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What law students can get out of Annual Meeting

The 2018 President's Reception during the ABA Annual Meeting was held at the Chicago Cultural Center, where students had some fun in the building's Tiffany dome.

As a law student, you may not have attended an ABA event before. The 2019 Annual Meeting, August 8-13, is a perfect place to get to know the ABA while still taking part in programming that is specific to your goals and interests.

Like any ABA event, you’ll have the opportunity to network with a community of lawyers, judges, and other law students from around the country. Here are a few events to help you develop new interests, explore old ones, and even have fun around San Francisco. Premium Law students can register for $70, while non-premium law student members can register for $95. Everyone can register here.

Thurgood Marshall Award Dinner: The Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice is honoring legendary civil rights leader John Lewis, the U.S. Rep from Georgia who is one of only two Lifetime Achievement recipients of the John F. Kennedy Profiles in Courage Award. The dinner is almost sold out, and you won’t want to miss the opportunity to meet one of the most influential men in social justice.

It’s Lit After Party with YLD: Join the ABA Section of Litigation and the Young Lawyers Division at The House of Shields on Thursday, August 8 at 9:00pm for an after party! You can register for free in your portal.

It’s Only Fair Concert for the Legal Services Corporation (LSC): On Friday, August 9, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. in Yerba Buena Salon 9, noted Broadway, cabaret, and other entertainers will be performing to celebrate how well-funded LSC helps create a fair justice system for all. You’ll also hear inspiring stories from speakers about the difference LSC made in their lives.

YLD, LSD, & LPD Welcome Reception: Meet and mingle with attendees and leaders Thursday evening at 5:00 p.m. in the Golden Gate Ballroom C!

President’s Reception: Attend the President’s Reception on Friday evening, August 9, at the Contemporary Jewish Museum. Who wouldn’t want to network while strolling through the gallery in a beautiful building originally built in 1881? You can still purchase tickets in the registration portal for $50.

dinner dance at the library of congress

YLD Fellows Gala: The Annual YLD Fellows Gala will take place at Bently Reserve SF (301 Battery St) on Friday evening, August 9 from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. YLD will be honoring California Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye. You can purchase tickets for $95 in your registration portal.

San Francisco Giants vs. Philadelphia Phillies: Friday’s game is sold out! Don’t miss the chance to do something local. Take yourself out to the ball game on Thursday night with us at 6:45 p.m. Tickets are $48.

And Then They Came for Us: The Perils of Silence: Join the ABA Forum on Thursday, August 8, from 2 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. for a film screening of the ABA Silver Gavel award-winning documentary, which tells the story of the Japanese-Americans who were sent to concentration camps in the western interior of the United States during World War II.  Following the film, join in a discussion of the role of lawyers and rule of law during the Second World War.

You can look over the full schedule of law student events, which run from August 8 to 10, or head to the main ABA site to explore everything Annual Meeting has to offer—and don’t forget to register!

More about Annual Meeting

Young Lawyers Division: From panels on student debt, legal education, and the #MeToo movement to educational opportunities, the YLD has a full slate of programming.

Annual Meeting Program Book: Enhance your meeting experience with the ABA’s guide to getting around.

More Events: Dignitaries will be honored at the Pro Bono Publico Awards, the Margaret Brent Awards, and the presentation of the ABA Medal during the General Assembly.

PLUS! Don’t forget to add the ABA Annual Meeting app to your phone through Google Play or the Apple App Store!

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