Frequently Asked Questions



Can I attend the reception and dinner if I am not a member?

Yes. Non-members may attend the events by paying the appropriate non-member ticket price. To review the benefits of joining as an ELI member, please click here.

Is my organization an ELI member?

We are pleased to have many corporations, law firms, and public interest organizations as members of ELI. Check to see if your organization is listed on our Corporate, Professional, or Public Interest membership directories.

How do I become a member?

As noted above, you may join as an individual member and receive the member discount on your tickets (contact if you're unsure of your membership status). To sign up your organization in the Corporate, Professional, or Public Interest programs, contact Brett Korte at 202-939-3852.

What is the date of the 2017 ELI Award Dinner?

The 2017 ELI Award Dinner will be on Wednesday, October 18, 2017.

What are the times and locations of the reception and dinner?

5:30 p.m. Reception (pre-paid dinner ticket required to attend)
7:15 p.m. Award Dinner (tickets need to be pre-paid)

Both events will be held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel (2500 Calvert Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20008) and are exclusively for those who have pre-paid tickets to the events.

I am a vegetarian. Can I request a vegetarian meal for dinner?

Yes! Please email your name, the name of your organization, and your request for a vegetarian meal by October 11, 2017.

Where can I get information on the ELI-Miriam Hamilton Keare Policy Forum?

Each year the Environmental Law Institute-Miriam Hamilton Keare Policy Forum invites top experts in the fields of environmental law and policy to debate a current critical issue. This forum precedes the Award Dinner and Reception. Please go HERE for more information or to register for the event.

Where is my printed invitation?

Members will receive an electronic invitation in August. There are no actual tickets for the event but we will have a record of your ticket purchase at the registration desk.

How much are tickets and what amount is tax-deductible?

Member and non-member ticket prices are noted on the Tickets page. In addition, members of the Corporate, Professional, or Public Interest programs may purchase tables for eight guests for $4,500. For information about the additional benefits of being a Star Sponsor of the event, contact Melodie DeMulling at 202-939-3808. Please note that ELI is recognized by the IRS as a tax-exempt, charitable organization listed in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions in excess of $210/per ticket may be considered as a tax-deductible contribution to ELI.

Can I purchase a ticket for the reception only?

No, the reception is ONLY for guests who have purchased tickets to the dinner.

How do I pay for tickets/tables?

Individual tickets may be purchased at the secure ELI Store starting in August 2017. Table purchasers should contact Marcia McMurrin for invoicing and other information.

Will I receive a ticket in the mail?

No, when you arrive you will receive a pre-printed name badge that serves as your entrance pass to the Reception and Award Dinner.

Can I buy a ticket at the door?

No, all tickets and tables must be purchased and paid for by October 11, 2017. No tickets will be available at the door.

How do I submit the names of my guest(s)?

If you are a Star Sponsor or a member firm with a table, send an email to and include the name(s) and affiliation(s) of your guest(s). Remember that all tables accommodate only eight guests.

How many individual tickets to be seated together can a member buy?

You may purchase as many tickets as you like, but we can only guarantee that four will be seated together at a table.

What if I have to cancel my tickets?

All cancellations received by ELI by October 11, 2017 will be refunded (minus a $35 cancellation fee/ticket). After that date, no refunds will be issued. However, the full amount may be considered a tax-deductible, charitable contribution to ELI. Please send an email with your ticket confirmation attached to to request a cancellation.

What is the best way to travel to the ELI Award Dinner?

For help in making travel plans, please consult the following helpful travel links:
Omni Shoreham Hotel
Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro subway)
Washington Dulles International Airport
Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
Baltimore Washington Airport

Does ELI have a room block at the Omni Shoreham Hotel?


YES! The room block is now open.  You can click here to book your room before Friday, October 6, 2017. Or you can make your reservations by calling the main reservations line, 1-800-THE-OMNI, and asking for the “Environmental Law Institute” Room Block.

Please note that you or your guests will be responsible for the payment of your room, taxes, and incidental charges.

Is there parking at the Omni Shoreham hotel?

Valet parking during the event is available for $36. There is no self-parking at this venue.