The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) has its annual law conference in San Diego next week. For any attorney involved in retail leasing, it is a must see event. The seminars are very worthwhile. I have been doing leasing for over 20 years now and still come away from each conference feeling like I learned a number of things that will directly help our clients. In addition, the conference is a great opportunity to socialize with clients and maybe more importantly opposing counsel. Having a beer with opposing counsel makes getting a deal done with them so much easier. It is easy for someone to be difficult by email to someone they have never met in person; it is much harder for someone to be difficult after you have met them and become friends. Developing a relationship with opposing counsel directly benefits our clients. Not to mention that a couple days in San Diego never hurt anyone.