2018 Annual Meeting and Convention

Join the Federal Bar Association in New York City this September! The 2018 Annual Meeting and Convention will be located at the New York Marriott Downtown, situated in the heart of NYC's Financial District. This hotel is within walking distance of some of New York's most famous landmarks, including Battery Park, Wall Street, the 9/11 Memorial and Freedom Tower, and the shops and restaurants of Brookfield Place. Guests will also be able to take advantage of the ferry to visit iconic New York attractions like the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.

Online registration is now closed.  You will be able to registration onsite at the conference.  To expedite your onsite registration, please bring your completed registration form to the registration desk in the Grand Ballroom Foyer at the New York Marriott Downtown Hotel.

Full Convention Registration
Sustaining Member 








CLE Only Registration
THU+FRI Sustaining Member


THU+FRI Member


THU+FRI Nonmember


THU+FRI Student


THU Only Sustaining Member


THU Only Member


THU Only Nonmember


THU Only Student


FRI Only Sustaining Member


FRI Only Member


FRI Only Nonmember


FRI Only Student


FRI YLD Emerging Professional Program


Social Event Registration
Complimentary Evening Receptions (Open to all Full Convention and CLE Only Registrants)
CAAF Special Session (Wed.) Complimentary 
Welcome Reception (Thu.) Complimentary 
EDNY Chapter Reception (Fri.) Complimentary 
Fun Run (Fri.) Complimentary 
Swearing-in Ceremony (Fri.) Complimentary 
Ticketed Events (All ticketed events are included in Full Convention Registrations)

Younger Lawyers Division Luncheon (Thu.)

FBA Public Service Luncheon (Fri.) $125
FBA Awards Luncheon (Sat.) $125
Presidential Installation Banquet (Sat.) $215

*Full Convention registration includes: Thursday & Friday CLE Sessions; Thursday, Friday, and Saturday Luncheons; Thursday & Friday Evening Receptions; Saturday Installation Reception and Banquet
*CLE Only Registration includes Thursday and/or Friday CLE Sessions and Thursday/Friday Evening Reception
**Social Event Registration is open to all Members, Nonmembers, and Guests
See full CLE details here
2:30-6:00 p.m.

Special Session with Reception
U.S District Court, Hon. John F. Keenan Ceremonial Courtroom
500 Pearl Street, New York

The Southern District of New York Chapter, in collaboration with the FBA Veterans and Military Law Section, invites members of the Federal Bar Association to join the Annual Meeting Welcome Committee for a unique opportunity to be a part of a Special Session by the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces. Along with the hearing, the event will include an introduction to the Court presented by the Clerk of the Court as well as a Q&A period. Following the Special Session, participants will be treated to an art show displayed by Courtroom Artists Elizabeth Williams and Aggie Kenney. Guests can peruse these displays before and after the hearing during cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in the
adjacent hall and courtroom terrace (weather permitting). 

The event is complimentary, but registration is required.

8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Registration Open

9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. FBA Board of Directors Meeting
9:00-10:00 a.m. General Session
The National Constitution Center’s We the People Podcast, a weekly show of constitutional debate: Live recording with host and NCC President and CEO Jeffrey Rosen.
10:15-11:15 a.m. Session 1A: Effective Representation in Mediation

Session 1B: Navigating Maritime Personal Injury & Death Cases and Other Hot Topics

Session 1C: Perspectives on Class Action and Multi District Litigation
11:30 a.m.-12:30 a.m. Session 2A: Sex Trafficking and Criminal Street Gangs: A Survivor's Tale

Session 2B: An Hour with Above the Law

Session 2C: Copyright v. Fair Use: Rights v. Remedies

12:45-2:00 p.m.

Younger Federal Lawyers Awards Luncheon
Join us for the presentation of the Younger Federal Lawyer Awards, which are bestowed upon outstanding government and military attorneys who have attained high standards of professional achievement. 

Remarks by John D. Feerick, Norris Professor of Law, Fordham University School of Law

2:15-3:15 p.m. Session 3A: Blockchain 101: For Lawyers Dabbling in the Area!

Session 3B: Easiest Catch: Don't Be Another Fish in the Dark 'Net

Session 3C: Basics of Federal Funding Agreements

3:30-4:30 p.m. Session 4A: Blockchain: From Innovation to Regulation

Session 4B: Trends in First Amendment Policing

Session 4C: How Alcohol Beverage Companies Stand Out in 2018: Digital Brand Promotion Challenges within the Regulatory Framework

6:30-10:30 p.m.

Welcome Reception hosted by the Southern District of New York Chapter & sponsored by Dunnington Bartholow & Miller LLP, LexisNexis, and The Wagstaffe Group
Tribeca Rooftop
2 Desbrosses St., New York

The Southern District of New York Chapter is rolling out the red carpet and treating Annul Meeting registered attendees and their guests to the best that New York has to offer! NYC’s Tribeca Rooftop’s industrial penthouse and roof deck provide unparalleled views of downtown New York City and Hudson River. You won’t want to miss an evening of chic cocktails, cool jazz vocals, and the company of your friends and colleagues. 

The event is complimentary, but registration is required.

6:30-7:30 a.m. Fun Run
Enjoy your morning jog through Lower Manhattan and Battery Park lead by the SDNY Wellness Committee Chairs. 

The event is complimentary, but registration is required.
7:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Registration Open

8:30-9:30 a.m. General Session
Legislative Update with Bruce Moyer, FBA Government Relations Council
9:45-10:45 a.m. Session 5A: How to Win a Case from a Judge's Perspective

Session 5B: Women’s Human Rights Roundtable – the Plight of Female Refugees, Children, and Migrant Domestic Violence Victims

Session 5C: Statutes, Regulations, Policy and Executive Orders: Sorting out the Immigration Mess

10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. FBA Foundation Board of Directors Meeting
11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Session 6A: #MeToo: Implementation and Administration of an Effective Anti- Harassment Policy

Session 6B: Drafting, Negotiating, and Enforcing Intellectual Property License Agreements: Strategies and Pitfalls

Session 6C: Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 2015 Amendment Update: Proportionality, Principles, and Perspectives

12:30-2:00 p.m.

FBA Public Service Luncheon
Sponsored by the FBA Labor and Employment Law Section

Celebrate the gift of giving back at the Public Service Luncheon while honoring FBA members and Chapters on their contributions in public service.  Awards presented will include the Ilene and Michael Shaw Public Service Award, Ilene and Michael Shaw Younger Lawyer Public Service Grant, and the Elaine R. “Boots” Fisher Award, as well as an induction of the 2018 Fellows of the Foundation of the FBA.

2:30-3:30 p.m.   Vice President for the Circuits Meeting

Editorial Board Meeting

Federal Litigation Section Meeting
2:30-4:30 p.m.

You Passed The Bar.  Now What?:  How To Survive and Thrive In Your First Few Years In Practice
Transitioning from law school to legal practice can be difficult.  New lawyers often face ethical, substantive, professionalism, law office management, practice development, and other issues. This panel will discuss strategies on how to make your first years of practice successful, including the benefits of mentorship, the benefits of FBA membership, time management, and whether work-life balance exists.  Participants will have the chance to ask questions of experienced practitioners, under the age of 40, and receive candid advice about how to succeed in their legal career. Younger Lawyers Division Program (Registration Required)

FBBC Board of Directors Meeting

3:45-4:45 p.m.    Labor & Employment Law Section Meeting

International Law Section Meeting

Bankruptcy Law Section Meeting
4:30-6:00 p.m. Networking Reception host by the FBA Federal Litigation Section
Conveniently located within the conference hotel, enjoy premium cocktails and light hors d’oeuvres following an afternoon of business meetings. You earned it! Open to all conference participants.
6:30-8:30 p.m. EDNY's Taste of New York Reception
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
225 Cadman Plaza E., Brooklyn NY

5:30-6:30 p.m. Bridge Tour
6:30-8:30 p.m. Reception

Hosted by the Eastern District of New York Chapter, attendees will have the opportunity to walk across one of the Nation’s most famous bridges – the Brooklyn Bridge – on a guided tour* to the Brooklyn Federal Courthouse. Transportation will also be provided to the courthouse. Well-known NYC food trucks will be serving up cocktail size portions of their most popular specialties along with live entertainment:

AAdvark Amusements
Brooklyn Brewery
City Winery
Dylan’s Candy Bar
El Toro Rojo
Grimaldi’s Pizza
Junior’s Cheesecake
Korilla BBQ
Laura’s BBQ
Magnolia Bakery
New York Hot Dogs and Soft Pretzles
Red Hook Lobster

*In the event of bad weather, the Brooklyn Bridge Tour will be canceled and participants will be bused directly to the courthouse for the cocktail reception.
8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Registration Open
8:30-11:30 a.m.

FBA National Council Meeting

12:00-2:00 p.m.

FBA Awards Luncheon
Support Active FBA Volunteers at this annual event, which recognizes the outstanding service and achievements of members, sections, divisions, and chapters. 

2:15-4:15 p.m.

Chapter Leaders Meeting

Sections and Divisions Meetings

5:30-6:30 p.m. Fellows of the Foundation Reception (invite only)
6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.    Leadership Reception
7:00-9:00 p.m.

Presidential Installation Banquet

Join us for a black-tie optional banquet to formally induct Maria Z. Vathis as the FBA National President for FY 2019.

Maria Z. Vathis is Of Counsel at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP in Chicago.  She has been a member of the Federal Bar Association since the beginning of her legal career. She served as Chicago Chapter President in 2011 and was heavily involved in planning the 2011 FBA Annual Convention. She served as a Board Member of the Chicago Chapter from 2002-2006 and an officer starting in 2007. Maria also served as the National Delegate for the Chicago Chapter and spoke on a panel at the Chapter Leadership Training Program in 2011.

*All events will take place at the New York Marriott Downtown unless otherwise noted.


The FBA Block at the New York Marriott Downtown Hotel is currently sold out.  We have secured an alternate room block at a nearby property. Please contact Laura Mulhern, Meeting Planner, to secure a reservation.

Gold Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

Sustaining Sponsors

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP
Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University
Docket Alarm
FBA Federal Litigation Section
FBA Intellectual Property Section
FBA Labor & Employment Law Section
FBA Securities Law Section
RVM Enterprises
Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP
US Legal Support
Friends of the Conference
Alt Legal
Computer Forensic Services LLC
Drohan Lee LLP
FBA Alternative Dispute Resolution Section
FBA Antitrust & Trade Regulation Section
FBA Bankruptcy Law Section
FBA Civil Rights Law Section
FBA Criminal Law Section
FBA Environment, Energy, & Natural Resources Section
FBA Immigration Law Section
FBA Indian Law Section
FBA International Law Section
FBA LGBT Law Section
FBA Maryland Chapter
FBA Section on Taxation
FBA Social Security Law Section
FBA State and Local Government Relations Section
FBA Veterans & Military Law Section
Gell & Gell Attorneys at Law
Jackson Lewis
Lazare Potter Giacovas & Moyle LLP
Legal Files Software, Inc.
Mark S. Gottlieb, CPA, PC
Mintz Levin
National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives (NOSSCR)
Stout Risius Ross LLC
Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP
Waters, Kraus, & Paul
Zale Capital Management, L.P.

Contact Jordan Weiss if you are interested in sponsoring this conference. 

September 13 - 15, 2018
New York Marriott Downtown Hotel
New York, NY

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