Section Officers Conference

The Section Officers Conference (SOC) is composed of the volunteer ABA member Officers of each Section, Division and Forum, namely the Chair, Chair-Elect, Vice-Chair, Secretary, Budget or Finance Officer, Delegate, and any other recognized Officer of a Section pursuant to its internal governance structure.

Chair, 2019-2021

Hilary H. Young

Hilary is a partner at Joy & Young, L.L.P. in Austin, Texas. She practices in the licensing, regulatory, and administrative areas of health law, and is board certified in Health Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

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To provide a forum for sharing ideas on issues of mutual concerns to section officers, to advance the interests of the sections and their officers, and to perform those duties assigned to the SOC in the ABA Constitution, Bylaws and Policies.


GOAL I: Facilitate advocacy of the interests of ABA Sections, Divisions, and Forums.

GOAL II: Facilitate effective communication between and among ABA entities, and ABA Sections, Divisions, and Forums.

GOAL III: Serve as a central resource for ABA Section, Division, and Forum member leaders for:
(a) Sharing information and best practices
(b) Providing networking opportunities and support for growth and health of ABA Sections, Divisions, and Forums.

GOAL IV: Support the resolution of divergent views among ABA Sections, Divisions, and Forums.

2020-2021 SOC Executive Committee

The Executive Committee shall consist of the following members: the Chair of SOC (SOC Chair), the Immediate Past SOC Chair, one representative of each of the six class groups (Chairs, Chairs-Elect, Vice-Chairs, Secretaries, Budget Officers, and Delegates) as elected by the SOC, the SOC representatives appointed to serve with the Board of Governors on the Board of Governors committees, and up to two other members as appointed at the discretion of the SOC Chair.

Meet the - SOC Executive Committee

2021 SOC Fall Leadership Meeting | September 22-24

The SOC Fall Leadership Meeting provides a forum for communication and helps to orient new Section Officers, and offers in-depth sessions for all. Section Officers, representatives of other ABA entities, and invited ABA leaders attend the Fall Leadership Meeting to be educated about ABA processes, policies, and procedures; to network; to share best practices; to provide early notice of matters of potential concern; and to discuss potential issues arising among Sections or within the ABA as a whole.

SOC Fall Leadership Program Materials

Past Session Materials

Access program materials and resources from previous SOC Fall Leadership Meetings.

SOC - Program Materials