Get Ready for the ABA Annual Meeting in Beautiful San Francisco
By Julia A. Bahner
Julia Bahner is an associate editor with The Affiliate , as well as the YLD District Representative for Washington and Oregon. She practices in the areas of commercial litigation and bankruptcy law in Seattle, Washington, and can be reached at
This year’s ABA Annual Meeting will be held August 9–12 in enchanting San Francisco, California. Join your colleagues in closing out the 2007 bar year as the ABA returns to the West Coast. Bring your family for a last minute summer vacation by the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Lombard Street, and the sea lions on Pier 39, while joining other state delegates in debating and deciding important issues facing the legal profession and the Association.
As always, programming on public service, affiliate outreach, bar leadership, member service, and professional development will be featured. David Johnson, the ABA YLD CLE and professional development coordinator, reports that the CLE Committee will finish its anatomy of a trial series with a CLE program on closing arguments and will also offer a disability program. Other highlights of the Annual Meeting include the world’s largest legal EXPO and the ABA Opening Assembly, which will be held Saturday, August 11, at 5:30 p.m., at the Davies Symphony Hall. The ABA has already secured Chanticleer, America’s premiere a cappella male vocal ensemble, to be part of the program. The President’s Reception will be held immediately following the opening assembly and will be at the Moscone Convention Center.
Awards of Achievement will be presented to standout affiliates across the country. During the Annual Meeting, ABA YLD judges will meet to review the Awards of Achievement entries submitted by affiliates across the country in the following five categories: Comprehensive, Single Project Service to the Bar, Single Project Service to the Public, Single Project Minority, and Newsletter. This program is designed to encourage project development by recognizing the time, effort, and skills expended by young lawyer organizations in implementing public service and bar service projects in their communities. If you are interested in serving as a judge, contact Ryan Reed at
Assembly Speaker Danny Van Horn promises that this year’s Assembly will be action-packed, and he is working on confirming some very distinguished speakers for it. As always, there will be debate on resolutions, reports from the leadership of the YLD and the bar at large, and the presentation of the Young Military Lawyers’ Awards. The awards are always one of Van Horn’s favorites because of how inspiring it is to see young men and women serving our country as lawyers and hearing about all the amazing work they do.
The ABA YLD hotel will be The Palace. Centrally located right in downtown and adjacent to the Financial District, The Palace is within walking distance of Union Square, the famous cable cars, the Embarcadero, Chinatown, the Moscone Convention Center, Pac Bell Park, Yerba Buena Park, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Theater District.
Last, but not least, if you have any free time during or after the conference, the ABA Tour Program is offering some great tours, including Adventures in Chinatown, Alcatraz, an Evening City Tour, Golden Gate Bridge Walking Tour, Sonoma Wine Tour, Muir Woods and Sausalito, Monterey/Carmel, a City Tour, Sunday Brunch Cruise, and Yosemite National Park. For more information about the tours, visit It will be an action packed few days, so start planning for it now.