The American Bar Association held a technology seminar in March 1997 at the Francis Marion Hotel in Charleston. About 75 people attended. According to the Bar's meeting planner Lanita Thomas, Charleston was chosen as the site because that's where the committee chair lived. But the event worked out so well, "We would love to go back," she comments. "It was wonderful. The service was top-notch, the people were friendly--the Southern hospitality. And we liked the historic aspects of the city."