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August 31, 2023

ABA Business Law Section to host fall meeting in Chicago, stressing AI, other issues

CHICAGO, Aug. 31, 2023Business law professionals from around the world will focus on a variety of hot topics, including multiple law issues emerging from the growth of artificial intelligence, during a three-day early fall conference of the American Bar Association Business Law Section, Sept. 7-9 in Chicago. The meeting will be in-person while some programs will be offered virtually.

Business Law Fall Meeting
Sponsored by the ABA Business Law Section

Thursday-Saturday, Sept. 7-9 (in-person and partially hybrid; all times CDT)

Sheraton Grand Chicago Riverwalk
301 East North Water St.
Chicago, Illinois 60611 

More than 200 speakers and over 50 continuing legal education programs will be offered, with about a fifth of the CLE programs available virtually. One highlight of the meeting with be a fireside chat on leadership from 2-3 p.m. on Thursday with Laura Warren, senior vice president & general counsel of the Chicago Fire FC, the city’s professional soccer team. The session will be in the Erie meeting room on level 2.

The conference will feature two Showcase programs on timely issues facing business lawyers:

  • Beyond #MeToo: M&A and Governance Considerations for the Evolving Workplace and Deconstructing the Banking Crisis: Lessons Learned and Path Forward”
    Thursday, noon to 1:30 p.m., Chicago Ballroom X, level 4
  • Deconstructing the Banking Crisis: Lessons Learned and Path Forward”
    Friday, noon to 1:30 p.m., Chicago Ballroom X, level 4

In addition, with artificial intelligence punctuating the legal landscape, including special challenges for business and transactional lawyers, the conference is offering several programs in AI. They include:


  • When the Computer Chats Back: Privacy and Data Security Governance Issues for Industry and Regulators”
    8-9 a.m., Chicago Ballroom X, level 4
  •  “Artificial Intelligence and Implicit Bias: Addressing Discrimination in a Rapidly Changing Landscape”
    4-5 p.m., Chicago Ballroom IX, level 4


  • “Program: Artificial Intelligence and the Business Lawyer and Business Court Judge: Technical and Ethical Considerations”
    8-9:30 a.m., Chicago Ballroom IX, level 4

  • “Big Data, Big Problems: The Legal Challenges of AI-Driven Data”
    10-11:30 a.m., Erie, level 2
  •  ‘Money Meets Intelligence: Legal and Practical Considerations Applying AI to Payments”
    2-3 p.m., Erie, level 2
  •  “The AI and ChatGPT Revolution: Bias and Other Legal Risks: With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility,”
    4-5 p.m., Superior, level 2


  • Challenges and Opportunities of Generative AI in Financial Services”
    8-9 a.m., Chicago Ballroom X, level 4

Timely programs on issues in sports and diversity and inclusion also will be offered. “Name, Image, Likeness in Amateur Athletics: Student/Athletes’ Compensation and the Intersection of Athletics and Tax Exemption — Are NIL “Collective” Entities?” will be from 4-5:30 p.m. on Thursday in the Michigan room, level 2. “Increasing Diversity & Inclusion in the Partnership Ranks: Women in Business Law,” will be Saturday from10-11 a.m. in Superior room, level 2.

The full conference brochure, including the schedule, is here, and the schedule of virtual sessions is here.

Media are welcome to attend either in-person or virtually (when available) but must register in advance by 5 p.m. CDT on Tuesday, Sept. 5, by emailing [email protected].

The ABA is the largest voluntary association of lawyers in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.