April 30, 2020

American Bar Association transitions its 2020 Annual Meeting from in-person to virtual

WASHINGTON, April 30, 2020 — The American Bar Association, in consideration of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, announced today that it will transition its 2020 Annual Meeting, scheduled for July 29-Aug. 4 in Chicago, to an entirely virtual meeting.

“While we will not meet in person this summer in Chicago, I am pleased that we will nonetheless gather together to continue our important work,” said ABA President Judy Perry Martinez. “The ABA will present our Annual Meeting this year with a fresh, new approach to our always informative and inspiring event that so many of us and our families look forward to.”

The virtual meeting, which is free to ABA members, will offer registrants access to influential speakers relevant to the legal profession and the highest quality programming with a revised schedule to accommodate members’ locations and time. The virtual meeting will include governance and business meetings, CLE Showcase programs, virtual networking opportunities, General Assembly with the presentation of the ABA Medal, and the House of Delegates.

“The health and safety of attendees and staff remains the primary concern of the ABA,” said ABA Executive Director Jack Rives. “The decision to go virtual will allow us to give our members the best possible meeting experience while guaranteeing everyone’s well-being. We also expect that many of the innovations incorporated into this year’s meeting will be added to future in-person meetings.”

More details will be released in the next few weeks. Information on schedules and registration can be found at www.ambar.org/annual.

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