Law Conference

National Preservation Law Conference 2019

A program of Preservation Leadership Training®
Brought to you by National Trust for Historic Preservation in partnership with Georgetown University Law Center and Georgetown Law

Tuesday, June 25, 2019
9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. (Registration opens at 8:00 a.m.)
Breakfast and lunch included.
Cocktail reception to follow program until 6:45 p.m.
Georgetown University Law Center
600 New Jersey Avenue NW
Washington, D.C.

You can now register on-site. See below for attendee information, which includes on-site information.

Join your colleagues in the capital city for a highly focused look into preservation law, highlighting the most recent and influential developments. This intense session will provide you with the knowledge and skills to effectively advocate for and champion key preservation issues.

The 2019 National Preservation Law Conference allows you to enhance your leadership skills to more effectively produce results within your community. Continuing Legal Education (CLE) and American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) credits will be available (see below for more details). 

Join leading preservation attorneys, scholars and professionals for the latest developments and trends in historic preservation law. Hear from national legal experts on topics that include federal level regulations, legal tools for the built environment, religious properties, the Antiquities Act, and climate change.


Access the agenda, along with speaker information here

On-site Attendance Registration

Rates increase after June 9. $545 for regular rate and $300 for Forum members, Georgetown Law alumni, current students, non-profit and government employees.

Virtual Attendance Registration

This year, we are pleased to offer the opportunity to livestream conference sessions. You can view one or all of the sessions in real time and access them up to three months after purchase. Join us and register today to virtually attend!

$99 standard rate per session
$69 discount rate per session for Preservation Leadership Forum members, Georgetown University Law Center alumni, current students, non-profit and government employees

The more sessions you buy, the bigger the savings! Click “Special Offer” on the virtual registration page for details.

Who Should Attend?

  • Are you a preservationist who deals with legal issues within your community on a regular basis? Do you want to hone in on your legal skills and become a better champion for preservation?
  • Are you an executive director or leader within an organization that regularly deals with legal issues in the preservation movement? Do you not have legal support or a policy expert on your staff and want the skills to be able to serve as the voice for your organization?
  • Are you a landscape or real estate attorney who has become an accidental preservationist and need to know the ins and outs of preservation law?
  • Are you a practicing attorney who wants to be familiar with issues related to historic and cultural resources?

Attendee Information

Course Materials

Before you arrive, we recommend you watch this one-hour webinar, New Legal Tools for Sustainable Communities and Challenges Facing Preservation, to refresh your knowledge of preservation law and what’s going on in the field.

 Please use this link to access and download course materials. Please note that you will NOT receive a hard copy book. Additionally, there will not be a printer available onsite for printing, so we encourage you to download the course materials and pre-print any copies of materials you would like to reference during the program.


Georgetown University Law Center is equipped with wi-fi, which all attendees are welcome to use.

Check-in Location

Please enter McDonough Hall at Georgetown University Law Center at the 600 New Jersey Avenue NW entrance. (Note: Georgetown Law is near Union Station and is not located near undergraduate facilities in Georgetown). All visitors will be required to show identification and sign in with the Department of Public Safety Officer stationed at the lobby desk adjacent to the door. Directions to the New Jersey Avenue entrance are linked here.

Disabled visitors and guests utilizing wheelchairs are encouraged to use the F Street entrance to McDonough, located just west of the guard shack. To the right of the entrance is a yellow emergency box. Push the red help button and let the Public Safety Office know that you are here for the National Preservation Law Conference.

For further directions and recommendations on how to get to campus, please visit Georgetown Law’s website.


Check-in will open at 8:00 am on Tuesday, June 25. We welcome you to enjoy complimentary coffee and breakfast before the conference begins at 9:00 am.

Continuing Legal Education Credits

Accreditation has been or will be requested for the National Preservation Law Conference from most states with mandatory continuing legal education requirements for 5.0 CLE credits (based on a 60-minute hour) and 6.0 CLE credits (based on a 50-minute hour).  Georgetown Law is an accredited CLE provider in most MCLE states. Georgetown Law CLE is a State Bar of California-approved MCLE provider. Please note that this program is eligible for only non-transitional CLE credit in New York.

AICP Credits

American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) continuing education credits will also be available for all sessions. Please look for the sign-in sheets at the check in  table. 

Dress Code

Attendees are encouraged to dress comfortably in business casual. While outside temperatures in DC are currently in the mid-80s, light jackets or sweaters are encouraged for conference centers.

Travel and Parking

The conference will take place at Georgetown University Law Center, 600 New Jersey Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001. For information regarding travel and parking (which is limited in the area), please visit our website.

Georgetown University Law Center is within walking distance from Washington, D.C.'s Union Station. Union Station is a Red Line Metro stop for D.C.'s Metro system, as well location for Amtrak and MARC (commuter rail servicing Maryland, Washington, DC and West Virginia). Many regional bus services also stop at Union Station.

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