January 09, 2018

2018 ABA Midyear Meeting

GPSolo will be headquartered at the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver. The Division will hold most of its activities at this hotel including: committee meetings; Keithe E. Nelson Memorial Military Law Luncheon; US Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces Swearing in Ceremony; and Council meeting.

Printable Schedule of GPSolo Events

You must be registered for the ABA Midyear Meeting to confirm a ticket. There is NO registration fee to attend the ABA Midyear Meeting; however, a registration fee may be required to attend certain events. Additionally, you must register through the ABA to secure a hotel room at the ABA rate. Register now.

If you have already registered for the meeting, follow these steps to add on a ticketed event:

1.     Access My Registration
2.     Sign In
3.     Purchase Tickets
4.     Upgrade (toward bottom of the page)
5.     Expand "Solo, Small Firm and General Practice"
6.     Check the event such as “GPSolo Leadership Dinner”
7.     Continue Registration to Pay

Welcome Reception

Sponsored by ABA Real Property Trust and Estate Section and ABA Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division

Date: Thursday, February 1, 2018
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

More Information


GPSolo Leadership Dinner

(Ticketed Event)

Date: Friday, February 2, 2018
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: Revel Room, 238 Abbott St, Vancouver
Cost: $60.00 per person

Everyone is welcome to attend this dinner to mingle with the GPSolo Leadership! Transportation to the venue is on your own.


Women’s Initiative Network (WIN) Present and Powerful Speaker Series Wine and Cheese Reception

Presented with the ABA Law Practice Division

(Ticketed Event)

Date: Friday, February 2, 2018
Time: 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Location: Vancouver Convention Center West, Level 1, Room 118
Cost: Free

The Power of Finding Your Voice

Featuring Parisa Khosravi
Award-Winning CNN International Journalist

Have you have ever been in circumstances where assumptions based on gender, race and other labels threatened to define you, yet you rose to the challenge, to share the pleasant surprise of all that you have to offer? Parisa Khosravi is a is former Senior Vice President of CNN Worldwide, International News Journalist and an Emmy, Peabody and Edward R. Murrow award winner. She will share her unique perspectives on success, honed from time and the experience in overcoming obstacles as an international female journalist, immigrant, and mother. Then you will appreciate Parisa Khosravi’s story, born of a conviction that successful teams should be diverse in all ways, and the knowledge that a wise leader is responsible for helping everyone to discover and display their strengths. The power of finding and sharing your voice leaves everyone empowered. Sponsorship opportunities are available for this event here.

All military and civilian attorneys are invited to all the gatherings. It is not necessary to be an ABA member to participate at these events.


Military Lawyers Committee and ABA Standing Committee on Armed Forces Law (SCAFL) Joint Meeting

Date: Friday, February 2, 2018
Time: 8:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Location: Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver, Garibaldi Room
Cost: Free

Reports and Discussion from U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces (USCAAF) and the Armed Forces as follows: U.S. Navy; U.S. Army; U.S. Air Force; U.S. Marine Corps; and U.S. Coast Guard.


Keithe E. Nelson Memorial Military Law Luncheon

(Ticketed Event)

Date: Friday, February 2, 2018
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Location: Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver, Arbutus Room
Cost: $40.00 per person

A bi-annual event honoring the life and legacy of Major General Keithe E. Nelson (USAF, Retired), the ninth Judge Advocate General, has become a forum for presentations by distinguished speakers on military law subjects. To purchase a ticket, you will need to register for the Annual Meeting.


Cancelled - U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces Swearing in Ceremony

You can automatically obtain ABA negotiated airfare and car rental discounts for travel to the Midyear Meeting. Please click here for more information.

Identification requirements for United States citizens and international visitors

All U.S. citizens and international travelers must carry valid passport and a valid visa (if necessary) when entering Canada. A passport is the only reliable and universally-accepted travel and identification document for the purpose of international travel. International transport companies, such as airlines, must make sure that travelers have proper, valid travel documents. If you do not have the proper documents, you may be delayed or unable to board the plane.

When you enter Canada, a border services officer will ask to see your passport and a valid visa, if you are arriving from a country for which one is required. Visit the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada website to learn more about what travel documents are required.

Citizens of the U.S. who are members of the NEXUS/Global Entry programs may present their membership card to the CBSA as proof of identification and as a document that denotes citizenship, when arriving by air, land, or marine modes. Permanent residents of the U.S. who are members of the NEXUS/Global Entry programs must travel with a passport and proof of permanent residence, and may be asked to present these documents to the officer upon arrival at the border.

Travel document requirements are subject to change. Therefore, to ensure that you have the correct documents to travel to Canada, please consult the Canada Border Services Agency site for current requirements. In addition, be sure to check the U.S. Customs and Border Protection site for current requirements for re-entering the United States after your visit to Canada. 

For more information on Vancouver and tips for travel to Canada visit Tourism Vancouver.

Please contact Sherri Napue at Sherri.Napue@americanbar.org if you have any questions or need additional information.