10:00 am

Reflections of a Settlement Master: The VW Emissions Case

Robert S. Mueller III
Sixth Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation
Wilmer Hale
Washington, DC

10:00 am – 10:15 am


10:15 am – 11:15 am

A Report on the Creation and Work of Special Masters Committee of the Lawyers Conference of the ABA's Judicial Division

Merril Hirsh
Co-Chair the Special Masters Committee of the Lawyers Conference of the ABA's Judicial Division
Troutman Sanders, LLP
Washington, DC

11:15 am – 12:15 pm

Refereeing the Dissolution of a Law Firm: Reflections on Napoli v. Bern, Supreme Court, New York County

Mark C. Zauderer, Esq.
Flemming Zulack Williamson Zauderer LLP
New York, New York

12:15 pm – 1:30 pm

Lunch—Guest Speaker
Dorothéa Bozicolona-Volpe

Internet Marketing and Personal Branding

Open Discussion of Fellows’ Recent Special Experiences

1:30 am – 2:30 pm

Unconventional Responses to Unique Catastrophes: Tailoring the Law to Meet the Challenges

Kenneth R. Feinberg
The Law Offices of Kenneth R. Feinberg, PC
Washington, DC

2:30 pm – 2:45 pm


2:45 pm – 3:45 pm

Perspectives on Pro Bono Service

Francis E. McGovern
Duke University School of Law
Durham, North Carolina

3:45 pm – 4:45 pm

Using Science in Legal Decision-Making and Vetting Expert Witnesses

Professor David L. Faigman
Acting Chancellor and Dean / John F. Digardi Distinguished Professor of Law UC Hastings College of the Law
San Francisco, California


4:45 pm – 5:15 pm

Presentation by Garden City Group

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm


7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Annual Dinner and New Fellow Induction Ceremony

Saturday, April 1, 2017

8:00 am – Noon Registration
8:00 am – 9:00 am

Continental Breakfast

9:00 am – 10:15 am

Thoughts on the Detroit Bankruptcy Negotiations

Hon. Wiley Y. Daniel
United States District Court of Colorado
Senior District Judge
Denver, Colorado

10:15 am – 10:30 am Break
10:30 am – 11:45 am

Interactive Workshop on Ethics Issues for Master

John Jay Welsh, Esq.
Irvine, California

Richard Birke
JAMS Institute
Irvine, California

11:45 am – Noon

ACAM Business Meeting

Election of 2017 Board

Noon Adjourn


Hotel and Travel Information


Omni San Diego Hotel
675 L Street
San Diego, CA 92101
(800) THE-OMNI (843-6664)

Room Rate: $279 per night,
single/double occupancy

Hotel Reservations Deadline
Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Hotel Online Reservations

Please mention ACAM or the Academy of Court-Appointed Masters to obtain the group rate. Hotel reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis until Wednesday, March 8, 2017, or until the block has sold out. ACAM cannot guarantee the group rate after Wednesday, March 8, 2017. All reservations not cancelled within 7 days prior to day of arrival will be subject to a one-night cancellation fee.

With miles of sandy beaches and a year-round average temperature of 70 °F, San Diego is a premier travel destination. The newly renovated four-star Omni San Diego Hotel is located in the heart of the historic Gaslamp Quarter. The Omni San Diego Hotel puts you close to the city’s top sites and attractions and offers the perfect escape, with contemporary accommodations that feature views of the bay, city, or PETCO Park Stadium as well as the impeccable service Omni Hotels are known for.

Omni Select Program

If you are not already a member of the Omni Select program, be sure to sign up at http://www.omnihotels. com/loyalty. Get rewards instantly with complimentary inroom Wi-Fi, pressing service, morning beverage delivery, and much more.

Located in the city’s chicest neighborhood, The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead is one of the closest hotels to Atlanta’s most prestigious shopping venues—Lenox Mall and Phipps Plaza. This elegant hotel serves as a home away from home, where Southern hospitality delights with a fresh twist on tradition. With impeccable attention to detail, each of their luxury accommodations is inspired by the timeless appeal of Southern gardens.



San Diego International Airport (SAN)—located 10 minutes from the Omni San Diego Hotel


ACAM has partnered with United Airlines and is offering discounted airfare to all attendees. To book airfare and receive a discount, go to www.united. com and use Offer Code: ZWYX435318. You may also call (800) 426-1122 and provide the agent with Agreement Code: 435318, Z Code: ZWYX.

From Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Airport—$43.50 each way, gratuity not included


$18 each way from San Diego International Airport (gratuity not included)


$8-$12 each way from San Diego International Airport.


$10 each way from San Diego International Airport.

Rental Car

ACAM has partnered with Avis Car Rental and is offering discounted car rentals to all ACAM attendees. To reserve and receive a discount online, please visit www.Avis.com. Enter the Avis Worldwide Discount Code: D012155 in the reservation details. You may also call (800) 331-1600 and provide the agent with Avis Worldwide Discount Code: D012155


Valet Parking: $42 per night
Public parking: A variety of parking garages are within one block of the hotel (prices vary).

Other Information

Dress Code 

Business casual attire is appropriate for the ACAM meeting.


The average high temperature in San Diego in March is 67 °F and the average low is 54 °F.

Things to Do in San Diego


Gaslamp Quarter Dining Options




Register for the 2017 ACAM Annual Meeting