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Fellows Events at the 2020 ABA Midyear Meeting in Austin, TX

  • When: February 15–16, 2020
  • Where: Austin, TX

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Register online here or download the PDF form to return by mail/fax.  To register by phone, please contact the Fellows Office at (800) 292-5065.

ABF Fellows Registration*

JW Marriott Hotel, 110 E. 2nd St.

Wednesday, February 12, 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Thursday, February 13, 7:30 am – 5:00 pm
Friday, February 14, 7:30 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday, February 15, 7:30 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 14, 2020

Fellows CLE Research Seminar (CLE Requested): "Speaking for the Dying: Life, Death and Law"

2:00pm – 3:30pm
JW Marriott Hotel : Lone Star Ballroom, Salon H

Seven in ten Americans over the age of 60 who require medical decisions in the final days of life lack capacity to make them. For many of us, the biggest life-and-death decisions—literally—of our lives or of those we love will be made by someone else.

The recent publication of Speaking for the Dying: Life-and-Death Decisions in Intensive Care by ABF research professor, Susan Shapiro, coincided with the passage of a new ABA resolution that reconsiders the role of lawyers in advance care planning. This research seminar marries these empirical and policy perspectives. Drawing on more than two years of observations in two intensive care units, Shapiro describes how decision makers for patients without capacity to speak for themselves actually make life-and-death decisions on their behalf and the limited role of advance directives in this process. In addition to describing the new ABA guidance for lawyers, the panel will also provide the perspective of an ethics consultant facing these wrenching decisions on the ground, day after day.

This program is sponsored by the ABA Commission on Law and Aging, ABA Health Law Section, ABA Judicial DivisionABA Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section, ABA Section of Family Law, ABA Senior Lawyers Division, ABA Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division, and ABA Young Lawyers Division.

Moderated By:
Jo Ann Engelhardt, Managing Director and Senior Client Advisor, Bessemer Trust

Susan P. Shapiro -
Research Professor, American Bar Foundation
Virginia A. Brown - Assistant Professor, Dell Medical School, The University of Texas at Austin
Charles P. Sabatino - Director, American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging

Fellows Opening Reception

Bullock Texas State History Museum
1800 Congress Ave. (Round-trip shuttle service provided from JW Marriott Hotel)

6:30pm – 8:30pm
Ticketed Event

Join us for an evening filled with music, food and friends! Fellows will have access to the full Museum exhibits offering a view of continually unfolding story of Texas from the revolutionary years of the Republic to its rise to statehood and economic expansion into oil drilling and space exploration. Special exhibits highlight the Texas suffrage movement and home-grown musicians.

The Fellows gratefully recognize Gold Sponsor:


Saturday, February 15, 2020

Fellows Tour: Austin's Musical History Tour: SOLD OUT
If you wish to be added to the waitlist, please contact Natalie Shoop at

10:00am – 12:00pm
Ticketed  Event
Join us for a guided bus tour of Austin’s musical heritage and what makes it the “Live Music Capital of the World.” We’ll visit key heritage neighborhoods and musical sites, starting at 6th Street, the epicenter of today’s nightlife scene. Hear about Austin legends such as Willie Nelson, Janis Joplin, and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Round trip tour bus provided from the JW Marriott hotel.


64th Annual Fellows Awards Reception and Banquet

6:00pm – 10:00pm
Etter-Harbin Alumni Center, The University of Texas at Austin
2110 San Jacinto Boulevard
Ticketed Event

2020 Awardees:
Outstanding Service Award: Jamie Gorelick, Esq.
Outstanding Scholar Award: Professor Lauren B. Edelman
Outstanding State Chair Award: Hon. Elizabeth S. Stong and Kenneth G. Standard, Esq., New York State Co-Chairs

Keynote remarks: Jamie Gorelick, Partner at WilmerHale and past Deputy Attorney General of the United States

The Fellows gratefully recognize Gold Sponsor:

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 16, 2020

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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