CLE Showcase

Plan to attend one or more of these cutting-edge programs.

Plan to attend one or more of these cutting-edge programs.

Friday, August 9 | 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Risky Business: The Mueller Minefield and Ethical Dilemmas for Lawyers involved in Government Investigations

Presented by the ABA Standing Committee on Professional Regulation

The Mueller investigation has captured the world’s interest and made for non-stop television and online news coverage. For lawyers and law students, the investigation has proven to be a “master class” in legal ethics about lawyers involved at all levels of a government investigation. Jill Wine Banks, former Watergate Assistant Special Prosecutor and past ABA Chief Operating Officer are joined by legal ethics experts Kathleen Clark of the Washington University School of Law and Bruce Green, the Louis Stein Chair at the Fordham Law School. This esteemed panel will engage attendees in a discussion about how the Model Rules of Professional Conduct relating to confidentiality, conflicts of interest, fairness to opposing parties and counsel, publicity during the investigation or litigation of a matter, and contact with represented parties have played a starring role in this drama. The panel will also address the supporting cast of associated licensure risks. Confirmed panelists include:

Bruce Green, Fordham Law School, New York, NY

Jill Wine Banks, MSNBC, Chicago, IL
Kathleen Clark, Washington University School of Law, St. Louis, MO

Shaping our Future: Top Tech Company Lawyers on Innovation and Social Responsibility

Presented by the Section of Science & Technology Law

Lyft, Microsoft, Oracle and 23andMe—are some of the most transformative tech companies that are shaping the way we think about privacy, philanthropy and cutting-edge legal issues, from AI to autonomous driving cars to genetic testing. These companies have also been leading the way on policies to encourage diversity in the work place. In this roundtable, we will explore how these tech leaders perceive their roles in shaping socially responsible policies, addressing emerging areas of the law and anticipating future challenges. Expect a lively conversation centered around what innovation and corporate responsibility really mean in 2019. Confirmed panelists include:

Heather D. Rafter, RafterMarsh US, Silicon Valley, CA

Dorian Daley, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Oracle Corporation, Redwood Shores, CA
Kathy Hibbs, Chief Legal and Regulatory Officer, 23andMe, Inc., Mountainview, CA
Kristin Sverchek, General Counsel, Lyft, Inc., San Francisco, CA
Dev Stahlkopf, Corporate Vice President and General Counsel, Microsoft, Redmond, WA

Friday, August 9 | 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Trump Presents: The New Era of the U.S. Supreme Court

Presented by the Section of Litigation

Justice Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court, replacing swing vote Justice Kennedy, fundamentally shifted the balance of the court – perhaps for the next generation.  What does the new conservative majority mean for lightning rod issues like abortion, LGBT rights, and affirmative action?  Experts read the tea leaves to predict what comes next.  Confirmed panelists include:

David Faigman, UC Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, CA

Joan Biskupic, CNN Supreme Court Legal Analyst, Washington DC 
Kannon Shanmugam, Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP, Washington, DC
Pamela Karlan, Stanford Law School, Stanford, CA
Miguel Estrada, Gibson Dunn, Washington, DC

Law Firm Cybersecurity Requirements You Never Dreamed of: Emerging Threats, Ethical Obligations to Clients, and Survival Tactics

Presented by the ABA Cybersecurity Legal Task Force

Law firms are under attack, and some don’t even know it. The cybersecurity breaches that make national headlines, and tend to spotlight major companies and larger law firms, are only the tip of the iceberg. Phishing, unpatched systems, unsafe apps, and malware (including ransomware) all factor into the cyber insecurity that has become a real and direct threat to all law firms, large and small. Law firms have become prime targets because they are treasure troves of client information and money, but they are relatively unprepared for continually emerging threats. Clients, in turn, are imposing cybersecurity requirements on their law firms. Ethics opinions on cyber/technology obligations (including recent ABA Formal Opinions 477R and 483) are elucidating lawyers’ ethical obligations to secure communications and take steps to minimize the impact of cyberattacks. It does not matter if you have no IT department or designated budget — every lawyer and law firm (from solo practitioner to megafirm) must address cybersecurity issues. Join us to discover law firm cybersecurity requirements you never dreamed of, how to avoid titanic mistakes (solos/small firms vs. megafirms/corporate giants), and survival tactics.  Panelists include authors of The ABA Cybersecurity Handbook, winner of the 2018 ACLEA Best Publication Award (enter drawing for a free Handbook at the event). Confirmed panelists include:

Ruth Hill Bro,  Co-Chair, ABA Cybersecurity Legal Task Force, Chicago, IL

Lucian T. Pera, Adams & Reese LLP, Memphis, TN
Jill D. Rhodes, Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer, Option Care Enterprises, Inc., Bannockburn, IL   
Stephen S. Wu, Silicon Valley Law Group, San Jose, CA               

Saturday, August 10 | 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Responding to the National Opioid Crisis

Presented by the Health Law Section and Senior Lawyers Division

The opioid epidemic has been widely characterized as the one of the greatest public health epidemics in our nation’s history. The number of overdose deaths annually exceed that of the entire Viet Nam war, and without treatment, the numbers of people dying from opioid-related causes will continue to increase. Unlike most public health crises, this epidemic has, embedded within it, multiple legal issues involving attorneys, including the search for effective legislative and regulatory solutions, the impact on healthcare providers, the inadequate number of treatment centers and inadequate funding for treatment, the involvement of the criminal justice system and an increasing number of public and private litigants seeking to recover financial and other losses from a group of opioid manufacturers, distributors, retail sellers, pharmacists and prescribers. Attorneys clearly have a significant role in responding to the epidemic. This program will focus upon the scope and impact of the epidemic, how we got to the present state, current legislative, regulatory and professional initiatives addressing the problem, overview of current litigation involving opioids, including the multi-district litigation and what attorneys can do to help. Confirmed panelists include:

David Hoffman, Former Inspector General and Co-Leader of Sidley’s White Collar Investigations Practice Team, Chicago, IL

Susan R. Bailey, MD, President-Elect, American Medical Association, Fort Worth, TX
Anne McGinness Kearse, Motley Rice LLC, Mount Pleasant, SC

The #MeToo Reckoning: How Far We’ve Come & Where We Go From Here

Presented by the Civil Rights and Social Justice Section

“The #MeToo Reckoning: How Far We’ve Come & Where We Go From Here” The past two years have exposed the pervasive nature of sexual harassment and violence in virtually every type of workplace, despite the fact that federal and state anti-discrimination laws have been on the books for over 50 years. This increased awareness has led to a larger public discussion about intersecting forms of workplace harassment and discrimination and broader questions of gender and racial equity, which is contributing to broader culture change. The program will examine innovative legal strategies to address intersectional discrimination and harassment, including within the legal profession. This will include a discussion by plaintiffs and defense lawyers of the tactics, strategies and risks of sexual harassment litigation in the #metoo era.  It will also provide an overview of legislative responses in the wake of the #MeToo movement and affirmative steps being taken by the broader business community to proactively address issues of harassment, gender and racial equity and beyond. Confirmed panelists include:

J. Bernard Alexander, III, Partner, Alexander Krakow +Glick, Los Angeles, CA

Lisa J. Banks, Katz, Partner, Marshall & Banks LLP, Washington, DC
Chai R. Feldblum, Commissioner of U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Washington, DC
Emily Martin, Vice President for Education and Workplace Justice, National Women’s Law Center, Washington, DC
Sandra R. McCandless, Partner, Dentons, San Francisco, CA


Tickets are available for $75 – General Attendee (Admittance to one CLE Showcase Program) $35 – Judges,  Government/Military Lawyers. 

CLE Credits

Earn up to 4.5 CLE credits during 6 CLE Showcase Programs.

CLE Accreditation

For information regarding CLE credit for Live In- Person programs/sessions held during the ABA Annual Meeting, visit the Center for Professional Development


A limited number of scholarships to defray tuition expenses for the CLE portion of the Annual Meeting are available for this program.

To request an application or receive additional information, please contact the ABA MCLE Department at Scholarship applications must be received by the ABA no later than Friday, July 26, 2019 to ensure time for review and processing. Please note that CLE tuition scholarships do not include any reduction in the Annual Meeting registration, meals, lodging, or travel costs associated with attendance.