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Fellows Events at the 2018 ABA Annual Meeting

  • When: August 2–5, 2018
  • Where: Chicago, IL

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Fellows Registration and ABA SideBar:
Hyatt Regency Chicago
151 East Wacker Dr.
Wednesday, August 1:     12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Thursday, August 2:        7:30am - 5:30 pm
Friday, August 3:             7:30 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday, August 4:         7:00 am - 6:00 pm

Friday, August 3

8:30 am - 10:00 am
Fellows CLE Program: "Holding Police Accountable: Promoting Transparency in Police Conduct" (CLE Requested)
Plaza Ballroom B (East Tower, Lobby Level)
Hyatt Regency Chicago

Police departments have faced heightened scrutiny in recent years as scandals involving corruption, discrimination, and brutality have come to light.  Many observers stress the lack of oversight and visibility into policing in creating the environment in which such scandals can occur.  This panel of leading experts will discuss various efforts to increase police accountability by highlighting both local and national efforts to reform police departments.  Topics include the roles data and technology, criminal prosecutions, and citizen activism might play in improving police performance.

Traci BurchABF Research Professor and Associate Professor of Political Science at Northwestern University
Frank R. Baumgartner, Richard J. Richardson Distinguished Professor of Political Science at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Hon. Bernice B. Donald, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
Chief Anthony Holloway, Chief of Police, St. Petersburg Police Department
Stephen Rushin, Assistant Professor of Law at Loyola University Chicago
Karen Sheley, Director of Police Practices Project at ACLU of Illinois

The ABA directly applies for and ordinarily receives CLE credit for ABA programs in AK, AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, GA, GU, HI, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, ME, MN, MS, MO, MP, MT, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, VI, WA, WI, and WV. These states sometimes do not approve a program for credit before the program occurs. This transitional program is approved for both newly admitted and experienced attorneys in NY. Attorneys may be eligible to receive CLE credit through reciprocity or attorney self-submission in other states. For more information about CLE accreditation in your state, click here or contact Natalie Shoop at

11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Fellows State Chair Workshop and Luncheon (By Invitation Only)
Plaza Ballroom B (East Tower, Lobby Level)
Hyatt Regency Chicago
This working lunch is a great opportunity for State Chairs to interact with the Fellows Staff and Officers, and to share ideas with other State Chairs. We will also recognize the work of outgoing Fellows State, International, and Territorial Chairs. 

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Fellows Opening Reception (Ticketed Event)
$110 per person (15% discount if purchased by Friday, July 20)

American Writers Museum
180 N. Michigan Avenue, 2nd Floor
Just around the corner from the headquarters hotel, the American Writers Museum is the first national museum of it's kind. The Fellows invite you to mingle with friends, enjoy refreshments, and explore the interactive exhibits, including a special gallery dedicated to Chicago writers. We'll feature the latest published ABF research authors.

The Fellows gratefully recognize sponsor:


Saturday, August 4

7:30 am - 9:30 am
Fellows Annual Business Breakfast (Ticketed Event)
$60 per person (15% discount if purchased by Friday, July 20)
Plaza Ballroom (East Tower, Lobby Level)
Hyatt Regency Chicago

The Fellows gratefully recognize silver sponsors:

Join us for a conversation with Nobel Prize-winning Professor James J. Heckman, who will discuss his vast body of research showing that high-quality early childhood education has lasting effects for at-risk children. Professor Heckman is an ABF Research Professor and the Henry Schultz Distinguished Service Professor, Department of Economics, at the University of Chicago. At this meeting, Outgoing State Chairs will be recognized for their service and Fellows Chair, Rew Goodenow, will recap the work of the Fellows over the past year and discuss new Fellows business.


Sunday, August 5

9:00 PM - ??
Fellows Sing-Along
Toronto (West Tower, Ballroom Level)
Hyatt Regency Chicago
What better way to top off a long day of meetings than with a relaxed evening of sing-along favorites?  Bring some friends and enjoy!  Not much of a singer?  No problem!  Join us for a nightcap and enjoy the entertainment.

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