Bench Bar Conference

September 8 - 10, 2017

The Otesaga Resort Hotel, Cooperstown, NY

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About the Location

Situated in a picturesque lakeside setting, The Otesaga Resort Hotel provides elegant, luxury accomodations amid the best of Cooperstown.

60 Lake Street
Cooperstown, NY 13326

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The MBA Returns To Cooperstown in 2017

Mark your calendars for Sept. 8 - 10, 2017 - #MBABenchBar17

Our annual Bench Bar Conference is a beloved tradition of the MBA. It is both a reason for, and an example of, the warm and collegial spirit that makes our association special. For one weekend each fall, we are given the opportunity to step away from the demands of everyday life, spend time with family and friends, connect with colleagues, and take in the treasures of a beautiful destination. Don’t miss out — we’ll see you there!

Bench Bar 2017 has sold out! If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please call Nancy Hagner at 610-279-9660, ext. 208.

Weekend at a Glance

Friday, September 8

3 - 6 PM Registration Oak Room
6:30 PM President's Welcome Dinner East Lawn
9 PM - 12 AM Hospitality Templeton Lounge

Saturday, September 9

7 - 9 AM Breakfast Glimmerglass Dining Room
8:30 AM - 11 AM State of the Judiciary & CLE (1.0 Credit Hour) Ballroom
12 - 2 PM Lunch Glimmerglass Dining Room
  Enjoy the Day! Resort & Surrounding Area
6:30 - 8:30 PM Dinner Glimmerglass Dining Room
9 PM - 10:30 PM Quizzo Kingfisher Tower Room
9 PM - 12 AM Hospitality Templeton Lounge

Sunday, September 10

7 - 9 AM Send-Off Breakfast Glimmerglass Dining Room
9 AM - 12 PM Check-out Safe Travels!

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Featured CLE

State of the Judiciary



President Judge Thomas M. Del Ricci

On Saturday morning, President Judge Thomas M. Del Ricci will deliver the annual State of the Judiciary address. With his unique twist to a time-honored tradition, the President Judge will discuss updates and changes to the Court of Common Pleas in Montgomery County.




Charles Fountain

Mr. Fountain is a renowned sportswriter and author of several books, including The Betrayal: The 1919 World Series and the Birth of Modern Baseball. You don't have to be a fan to enjoy this fascinating CLE about the storied scandal, when eight Chicago White Sox players, including Shoeless Joe Jackson, were alleged to throw the 1919 World Series in exchange for the promise of $20,000 each from gamblers reportedly working for New York mobster Arnold Rothstein. A jury returned not-guilty verdicts for all of the players in August of 1921. The following day, Judge Landis, baseball's new commissioner, "regardless of the verdicts of juries," banned the eight players for life. And thus the Black Sox entered into American mythology. Guilty or innocent? Guilty and innocent?

Room Information


Overlooking stunning Lake Otsego, The Otesaga Resort Hotel provides luxury Cooperstown accommodations amid one of the country's most beautiful settings. Outfitted with a broad range of modern amenities, our spacious guest rooms provide contemporary convenience, while maintaining the elegant, classic charm of a bygone era. From free wireless Internet and high-definition television to over-sized private baths and artwork reproductions from the renowned Fenimore Art Museum, our rooms boast a uniquely-alluring appeal that cultivates an ideal atmosphere for relaxation.

Single and Double Occupancy Available (Queen/King beds). A limited number of rooms with 2 double beds are available.

Sponsorship Levels


  • Recognition as Platinum Event Sponsors and exclusive sponsor of one or more featured events before, during and after the event in all related media.
  • Placement of logos, banners and signage at registration and all select weekend events.
  • Your logo/brandmark will appear on drink tickets, premium event giveaways, on all conference materials.
  • Optional accomodations and attendance at all scheduled conference events, presentation opportunities, introductions by MBA bar leaders and more!


  • Recognition as the sole sponsor of one or more featured events before, during and after the conference in all MBA media and event related media.
  • Placement of logos, banners and signage at registration and at all organized weekend events.
  • Your logo/brandmark will appear on drink tickets, on premium event giveaways, on conference materials and more!
  • Complete Packages from $2,000.00.


  • A round of drinks for everyone who attends for just $1,000? They'll appreciate the gesture when we let them know its on you.
  • Your logo/brandmark will appear on drink tickets and conference materials.

To discuss these, and other sponsorship opportunities, call Jim Mathias at 610-994-3660 or email at