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This year's NCBP Annual Meeting offers exciting programming against the backdrop of the world's most exciting city!

  • Will this be your first NCBP meeting? Be sure to arrive early on Thursday to enjoy a 1st Timers Orientation before the NCBP/MBC Welcome Reception on Thursday afternoon.
  • Friday's programming includes a thought-provoking opening plenary, a captivating Diversity Forum on generational bias, 10 workshops and roundtables for all types of bars.
  • Don't leave early or you will miss an essential Saturday morning plenary!


Please note all program titles, descriptions, times and locations are subject to change.

Unless otherwise noted below, sessions and events will take place at the Sheraton Times Square, 811 7th Avenue 53rd Street, New York, NY, 10019.


7:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M.
NABE/NCBP/NCBF Registration
Registration will be closed from 12:50 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.

7:30 A.M. - 8:30 A.M.
NCBP Finance & Investment Committee Meeting

7:45 A.M. - 8:30 A.M.
NCBP Sponsorship Committee Meeting

8:30 A.M. - 9:30 A.M.
NCBP Membership Committee Meeting
Azalea, Terrace Level

9:30 A.M. - 10:30 A.M.
NCBP Communications Committee Meeting

10:15 A.M. - 11:00 A.M.
NCBP Diversity & Inclusion Committee Meeting

11:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.
NCBP Program Committee Meeting

1:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M.
NCBP Executive Council Meeting

2:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.
MBC Executive Committee Meeting

3:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.
1st Timers Orientation
If this is your first NCBP conference, then this is the event you want to attend. Hear what’s happening at the 2017 NCBP Annual Meeting and meet NCBP leaders to learn about the organization and opportunities for active involvement. Get to know your colleagues in bar leadership positions across the country.

Aurora Abella-Austriaco
, Chicago, IL, Past President, The Chicago Bar and Member, NCBP Executive Council

4:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Diversity Gathering
NCBP Diversity Scholars are invited to join the NCBP Executive Council, Diversity & Inclusion Committee, and local diversity leaders for a meet-and-greet event prior to the start of the NCBP meeting.

5:00 P.M. - 6:30 P.M.
NCBP Welcome Reception

7:00 P.M. - 10:00 P.M.
NCBP Executive Council and Council Alumni Dinner

7:00 P.M. – 10:00 P.M.

MBC Executive Committee Dinner (ticket required)


9:15 A.M. - 10:30 A.M.
Opening Plenary
-- Bar Be Nimble.  Bar Be Quick.  Is Advocating in our Bailiwick?
Let’s face it – the legal world is a different place than it was even one year ago. And bar associations and foundations need nimble leadership to advocate and educate quickly when needed. What is the role of the bar or bar foundation in educating its members and the public?  How does your bar determine when to take action? Do you have a plan in place to advocate on behalf of the profession, the judiciary or the public quickly if the situation arises? Do you need one? And how to does the bar handle those members who think not taking action is the better course? Join us for this lively, interactive plenary where you will be asked to answer these questions and more for your bar association and foundation.


10:30 A.M. - 10:55 A.M.
Sponsorship Networking Break

10:55 A.M. - 11:55 A.M.
1st Session of Joint Concurrent Workshops


Workshop 1A -- Membership: Borrowing from the Best -- How to Engage Members and Gauge Success

The phrase “member engagement” is big in the bar association world. But what does it really mean, and how do we measure it? Member engagement runs deeper than member satisfaction and is equally important to both voluntary and unified bars. Engagement covers member attitudes and behaviors, and gives you a measure of your relationship with your members. Join us during this interactive discussion as we share stories of successful member engagement programs, and learn tips and guidelines on how to gauge the effectiveness of your program(s) at engaging/re-engaging members - even those ones that "have" to belong!


Workshop 2A -- Technology/Futures Issues: AI and the Law – Let Your Bar Be the Guide

For some of your members, artificial intelligence (AI) and technology is an integral part of their practices.  For others, they have little to no involvement and don’t know what the big deal is.  This program will discuss some of the basics that lawyers should understand when it comes to the confluence of these technological issues in society, how it impacts their practices, and how bar associations can be the guiding influence to help members embrace the opportunities AI technology presents.  The panel will discuss some of the AI technology that is becoming part of law and ways bar associations can offer guidance on using it, including toolkits, education, resources and more.


Workshop 3A -- Building the Capacity of Bars: How (and why) to Plan for the Successful Transition of Senior Lawyers -- Insights & Resources for Leaders of Bars, Firms and Practices

Bars, firms and practices face serious challenges in managing the inevitable transition of aging lawyers through senior status into retirement. These challenges are exacerbated by unyielding demographics, the continuing fall-out of the 2008 economic downturn and the slow recovery of legal service markets ever since. But powerful and compassionate opportunities are emerging that could mutually benefit transitioning lawyers and the firms and practices from which they are transitioning. Panelists will engage workshop participants in a lively discussion of innovative projects, initiatives and resources developing around the country in bars, lawyer assistance programs, firms and other practice platforms.


Workshop 4A -- Metropolitan Bar Issues: Breaking Down the Millennial Divide -- A Guide For Connecting All Generations And Delivering Value

This seminar will provide a step by step guide for bar associations seeking to connect the generations and deliver meaningful member services that add value to individual members, law firms and the legal community.  KCMBA will the share the work of its Task Force M with participants, as it provides a roadmap and advice for accomplishing these important tasks.


11:55 A.M. - 1:10 P.M.

NCB/NABE/NCBF Joint Awards Luncheon
Our joint luncheon will celebrate the outstanding efforts of individuals, bar associations, foundations and other law-related institutions as we honor their work on behalf of the profession and the organized bar with the following awards:

  • 2017 ABA E. Smythe Gambreell Professionalism Awards
  •  2017 ABA Harrison Tweed Awards
  •  2017 ABA Partnership Program Awards
  •  2017 NCBF/LexisNexis Partnerships for Success Award
  •  2017 NABE Bolton Award for Professional Excellence

1:10 P.M. - 1:35 P.M.

Sponsorship Dessert Break

1:35 P.M. - 2:35 P.M.
2nd Session of Joint Concurrent Workshops

Workshop 1B
-- Membership: Supporting Pathways to the Profession

With continuing employment challenges for new lawyers, plummeting bar passage rates, and declining bar association membership, the incentives for the organized bar, law schools, and law students to work together have never been greater. Join us as we discuss how bar associations can build a stronger involvement in the success of graduating law students; strengthen their connections to law schools and law students, and increase job opportunities, bar exam results and bar association membership through these important relationships.  What programs are being tried? What is working? How do bar leaders convey the message of the importance of this involvement with the members?  Bring your ideas and walk away with more!


Workshop 2B -- Technology/Futures Issues: Guiding Members toward 2021 - How Bars can Provide Transformational Change Their Members can Use

A panel of leading legal technology observers will discuss how to guide your members through the ever expanding thicket of legal technologies so they can avoid the briers and have the information they need to be practice ready for the challenges forecast for our profession in 2021 and beyond. Learn best practices for offering curated technology and technology providers for your members.


Workshop 3B -- Building the Capacity of Bars: Political Activism and Access to Justice:  What Can Unified Bars Do?

Efforts to de-unify mandatory bar associations aren’t new; in many of the states where bar membership is required in order to practice law, bills that attempt to make membership voluntary routinely get introduced in state legislatures. Even when there isn’t a challenge to membership, unified bars must still be wary of using dues for lobbying and advocacy. So what’s a unified bar to do in this unprecedented time of political activism? How can unified bars answer the access to justice issue or respond to attacks on the judiciary? Come to discuss the ins-and-outs of unified bar challenges and how your bar can continue to be outward looking without violating Keller.


Workshop 4B -- Metropolitan Bar Issues: Pro Bono in Today’s World – Are You Nimble Enough?

Pro bono services are a critical part of the effort to make the justice system fair and accessible for everyone, and many metro bar associations’ members participate in pro bono activities. But with immigration concerns, access to justice disparities, and the threat of discontinued funding for Legal Services Corporation programs, are these metro bar pro bono services adequate? What can your metro bar do to ensure its efforts are nimble enough to provide pro bono services in todays’ world? Hear from three bar associations that have answered to call to provide innovative pro bono services.

2:35 P.M. - 2:45 P.M.

Transfer Break

2:45 P.M. - 3:45 P.M.

Diversity Forum: Generational Diversity - Improving Understanding, Communication & Productivity along Generational Lines
Generational diversity is a constant theme in today’s complex, evolving workplace. And with up to four generations working side by side, tensions, inefficiency, and lost time and money may be inevitable. But are we really all that different? Or have we created a distorted picture of entire generations based on our own view of the world? During this Diversity Forum, renowned author and speaker Debbie Epstein Henry, an admitted Gen X’er, will have a conversation with a Baby Boomer and a Millennial to explore the core values of each group and discover ways we are more alike than we are different.   

3:45 P.M. - 3:50 P.M.

Transfer Break

3:50 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Roundtable Sessions

State Bar Roundtables
Join fellow state bar leaders from around the country to share ideas and best practices. Has your bar taken action on member engagement, generational issues or other activities to protect your members, the judiciary and the public? Bring your best ideas and thoughts on future activities during this time to talk.

         Metro Bar Roundtables

This “signature” event is the time for bar leaders from small and large metropolitan bar associations to gather to discuss issues important to local bars. We’ll share what we’re doing what we hope to see in the future for metropolitan bars all over the country.

Conclude for the day. Enjoy the evening on your own!



8:15 A.M. - 9:30 A.M.
Breakfast, ABA President-elect Speaks, and NCBP Nominating Committee Report

9:30 A.M. - 11:00 A.M.

Closing Plenary -- Bars as Conveners: the Role of the Bar in Collaborative Leadership
During the Friday plenary, we asked you to determine when and how your bar should act when faced with a crisis in your community. But sometimes solving big problems has to be a team sport. We may have to approach the problems of the legal community differently, and collaborative methods could offer the promise of real and lasting change in our communities. Hear from local and national leaders as we tackle how to work collaboratively to improve the public’s trust in the American justice system.


11:00 A.M. - 11:15 A.M.
Installation of New NCBP President
Christine H. Hickey will be installed as the 2017-2018 NCBP Council President, as will the 2017-2018 NCBP Officers and Council members. After a few brief remarks, Ms. Hickey will call the meeting to a close.