Get ready for SWALL/HALL 2018 in Houston!
This year's conference is a very special one. The sponsoring chapters will celebrate some big anniversaries as SWALL turns 60 and HALL turns 40. Additionally, as we meet in our association's most diverse city, we turn our attention to diversifying our association, our technological capabilities, and our knowledge base with the conference theme #Diversify.
Registration is now open through the Houston Area Law Librarians website. Pay by credit card/PayPal or download an invoice. For questions about registration, contact SWALL VP/Program Committee Chair Jeff Woodmansee.
Early bird rates available through March 8, so register today!
- Early Bird Member Registration – $235.00
- Early Bird Non-member Registration – $260.00
- Full Registration - Member – $265.00
- Full Registration - Non-member – $285.00
- Registration - April 5 (Thursday) Only – $140.00
- Registration - April 6 (Friday) Only – $175.00
- Registration - April 7 (Saturday) Only – $40.00
- Student Registration – $120.00
Find a full list of conference events and download your "Conference At-A-Glance" here, or customize your conference with the options below.
Customize Your Conference
Magnolia Hotel Houston
1100 Texas Avenue, Houston, TX 77002
$149 per night - Deluxe King
Visit the Magnolia Houston SWALL Conference page by March 14, 2018 to reserve your room.
Houston has two major airports - George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) and Houston Hobby (HOU) - and is a destination for all major airlines. Visit the Houston Airport System website for air travel information.
Since the Houston city seal prominently displays a train, it seems only right to provide information about getting here by rail.
Driving directions provided by Magnolia Hotel Houston.
From George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH)
- Take Terminal Road south and turn right onto John F. Kennedy Boulevard.
- Take the left exit and merge onto Beltway 8.
- Exit onto Interstate 69/U.S. 59 South towards Houston.
- Exit onto Interstate 10 West towards San Antonio.
- Take Exit 769B for San Jacinto Street/Main Street.
- Turn left onto San Jacinto St.
- Continue as San Jacinto becomes Fannin Street.
- Turn left onto Texas Avenue.
- The hotel will be on the right.
From Hobby Airport (HOU)
- Leave the airport on Broadway Street.
- Continue to Interstate 45.
- Turn left and merge onto I-45 North.
- Take the exit toward Scott Street.
- Keep left at the fork, and continue onto Pease Street.
- Turn right on San Jacinto Street.
- Turn left onto Prairie Street.
- Turn left onto Fannin Street.
- Turn left onto Texas Avenue.
- The hotel will be on the right.
Get local like a local with these suggestions from HALL members.
Eat & Explore
Houston is serious about food and fun. Named the “newest capital of great food” by Food & Wine Magazine, H-town’s 10,000 restaurants represent cuisine from more 70 countries and American regions. You can throw a rock and hit a James Beard finalist or a place that’s been featured in Travel + Leisure, The New York Post, Food & Wine, or Southern Living. You can check out some of our famous places here.
Restaurants and bars close to the Magnolia include:
- Azuma. $$ Trendy eatery with a vast menu of traditional & inventive sushi along with teriyaki and udon noodles. 909 Texas St, Houston, TX 77002
- Batanga. $$ Buzzy, industrial eatery in an 1800s salon featuring Pan-Latin small plates, live music & a patio. 908 Congress Ave, Houston, TX 77002.
- Bovine and Barley $$ Meat centric bites and beer on tap. 416 Main St, Houston, TX 77002.
- Brown Bag Deli. $ Build your own sandwich. 702 Main St. Houston, TX 77002
- Christian’s Tailgate $ Lively sports bar featuring over-sized burgers and a big beer selection, plus plenty of TVs and karaoke. 1012 Congress Ave, Houston, TX 77002
- Conservatory Underground Beer garden & Food Hall. $$ Local purveyors of crepes, ramen, and more in a hip space with an outdoor beer garden. 1010 Prairie St, Houston, TX 77002.
- The District. $$ Specializing in dried aged meats and Southern cuisine. 610 Main St, Houston, TX 77002
- El Burro & the Bull. $$ Combines the best of regional and seasonal Texas ingredients for an authentic ode to our great state. 1010 Prairie St. Houston, TX 77002
- Flying Saucer Draught Emporium $$ Chain taproom offering 200+ beers and American pub food. 705 Main St, Houston, TX 77002
- Frank’s Pizza $ Giant New York-style thin crust pizza available late at night. 417 Travis St, Houston, TX 77002
- HubCap Grill. $ Chill spot for oversized burgers with unique toppings. 1111 Prairie St, Houston, TX 77002
- Lone Star Taco Co. $ Casual eatery offering typical Mexican standards in a contemporary space. 1001 Texas St #100, Houston, TX 77002
- Moonshiners Southern Table + bar $$. Rustic eatery known for its moonshine & whisky cocktails, plus Southern comfort food. 1000 Prairie St, Houston, TX 77002
- The Pearl Restaurant & Bar. $$ Coastal-inspired restaurant with a fresh, local menu.1117 Prairie St, Houston, TX 77002
- Prohibition Supperclub & Bar. $$ Craft cocktails, American food, and weekend burlesque shows. 1008 Prairie, Houston, TX 77002
- Sambuca $$$ Hip spot for American eats. Small plates for lunch and dinner paired with live music and dancing. 909 Texas Ave, Houston, TX 77002.
- Sandwich & Tapioca. $ Vietnamese casual dining spot serving sandwiches and simple dishes plus smoothies with tapioca pearls. 1001 Texas St, Houston, TX 77002
- The Springbok. Bi-level South African restaurant & sports pub offering a lively spot to dine & watch a rugby match. 711 Main St, Houston, TX 77002.
- Sunny’s. No-frills cocktail spot with pool tables, TVs, & a neighborhoob vibe.. 902 Capitol St, Houston, TX 77002
- Table 7 Bistro. $$ Inside the Club Quarters Hotel. 720 Fannin St.
- Treebeards restaurant. $ Southern style comfort food. Multiple locations in downtown. For weekday lunches only, visit the historic Christ Church Cathedral’s social hall, 1117 Texas St. Also located in Market Square, the Shops at Houston Center, the Tunnels, and Pennzoil Place.
Farther afield (by a few blocks):
- The Shops at Houston Center: 1200 McKinney St. Our downtown mall. *open 10-6 on weekdays, 9-3 on Saturday, closed Sunday.
- GreenStreet Downtown: 1201 Fannin St. Three blocks of shopping, dining, and entertainment across the street from South Texas College of Law Houston. Includes Lucky Strike, Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar, and the House of Blues.
- Reserve 101. Whisky bar with a relaxed vibe. 1201 Caroline St #100, Houston, TX 77002.
Houston offers endless attractions that appeal to the whole family.
- We have an aquarium downtown and our world-class museums and zoo are a quick train-ride away from the hotel. What trip to Space City would be complete without a visit to NASA?
- If the great outdoors are more your speed visit the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center in Memorial Park, Bayou Bend, or visit Discovery Green Park here in Downtown!
- Love History? Take a trip to the San Jacinto Monument and Museum or the Battleship Texas. Closer to the hotel you can visit the Julia Ideson Library Building, the Heritage Society, or Glenwood Cemetery, the final resting place of aviator, industrialist, and reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes, Jr.
- If you’re going to stay longer, you can head to the beach and explore all that Galveston has to offer!
- Oh, and we have an underground tunnel system. In a city where spring starts in February, summer ends in late November, and there’s a lot of traffic, tunnels make sense.
Join Houston law librarians for dinner on Friday, April 6, for small-group networking at local restaurants. RSVP soon as space is limited!
Find these exhibitors at SWALL/HALL 2018
Interested in setting up an exhibit table at SWALL/HALL 2018? Submit your contact info below.
Vendor Table in Exhibition Hall - immediately outside main meeting rooms: $600 for two-day event; full participation for one company representative including educational sessions, meals and networking events
We would like to thank our sponsors:
Interested in sponsorship opportunities at SWALL/HALL 2018? Submit your contact info below.
Attendees: 200+ Decision-makers from large law firm libraries/knowledge centers, academic law school libraries, and court/government libraries from Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas
Sponsor an Event - Opportunities include luncheons, receptions, breakfasts, and breaks; includes announcement of sponsorship at event; listing as a sponsor on meeting web site.
Inside Books Project / Austin, Texas
Inside Books Project is an Austin-based community service volunteer organization that sends free books and educational materials to prisoners in Texas. Inside Books is the only books-to-prisoners program in Texas, where over 140,000 people are incarcerated. Inside Books Project works to promote reading, literacy, and education among incarcerated individuals and to educate the general public on issues of incarceration.
LISP & the HALL Community Service Committee are collecting new and gently used books for Inside Books Project. Collection containers will be available on site at the SWALL Annual Meeting. For more information about the Inside Books Project and a list of books needed (and not needed), please visit insidebooksproject.org. Questions? Contact Heather Holmes