The ALPS Bar Leaders Retreat revolves around the two-day business meeting where we engage bar leadership in discussions of salient topics in the legal community as well as how ALPS can help bar association members achieve a successful practice.

We also believe it is important for our guests to switch gears and learn about other topics beyond the realm of the legal profession.

Dr. Tristan Bassingthwaighte, Resident for the yearlong Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS)

Dr. Tristan Bassingthwaighte, architectural designer and space researcher, has live through the strains of a simulated Mars mission and will share his experiences of a year in complete isolation within the HI-SEAS IV in a multimedia presentation followed by a talk. As crew architect of the 366-day long mission IV, the longest NASA-funded space simulation in history, Tristan Bassingthwaighte and five fellow “Marstronauts” inhabited a 110 square-meter dome-shaped habitat on a red-brown lava plain of 8,200 feet on Hawai’i. The scientists investigated the stress factors associated with isolated, confined and extreme environments.

How do people cope with limited privacy, resources and very little contact to the outside world? What were the learnings about designing habitats and future cities regarding semi-private and private areas, as well as the illusion of privacy using augmented reality or virtual reality, and a greater inclusion of nature?

Brian Cuban, Dallas-based Attorney, Author and Addiction Recovery Advocate

Brian Cuban is an attorney, author and mental health awareness and recovery advocate. He is the author of the best-selling book, The Addicted Lawyer, Tales of The Bar, Booze Blow & Redemption.

He has spoken at conferences, non-profit events, colleges and universities across the United States and in Canada. He also writes extensively on these subjects. His columns have appeared on CNN.com, Foxnews.com, The Huffington Post, The New York Times, and in online and print newspapers around the world

Rachel VandeVoort, Creator and Director of Montana’s First Governor’s Office of Outdoor Recreation

Graduating with a degree in resource conservation and watershed management from the University of Montana, Rachel sums up the accumulation of her formal education with the title of over-educated fly fisherman, as she never worked a day in her field of study.  After 20 years of work in the outdoor recreation industry, and most recently as Trade Relations Manager for one of the country’s largest firearms manufacturers, Governor Steve Bullock of Montana appointed Rachel to create and direct the country’s 4th and Montana’s first Office of Outdoor Recreation where she is charged with growing and enhancing the state’s outdoor recreation economy.  She resides as a 4th generation resident of Whitefish Montana with her two sons.