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February 3, 2023 @ 8:00 am - February 5, 2023 @ 5:00 pm EST

Fellows Events at the 2023 ABA Midyear Meeting in New Orleans

RSVP by Friday, February 3rd
ABF Fellows to Gather for Special Events During the ABA Midyear Meeting
In-Person (ABA Midyear Meeting, New Orleans, LA)

A $30 registration fee is required and helps cover administrative costs associated with the Midyear Meeting

Early registration: Tickets are 15% off through January 20

ABF Fellows On-Site Registration Hours:

Sheraton New Orleans 500 Canal St, New Orleans, LA

Please stop by The Fellows registration desk to pick up your complimentary Fellows ribbons and visit the ABF booth to learn more about our many ongoing research projects.

  • 3:00 PM – 5:30 PM      Wednesday, February 1
  • 7:30 AM – 5:30 PM      Thursday, February 2
  • 7:30 AM – 5:30 PM      Friday, February 3
  • 7:30 AM – 5:30 PM      Saturday, February 4


Friday, February 3

Fellows CLE Program – “The Making of Lawyers’ Careers: Inequality and Opportunity in the American Legal Profession” (2:00 PM – 3:00 PM)

Sheraton New Orleans 500 Canal St, New Orleans, LA

The ABA will seek 1.5 hours of CLE credit in 60-minute states, and 1.8 hours of CLE credit for this program in 50-minute states including 1.5 hours of CLE Elimination of Bias/Diversity and Inclusion credit in 60-minute states and 1.8 hours of CLE Elimination of Bias/Diversity and Inclusion credit in 50-minute states as needed. Credit hours are estimated and are subject to each state’s approval and credit rounding rules. Please visit www.americanbar.org/mcle for general information on CLE at the ABA. (CLE Requested. You must be registered for the ABA Midyear Meeting to receive CLE credit)

This program will present material from the forthcoming capstone book of the ABF’s After the JD project, “The Making of Lawyers’ Careers: Inequality and Opportunity in the American Legal Profession” by Nelson, Dinovitzer, Garth, Sterling, Wilkins, Dawe, and Michelson (University of Chicago Press 2023).  The book presents a definitive study of lawyers’ careers based on 20 years of research on a national sample of lawyers who passed the bar in 2000. It follows these lawyers through a combination of survey data and in-depth interviews that show how lawyers make meaning in their personal and professional lives. Although all American lawyers belong to one profession, the book demonstrates that there are deep divisions by client type and practice setting and that women and lawyers of color continue to face barriers to equal opportunity.

Moderated By:

  • Darrell Mottley — National Fellows Chair | Attorney, Banner-Witcoff


  • Bryant Garth— ABF Interim Executive Director | Distinguished Professor Emeritus, UC-Irvine
  • Robert L. Nelson — ABF Director Emeritus | Professor of Sociology, Northwestern University
  • Ronit Dinovitzer— ABF Faculty Fellow | Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Toronto

Fellows Opening Reception (6:30 PM – 8:30 PM)

The Cabildo 701 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA

Join us for an evening filled with music, food, friends and fun at the historic venue, The Cabildo! The Cabildo was the seat of Spanish colonial city hall of New Orleans, Louisiana, and is now the Louisiana State Museum Cabildo, overlooking Jackson Square. The Cabildo was the site of the Louisiana Purchase transfer in 1803 and served as the center of New Orleans government until 1853, when it became the headquarters of the Louisiana State Supreme Court, where the landmark Plessy v. Ferguson decision originated in 1892. Today, the Cabildo showcases the rich and colorful history of New Orleans and Louisiana. The region’s unique cultural blend is reflected in the Cabildo’s permanent and changing exhibits, which include both famous historical figures and ordinary inhabitants. There are more than five hundred artifacts and original works of art in the building including The Battle of New Orleans, Eugene Louis Lami’s huge 1839 painting depicting the final battle of the War of 1812.

The Fellows gratefully recognize Gold Sponsor: 

The Fellows gratefully recognize Silver Sponsor:

Sandra Chan and Gary Yoshimura


Saturday, February 4

Fellows Tour: New Orleans City Bus Tour (10:00 AM – 12:00 PM)

please email fellowsevents@abfn.org to be added to the waitlist. 

Round trip bus tour from Sheraton New Orleans 500 Canal St, New Orleans, LA

This 2-hour private Fellows expedition through the Big Easy takes in some of the major points of interest, including the French Quarter, City Park, the Esplanade, and the Garden District, to name a few. Relax in air-conditioned minibus comfort and listen as a guide leads you through one of America’s most historic cities. The bus will stop at the famous Cafe Du Monde and at various points along the way for photo opportunities.

67th Annual Fellows Awards Reception and Banquet (6:00 PM – 10:00 PM) 

The Gallery 755 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA

Join us for a festive evening as we celebrate and honor lawyers and scholars who have made extraordinary contributions to the legal profession and society. Robert Jones, Innocence Project New Orleans exoneree, will deliver keynote remarks. Round trip shuttle bus provided from Sheraton New Orleans.

  • Outstanding Service Award: Norma Cantú
  • Outstanding Scholar Awards: Professor Kaaryn Gustafson & Professor Mario Barnes
  • Outstanding State Chair Award: Andrew M. Schpak, Oregon 
  • Distinguished Life Fellow Award: Carolyn Witherspoon


Sunday, February 5

Fellows Sing-Along (9:00 PM –  ??)

Sheraton New Orleans 500 Canal St, New Orleans, LA

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.

The Fellows gratefully recognize ABF Benefactor Fellow Jo Ann Engelhardt for the generous sponsorship of the Fellows Sing-Along.