2020 Midyear Meeting Schedule

Thursday, Feb 13

1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
G.O.O.D. Guys: Accelerating Progress
JW Grand Ballroom Salon 3 (Level 4)

Join "Guys Overcoming Obstacles to Diversity" (G.O.O.D. Guys) at the JW Marriott for a discussion about the rewards of diversity and inclusion, and learn from the "Next Gen" G.O.O.D. Guys about how they are use their leadership to accelerate progress.


  • Steven Velkei, Senior Partner, Baute Crochetiere Hartley & Velkei LLP


  • Rear Admiral Del Crandall, Department of the Navy
  • Jerome Crawford, Senior Corporate Counsel, MAHLE
  • Alan Dorantes, Assistant VP – Senior Counsel – Human Resources, AT&T
  • Katie Pothier, Executive VP and General Counsel, Texas Rangers Baseball

Presented by:

Friday, Feb 14

7:30 am - 8:30 am
ABE + YLD Advisory Committee Meeting
Room 404 (Level 4)

8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
YLD Assembly Delegate Certification
JW Grand Ballroom Salon 5-6 Foyer (Level 4)

  • Delegate Certification will be closed from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. during the Council Meeting.

8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
YLD Information Desk
JW Grand Ballroom Foyer (Level 4)

8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
ABE Financial Wellness Sessions
Room 406  (Level 4)

It's never been a better time to review your current financial health. The American Bar Endowment is pleased to sponsor a complimentary 15 minute Financial Wellness Checkup with a financial professional from New York Life Insurance Company.

This session gives you a chance to ask questions that can help put you on a path to building a strong financial foundation. Some common topics of interest lawyers find valuable include:

  • Business Planning

  • Debt Analysis

  • Income Protection/Replacement

  • Mortgage/Asset Protection 

  • Retirement Planning

  • Student Loan Repayment

Advanced registration is required and slots are limited. If you have financial questions on the topics listed above or any other topic, please contact Bonnie Czarny1 at (312) 988-6416 or bczarny@abenet.org.

11 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.
YLD Council Meeting
JW Grand Ballroom Salons 7-8 (Level 4)

1:50 p.m. to 2:50 p.m.
Celebrating Democracy (Co-Sponsor)
NCBP Friday Afternoon Plenary
Hilton Austin

Come hear how organizations are celebrating the 19th Amendment's 100th Anniversary and the 150th Anniversary of the ratification of the 15th Amendment. Find your own way to celebrate these milestone voting rights acts and protect voters in the 21st century.


  • Carl D. Smallwood, Columbus, OH, Past President, Columbus Bar Association and Past President, NCBP


  • Mimi Murray Digby Marziani, Austin, TX, President, Texas Civil Rights Project
  • Jan Miller, Austin, TX, State Bar of Texas Law Related Education Director
  • Holli J. Welch, Cheyenne, WY, District 28 Representative, ABA Young Lawyers Division
  • Elizabeth M. Yang, Great Falls, VA, President, WStrong, LLC and Director, ABA Standing Committee on Election Law


2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Speaking for the Dying - Life, Death and Law (CoSponsor)

The recent publication of "Speaking for the Dying: Life-and-Death Decisions in Intensive Care" by ABF research professor Susan Shapiro, coincided with the passage of a new ABA resolution that reconsiders the role of lawyers in advance care planning. This research seminar marries these empirical and policy perspectives. Drawing on more than two years of observations in two intensive care units, Shapiro describes how decision makers for patients without capacity to speak for themselves actually make life-and-death decisions on their behalf and the limited role of advance directives in this process. In addition to describing the new ABA guidance for lawyers, the panel will also provide the perspective of an ethics consultant facing these wrenching decisions on the ground, day after day.


  • Susan P. Shapiro – Research Professor, American Bar Foundation
  • Virginia A. Brown – Assistant  Professor, Dell Medical School, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Charles P. Sabatino – Director, American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging


  • Jo Ann Engelhardt – Managing Director and Senior Client Advisor, Bessemer Trust; Patron Fellow, American Bar Foundation


2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
YLD Scholar's Meeting
Room 402-403  (Level 4)

2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
YLD Disaster Legal Services Committee Meeting
Texas Law Center, 1414 Colorado Street, Austin, TX 78701

4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Present and Powerful Speaker Series
Vote, Run, Lead: 100 Years of Women in Politics
JW Marriott, Lone Star Ballroom (Level 3)

Inspired by the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing and protecting women’s constitutional right to vote, the 2020 Present & Powerful Speakers Series features a panel of women leaders dedicated to encouraging women to run for elected office. Our panel will explore how the gift of yesterday’s brave Suffragists – an empowering heritage of pride, momentum and purpose – is carried on in spirit by American women today running for elected office. The discussion will include experiences and challenges women face in seeking elected office, the impact and opportunities women have in holding elected office, and why it is important on a local, state and national level to have the varied perspectives that women bring to leadership in elected office. Part of the Present & Powerful Speaker Series.


  • Kaitlyn Newman, She Should Run
  • Hon. Eva Guzman, Supreme Court of Texas
  • Sharon Sayles Belton, Former Mayor of Minneapolis
  • Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto, Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin

Presented by:

5 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.
YLD Candidates Forum
Room 401 (Level 4)

6 p.m. to  8 p.m.
YLD Scholars Dinner w/Walmart
OP Italian - JW Marriott (Ground Level)

7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
YLD Dine-Arounds (sign up required)

The YLD and GPSolo are teaming up to have joint dutch-treat dine arounds in Austin. Reservations have been made, all you have to do is sign up. It’s that easy! 

All reservations are at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, February 14, 2020, unless otherwise noted. Reservations have been made at:

  1. North Italia
  2. Lamberts (8:00PM)
  3. Manuel’s
  4. Swift’s Attic
  5. The Roaring Fork
  6. Caroline Restaurant
  7. Punchbowl Social
  8. Uncle Julio’s

To sign up for a dine around, please email Miriah Holden at mholden@asbhawaii.com with the restaurant you’d like to attend. You will receive a confirmation email once availability is confirmed (first-come, first-served basis). The deadline to sign up is February 13, 2020.

9:30 p.m.
Evening Meet Up
Central District Brewing

Central District Brewing is excited to host ABA YLD members Friday night between 9 and 11 pm in our own private space. Network with your peers at this Dutch treat event where you will enjoy locally crafted beer, wine, cider, and soda.

Saturday, Feb 15

7 a.m. to 12 p.m.
YLD Information Desk
JW Grand Ballroom Foyer (Level 4)

7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
YLD Delegate Certification
JW Grand Ballroom Salon 5-6 Foyer (Level 4)

7:45 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.
A Frank Conversation on Diversity and Inclusion: Moving Beyond Lip Service (fireside chat)
JW Grand Ballroom Salon 7 (Level 4)

A candid conversation with industry leader, Don Prophete, regarding diversity and inclusion efforts within the legal profession. During this conversation, Prophete will discuss the importance of the legal industry’s commitment to genuine diversity and inclusion efforts. Further, attendees will gain an insider’s perspective on various topics, such as: maintaining a grit mindset, advocating for sincere accountability in the diversity and inclusion realm, the importance of allyship, and how the failure to be an ally can leave persons of color out in the cold and perpetuate the already staggering rates of attrition within our legal profession.

In 2019, Prophete penned an open letter, responding to the legal profession, calling for an end to empty notions and challenging the profession to put action to words.

Prophete is a trial lawyer and partner at Constangy, Brooks, Smith, and Prophete LLP based in Kansas City, Mo. Prophete excels at representing large clients in complex and multi-plaintiff race employment discrimination cases

9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
YLD Assembly
JW Grand Ballroom Salons 5-6 (Level 4)

12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
YLD Long Range Planning Board Meeting
Room 301 (Level 3)

2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Men in the Mix: How to Engage Men on Issues Related to Gender in the Profession (Co-Sponsor)
JW Marriott Grand Ballroom Salon 3 (Level 4)

During this program, the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession will reveal some of the early results of its newest research project – Men in the Mix – which utilized focus groups and qualitative research to better understand why and when men engage on issues traditionally considered "women’s issues" in the law. Following a presentation of some initial results, our panel of experts will talk about strategies they’re deploying to get everyone engaged in advancing all attorneys in our profession.


  • Research presentation: Anne Collier, Founder and CEO, Arudia
  • Moderator: Katherine M. Larkin-Wong, Associate, Latham and Watkins


  • Evan Anderson, CEO, Placed Legal Strategies
  • Chris Brown, Chair-Elect, Young Lawyers Division
  • Paulette Brown, Senior Partner and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Locke Lord, LLP
  • The Honorable Rodolfo A. Ruiz II, United States District Judge, United States District Court, Southern District of Florida

3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
YLD Fellows Board Meeting
JW Grand Ballroom Salon 4 (Level 4)

4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
YLD Fellows Debate & Reception
JW Grand Ballroom Salon 7 (Level 4)

Sunday, Feb 16

3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Caucus of Young Lawyer Delegates to the ABA House
Lone Star Ballroom Salon F (Level 3)