2018 Annual Meeting


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ABA Forums | Thursday, August 2 

#MeToo, Time’s Up - Sexual Harassment in the Workplace | 2:30 - 4:00 PM


The Forum will highlight how the “Me Too” and “Time’s Up” movements were launched with a hashtag. Join ABA President Hilarie Bass as she leads a discussion on the birth of both the influential movements, the implications across industries, and what lies ahead. The panel will include:

Hon. M. Margaret McKeown, Circuit Judge for United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; Member, Federal Judiciary Workplace Conduct Working Group; Chair, ABA Rule of Law Initiative 

Tina Tchen, Partner at Buckley Sandler, LLP; former Chief of Staff to first Lady Michelle Obama; Co-Founder, Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund

Teresa Hutson, Deputy General Counsel, HR Legal, Microsoft

Nicole VanderDoes, Chief Counsel, ABA Standing Committee on the American Judicial System



The Deputy Attorney General of the United States | 4:30 – 5:00 PM


Join us and hear from our special guest speaker, Deputy Attorney General of the United States, Rod Rosenstein.



Concert for the Legal Services Corporation – It Is Only Fair 2 |  Friday, August 3 | 4:00 - 5:30 PM


Following the rousing success of last year’s concert in New York, this year’s concert will include noted Broadway, cabaret, and other entertainers doing a song or performance interspersed with speakers and clients who will tell inspiring stories about the difference the LSC made in their lives. Joey Jackson, Defense Attorney and CNN/HLN Legal Analyst, will join us again as the Master of Ceremonies.This will be a nonpartisan event focusing on how a well-funded LSC helps create fairness for all in our justice system.



General Assembly and Presentation of the ABA Medal | Saturday, August 4 | Hyatt Regency Chicago

Bryan Stevenson is the 2018 ABA Medal Recipient and keynote speaker at the General Assembly. Mr. Stevenson is an attorney, human rights activist, Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative, and author of Just Mercy.


4:30 - 5:00 PM | Pre-Assembly Concert by Chicago Bar Association's Barristers Big Band

5:00 - 6:30 PM | General Assembly Program



President's Reception | Saturday, August 4 | 7:00 - 9:00 PM


Join ABA President, Hilarie Bass for a taste of Chicago at the ABA President’s Reception. Dance the night away to the sounds of the Chicago Catz featuring a guest appearance by a local blues artist. Laugh the night away at two special improv performances by the famous iO Theater. Show off your vocal talents by participating in the ABA Cabaret. Enjoy local fare from famous Chicago restaurants including Portillo’s, Gibson’s and Lou Malnati’s. Don’t miss an evening of fun and networking under the world’s largest stained-glass Tiffany dome at the Chicago Cultural Center.


Be a part of ABA Cabaret, the impromptu musical showcase hosted by Denise McGowan Tracy and Beckie Menzie at the President’s Reception! ABA Cabaret Participant Audition Form.


Invitation video from Denise McGowan Tracy and Beckie Menzie.


Portillo's - A local favorite in Chicago.


ABA Annual Meeting 2018 App!

Apple and Android users can search for the APP in the App Store or Google Play under American Bar Association - Annual & Midyear Meeting.

We've built a mobile app for the 2018 ABA Chicago Annual Meeting! It has all the most up-to-date important information you'll need for this event, as well as features to enhance your event experience, including:

  • Full Event Schedule (by Day, Entity, Track, Speaker)
  • Speaker Information
  • Program Descriptions
  • Network and Find Other Attendees
  • Social Sharing on Twitter and LinkedIn
  • Notifications of Important updates and more

Here's a quick tutorial video to get you acclimated with our interactive tool: https://cvent.wistia.com/medias/yte5iuqtii

Step 1: Download the App!

The first thing you'll need to do is download the app on the device you're bringing to the event.

Don't have iOS or Android?

Visit: https://crowd.cc/2018abaannual


Annual Meeting Program Book - Electronic Version. 








Join the Annual Meeting Private Facebook Group


  • Stay connected and be the first to hear about the Annual Meeting excitement
  • Share ideas with other meeting attendees, both substantive and social
  • Build relationships leading up to the meeting and expand your network
  • Make restaurant recommendations and offer suggestions for “must-see” attractions in Chicago

2018 ABA Airfare Discounts


With ABA Egencia*, you can automatically obtain ABA negotiated airfare discounts for travel to the ABA Meetings. ABA Egencia enables you to purchase the best airfare at the time of booking, by providing you with the ability to search for and compare fares from virtually every airline serving the destination.

Reservations with ABA Egencia can be made online or offline. For offline reservations, call (877) 833-6285. ABA Egencia is available online via ABA Travel Services*. ABA airfare discounts on some carriers may also be obtained by purchasing your tickets under the ABA Discount Codes directly from the airline or through your travel agent.

American Airlines
ABA Discount only available at ABA Egencia


United Airlines

For ABA Meetings Only - Agreement Code: 633818 / Z Code: ZE6X

Discount available at www.united.com

Click All Search Options and enter Online Discount Code: ZE6X633818 in the Promotions and Certificates box.

Not for Leisure Travel


Delta Air lines

ABA File Global Meeting Code: NMR3V

Click here or Discount available at www.delta.com

Click Advance Search and enter Online Meeting Event Code: NMR3V in the Meeting Event Code


*A Travel Profile is required when booking airline reservations with ABA Egencia
Visit www.americanbar.org/travel for more information.



Please contact the Meetings and Travel Department at 312-988-5871 or by email at meetingsandtravel@americanbar.org.