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We are so excited to see you at ABA’s San Francisco Annual Meeting! We want you to have the best experience possible at Annual, so here is what you should know.

Schedule of Events

The event schedule for law students is available!. While events for law students start on Thursday, August 8, and end Saturday evening, August 10, we encourage you to explore the ABA’s Annual Meeting site to see all the meeting has to offer. (We also have a printable schedule available if you’d like!)

Law Student Division Assembly

As an ABA Rep, SBA President, or Entity Liaison, you are one of the few eligible voting members of the national Law Student Assembly, one of the most important responsibilities at Annual Meeting. All voting members of the Assembly are required to complete the following steps to be eligible to vote during Assembly on Saturday, August 10, from 1:00pm to 4:00pm in the Golden Gate Ballroom A/B:

  1. Register for Annual Meeting! (You’ve already done this! Amazing!)
  2. ABA Representatives and SBA Presidents, please check that you are properly reported by downloading this current listing! If you are not listed, report now via the Reporting Form.
  3. View the Robert’s Rules webinar. This is a guide to the parliamentary rules that govern the Assembly.
  4. Read all of the Resolutions that will be up for a vote at Assembly and prepare for debate!
  5. Review the LSD Assembly webpage for additional rules and information about how to participate.

Rep Training

Get your t-shirt and learn how to talk about ABA Membership with your classmates! Every year, Reps have the opportunity to earn prizes through the Rep Rewards incentive program. Training will take place from 1:00pm through 4:00pm on Friday, August 9, during Annual Meeting. Rep Training is mandatory if you’re an ABA Rep at your school. 

Law Student Leadership Opportunities

Don’t let your only involvement with the ABA be your few days with us at Annual Meeting, join us in one of our many leadership roles! Kick off your participate at the All Student Roundtable & Idea/Caucus on Friday, August 9 at 4:15pm. We are currently accepting applications for law student liaisons to represent specific groups within the ABA, a number of different committees, and assembly caucuses. If any of these interest you, learn more about each role here.

Optional Ticketed Events

Make sure you sign up for ticketed events now in your registration portal, while they’re still available. A few cost a little extra.

    • President’s Reception If you’d like to attend the President’s Reception on Friday evening, August 9, at the Contemporary Jewish Museum, you can still purchase tickets. You’ll have to go into your registration portal and add the tickets to your conference registration. Tickets are $50 for law students and $150 for general attendees.
    • YLD Fellows Gala The Annual YLD Fellows Gala will take place at Bently Reserve SF (301 Battery St) on Friday evening, August 9 from 6:30pm to 10:30pm. You can purchase tickets for $95 in your registration portal.
    • 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, from 9:00pm to 11:00pm for an after party!

What to Bring

Bring laptops/tablets, especially if you’re an ABA Rep. For everyone else, you’ll want to take notes and be able to access program materials that will only be available online.

WiFi & Social Media

Share your experience at Annual Meeting with us by tagging us on Twitter (@abalsd) and on Facebook (@ABA for Law Students). You can also use the official Hashtag, #ABAAnnual19

Check back for WiFi info.

Transportation to and from the Airport

If you’re flying out of San Francisco International Airport, and uber or cab ride is about 30 minutes to the San Francisco Marriott Marquis (the main conference hotel). If you prefer to take public transportation, BART takes the same amount of time and you can take the yellow line from the airport to Powell Street Station or vice versa.

What to Wear

Keep it professional, but wear comfortable shoes. It’s 2019, comfort and style can exist together! The Fellows Gala (ticketed) is black tie optional. San Francisco is deceivingly chilly this time of year. They are predicting high 60s during the day and low 50s at night. You’ll want to stay up to date on San Francisco’s weather.

Program Materials

You can find program materials for specific programming in the YLD schedule.

More Resources for Annual Meeting

What law students can get out of 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!

Best Donuts in San Fran

There’s plenty to do in San Francisco, but we know what’s really important to everyone attending #ABAAnnual. 

From fancy to family owned, here are the donut shops we are most excited to visit during #ABAAnnual.

  • Dynamo Donut + Coffee: You can find donut flavors like whiskey peach, apricot cardamom, and blackberry almond crumb at their Mission location (about a 10 minute drive from the hotel).
  • The Sycamore: While it isn’t really a donut shop, they do have pork belly donuts with maple syrup/makers mark glaze. It felt vital that we included this spot for this specific treat.
  • Bob’s Donuts: This place has been around since the 60s and has all the classics. They also have a donut challenge! If you finish their giant donut within 2 minutes, you get your name listed on the Hall of Fame.
  • Wayfare Tavern: Only 13 minutes from the hotel, you can enjoy Wayfare Tavern’s famous fried chicken for dinner and their homemade donuts for dessert. Their donuts are amazing, but what makes them special isn’t the actual donut, but the unique array of dipping sauce for them.
  • Fillmore Bakeshop: They’ve got CRONUTS. Visit this family owned bakery 15 minutes from the hotel for all their baked goods, but mainly the CRONUTS.
  • Benkyodo: If you want to go somewhere with history and unique flavors, you have to try Japan’s version of donuts or “age” at Benkyodo, one of the original businesses in Japantown.

Let us know which one is your favorite or if we missed any!