Chief Judge Smith's Letter to Conferees


   AUGUST 15 - 17, 2018


Join us for the Eighth Circuit Judicial Conference at the Iowa Events Center - Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center in Des Moines, Iowa, on August 15 - 17, 2018.  This is a full conference for all judges and members of the bar.
​​​We are very pleased that the Honorable Neil M. Gorsuch, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, and the Honorable Jeff Sessions, Attorney General of the United States, will address the conference on Friday, August 17. The agenda features many other distinguished speakers, including Stephen J. Rapp, former U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Criminal Justice in the Obama Administration, Theodore B. Olson of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, Vikram Amar, Dean of the University of Illinois College of Law, and Duke University professor Nita Farahany, an appointee of President Obama to the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues.
Two native Iowans will join the conference as luncheon speakers:  Internationally renowned opera star Simon Estes and Medal of Honor recipient Sal Giunta.

Through this website, you can find
hotel and events center information, review the agenda, learn more about the speakers, plan your social events 
and check out recreational activities in the Greater Des Moines area.
Questions? Contact the conference planning staff in the Eighth Circuit Executive Office by email: [email protected] or telephone: 314-244-2600.
We look forward to seeing you in Des Moines! 


Important Deadlines
​Hotel Reservations Cutoff Date is Tuesday, July 10, 2018.

On-line Conference Registration ends Tuesday, July 31, 2018.

No refunds for meals or events cancelled after Friday, August 10, 2018.