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2012 SWALL Annual Meeting

Frequently (and no so frequently) Asked Questions

San Antonio River Walk

As the SWALL Annual Meeting draws ever more near, I’m sure our members are burning with excitement and maybe a few questions.

The following are just a few tidbits, tips, and ideas to help you plan your ultimate SWALL Meeting. 

Email  Katy Stein at kstein2@stmarytx.edu or Robert Hu at rhu@stmarytx.edu with any questions. 

We look forward to being your hosts in San Antonio this March! 


Getting To & Around San Antonio

What’s the best way to get from the airport to the Menger Hotel?

The Menger Hotel is less than eight miles from the airport, allowing for easy travel.  Your best options for travelling from the San Antonio International Airport to the Menger are either to take a taxi or the airport shuttle.  The taxi fare from the airport to the Menger will be around $25. Or, you may take the GoAirportShuttle, San Antonio International Airport’s authorized shuttle service, with shuttles departing from the airport to downtown every 15 minutes.  Book online at www.goairportshuttle.com for a reduced rate of $17 one-way, or $32 roundtrip.

Where can I park during the meeting?

For those of you arriving by car, the Menger offers valet parking with in-and-out privileges for $25/day. 

There are also various surface lots and garages near the hotel with various hourly rates, including a lot at Houston & Elm streets, behind the Alamo. For more parking information, visit http://www.sanantonio.gov/dtops/parking/index.aspx .

For an interactive map of parking options near the Menger, visit http://www.bestparking.com/san-antonio-parking/custom/?lic=102.  


About the Menger

Where is the Menger Hotel, and is it close to the River Walk?

The Menger Hotel is located at 204 Alamo Plaza, San Antonio, TX 78205. It is located directly across the street from the Alamo in the heart of downtown San Antonio. The River Walk can be accessed from Rivercenter Mall, directly behind the Menger. You can see a map of the River Walk at: http://www.thesanantonioriverwalk.com/images/uploads/Rio-River-Walk-Map.pdf.

Where can  I buy snacks, sodas, medications, and anything else I might need during the meeting?

The Rivercenter Drugstore is located directly south of the Menger Hotel on Alamo Plaza, connected to the Rivercenter Mall on Blum Strret. It is open from 8am to 10pm daily. For more information, visit http://www.shoprivercenter.com/directory/rivercenter_drug_store.

Is the Menger Hotel Haunted?

There have been numerous reports of ghostly sightings at the Menger, but you'll have to verify for yourself. You can find out more about the hotel’s history, and perhaps its “lingering” guests at  http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/dgm02

About the Meeting

Any speakers I can look forward to?

Charles Cantu, Dean of St. Mary’s University Law School, will be welcoming everyone to the meeting, and sharing some insight into the San Antonio area. On Friday, Professor Michael Ariens  of St. Mary’s will introduce us to Texas’ curious legal history and his book, Lone Star Law. On Saturday, Barbara Bintliff, Director of the Tarlton Law Library/Jamail Center for Legal Research will update us on the current state of the Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act.

Will there be any social events to look forward to?

Thursday night’s opening reception and dinner will be held at the Institute of Texan Cultures, a one of a kind museum of Texas history and culture. Friday will include a reception at St. Mary’s University Law School and Sarita Kenedy East Law Library, followed by dine-arounds on the River Walk.


About San Antonio

What are some nearby attractions?

Just within walking distance? How about the Alamo, the River Walk, the Institute of Texan Cultures,  the San Antonio Children’s Museum, La Villita, Tower of the Americas,  just to name a few. Find even more at http://www.visitsanantonio.com/visitors/play/index.aspx.

What will the weather be like?

Expect warm spring weather, hopefully accompanied by lots of sunshine!  In late March, San Antonio averages low temperatures of around 50 degrees, and highs in the mid-70s.

Where can I find more information about activities events and restaurants in San Antonio?

Visit the San Antonio Convention and Visitors’ Center website at www.visitsanantonio.com for sample itineraries, restaurant, and attraction, and activity guides.

Attractions and Activities

Can I tour a Texas distillery?

Yes, for those who would are interested, there will be a private tour of Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling, on Saturday, March 31, from 2-4 p.m.

Ranger Creek (http://www.drinkrangercreek.com/) is Texas' only combined brewery/distillery, and during the tour you will learn how to make beer and bourbon. Take the standard beer tour for $10, which includes a full “brewstillery” tour, a souvenir pint glass, and Texas-size samples of three different beers.  To sign-up, contact Mary Forman at tinsesmith@gmail.com.

Will I have the opportunity to see a 4 time NBA championship team?

The San Antonio Spurs will be playing at home on Saturday March 31, at the AT&T Center at 7:30pm. If you want to see Tim Duncan and the rest of the Spurs take down the Indiana Pacers, get your tickets at www.nba.com/spurs!

What about an Andy Warhol exhibit at a world-class art museum?

Funny you should ask!  The McNay Art Museum will be exhibiting, “Andy Warhol:  Fame and Misfortune,” with over 150 pieces from all variety of media. The McNay is less than five miles from the Menger Hotel, you can find out more at www.mcnayart.org.