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Greetings and Welcome to the 96th Annual National Bar Association Convention Virtual Page! What a year, we all have had, and as an organization we addressed three pandemics - Voter Suppression, Police Misconduct and COVID-19. One of the many highlights of the year for all of our National Bar Association members is our Annual Convention.

We long for the day when we can reconnect in person with our NBA family. Until that time, your safety is our top priority, so we are giving you the SAME experience that you always enjoy with the NBA – just virtually! Join us for an action-packed convention July 23-27 on consecutive days from the comfort of your home or office!

About Event

For 96 years, the National Bar Association has assembled for our Annual Convention. This is a time when the nation’s oldest and largest national association of predominately African American lawyers, judges, educators, and law students gather as the legal voice of the African American community.

As we navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic your safety is our top priority. Our 96th Annual National Bar Association Convention & Exhibits is Virtual and will be held on July 23-27, 2021. Join us for the best virtual experience, from the comfort of your home or office! Five (5) days of speakers, panels, entertainment, networking, and education begins on July 23!

Are you ready for

  • The Presidential Showcases will highlight key leaders who will share extraordinary insight on key topics and current events.
  • Our Gala and Awards honoring our legends, leaders and icons - that you do not want to miss
  • Surprise Entertainment that will get you movin’ and groovin’
  • CLE Sessions for your Continuing Education with trends, data and key panelists
  • Our Inspiring Arthenia Joyner 36th Annual Prayer Breakfast
  • A dynamic Career Fair for job seekers and with top notch employers
  • A Virtual Exhibition Floor to feature our Sponsors and Exhibitors
  • Virtual Networking to make new friends and reconnecting with old friends! Chats, gamification and more!

Agenda

PRE CONVENTION EVENTS
SATURDAY,JULY 17, 2021
1:00 p m 5 :00 pm
SUNDAY, JULY 18, 2021
3:00 pm 5:00 pm
WEDNESDAY, JULY 21, 2021
TBD - 2:15 6:00 pm

NBA Women’s Law Division ( Achievement Awards)

THURSDAY,JULY 22, 2021
CONVENTION EVENTS OFFICIAL CONVENTION OPENING
FRIDAY, JULY 23, 2021
9:00 am 11:00 am
11:00 am 6:00 pm
11:00 am 12:30 pm
11:00 am 3:00 pm
CLE Session Civil Rights Forum 2021 (Hosted by the Civil Rights Law Section)
  • Education as A Foundation
  • Criminal Justice/Racial Justice Requires Reform
  • Voting Rights: Attacked Suppressed
12:45 pm 2:15 pm
2:15 pm 3:15 pm
3:15 pm 4:45 pm
6:00 pm 7:30 pm
SATURDAY, JULY 24, 2021
PRESIDENT HOFFLERHOFFLER’S OPENING MESSAGE AND GREETING TO CONVENTION ATTENDEES
9:00 am
10:30 am 12:30 pm
12:45 pm 5:30 pm
12:45 pm 2:15 pm
12:45 pm 3:45 pm
CLE #6 Session

(Hosted by the NBA Women’s Law Division)

M&A Primer and Bootcamp for In house Counsel and Non M&A practitioners

(Hosted by Corporate Law Division) NBA/Arnold Porter Associate Academy for Excellence Program

1:15 pm 5:15 pm
CLE Session NBA Energy Forum
  • Don’t Call it a Comeback: How the U.S. Rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement Impacts the Energy Industry
  • The Pandemic is Ending…Now W hat?: What’s New in Energy Regulation, Jobs, Technology
2:30 pm 4:00 pm
CLE #7 Session

Staying out of the Disciplinary Doghouse (Hosted by Ethics Professional Responsibility Comm)

4:15 pm 5:45 pm
4:30 pm 6:30 pm
6:00 pm 7:30 pm
Managing Partners General Counsel Virtual Dinner (Invitation Only)

Past President’s Council Meeting

NBA 40 Under 40 Awards Gala

SUNDAY, JULY 25, 2021
9:00 am 11:00 am
11:00 am 1:00 pm
1:00 pm 5:30 pm
1:15 pm 2:45 pm
1:15 pm 5:15 pm

Civil Trial Advocacy Master Class (Hosted by Civil Trial Advocacy Section)

  • Trial Lawyers Championing Civil Rights and Black Lives
  • The Time for Truth, Accountability and Reparations Is Now!
  • Emerging Trends in Civil Litigation: Opportunities and Challenges
1:30 pm 2:00 pm
3:00 pm 4:30 pm
Intellectual Property Rights and NFTs and Best Practices for Licensing Commercial Technical Data So ftware to the US Government
CLE #12 Sessi on

(Hosted by Intellectual Property Section)

Hot Topics in Energy and Environmental Law (Hosted by Energy and Environmental Law)

5 :00 pm 7: 0 0 pm
6:15 pm 8:15 pm
MONDAY, JULY 26, 2021
10:00 am 1 :00 p m
9 15 am 10:45 a m
Presidential Showcase 2 Policing in America: The Aftermath of the George Floyd Murder

Session The Movement for Reparations, H.R. 40 and the Path Forward

11:00 am 1:00 pm
1:00 pm 6:00 pm
1:15 pm 2:45 pm
1:15 pm 5:15 pm
CLE Session Corporate Counsel Leadership Forum (Hoste d by Corporate Law Section)
  • Purposeful Transition to Maximize Career Opportunity Corporate In House
  • Purposeful Transition to Drive Brand and Grow Your Practice Law Firm
  • Big Law i n the Civil Rights Trenches
  • Technology Next Gen for Lawyers
2:00 pm 3:00 pm
3:00 pm 4:30 pm
4:45 pm 6:00 pm
CLE #17 Session

(Hosted by Women’s Law Division)

Effective Civilian Review Boards

CLE #18 Session

(Hosted by Law and Religion)

Raising the Bar on Effective Meetings

CLE Session

(Hosted by Parlimentarian Committee)

Seeking Certainty in an Uncertain Regulatory Environment: Securities Law and Regulatory Compliance 2021 and Beyond

CLE Session - Parliamentary Procedure

Elections Committee

TUESDAY, JULY 27, 2021
11:00 am 1:00 pm
1:15 pm 2:15 pm
1:15 pm 2:45 pm
CLE #19 Session

Hot Topics in Immigration and International Law Issues in the Ti me of Biden

CLE #20 Session

(Hosted by International Law Section)

Redistricting A fter Shelby County (Hosted by Young Lawyers Division) Judicial Council Thurgood Marshall Awards Program

1:30 pm 2:30 pm
2:45 pm 4:4 5 pm
5:30 pm 7:00 pm
POST CONVENTION ACTIVITIES
WEDNESDAY, JULY 28, 2021
11:00 am 1:00 pm
SATURDAY, JULY 30, 2021
9:00 am 1:00 pm
9:00 am 11:00 am
11:00 am 6:00 pm
11:00 am 12:30 pm
11:00 am 3:00 pm
  • Education as A Foundation
  • Criminal Justice/Racial Justice Requires Reform
  • Voting Rights: Attacked Suppressed
12:45 pm 2:15 pm

(Hosted by the NBA International Committee)

(Hosted by NBA Ethics Professional Responsibility Committee)

2:15 pm 3:15 pm
3:15 pm 4:45 pm
6:00 pm 7:30 pm
9:00 am
10:30 am 12:30 pm
12:45 pm 5:30 pm
12:45 pm 2:15 pm
12:45 pm 3:45 pm

(Hosted by Corporate Law Division)

NBA/Arnold Porter Associate Academy for Excellence Program

1:15 pm 5:15 pm
  • Don’t Call it a Comeback: How the U.S. Rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement Impacts the Energy Industry
  • The Pandemic is Ending…Now W hat?: What’s New in Energy Regulation, Jobs, Technology
2:30 pm 4:00 pm

(Hosted by Ethics Professional Responsibility Comm)

4:15 pm 5:45 pm
4:30 pm 6:30 pm
6:00 pm 7:30 pm

Past President’s Council Meeting

NBA 40 Under 40 Awards Gala

9:00 am 11:00 am
11:00 am 1:00 pm
1:00 pm 5:30 pm
1:15 pm 2:45 pm

CLE #10 Session Environmental Justice Seminar

(Hosted by Environmental, Energy, and Public Utilities)

1:15 pm 5:15 pm
  • Trial Lawyers Championing Civil Rights and Black Lives
  • The Time for Truth, Accountability and Reparations Is Now!
  • Emerging Trends in Civil Litigation: Opportunities and Challenges
1:30 pm 2:00 pm
3:00 pm 4:30 pm
5:00 pm 7: 0 0 pm
6:15 pm 8:15 pm
11 :00 am 1:0 0 p m

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Frequently Asked Questions

Registration will remain open throughout the Convention. However, if you register after July 21, please allow 15 minutes to gain access to the Convention.
Go to NBA96Convention.vFairs.com and click on agenda to view the schedule for the entire convention.
Enter the platform with the login information that was sent to you from vFairs on behalf of the National Bar Association (NBA).
The entire convention will be recorded and posted on the National Bar Association website for viewing after the convention.
Each session moderator will provide direction, if questions can be submitted through the chat function
Yes, you can schedule an appointment with a company representative in the Career Fair by clicking on the company’s booth.
You are able to use the chat function during the convention and send direct messages to other attendees.
$300-Full Access
$350- Non-Member
Free-NBA Students
After July 16, 2021, the registration prices increase to the following:
$350- Full Access
$400-Non Member
Free- NBA Students
Eligible voters must be registered for the convention and have active NBA membership status by July 12, 2021. All eligible voters will receive a link from Election Trust. Voting will take place on Monday, July 26, 2021.
Yes, the program book is under “Resources” on the platform and will be available on the NBAwebsite at www.nationalbar.org
Yes, a link will be provided on Monday, on the Convention platform.
To earn CLE credit for any educational session you attend, it will be important to demonstrate compliance with the requirements of the American Bar Association. In addition to being fully registered for the convention, each participant will have to respond to prompts that will appear throughout the session. Depending on the type of credit you need to receive, you will have to respond to a certain number of prompts in order to receive credit once the session concludes.
Unfortunately, no. Most states prohibit credit from pre-recorded webcasts.
CLE Certificates will be emailed to registrants approximately 3 weeks after the convention once your attendance is verified.
It is best to use Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge or Firefox for the best viewing experience on our platform. The convention is best viewed on a desktop or laptop computer. Live sessions will be hosted in Zoom. On-demand sessions will be available and playback options for registered attendees after the convention.
It is best to download the latest version of Zoom by clicking here: https//zoom.us/download