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ABA Announcements: 2023 ABA Annual Meeting, SOC Diversity Contest, and Podcast with ABA President Deborah Enix-Ross

2023 ABA Annual Meeting

Registration for the 2023 ABA Annual Meeting in Denver, August 2-8, is now open. Connect and network with a diverse legal community, attend engaging CLE Showcase Programs covering numerous aspects of the law, and experience a vibrant outdoor oasis located at the base of the majestic Rocky Mountains that inspires both urban and rugged adventures for all ages.

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SOC Diversity Contest

The 2nd Annual Section Officers Conference (SOC) Diversity Contest is an important step to engage individual SDF members in bringing law students of color into the Association and the legal profession. The Contest supports one of the ABA’s most impactful Goal III initiatives, the ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund (Scholarship Fund), with charitable gifts from generous people. Since the Scholarship Fund was created by ABA President Bill Paul more than 20 years ago, it has provided law school scholarship funds to nearly 400 law students of color, many of whom have taken part in the Association while in law school and in their distinguished careers as judges, public interest lawyers, partners in leading firms, academics, and in government service.

Through July 14th, ABA members are encouraged to act on their commitment to DE&I by contributing to the Scholarship Fund on an individual basis and with contributions from their firms or other organizations. At the 2023 ABA Annual Meeting, the SOC will award prizes – one to the entity with the highest percentage of members contributing to the Scholarship Fund and one to the entity with the highest total dollars raised.

To donate, visit and indicate your entity of choice (ex: Legal Ed) in the comments box.

Podcast: A Conversation with ABA President, Deborah Enix-Ross

Deborah Enix-Ross, American Bar Association president, shares how she went from growing up in Harlem to being the first in her family to graduate high school, college and then law school. Deborah’s legal career began in community legal services, a “sink or swim” experience that taught her how to be a litigator. Now a senior advisor to the International Dispute Resolution Group of Debevoise & Plimpton for her “day job,” Deborah also leads the largest voluntary association of lawyers in the world. She talks with ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar Chair, Joseph K. West, about her career journey and her thoughts on the future of the profession and why society needs lawyers in these tumultuous times more than ever before.

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