Legal conferences serve quite a few purposes. They help you meet your continuing legal education (CLE) requirements while giving you an opportunity to promote your practice. In addition, they provide priceless networking opportunities.
In 2021, attorneys all over the country are eager to gather in person again for intriguing discussions, wise advice on business development, and a little fun hanging out with other lawyers as well. But which law conferences are most worth your time and money? Take a look at some of our top picks going forward.
- American Association for Justice (AAJ) 2021
From July 12-15, top trial attorneys from all over the United States will gather at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas for four days of networking and continuing education at the AAJ 2021 Convention. CLE programs feature nationally known faculty focusing on everything from products liability and asbestos litigation to railroad law and civil rights.
- The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Conference on Immigration Law
You’ll have to wait for 2022 to catch the next AILA Conference, but any attorney who handles immigration matters won’t want to miss it. Immigration attorneys gather annually to talk through the most pressing business, family, and asylum immigration issues, attend open forums with government agency reps, and learn the latest regarding legal tech. The 2022 conference will take place June 15-18 in New York City, with the 2023 conference heading to Orlando.
- ABA Techshow
Every year new tech helps to streamline law practice management — and every year, the ABA Techshow is the place to go to learn about that tech. Mark your calendars for March 2-5, 2022 in Chicago to learn the latest about collaboration tools, ethical issues involved with AI, and data security for attorneys, among other pressing topics.
- Association of Legal Administrators (ALA) Annual Conference and Expo
Legal management experts are headed to Austin, Texas October 3-6, 2021 for the ALA Annual Conference and Expo‘s networking and education in best practices to keep their practices humming. Look for educational tracks in management of finance, human resources, operations, and the legal industry, along with sessions on employment law, law firm culture, and data security.
- ILTACON (International Legal Technology Association Convention)
At the intersection of law and technology, ILTACON is using a hybrid format in 2021 to connect attorneys from all over the world to its events. In-person attendees should head to Las Vegas August 22-26, 2021 for digital master classes, demos, and education sessions that run the gamut from security and information governance to data literacy and digital marketing — along with lessons to be learned from “Schitt’s Creek” and the infamous “I Am Not a Cat” episode.
- Clio Cloud Conference
Scheduled for October 26-29, 2021, the Clio Cloud Conference is exceptionally easy to attend in 2021 — because, for the second year in a row, it’s all online. At this conference, the Legal Trends Report is released each year, giving attendees first look at this comprehensive coverage detailing the state of the industry. Speaker Q&As and interactive networking opportunities are additional reasons to show up for this conference focused on trends and technology.
- TBI Med Legal Conference
Presented by the Brain Injury Association of California, the TBI Med Legal Conference is scheduled for Sept 23-26, 2021 in San Diego, California. This specialty conference for brain injury attorneys also draws medical professionals, allowing for cross-pollination of conversation and knowledge (and it’s well-known for its legendary parties during downtime).
- The SUMMIT National Solo and Small Law Firm Conference
Scheduled for November 11-12, 2021 in Orlando, Florida, The SUMMIT National Solo and Small Law Firm Conference brings together small legal practices with a focus on developing strategies and business practices that help their firms to thrive. Keynote speakers and workshops blend inspiration and practical advice to help small law firms thrive.
- Trial Lawyers Summit
Taking place January 30-February 2, 2022, in Miami Beach, the Trial Lawyers Summit provides several networking opportunities and info sessions centered around improving trial and business management skills. Perfect for attorneys, paralegals, students, and firm administrators focused on mass torts, criminal defense, trucking and automobile litigation, and traumatic injury litigation.
- Lanier Trial Academy
Slated for June 20- 22, 2022, in Houston, Lanier Trial Academy Master Class is ideal for civil trial lawyers who are looking to enhance their trial techniques.
- PILMMA’s Super Summit
Presented by Powerful Innovative Legal Marketing and Management Association (PILMMA), Super Summit will take place September 29-October 2, 2021, in New Orleans. Offering sessions like “A Guide to Creating Your Law Firm Marketing Strategy,” and “How to Build Back After Covid,” this event is essential for lawyers who are serious about growing their practice.
In addition to these conferences, numerous specialty conferences cater to all types of legal specialties, including intellectual property law, hospitality industry law, international law, academic law, criminal law, and far more. Attending legal conferences is an effective way to advance your career and practice and to stay on the cutting edge.
Find the right conference for your firm to promote your practice and learn the latest to keep your career headed in the right direction.
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