Selected programs from the ABA's 2011 Annual Meeting in Toronto.
Fellows CLE Research Seminar
Friday, August 5 | Metro Toronto Convention Centre
An invigorating debate on where lawyering is headed in the coming decades and what will be required of lawyers in order to be successful. Is the definition of what makes a competent lawyer changing? Is there an evolution of legal practice underway or is it more of a revolution? Is there consensus as to what makes a lawyer successful? Can that be translated into a practical law school curriculum? Can law schools and legal employers predict who will become successful lawyers? These and other fundamental questions will be discussed by a panel of experts, including leading futurists, legal profession scholars and practicing lawyers during this provocative program hosted by The Fellows of the ABF.
Wisconsin and Beyond: The State of Public Sector Bargaining in the United States
Friday, August 5 | 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. | Marriott Bloor Yorkville Hotel
This panel discussion from the Section of Labor and Employment Law will examine the state of public sector bargaining. The program will discuss the factors that led to the 2011 showdowns, why public sector unions became front page news in Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana, New Jersey, and elsewhere in 2011 as Republican governors and Republican-dominated state legislatures took aim at collective bargaining laws in an effort to balance state budgets, and what the future may hold for public sector collective bargaining in the United States.
Courting Disaster: Tools to Help You Create a Disaster Plan Now
Saturday, August 6 | 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. | Metro Toronto Convention Center
This complimentary CLE program is sponsored by the Special Committee on Disaster Response and Preparedness.
Sunday, August 7 | 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. | Metro Toronto Convention Center
The Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award, established by the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession in 1991, recognizes and celebrates the accomplishments of women lawyers who have excelled in their field and have paved the way to success for other women lawyers. This year's luncheon will honor:
- Eleanor Dean Acheson, Vice President General Corporate Counsel & Corporate Secretary, National Railroad Passenger; in Washington, DC
- Paulette Brown, Partner, Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP; in Madison, NJ
- Karen J. Mathis, President & CEO, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America; in Philadelphia, PA
- Colonel Maritza S. Ryan, United States Military Academy; in West Point, NY
- The Honorable Esther Tomljanovich, Medica Board of Directors and Former Minnesota Supreme Court Justice; in Lake Elmo, MN
Current Crisis in Court Funding: Efficiency, Effectiveness, Accountability and Education
Sunday, August 7 | 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. | Metro Toronto Convention Center
This complimentary CLE program is sponsored by the Task Force on the Preservation of the Justice System.