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July 29, 2020 What's New at TIPS

Meeting Preview: Virtual ABA Annual Meeting

By Andy Cao

Avoid the airport security lines, keep your pets nearby, stay in your fuzzy slippers, and charge up your web-browsing device because the 2020 ABA Annual Meeting is going virtual! The Virtual Annual Meeting is coming through cyberspace to everyone’s hometown from July 29 through August 4, 2020. And, put your wallet away because nearly all Virtual Annual Meeting activities are complimentary for ABA Members and law students. Registration for non-members is $95, which is a remarkable deal given the breadth and quantity of programming being offered. Registration includes:

  • Twelve hours of CLE Showcase Programs;
  • General Assembly and Presentation of the ABA Medal;
  • President’s Reception;
  • Annual Supreme Court Year in Review;
  • ABA Forum;
  • Entity Business and Governance Meetings;
  • SideBar and Networking Events;
  • ABA Trivia Night;
  • Walking Challenge; and
  • House of Delegates.

The Virtual Meeting begins Wednesday, July 29, 2020, with CLEs on hacking, the future of civil legal aid, and COVID-19. The first day concludes with the General Assembly and the President’s Reception. At the General Assembly, the ABA Medal, the American Bar Association’s highest honor, will be awarded to William H. Neukom, an international champion for justice who has devoted his life and career to public service, access to justice and advancing the rule of law.

Thursday includes more CLEs covering women of color, the Annual Supreme Court Review, and climate change. The evening features a virtual tour of the Illinois Holocaust Museum’s Notorious RBG exhibit and Trivia Night. Get your thinking caps on, because Trivia Night will bring us together for a fun, interactive night of trivia in the comfort of your own home. Teams will be randomly assigned, giving attendees a chance to network and show off their trivia knowledge.

Friday’s CLEs cover judicial independence and women in US elections. To close the day, the ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice will host the 2020 Thurgood Marshall Award Celebration, honoring Award Recipient Marian Wright Edelman, founder of the Children’s Defense Fund and lifelong advocate for disadvantaged Americans. The event will feature remarks by Marian Wright Edelman and a conversation with Valerie Jarrett, American lawyer, businesswoman, and former senior adviser to President Barack Obama. Tickets to this virtual event are available for $100.

Saturday features a Virtual Wellbeing Retreat by Marriott International Luxury Brands. Governance and business meetings occur throughout the schedule, and the Virtual Meeting concludes as usual with the House of Delegates.

Attendance at the Virtual Annual Meeting can be done through any device using Google Chrome, Apple Safari, or Microsoft Edge, including smartphones and tablets. The program and schedule, as well as registration, can be found at

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By Andy Cao

Andy Cao is a Member of McGlinchey Stafford PLLC practicing in Houston, Texas.