Alcohol Law & Policy Conference

Each year the Center brings together some of the best minds in the country – including state alcohol regulators, public health leaders, state attorneys general, state legislators, educators and industry members – to discuss and debate current alcohol issues and challenges. The conference has become the leading national forum for alcohol policy education and networking.

Attendees take advantage of this annual forum to learn about a wide range of topics, including 21st Amendment litigation, trade practice enforcement and public health aspects of alcohol regulation.

Our 14th Annual Alcohol Law and Policy Conference will take place Sunday, August 29 – Tuesday, August 31 in Chicago, IL. The Center is also offering a virtual attendance option. Additional details are below:

Conference Registration

Registration levels:

  • Full Registration: $799
  • 501(c)(3) Organization: $249
  • Government Official: $249
  • Virtual: $249

Registration options: 


The Hyatt Centric Magnificent Mile is at the heart of Chicago. While staying here for the Center for Alcohol Policy’s annual conference, you can explore much of what the city has to offer, such as  Navy Pier, Millennium Park, and the Art Institute of Chicago, or just simply take a stroll down the Magnificent Mile for shopping and eating after each day’s conference programming.

Hyatt Centric Chicago Magnificent Mile
633 N. St. Clair Street
Chicago, IL 60611

Room rate: $169/night
Book online here

Preliminary Schedule

Sunday, August 29
5:30pm: Conference Kickoff Reception

Monday, August 30
9am – 3:40pm: Educational Sessions
5:30pm: Leadership in Alcohol Regulation Award Presentation

Tuesday, August 31
9am – 11:40am: Educational Sessions and Keynote – The Honorable Kwame Raoul
Schedule times and session details are subject to change.

Continuing Legal Education

Our staff is seeking appropriate CLE course accreditation for states as we receive registrations. If you are an attorney seeking CLE credits, please be sure to include the state(s) in which you are registered, as well as your bar number(s) when you complete your registration form. This will ensure an application for your state is submitted.

As of 7/30/21

State exceptions:

Arizona – The State Bar of Arizona does not approve or accredit CLE providers or individual programs.  Therefore, the Center for Alcohol Policy is not required to submit any information regarding the seminar, or subsequent attendance lists. The State Bar does not retain or track CLE records for members and registrants other than CLE taken through the State Bar.  For CLE credits from this course, it is the responsibility of each member/registrant to keep documentation such as the event/seminar/training material and the certificates of attendance to support the hours and events claimed on their annual affidavit.

Maryland – Maryland does not currently require minimum continuing legal education for attorneys registered in the state, and therefore does not accredit courses.  

Massachusetts – Massachusetts is one of the few states where continuing legal education (CLE) for attorneys is not mandatory, except for the Practicing with Professionalism course for new attorneys admitted to the bar after September 2013.

New York – According to New York’s Approved Jurisdiction policy, New York attorneys may count towards their New York CLE requirement credit earned through participation in out-of-state courses accredited by a New York Approved Jurisdiction. The policy applies to both traditional live classroom-format and nontraditional-format courses (online, DVD, teleconference, etc.). Traditional live classroom-format courses are out-of-state if they take place outside of New York State. Nontraditional-format courses are out-of-state if the sponsor organization is headquartered outside of New York State. This course will likely be approved in several New York approved jurisdictions, and therefore, so long as certain requirements are satisfied, NY attorneys may apply CLE credit earned for the completion of this course to their NY CLE requirement.

Pennsylvania – Can only be approved for live, in-person courses (not live webcast, or on demand).

Washington, D.C. – D.C. has no mandatory continuing legal education requirements at this time, which means they have no CLE accreditation body and do not accredit courses.

What They’re Saying

As we prepared for our first ever virtual alcohol law and policy conference last year, we touched base with some familiar voices in the space and checked in with them about what’s moving in their world and what they were looking forward to with our 2020 conference.

8/27/2020 – This week on #CAPChats, we caught up with Susan Dworak, CEO of Real Identities, who is leading a panel during this year’s Alcohol Law and Policy Conference on the future and renewed challenges of fake IDs.  Listen below and get a sneak peek into what you can expect to learn during this informative session.

8/20/2020 – Listen below to hear from Carrie Christofes, about what’s moving in her world at the National Liquor Law Enforcement Association (NLLEA).

8/13/2020 – Listen here to Neal Insley, Senior Vice President and General Council at the National Alcohol Beverage Control Association (NABCA).

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Center for Alcohol Policy
1101 King Street Ste 600-A Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: (703) 519-3090