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The Fellows Events at the 2016 ABA Annual Meeting

  • When: August 3–7, 2016
  • Where: San Francisco, CA

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Online registration is closed.  Tickets for all Fellows events at Annual are now available for purchase at The Fellows Registration Desk in Moscone Center West -- 800 Howard Street (at the corner of Fourth & Howard Streets) in San Francisco.  See Registration Desk hours below.

If you are looking to register for the general ABA Annual Meeting, please visit the ABA website here.

Fellows Registration
Moscone Center West
800 Howard St (at the corner of Fourth & Howard streets)

Wednesday, August 3:   12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Thursday, August 4:       8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday, August 5:            8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday, August 6:        7:30 am - 12:00 pm

ABA Expo
Moscone Center West
800 Howard St (at the corner of Fourth & Howard streets)

Friday, August 5:      12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Saturday, August 6:  10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Friday, August 5

8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Fellows CLE Research Seminar: Civil Rights Advocacy: Past, Present and Future
Golden Gate Ballroom A (B2 Level)
Marriott Marquis Hotel
780 Mission St.
Civil rights have long been a critical part of the American system of justice. From struggles for racial and gender equality to the more recent expansion of equal rights for the LGBTQ community and people with disabilities, rights claims have been central to the American struggle for equality, but their meaning has never been stable. This panel will take a wide view of civil rights: how they’re conceived of, enforced, ignored, and contested, and the ways they sometimes develop in directions their framers and advocates never imagined. Moderated by award-winning legal historian Dylan C. Penningroth (Berkeley Law & History), this panel will bring together scholars and civil rights lawyers to discuss the past, present, and future of U.S. civil rights.

This program is co-sponsored by the ABA Commission on Disability Rights, ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession, ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice, ABA Section of Criminal Justice, ABA Senior Lawyers Division, and the National Association of Women Judges.

Dylan C. Penningroth, Professor of Law and History, University of California at Berkeley; Affiliated Research Professor, American Bar Foundation

Lauren B. Edelman, Agnes Roddy Robb Professor of Law and Professor of Sociology, University of California, Berkeley

Cheryl I. Harris, Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Professor in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, UCLA School of Law

Jocelyn Larkin, Executive Director, Impact Fund; Co-Chair, ABA Litigation Section's Class Actions and Derivative Suits Committee

Melissa Murray, Interim Dean and Professor of Law, University of California, Berkeley

The ABA directly applies for and ordinarily receives CLE credit for ABA programs in AK, AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, DE, GA, GU, HI, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MN, MS, MO, MT, NH, NM, NV, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, PR, 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


10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Fellows State Chair Workshop
Golden Gate Ballroom A (B2 Level)
Marriott Marquis Hotel
780 Mission St.
This workshop is a great opportunity for State Chairs to interact with the Fellows Staff and Officers, and to share ideas with other State Chairs.

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Fellows State Chair Luncheon (Ticketed Event - Free for current State and International Chairs;
($60 Early/$70 Late)
Nob Hill A/B (Lower B2 Level)
Marriott Marquis Hotel

780 Mission St.
We will recognize the work of outgoing Fellows State, International, and Territorial Chairs at this business lunch. New this year, all Fellows are invited to attend to hear the keynote from ABF Board Member and CA Supreme Court Associate Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar.

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Fellows Opening Reception (Ticketed
Event - $95 Early/$110 Late)
California Historical Society
678 Mission Street
Just around the corner from our headquarters hotel, the California Historical Society features imaginative, rotating exhibits celebrating the state’s rich history. The Fellows invite you to relax and mingle with friends while enjoying highlights from the cuisines of San Francisco’s local neighborhoods.  


Saturday, August 6

7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Fellows Annual Business Breakfast (Ticketed Event - $50 Early/$60 Late)
Yerba Buena Salon 12-14 (Lower B2 Level)
Marriott Marquis Hotel

780 Mission St.
Join us for a fireside chat with our keynote speaker William Neukom.  Following the talk, Fellows Chair Hon. Cara Lee T. Neville will recap the work of The Fellows and the Foundation over the past year, as well as discuss new Fellows business.

Mr. Neukom is the founder and chief executive officer of the World Justice Project, an organization devoted to promoting the rule of law throughout the world.  He is a retired partner in the Seattle office of the international law firm K&L Gates and is a lecturer at Stanford Law School where he teaches a seminar on the rule of law. Mr. Neukom was the lead lawyer for Microsoft Corporation for nearly 25 years managing its legal, government affairs, and philanthropic activities. He retired from Microsoft as its executive vice president of law and corporate affairs in 2002, then returned to his law firm and served as its chairman from 2003 to 2007. He is a trustee emeritus of Dartmouth College, having served as chair of the board from 2004 to 2007, and was president of the American Bar Association from 2007 to 2008. He also served as the chief executive officer of the San Francisco Giants baseball team from 2008 to 2011.

Sunday, August 7

9:00 PM - ??
Fellows Sing-Along
Club Room (2nd Floor)
Marriott Marquis Hotel

780 Mission St.
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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