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.

2019-2020 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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SOC Awards

The nomination process for the 2020 SOC Outstanding Collaboration Award is now open through Friday, July 31st!

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Upcoming Meetings

2020 ABA Virtual Annual Meeting

The Section Officers Conference will convene virtually for the 2020 ABA Annual Meeting July 29 - August 2.

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SOC 2020 Fall Leadership Meeting

Save the Date for the SOC 2020 Fall Leadership Meeting from September 23-25, 2020 in Chicago, IL.

2019 SOC Fall Leadership Materials

Concurrent Informational Breakout Session

Materials for the Concurrent Informational Breakout Sessions on Thursday, September 12 and Friday, September 13.

2019 SOC - Program Materials