June 05, 2018

Mark your calendars for American Bar Association Annual Meeting Aug. 2-7 in Chicago

CHICAGO, June 5, 2018 – Registration is now open to both reporters and attendees for the 2018 American Bar Association Annual Meeting, the nation’s premier gathering of legal professionals, Aug. 2-7 in Chicago.

The ABA Annual Meeting attracts more than 5,000 registrants from around the world who represent the law’s best legal minds and showcases law’s most cutting-edge legal ideas and initiatives. This year’s meeting, headquartered at Chicago’s largest hotel property, the Hyatt Regency Chicago, will include nearly 1,000 educational sessions, networking opportunities and social functions.

High-profile speakers at the 2018 meeting include Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein of the U.S. Department of Justice (Aug. 2, 4:30 p.m.); Tina Tchen, founder of the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund (Aug. 2, 2:30 p.m.); and Executive Director Bryan Stevenson of the Equal Justice Initiative and author of “Just Mercy” (Aug. 4, 5 p.m.).

Other highlights of the 2018 Annual Meeting include:

Unique educational opportunities

CLE in the City Series – The ABA has developed a special series of continuing legal education programs that take participants out of typical meeting rooms and into Chicago law firms to experience first-hand the city’s vibrant legal community. Eight specialty tracks are offered including cybersecurity law; ethics; gaming, sweepstakes and franchise law; mergers and acquisitions; legal writing, ethics and persuasion; litigation; family law; and privacy and security. Participating Chicago-area law firms and law schools include Locke Lord LLP, The John Marshall Law School, Jenner & Block LLP, Schiller DuCanto & Fleck LLP, Mayer Brown LLP, Greenberg Traurig LLP and Chicago-Kent College of Law.

Hot topic programs – Among the more than 100 continuing legal education programs offered at this year’s Annual Meeting, will be these panel presentations on newsworthy hot topics:

  • “#MeToo, Time’s Up – Sexual Harassment in the Workplace” (Aug. 2, 2:30-4 p.m.);
  • “The Deputy Attorney General of the United States” (Aug. 2, 4:30-5 p.m.);
  • “Managing Social Activism and Freedom of Speech in Sports” (Aug. 3, 10-11:30 a.m.);
  • “Government Searches, Privacy, and Cybersecurity in a Digital Age” (Aug. 3. 10-11:30 a.m.);
  • “The Trump Administration and Diverse Communities: A Kaleidoscope of Controversies” (Aug. 3, 2-3:30 p.m.);
  • “The Quest for Transparent Government in the US and Abroad” (Aug. 3, 2-3:30 p.m.)
  • “Sexual Harassment in the Workplace” (Aug. 4, 10-11:30 a.m.);
  • “Cybersecurity Wake-Up Call: The Business You Save May Be Your Own” (Aug. 4, 10-11:30 a.m.); and

Noteworthy social functions and networking opportunities

General Assembly – Considered one of the social highlights of the 2018 meeting, this annual celebration includes the presentation of the association’s highest honor, the ABA Medal, to a recipient yet to be announced, and a keynote presentation by the Equal Justice Initiative’s Bryan Stevenson. The event will also feature local entertainment from the award-winning Chicago Mass Choir and the Chicago Bar Association’s Barristers Big Band.

Aug. 4, Hyatt Regency Chicago, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Concert for the Legal Services Corporation: “It’s Only Fair 2” – the ABA will host a concert to raise awareness for the need for legal aid from the Legal Services Corporation, which helps provide access to justice to millions of low-income Americans. Defense attorney Joey Jackson will serve as master of ceremonies. The event will include noted Chicago-based performers from Broadway, cabaret and local companies, who will entertain with song or performance. Interspersed will be inspirational stories of people who have been helped by legal aid. This is a non-partisan event.

Aug. 3, Hyatt Regency Chicago, 4-5:30 p.m.

President’s Reception – ABA President Hilarie Bass will host a taste of Chicago under the world’s largest stained-glass Tiffany dome. The reception will include local food favorites and entertainment by Big Band group, the Chicago Catz, along with live blues music, local improv theater and local cabaret performers.

Aug. 4, Chicago Cultural Center, 7-9 p.m.

Registration options for the 2018 ABA Annual Meeting include:

  • All-access registration (includes opportunity to purchase discounted Chicago Cubs and “Hamilton” tickets) - $495 for ABA members, $695 for non-members;
  • Standard registration - $250 for ABA members; $450 for non-members;
  • Limited registration - $95 for ABA members; $295 for non-members;
  • Special discounted registration options for law students.

Visit the Annual Meeting Reporter Resources webpage on www.ambar.org/news for updates about Annual Meeting programs, events and speakers.


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