CHICAGO – With table games questions looming for West Virginia, a law conference next month in Chicago might see some Mountain State attorneys.

Gaming law leaders from around the world will meet May 23-25 in Chicago for the International Masters of Gaming Law spring conference at the Four Seasons Hotel.

The IMGL is a nonprofit association of gaming attorneys and regulators, educators, executives and consultants from around the world dedicated to education and the exchange of professional information concerning all aspects of gaming law. IMGL membership is by invitation. Currently, more than 25 countries are represented by IMGL members. And, the "Best Lawyers of America" 2007 edition selected 29 U.S.-based gaming attorneys for inclusion.

IMGL hosts several conferences a year to serve attorneys, regulators, corporate counsel, casino executives, public officials, gaming vendors, Internet gaming operators, marketing executives, educators and students. IMGL President Michael Lipton said the choice of Chicago for its spring 2007 conference reflects the growth of gaming in the heartland of America.

"With this city's colorful history, its cultural riches and the region's growing importance to the global gaming industry, Chicago will be a tremendous draw for our attendees from around the world," he said.

The IMGL program is sponsored by the Chicago law firm of Ungaretti & Harris and The John Marshall Law School, and is being coordinated by the two Illinois members of IMGL: Michael Ficaro of Ungaretti & Harris, and Cory Aronovitz of Casino Law Group. Aronovitz is an adjunct professor of gaming law at The John Marshall Law School.

"Among the primary goals of our association and its conferences is the promotion of education about gaming law," Lipton said, "So it is especially satisfying to welcome the highly regarded John Marshall Law School as an active co-host of our conference."

The attendees will participate in two days of workshops covering topics including gaming in America's heartland, emerging jurisdictions, diversity in the workplace, trans-border issues, Native American gaming, online gaming, national monopolies and private operators in Europe, problem gaming and battles with regulators.

Papers from the program will be reprinted in a special edition of The John Marshall Law Review.

This program is open to non-member delegates. Registration by April 27 is $595. For additional information, visit

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