Special Events - 1
Become a member of the U.S. Supreme Court Bar and take part in a swearing-in ceremony at the Court.
Special Events - 2
Go on exclusive tours of Capitol Hill, the White House, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and the national monuments.
Special Events - 3
Special Events - 4
Spend a “Late Night at the Newseum” with friends and colleagues.

Special Events

The following optional special events will be offered to attendees during the 2012 NAPABA Convention. Pre-registration and additional costs are required for some events.

Group Admission to the U.S. Supreme Court Bar and Swearing-in Ceremony
Group Tours
Evening Events
Late Night Events



Group Admission to the U.S. Supreme Court Bar and Swearing-in Ceremony

November 13, 2012; 8:45 am–1:00 pm
Supreme Court of the United States, 1 First Street, N.E., Washington, D.C.

As a NAPABA member, you have a special opportunity to become a member of the Bar of the United States Supreme Court in open court. This event includes a swearing-in ceremony, a continental breakfast, a group photo in front of the Supreme Court, and a curator’s lecture about the Court. You can have one guest accompany you inside the courtroom.

Registration for this event is now closed. Accepted applicants will be notified by email, and additional information will be provided.

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Group Tours

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Tour

November 15, 2012; 2:00 pm–5:00 pm


Check in at USPTO (2:45 pm)

Welcoming Remarks by USPTO Commissioner for Patents Peggy Focarino (3:00 pm)

Remarks by USPTO Solicitor Ray Chen (3:10 pm)

Remarks by APANET President Edward Kim (3:30 pm)

Comments and Q&A by Commissioner for Patents Peggy Focarino (3:35 pm)

Comments and Q&A by Commissioner for Trademarks Debbie Cohn (4:00 pm)

Brief Tour of USPTO-Museum and Search Room (4:25 pm)

Tour Ends (4:55 pm)


NAPABA contact: Ben Huh (benjamin.huh@finnegan.com / 410.963.1665)

USPTO contact: Dennis Forbes (dennis.forbes@uspto.gov)

Transportation Options

1. Shuttle Bus
We have hired a bus to transport guests for $10 roundtrip. The queue opens at 2:00 pm at the JW Marriott Hotel Pennsylvania Avenue entrance. The bus will depart promptly at 2:15 pm (no exceptions). If you do not want to ride the bus or miss the bus, please see other options below.

2. Metrorail (leave by 2:00 pm; takes approximately 45 minutes)
The regional subway system is often referred to simply as “Metro.” It has five color-coded lines that intersect at various points: blue, green, orange, red, and yellow. To get the USPTO, walk to the Metro Center Metro Station. Then take either the Metrorail Blue line (in the direction of Franconia-Springfield) or Yellow line (in the direction of Huntington) to the King Street Metro station.

From the King Street Metro station, follow the pedestrian tunnel under Duke St. The George Washington Masonic Memorial will be to your right, behind you, and the USPTO Headquarters in front of you. The Madison East and Madison West Buildings are located on Dulany St. about 2.5 blocks from the Duke Street pedestrian tunnel. You can identify them by the central glass Atrium that joins the East and West buildings.

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3. Taxi or Uber (leave by 2:15 pm; takes approximately 20 minutes)
Uber provides on-demand private drivers. Request a ride at any time using Uber’s iPhone and Android apps or from m.uber.com. If you are not an www.UBER.com member, please sign up for an account using the Promotional Code “NAPABADC”.

Convention guests that are new users will receive a free $20 voucher for their first ride. If you are getting around the city with a friend, please have them sign up too. Each sedan can hold 3-4 people and you can share rides. Fare generally are 1.5x higher than a taxi on normal hours. In rush hours, they can be 2x a taxi fare, but the rides are nicer and much more reliable. The $20 new user voucher is the largest promo they offer and should be close to covering the cost of your ride.


U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit Tour

November 16, 2012; 9:00 am–12:15 pm

Tour the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, with a briefing from Chief Judge Randall R. Rader. This event is free, but you need to register in advance.


Meet at JW Marriott Hotel Pennsylvania Avenue entrance. (9:00 am)

Walk from Hotel to Federal Circuit (9:15 am)

Check in with Courthouse and go through security and seating (9:30 am)

Welcoming remarks and meeting with Chief Judge Rader in large courtroom, followed by tour of courtrooms, Chief Judge Rader’s chambers, and historic Dolley Madison House in smaller groups conducted by court personnel. (10:30 am)


NAPABA contact: Shayna Cyr (Shana.Cyr@finnegan.com /703.946.3672)

U.S. Court of Appeals for Federal Circuit contact: Jinrong Li, Assistant to Chief Judge Rader (lij@cafc.uscourts.gov)


The National Courts Building is located on Madison Place between Pennsylvania Avenue and H Street, Northwest, on the east side of Lafayette Square (the President’s Park), across from the White House, in downtown Washington, D.C.

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White House Tour

November 17, 2012; 12:30 pm–2:00 pm

Attendees have a special opportunity to tour the White House with up to two guests. Please be aware that attending this tour means missing the Luncheon and Plenary Session V.

Due to overwhelming demand, registration for the White House Tour is now closed.

Congressional Tour

November 17, 2012; 1:45 pm-3:45 pm

Take advantage of this special opportunity to tour Capitol Hill with up to two guests.

To go on this tour, you have to complete two steps. First, you must register yourself (and up to two guests) for this specific event, via the Convention registration website. Second, you must complete a WAVES form for yourself and your guests; these forms are available on the Convention registration website.

The deadline to register for this tour is November 5, 2012, due to security restrictions. If you register after November 5, 2012, you will be put on a wait list and will be contacted if NAPABA is able to clear you through security. You can still register for this tour, even if you have already registered for the Convention.

It may be possible to attend both the White House and Congressional tours, if the White House tour finishes on time. But, given the schedules provided, we cannot guarantee you will be able to attend both.

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Belle Haven Country Club Golf Outing

November 14, 2012; 12:30 pm–5:30 pm
Belle Haven Country Club
6023 Fort Hunt Rd., Alexandria, VA 22307

Experience golf on the Potomac River at the Belle Haven Country Club. Designed by world-renowned architect Arthur Hills and considered to be one of the finest courses in Virginia and the Mid-Atlantic area, this 18-hole championship golf course will test every golfer, with a slope rating as high as 74.9/140 and a length of 6,910 yards. As the closest private course to Capitol Hill, it sits along the George Washington Parkway adjacent to the Potomac River—just a short distance from downtown Washington, D.C.

This event will be limited to the first 72 paid registrants. If you register by October 1, 2012, you will receive the discounted fee ($175). If you register after October 1, you will receive the regular fee ($195). We will provide transportation.

NAPABA “Runs” DC: Morning Monument Jogs

Daily; 6:30 am–7:30 am
meet in front of Starbucks in JW Marriott lobby

Join APABA-DC’s most avid runners as they take you on morning jogs along the scenic routes of the National Mall and the Potomac River.

Free event; no registration required.

DhoonyaFIT (Bollywood-inspired fitness class)

November 16, 2012; 6:30 am–7:30 am
Garden Terrace, JW Marriott

DhoonyaFIT is an easy-to-follow, 55-minute non-stop cardio fitness program that’s perfectly choreographed to the latest Bollywood music and guaranteed to bolly-fit your bod! CNN ranks Bollywood dance as one of the top 5 fat-blasters!

Free event; no registration required.

NAPABA-ste: Morning Yoga

November 17, 2012; 6:30 am–7:30 am
Garden Terrace, JW Marriott

Join us for an invigorating yoga class that strengthens your muscles and relaxes your mind. Namaste.

Free event; no registration required.

Who Got Next? Basketball Tournament

November 17, 2012; 3:00 pm–5:00 pm
Georgetown University Law Center, Sport & Fitness Center
600 New Jersey Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C.

Holding court in the nation’s capital has a whole new meaning now that “44” (a/k/a President Barack Obama) has moved networking from the back room to the back court. Bring your game!

This basketball game will give Convention participants a chance to play full-court, five-on-five games. The Tournament format may consist of a round robin or pair NAPABA against NAPALSA.

You will need to register ahead of time for this event ($15 fee).

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Evening Events

International Law Symposium Dinner

November 15, 2012; 8:00 pm–10:00 pm
Pesce, 2002 P Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20036

Join members from around the world for a dinner in the heart of Dupont Circle. The event is limited to the first 70 registrants.

The fee is $75, but in-house counsel can request complimentary registration for this event. In-house counsel should first complete registration online, and then email registration@napaba.org to request complimentary registration for this dinner.

Young Lawyers/Affiliate Leadership Summit/First-Time Attendees Dinner

November 15, 2012; 8:00 pm–10:00 pm
The Hamilton, 600 14th Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20005

Are you relatively new to NAPABA? Is this your first time at a NAPABA Convention? Would you like to meet a lot of new people? Then join us for a lively dinner at the Hamilton, just a few blocks from the Convention hotel.

Advanced registration required ($75 fee)


Friday Night Dinner, Family-Style

November 16, 2012; 8:00 pm–10:00 pm
Carmine’s, 425 7th Street NW, Washington D.C. 20004

Join Convention attendees from around the country at an informal, casual, family-style Italian meal. At the event, all diners will be randomly assigned their seats to encourage networking and mingling with new faces.

The event is limited to the first 150 paid registrants ($65 fee).

Night Time Tour of the Monuments and Dinner

November 16, 2012; 8:00 pm–10:00 pm

Come see the Washington, D.C. you have seen on television and in the movies. After a quick bite, we will take in all the majestically illuminated major sites, including the White House, the World War II Memorial, the Washington Monument, and the National Mall, before ending at the Newseum, where we will party the night away with the other Convention attendees.

Although this event is free, it will be limited to the first 25 people who register. You will be responsible for the cost of your meal.

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Late Night Events

Late Night at Capitale

November 15, 2012; 10:00 pm–2:00 am
Capitale, 1301 K Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20005

End the first day of the NAPABA Convention with drinks, music, and mingling at one of D.C.’s sleekest lounges in the heart of downtown, just a few blocks from the Convention site.

This is a free event, and you don’t need to register ahead of time.

Late Night at the Newseum

November 16, 2012; 10:00 pm–1:00 am
Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.

Walk over to the Newseum, a world-renowned interactive museum of news and history, for a night of music, drinks, and light fare. This unique late night lounge event will include activities such as being a reporter, a museum-wide scavenger hunt, and the annual NAPABA poker tournament.

While the event is free for all NAPABA Convention attendees ($50 for guests), the NAPABA poker tournament will be limited to the first 40 paid registrants ($75 fee).

President’s Party

November 17, 2012; 10:00 pm–2:00 am
Garden Terrace, JW Marriott

Close out the Convention and ring in Incoming President Wendy Shiba’s term with karaoke and conversation.

This is a free event, and you don’t need to register ahead of time.

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