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On May 21-23,Washington, D.C. will host many luminaries of the international plain-language movement. They will gather at the National Press Club for Clarity’s fifth international conference. Clarity, an international association promoting plain legal language, have joined with  Scribes—The American Society of Legal Writers and the Center for Plain Language to host a conference focusing on the US Plain Writing Act of 2012 and other issues of plain legal language. The conference will be an opportunity to learn about many plain language issues, including:

  • what agencies are doing to comply with the Plain Writing Act
  • what the Affordable Care Act means for plain language in health communications
  • the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's views on the need for clarity in financial communications
  • what's happening with plain language in other countries
  • plain language progress in balloting, jury instructions, court rules, and other legal areas

Virginia will allow 6 hours of CLE credit for the conference!  Other jurisdictions may approve similar credit.   Please write by COB May 15 to ensure that you receive CLE materials at the conference.

Register online for the conference.  Reserve a hotel room: The Capital Hilton Hotel.

The Dinner — a national event
The conference dinner will be on the evening of May 22 at the National Press Club at 7 pm with a reception at 6 pm. In addition to the dinner speaker, the Center for Plain Language will present its annual ClearMark awards during the dinner. The ClearMark Awards — now in their third year — celebrate some of the best documents in the United States, and poke some gentle fun at some of the worst. Read more about the ClearMark Awards.

The Clarity Band
The Clarity Band — Clarity's editor, Julie Clement, and her husband, Rush Clement — will perform after the dinner. If the dancing at our conference in Lisbon, Portugal is anything to go by, then the Clarity Band is reason enough to be at the conference and dinner. 

Conference fee
The conference fees (in US$) are:

·        for government employees and members of Clarity, the Center, or Scribes, $450; and

·        for others, $500.

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