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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 an exciting bonus program, co-sponsored by the ABA Center for Innovation: Just Debt? Reimagining Fines and Fees in America, moderated by CNN commentator Van Jones.
  • 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!


Unless otherwise noted below, sessions and events will take place at the Sheraton New York Times Square, 811 7th Avenue, New York, NY, 10019, 212-581-1000. 

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

Thursday, August 10, 2017

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 12:00 p.m.– 1:00 p.m.

8:00 a.m.–9:00 a.m.
NCBP Membership Committee Meeting
adison 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 Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP


5:00 p.m.–6:30 p.m.
NCBP and ABA Center for Innovation Joint Plenary Session:
Just Debt? Reimagining 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
Chief Justice Maureen O’Conner, Columbus, OH, Chief Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court
Jeffrey P.Robinson, New York, NY, ACLU Deputy Legal Director and Director of the Trone Center for Justice and Equality
Sponsored by: 

  • ABA Center for Racial and Ethnic Diversity
  • ABA Criminal Justice Section
  • ABA Judicial Division
  • ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice
  • ABA Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants 
  • ABA Fund for Justice and Education

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

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
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

Friday, August 11, 2017

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 improve 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.

a.m.–4:30 p.m.
NCBP Nominating Committee Meeting
Liberty Suite 5, 3rd Floor

a.m.–9:15 a.m.
Welcome and Introduction of Bar Representatives 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
Sharon Stern Gerstman
, New York, NY, President, New York State Bar Association
Michael J.McNamara, New York, NY, Presi­dent, New York County Lawyers Association

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, Executive Council and Member, NCBP 
Bob Glaves, Chicago, IL, Executive Director, The Chicago Bar Foundation
Lisa Loo, Tempe, AZ, Immediate Past President, State Bar of Arizona 
Hon. Victor Marrero, New York, NY, Judge, 2nd Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals

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. Be sure to leave your business cards with our sponsors to be eligible to win great raffle prizes! Prizes will be drawn at the conclusion of the afternoon sponsor break, at 1:30 p.m. – you must be present to win!

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 that “have” to belong!


Joseph M.Sullivan, Great Falls, MT, Past President, State Bar of Montana, Past Member, NCBP Executive Council


Josie Beets, Alexandria, VA, President, Military Spouse JD Network

Darrell A.Clay, Cleveland, OH, President, Cleveland Metroplolitan Bar Association

Dan Gaertner, Tampa, FL, EVP & General Manager, YourMembership

John Lund, Salt Lake City, UT, President, Utah State Bar


Workshop 2A: 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.


Patrick Palacia, University Place, WA, Ex­ecutive Council, Past President, Washing­ton State Bar Association


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 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, and Member, 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 (NCBF): 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

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
  •  2017 NABE Bolton Award for Professional­ism Excellence

p.m.–1:35 p.m.
Sponsorship Dessert 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 – you must be present to win!

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!


Annie Martinez, Lincoln, NE, Past Presi­dent, Nebraska State Bar Association, and Member, NCBP Executive Council


Amber Busby, Washington, DC, Law Stu­dent Member, American Bar Association

David Miranda, Albany, NY, Past Presi­dent, New York State Bar Association

Andrew Perlman, Boston, MA, Dean and Professor of Law, Suffolk University Law School


Workshop 2B: 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 Executive Council


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 Member, NCBP Executive Council


Jeanine McCoy, Concord, NH, 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 the 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 (NCBF): 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

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, will have a conversation with a Baby Boomer, a Gen X'er, 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 Chancellor, Philadelphia Bar Association, and Past Member, NCBP Executive Council
Debbie Epstein Henry, Ardmore, PA, DEH Consulting, Consulting, Speaking, Writing, Co-founder, Bliss Lawyers
Ryan Budh, New York, NY, Judicial Law Clerk, U.S. District Courts
Jennifer Parent, Manchester, NH, Past Presi­dent, New Hampshire State Bar Association, and Treasurer, NCBP Executive Council
Joseph M.Sullivan, Great Falls, MT, Past President, State Bar of Montana, Past Member, NCBP Executive Council
Sponsored by Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP

p.m.–3:50 p.m.
Transfer Break

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 and what we hope to see in the future for metropolitan bars all over the country.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

7:45 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
NABE/NCBP/NCBF Registration
Metropolitan West Foyer, 2nd Floor

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 Consulting Group, Inc.

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
Lisa Reisz, Columbus, OH, President, Columbus Bar Association
Naudeep Singh, Washington, DC, Policy Director, National Asian Pacific 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.

a.m.–12:15 p.m.
NCBP New Board Orientation
Liberty Suite 1/2, 3rd Floor
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.