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Fellows Events at the 2018 ABA Midyear Meeting in Vancouver

  • When: February 2–4, 2018
  • Where: Vancouver, BC

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Vancouver Convention Centre WEST, 1055 Canada Place

Wednesday, January 31, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Thursday, February 1, 8:00 am – 5:30 pm
Friday, February 2, 8:00 am – 5:30 pm
Saturday, February 3, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Complimentary ribbons are available to Fellows who visit The Fellows registration desk near ABA registration.

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

Friday, February 2, 2018

Fellows Opening Reception

Vancouver Lookout
555 West Hasting St.

6:30pm – 8:30pm
Ticketed Event -- $85 Early Registration Fee, $100 after January 19, 2018.

The Fellows gratefully recognize Gold Sponsor:

Join us as we kick off the Midyear events with music, food and friends at one of the city’s most iconic venues. Located just a quick walk from conference headquarters, you’ll take a glass elevator ride up 50 stories above the city where we’ll enjoy the incredible, 360 degree views of downtown Vancouver at night.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Fellows Tour: Vancouver City Highlights

9:30am – 12:30pm

Discover why Vancouver is consistently ranked as one of the world's most livable cities as we tour its diverse neighborhoods and top sites. Our coach tour of the city will include historic Gastown, Chinatown, English Bay, and Stanley Park--Vancouver's 1,000-acre park where we'll stop to view the famous First Nations totem poles. We'll end our tour at Granville Island Public Market, where Fellows will have time to explore the fresh produce and artists' studios and sample some unique local gourmet foods.  Round-trip transportation provided from the Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel.

Fellows CLE Research Seminar (CLE Requested):
"The Perennial (and Stubborn) Challenge of Cost, Affordability and Access in Legal Education: Has it Finally Hit the Fan?"

2:00pm – 4:30pm

The perennial challenge of simultaneously addressing cost, affordability and access has come into bright relief in recent years in a way it has not before in the contemporary history of legal education. In the wake of the Great Recession law schools are facing a perfect storm of sharply declining enrollments and revenues – declines not seen since the onset of World War II -- as their students are facing high tuition and substantial debt in the face of dreary job prospects. It is an internet-age storm powered by public discussion at a level of intensity and breadth unlike anything in the past.  This program explores that challenge and how legal education has tried to respond.

This program is co-sponsored by the ABA Commission on the Future of Legal Education, ABA Law Student Division, ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, ABA Section of Science & Technology, ABA Young Lawyers Division, and the Association of American Law Schools.

Moderated By:
Rachel Van Cleave, Former Dean and Professor of Law at Golden Gate University School of Law

Barry Currier, Managing Director of Accreditation and Legal Education, American Bar Association
Stephen Daniels, Senior Research Professor, American Bar Foundation
Christopher J. Ryan, Doctoral Fellow, American Bar Foundation
Judith Welch Wegner, Burton Craig Professor of Law Emerita and Dean Emerita, University of North Carolina School of Law


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62nd Annual Fellows Awards Reception and Banquet

6:00pm – 10:00pm
The Vancouver Club
915 West Hastings St.
Ticketed Event -- $130 Early Registration Fee, $155 after January 19, 2018

The Fellows gratefully recognize platinum sponsor Fasken

and Silver Sponsor: Bennett Jones SLP

Keynote remarks:
"Challenges to the Legal Profession in the 21st Century"
The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, the recently retired, first woman and longest serving Chief Justice of Canada.

2018 Fellows Awards Honorees:

Outstanding Service Award: Hon. Ernestine Steward Gray
Outstanding Scholar Award: Professor Carrie Menkel-Meadow
Outstanding State Chair Award: Mitchell L. Bach, Esq. and Professor Amelia Boss, Pennsylvania State Co-Chairs

For information about being a Table Sponsor or recognizing Award Honorees in the Banquet Program Book by purchasing a  tribute ad, please contact: Natalie Shoop at (312)988-6533 or


Sunday, February 4, 2018

Fellows State Chair Workshop and Luncheon

11:00am – 1:00pm
This working lunch is a great opportunity for State Chairs (new and experienced) to interact with the Fellows staff and officers and learn more about the role of a State Chair.

Fellows Sing-along

What better way to top off a long day meetings than with a relaxed evening of sing-along favorites?  Bring a friend and enjoy this lively Fellows tradition.  Not much of a singer? No problem! Join us for a nightcap and enjoy the entertainment.

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