Frequently Asked Questions

Why is the Air Law Symposium always in Dallas?

For 50 years, Dallas has played host to the SMU Air Law Symposium.  Dallas is the home of the SMU Dedman School of Law, which so ably supports the Symposium.  The law school’s students organize and conduct the Symposium.  Further, the school’s Journal of Air Law and Commerce lends its name and crucial support to the program, and many of the papers presented at the Symposium are chosen for publication in the Journal.  For all these reasons, there simply is no better home for the SMU Air Law Symposium than Dallas.

Why did the Symposium choose the Omni Mandalay Hotel at Las Colinas?

The Board of Advisors expends considerable effort each year reviewing and critiquing the Symposium’s current facilities and considering alternative venues.  There are several factors involved in the selection of a venue that are critical to the continued success of the SMU Air Law Symposium.  First, the hotel must be large enough to accommodate the meeting.  Second, the hotel must be located in an area that is easily accessible to the attendees, and that provides adequate parking.  Third, the location must be a convenient location for restaurants, recreation, and shopping areas.  Fourth, the hotel must offer high quality accommodations and food, but must also be budget-friendly to all attendees.

We are happy to be returning to the Omni Mandalay Hotel at Las Colinas again this year.  The hotel enjoys an ideal location: 15 minutes from downtown Dallas, 15 minutes from DFW Airport, and 20 minutes from Dallas Love Field Airport.  The Omni Mandalay Hotel at Las Colinas boasts 96 suites and 410 oversized guestrooms; on-site valet parking and complementary self-parking; a fully-equipped fitness center and pool, the Mokara Salon & Spa; and close proximity to a number of championship golf courses.  In addition, the hotel provides complimentary Wi-Fi access in guest rooms for members of the Omni Select Guest loyalty program.  

Where can I park at the Omni Mandalay Hotel?

The hotel garage has 350 spaces, including 15 handicap accessible spaces. The garage is normally available for guests to Self Park at no charge. Infrequently, based on banquet activity, the garage will fill and will be available for valet only. For these instances, the VHA Parking Garage located across the street from the hotel is available for overflow self-parking at a $10.00 daily rate. Valet is always available at $7.00 for all day parking and $14.00 for overnight. This can be paid by individuals or added to your master account.

What is the refund policy for the Symposium?

Every year the Board receives requests for refunds from registrants who are unable to attend the Symposium.  To address this issue as fairly as possible, our refund policy has been amended as follows:
(1)  Registrants who cancel their registration and do not attend the Symposium will receive the Symposium materials via US mail following the Symposium;
(2)  Registrants who cancel their registration and do not attend the Symposium will also receive a letter entitling them to a credit to be used when registering for a future Symposium.  The amount of the credit will be the amount of the registration fee paid, less $150 for the cost of materials and administrative expenses.  Registrants must present the letter prior to a future registration in order to redeem the credit.  The Symposium assumes no responsibility for maintaining records of cancellations or credited sums. 

Where should I make my reservations if the Omni Mandalay is sold out?

With the record numbers of attendees that we have had the privilege of hosting, rooms at the Omni Mandalay could potentially sell out.  In anticipation of such circumstances, we have compiled the following list of nearby hotels (complete with hyperlinks to their registration sites), nearly all within 1 mile of the Omni Mandalay at Las Colinas.  We encourage you to use this list in an effort to reduce your commute to the Symposium, or to take advantage of some of the other wonderful hotels that Dallas has to offer.  If you find that you still need assistance, feel free to contact our office at (214) 768-2570.

Aloft Las Colinas 
Wyndam Las Colinas 
Homewood Suites by Hilton Dallas-Irving-Las Colinas 
Holiday Inn Express Irving Convention Center-Las Colinas 
Candlewood Suites Las Colinas 
Extended Stay Deluxe & Studio Plus Hotel Las Colinas 
Extended Stay Deluxe Hotel Las Colinas-Green Park Drive 
Hyatt Place Las Colinas 
Four Seasons Resort and Club-Dallas at Las Colinas 
La Quinta Inn & Suites Dallas-Las Colinas 

Where can I go for dinner outside of the hotel?

While numerous dining options exist throughout the Las Colinas area immediately surrounding the hotel, the following are some suggested dining options based on location, reviews, and popularity, arranged by cuisine.  Please visit each restaurant’s respective website or call for more information.

Explore the dining possibilities in Las Colinas here.

Other Dining Options


Law at the Four Seasons Resort and Club
4150 N. MacArthur Blvd.
Irving, TX 75038
Distance: 1.8 miles

Cool River Café
1045 Hidden Ridge
Irving, TX 75038
Distance: 2.1 miles

Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen
10428 Lombardy Lane
Dallas, TX 75220
Distance: 3.3 miles

The Ranch at Las Colinas
857 W. John Carpenter Fwy.
Irving, TX 75039
Distance: 2.4 miles

Mexican & Tex-Mex

Hugo’s Invitados
5240 N. O’Connor Blvd., Suite 160
Irving TX 75039
Distance: 0.4 miles

Pappasito’s Cantina
10433 Lombardy Lane
Dallas, TX 75220
Distance: 3.3 miles

Via Reál
4020 N. MacArthur Blvd.
Irving, TX 75038
Distance: 1.8 miles

Asian & Mediterranean

Yummy Thai
6421 Riverside Dr., Suite #150
Irving, TX 75039
Distance: 2.8 miles

The Blue Fish
925 W. John Carpenter Fwy.
Irving, TX 75039
Distance: 2.4 miles

Andalous Mediterranean Grill
6450 North MacArthur Boulevard, Suite 100
Irving, Texas 75039
Distance: 2.8 miles


Hard Eight BBQ
688 Freeport Parkway
Coppell, TX 75019
Distance: 8.3 miles

Pappas Bar-B-Q
2231 W. Northwest Highway
Dallas TX 75220
Distance: 3.3 miles


Pappas Brothers Steakhouse
10477 Lombardy Lane
Dallas, TX 75220
Distance: 3.3 miles

The Keg Steakhouse & Bar
859 W. John Carpenter Fwy.
Irving, TX 75039
Distance: 2.4 miles

Villa’s Open Fire Grill
137 S. Main Street
Irving, TX 75060
Distance: 4.7 miles

Sports Bar & Grill

2208 W. Northwest Highway
Dallas, TX 75220
Distance: 3.1 miles