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, 2017-2019

Chair, 2017-2019

Michael G. Bergmann

Michael has served as the Public Interest Law Initiative's (PILI) Executive Director since 2010. Michael is currently serving in the ABA's House of Delegates and as Chair of the Section Officers Conference (SOC). He previously served as Chair of the ABA's Judicial Division during the 2015-2016 bar year.

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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.

2018-2019 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.

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Upcoming Meetings