The nearly 650 events at the ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco Aug. 8-13 include a full agenda of programming, networking opportunities and a diverse slate of CLEs focused on professional development.
The CLE in the City series on Aug. 8 offers 11 different programs in several practice areas, providing attendees with substantive content hosted at some of the Bay Area’s top firms. Subject areas include immigration, family law, national security, malpractice avoidance, and more.
The ABA also presents several CLE Showcase programs on Aug. 9 and 10 that will examine legal hot topics, such as the opioid crisis, #MeToo movement, cybersecurity and ethics in government investigations, assessed through the lens of the Mueller investigation.
Among other highlights, an ABA Forum on Aug. 8 will screen the ABA Silver Gavel Award-winning documentary “And Then They Came for Us: The Perils of Silence.” The program will also include a discussion on the obligation of lawyers to speak out against injustice, using as examples the role of lawyers in World War II events, including the internment of Japanese Americans, as well as the Nuremberg trials, during which international lawyers helped to restore the rule of law in Germany.
CLEs will also cover numerous other hot topics, including judicial independence, diversity in the profession and issues of local concern, such as climate-change management and the trafficking of youth in the Bay Area.
The General Assembly on Aug. 10 will celebrate the achievements of San Francisco attorney Dale Minami, a lifelong champion of the civil rights of Asian Pacific Americans and other minorities. He will be presented with the ABA Medal — the association’s highest honor. Also that evening, the annual Thurgood Marshall Dinner will honor Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), whose dedication to the highest ethical standards and moral principles has won him admiration on both sides of the aisle in Congress and of Americans through the country.
In addition to these events, the House of Delegates will meet on Aug. 12 and 13 to consider more than 50 policy proposals.