July 29, 2019

Program Chair & Speaker Info Center


Speakers at the Business Law Section Annual Meeting play a vital role in the success of our CLE programs, Committee, and Subcommittee meetings.  The Section is appreciative of the hundreds of speakers who volunteer their time and expertise to create excellent programming.

This page has been designed to provide important information in preparing for the Business Law Section Annual Meeting in Washington, DC

For all questions regarding speakers and programs, please contact Kate Chopp or (312) 988-5419.

Important Dates:

  • Friday, August 2: Speaker & Materials Release Form Due
  • Wednesday, August 21: Hotel Reservation Cut-off Date (But book early, rooms may sell out sooner!)
  • Friday, August 23: Advance Registration Cut-off Date

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Do all speakers need to complete a registration?

Absolutely.  Speakers are not registered automatically, even if a waiver request has been submitted by the Program Chair.

  • There is NO special speaker registration rate for this meeting. However, if you have not been approved for a registration fee waiver, you may choose to register for a Single-CLE-Program Pass or a Single-Day Pass, if you do not require an all-access pass.
  • All speakers must register in advance for the Section Annual Meeting to obtain CLE credit, appear in the Meeting Guide, and appear on the Attendee Roster.
  • If you are speaking on a CLE panel, please work directly with your program chair to see if you are eligible for a registration waiver.
  • There are no automatic waivers for speakers at non-CLE Committee and Subcommittee meetings.


Is AV equipment provided?

LCD projectors, screens, and laptops will be available for all CLE programs.  CLE programs will be recorded and available to all Section Members after the meeting.  Please note, non-CLE Committee and Subcommittee meetings will not have LCD projectors and screens.  For questions regarding AV needs, contact Nicole Nikodem or 312-988-5587.


Who is collecting my Program Materials?

If you are speaking at a CLE program, you must submit all written materials for your program.  Your materials should be submitted electronically to your Program Chair in advance of the Friday, August 2 deadline.  This will ensure that the materials are submitted for MCLE consideration and that they are included online.  Materials will be available online for all meeting registrants and will become a part of the Business Law Section Program Materials Library.  Please note, on the day of your program you will need to bring your presentation, loaded onto a flash drive, to your program room as they will not be pre-loaded onto the laptops.

You need to sign and return a Speaker & Materials Release Form for each panel at which you will be speaking.


Important Dates:

  • Friday, June 28: CLE Program Information Forms due
  • Friday, June 28: Committee/Subcommittee Meeting Information Forms due
  • Friday, June 28: CLE Program Speaker Fee Waiver/Reimbursement Requests due
  • Friday, August 2: CLE Program and Committee/Subcommittee Meeting Materials due
  • Friday, August 2: Speaker & Materials Release forms due

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Committee and Subcommittee Chairs please note:  If you would like to submit materials for your substantive, non-CLE committee and subcommittee meetings, the same deadline applies to have these available online. Please utilize Committee/Subcommittee Meeting Information Form

ABA Diversity & Inclusion CLE Policy

The ABA requires that panel diversity (as defined by Goal III; race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, and disability) is increased based on the size of each panel according to the following mandatory guidelines:

Panels 3-4 (including the moderator): At least 1 diverse panelist
Panels up to 5-8 (including the moderator): At least 2 diverse panelists
Panels with 9+ (including the moderator): At least 3 diverse panelists

The Programs Committee of the Business Law Section will review every panel.  Those that do not follow the policy will be contacted.