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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.



7:15 A.M. - 8:15 A.M.
NCBP Finance & Investment Committee Meeting
Liberty Suite 1/2, 3rd Floor

7:15 A.M. - 8:00 A.M.
NCBP Sponsorship Committee Meeting
Madison Suite 2, 5th Floor

8:00 A.M. - 7:00 P.M.
NABE/NCBP/NCBF Registration
Metropolitan West Foyer, 2nd Floor
Registration will be closed from 12:50 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.


8:00 A.M. - 9:00 A.M.
NCBP Membership Committee Meeting
Madison Suite 2, 5th Floor

9:00 A.M. - 10:00 A.M.
NCBP Diversity & Inclusion Committee Meeting
Madison Suite 1, 5th Floor

10:00 A.M. - 11:00 A.M.
NCBP Communications Committee Meeting
Liberty Suite 1/2, 3rd Floor

11:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.
NCBP Program Committee Meeting
Liberty Suite 5, 3rd Floor

1:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M.
NCBP Executive Council Meeting
Madison Suite 2, 5th Floor

2:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.
MBC Executive Committee Meeting
Liberty Suite 1/2, 3rd Floor

3:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.
1st Timers Orientation
Bowery, Lower Level
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 Austriaco, Chicago, IL, Past President, Chicago Bar Association, Council Member, NCBP

4:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Diversity Gathering
Riverside Suite 3rd Floor
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.
Sponsored by Wilson Elser

5:00 P.M. - 6:30 P.M.
NCBP and ABA Joint Plenary Session: Just Debt? Re-imagining Fines & Fees in America
Metropolitan Ballroom West, 2nd Floor
Once an afterthought, fines and fees are now at the center of conversations about justice in America. Litigation, media, and the White House have shone a light on the pernicious effects—imprisonment, job loss, and housing loss—fines and   fees can have. There is a desperate need for innovation.  Moderated by Van Jones, and featuring a wide range of leading civil and criminal justice voices, this conversation will drive new approaches to fines and fees in the United States. Jettisoning the traditional talking-heads format, this lively conversation will feature short videos and animation, while tackling tough questions about tech innovation, process innovation, and fines and fees abolition. This is sure to be one of the highlights of the ABA and NCBP Annual Meetings.
Van Jones, New York, NY, Commentator, CNN

6:30 P.M. - 7:30 P.M.
NCBP Welcome Reception
New York Ballroom East, 3rd Floor
NCBP welcomes all NCBP, NABE joint meeting and NCBF registrants to this opening reception of the NCBP Annual Meeting. Come greet your colleagues and enjoy some refreshments before your evening plans in New York City. All NCBP, NABE joint meeting and NCBF registrants and their registered guests will receive two drink tickets. A cash bar is also available.
Sponsored by LexisNexis

7:30 P.M. - 10:00 P.M.
NCBP Executive Council and Council Alumni Dinner (advanced registration required)
Le Parker Meridien, 119 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019,(212) 245-5000
Sponsored by LexisNexis

7:30 P.M. – 10:00 P.M.
MBC Executive Committee Dinner (advanced registration required)
Delmonico’s, 56 Beaver St, New York, NY 10004, (212) 509-1144



7:15 A.M. – 8:00 A.M.
Pre-meeting session - Mindfulness Matters
Riverside Ballroom, 3rd Floor
Travel, big meeting, plenaries, workshops, luncheons and networking can be overwhelming and tiring. So start you day with the stuff you really need to hit the ground running.  Mindfulness is a tool that helps us connect to our bodies, thoughts, emotions and helps us be better listeners, pay closer attention to the present and improves our decision making.  Mindfulness trains us to focus on the moment, which happens to be the only place we can actually make a difference.  Join us for this pre-meeting session to listen, pause and breathe before the business of the day begins.
Patrick Palace, University Place, WA, Past President, Washington State Bar Association

7:30 A.M. - 4:45 P.M.
NABE/NCBP/NCBF Registration
Metropolitan West Foyer, 2nd Floor
Registration will be closed from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

8:00 A.M. - 4:30 P.M.
NCBP Nominating Committee Meeting
Liberty Suite 5, 3rd Floor

8:30 A.M. - 9:15 A.M.
Welcome and Introduction of Bar Represenatives and NCBP Sponsors
Metropolitan Ballroom West, 2nd Floor
NCBP President Jonathan Cole will welcome attendees along with his fellow organization presidents and our host county/state bar representatives. NCBP sponsors will also be introduced so they can say a few words before the program begins.
Jonathan Cole, Nashville, TN, President, National Conference of Bar Presidents
Robert E. Craghead, Springfield, IL, President, National Association of Bar Executives
Lorrie K. Albertson, Pittsburgh, PA, President, National Conference of Bar Foundations
Michael Miller, New York, NY, President, New York State Bar Association
Michael J. McNamara, New York, NY, President, New York County Lawyers Association

9:15 A.M. - 10:30 A.M.
NCBP/NABE/NCBF Joint Opening Plenary - Bar Be Nimble.  Bar Be Quick.  Is Advocating in our Bailiwick?
Metropolitan Ballroom West, 2nd Floor
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? 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.
A. Scott Chinn, Indianapolis, IN, Past President, Indianapolis Bar Association, Council Member, NCBP
Bob Glaves, Chicago, IL, Executive Director, The Chicago Bar Foundation

10:30 A.M. - 10:55 A.M.
Sponsorship Break  
Central Park East, 2nd Floor
Take a refreshment break and learn about the products and services offered by our generous sponsors.

10:55 A.M. - 11:55 A.M.
First Set of Joint Concurrent Workshops

Workshop 1A: Membership - Borrowing from the Best: How to Engage Members and Gauge Success
Empire Ballroom East, 2nd Floor
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!
Josie Beets, Alexandria, VA, President, Military Spouse JD Network
Dan Gaertner, Tampa, FL, EVP & General Manager, YourMembership
John Lund, Salt Lake City, UT, President, Utah State Bar 

Workshop 2A: Technology/Futures Issues - AI and the Law – Let Your Bar Be the Guide
Empire Ballroom West, 2nd Floor
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.
Mary Augsberger, Columbus, OH, Executive Director, Ohio State Bar Association
Bill O'Boyle, Raleigh, NC, CEO, North State Consulting
Fred Ury, Fairfield, CT, Past President, Connecticut Bar Association, Past President, NCBP

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
Riverside Ballroom, 3rd Floor
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.
Rita Sheffey, Atlanta, GA, Assistant Dean, Emory University School of Law, Council Member, NCBP
Micheal Lee Hern, Richmond, VA, President Emeritus LeClairRyan, Virginia Bar Association
Kevin Ryan, Rochester, NY, Executive Director, Monroe County Bar Association 
Lynda Shely, Scottsdale, AZ, Past President, Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers

Workshop 4A: Metropolitan Bar Issues - Breaking Down the Millennial Divide: A Guide For Connecting All Generations And Delivering Value
Metropolitan Ballroom East, 2nd Floor
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.  The Kansas City Metroplitan Bar Association will the share the work of its Task Force M with participants, as it provides a roadmap and advice for accomplishing these important tasks.
Daniel Blegen, Kansas City, MO, President, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
Athena Dickson, Kansas City, MO, Secretary, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
Dan Negroni, San Diego, CA, CEO, launchbox 365,

Workshop 5A: How Social Media Helped Launch a Global Movement
Sugar Hill, Lower Level
#Giving Tuesday was initially conceived as an annual day of giving, and followed on the heels of Black Friday and Cyber Monday.  Five years later, this global grassroots movement “has reached ubiquity,” as noted in Forbes Magazine. How did that happen?  We will hear how social media played a pivotal role in capturing imaginations and pocketbooks and how it continues to fuel worldwide participation and influence.
Asha Curran, New York, NY, Chief Innovation Officer, 92nd St. Y

11:55 A.M. - 1:10 P.M.
NCBP/NABE/NCBF Joint Luncheon and Awards Program
Metropolitan Ballroom West, 2nd Floor
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 Gambrell Awards
·       2017 ABA Harrison Tweed Awards
·       2017 ABA Partnership Program Awards
·       2017 NCBF/LexisNexis Partnerships for Success Award and
·       2017 NABE Bolton Award for Professionalism Excellence

1:10 P.M. - 1:35 P.M.
Sponsorship Break
Central Park East, 2nd Floor
Enjoy dessert and this final opportunity to visit with our generous sponsors. Besides helping to reduce your meeting costs, our sponsor products and services may also benefit your practice, as well as the practices of your members. Be sure to stay for the raffle prizes, which will be announced at the end of the break!

1:35 P.M. - 2:35 P.M.
Second Set of Joint Concurrent Workshops

Workshop 1B: Membership - Supporting Pathways to the Profession
Empire Ballroom East, 2nd Floor
With employment challenges for new lawyers, plummeting bar passage rates, and declining bar association membership, the incentives for bar leaders to collaborate with law schools and students have never been greater. Join us as we discuss how to contribute to the success of graduating law students; strengthen connections to law schools; and increase job opportunities, bar exam results, and bar association membership through these relationships.  What have we tried? What is working? How do we convey the importance of this involvement?  Bring your ideas and walk away with more!
Amber Busby, Tuscaloosa, AL
David Miranda
, Albany, NY, Past President, New York State Bar Association
Andrew Perlman, Boston, MA, Dean and Professor of Law, Suffolk University School of Law

Workshop 2B: Technology/Futures Issues - Guiding Members toward 2021 - How Bars can Provide Transformational Change Their Members can Use
Empire Ballroom West, 2nd Floor
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.
Nate Alder, Salt Lake City, UT, Past Bar President, Utah State Bar, Secretary, NCBP
Chad Burton, Dayton, OH, CEO, CuroLegal
Rochelle Washington, Washington, DC, Sr. Staff Attorney/Practice Management Advisor, D.C. Bar

Workshop 3B: Building the Capacity of Bars - Political Activism and Access to Justice:  What Can Unified Bars Do?
Riverside Ballroom, 3rd Floor
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.
Tom Rombach, New Baltimore, MI, Past President, State Bar of Michigan and Council Member, NCBP
Jeanine McCoy, Concord, NY, Executive Director, New Hampshire Bar Association 
Alex Vakula, Prescott, AZ, President, State Bar of Arizona

Workshop 4B: Metropolitan Bar Issues - Pro Bono in Today’s World – Are You Nimble Enough?
Metropolitan Ballroom East, 2nd Floor
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 metro bar associations that have answered to call to provide innovative pro bono services.
Deborah R. Gross, Philadelphia, PA, Chancellor, Philadelphia Bar Association
Lynn M. Kelly, New York, NY, Executive Director, City Bar Justice Center

Workshop 5B: Scraping the Sky: Building Blocks to Board Capacity
Sugar Hill, Lower Level
The heart, soul and concrete core of a Bar Foundation board are its members. Mutual understanding of what it takes to be a board member and shared expectations for service are crossbeams to organizational success. Aligning core organizational priorities with better practices can build our capacity to serve our mission. This interactive session will explore the tools that support board excellence and ensure that good governance is more than a facade.
Elizabeth Derrico, Albany, NY, Associate Director, New York State Bar Association

 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
Metropolitan Ballroom West, 2nd Floor
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.
Kathleen Wilkinson, Philadelphia, PA, Past President Philadelphia Bar Association, Past Council Member, NCBP
Ryan Budhu, New York, NY
Debbie Epstein Henry, Ardmore, PA, DEH Consultant, Speaker, and Writer
Joseph M. Sullivan, Great FallsGreat Falls, MT, Past President, State Bar of Montana, Past Council Member, NCBP
Sponsored by Wilson Elser

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

3:50 P.M. - 4:45 P.M.
NCBP Roundtable Discussions


State Bar Roundtables
Central Park West, 2nd Floor
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
Metropolitan Ballroom East, 2nd Floor
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.




7:45 A.M. - 11:30 A.M.
NABE/NCBP/NCBF Registration
Metropolitan West Foyer, 2nd Floor

8:00 A.M. – 9:30  A.M.
NCBP Breakfast, ABA President-elect Speaks, NCBP Nominating Committee Report
Metropolitan Ballroom West, 2nd Floor
Start your Saturday morning with a hot breakfast buffet and some time to visit with colleagues before the morning programming gets underway. Here from the ABA President-elect as well as the NCBP Nominating Committee report from committee chair Lanneau Wm. Lambert, Jr.
Hillarie Bass, Miami, Florida, President-elect, American Bar Association
Sponsored by Rimkus

9:30 A.M. – 11:00 A.M.
Closing Plenary - Bars as Conveners: Continuing the Conversation on Bars Building Bridges
Metropolitan Ballroom West, 2nd Floor
In today’s charged climate, what role can bars play in bringing groups together to address concerns within our legal profession and our communities?  From convening stakeholders to address issues important to your bar, to making sure your bar has a seat at the table in important legal and judiciary matters, learn how bars may use collaborative efforts to garner the support and involvement of lawyers, business and community leaders, and others to encourage a dialogue and assist in developing solutions.   This plenary will provide you with the “tool box” you need as a bar leader to build bridges in your state or locality and how you can avoid common mistakes in doing so.
Carl Smallwood, Columbus, OH, Past President, Columbus Bar Association and Past President, NCBP
Francis Deisinger, Milwaukee, WI, Past President, State Bar of Wisconsin
Tim Groshens, Minneapolis, MN, Executive Director, Minnesota State Bar Association

11:00 A.M. - 11:15 A.M.
Installation of New NCBP President
Metropolitan Ballroom West, 2nd Floor
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.

11:15 A.M. - 12:15 P.M.
NCBP New Board Orientation
Room TBD
New NCBP Council members are asked to attend a one-hour orientation to get better acquainted with NCBP and their role as a Council member, as well as learn about their fellow 2017 Council class-mates.