2020 NAPABA Convention

Call for Programs Now Closed

Thank you for your interest in submitting a proposal for the 2020 NAPABA Convention. The Call for Programs is now closed. All submitters will receive a decision via email the week of June 22-26. Please keep in mind that NAPABA receives over 100 submissions and can only accommodate a portion of the submissions received. 

General CLE Programming

We strive to represent a broad range of experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds in our Friday and Saturday CLE programming so as to appeal to the broadest extent of NAPABA’s diverse and multi-faceted membership.We are also mindful of the feedback we have received from past attendees, such as requests to include more programs about public interest and non-traditional lawyering. We are committed to inclusivity and innovation, but we need your help to expand the scope of submissions to include all of the topics that are of interest to our membership.

Thursday Specialty Programming

What is Thursday Specialty Programming? On Thursday of the Convention, special workshops and programs are held by our committees and networks to provide you with the deep-dive skills and knowledge to excel in your practice and career. This series of workshops is designed to give you experiential learning opportunities in an immersive and interactive environment and provide you with the opportunity to get into the details with experts in the field, beyond what may be possible during a general CLE session. This year’s Thursday Specialty Programming tracks, held concurrently, include:

  1. International Law Symposium presented by the International Law Committee
  2. Solo & Small Firm Bootcamp presented by the Solo & Small Firm Committee
  3. Women's Leadership Workshop presented by the Women's Leadership Network

Important Dates

  • April 20, 2020 at 5 p.m. ET | All program submissions are due
  • May 5-July 24, 2020 | CLE Committee review period
  • August 3-7, 2020 | All submitters will be notified about the status of their submission
  • September 15, 2020 | CLE Written Materials DUE to NAPABA for accepted programs 
Speaker Database

NAPABA is seeking interested speakers for the 2020 NAPABA Convention, taking place in Los Angeles, CA from November 5-8. Lend your expertise to a CLE panel! Should an opening need to be filled in the Convention program, you may be contacted by NAPABA staff.

Please note that submitting an application does not guarantee a speaking role. Speakers will be notified on a rolling basis.

Speaker Database Application Form


NAPABA members are eligible to save up to $165 off their registration. Become a member or renew your membership today! Click here to learn more about our membership benefits.

Before registering, please ensure that your NAPABA membership is current to receive member discounts. NAPABA will not reimburse you the difference if you become a member after you have already registered for the conference.

Questions about your membership? Contact membership@napaba.org.



2020 NAPABA Convention | Virtual Experience

Introducing NAPABA's new digital experience, bringing meaningful insights, networking opportunities, and perspective to the legal community. With face-to-face no longer a viable option, the 2020 NAPABA Convention | Virtual Experience, gives you direct access to our extended community through a network of digital broadcasts and curated content to help you achieve your goals.

Whether you are looking to network with others, learn the latest legal insights and trends, or find your next career or business opportunity, the NAPABA Convention is sure to have something for you! 




Sexual Harassment Policy

NAPABA is committed to providing a safe and welcoming environment at all of its events and does not tolerate sexual harassment in any form.

View our full policy and complaint form

2020 Continuing Legal Education

Course Materials

CLE course materials will be available in the Fall.  

Wednesday, Nov. 4
Women's Leadership Workshop

CLE Certificate of Attendance

All Convention attendees will receive an email following the Convention with a link to our online CLE system. This email will contain instructions on how to confirm your participation and print your CLE certificate of attendance.

Need to obtain your CLE Certificate of Attendance from previous NAPABA Conventions? Click here to log in to the NAPABA CLE Management System!

CLE Accreditation Chart

The CLE Accreditation chart will be available in the Fall.


If you have questions, please contact cle@napaba.org

2020 Speaker Resources


  • Friday, August 7, 2020 – Primary contacts will be notified of their program status.
  • Monday, August 10, 2020 – Early bird registration opens.
  • Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 5 p.m. EDT
    • FINAL CLE materials are due.
    • Speaker release forms for moderators and speakers are due.
  • Nov. 5-8, 2020 - See you at our virtual experience!

Registration is now open! Click over to the Registration tab to register for the NAPABA Convention.

CLE panelists will receive a 50% discount off their conference registration rate. NAPABA staff will be reaching out to each program chair to provide a discount code.

If you are a panelist who is not attending the Convention, please email Pang Moua so we can provide you access to your session on the day of your program.

Submission Deadline: Tuesday, September 15 at 5 p.m. ET

Unless prior authorization has been provided by Senior Meetings Manager Pang Moua, each program is REQUIRED to submit written materials relating to their program for continuing legal education (CLE) accreditation. NAPABA will apply for CLE credit on behalf of all programs; however, each program must prepare and supply NAPABA with the required written materials. Please review our CLE Written Materials Guidelines (see below) on how to prepare your materials.

Failure to submit CLE written materials by the CLE deadline or to comply with the guidelines may result in no CLE credit or cancellation of your program. Additionally, programs that do not provide CLE credit may result in fewer attendees than accredited programs.

Submission Guidelines

Completed materials must be in PDF format and combined in one single PDF file. Completed materials must be submitted by Tuesday, September 15 at 5 p.m. ET to cle@napaba.org.

Submission Deadline: Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 5 p.m. ET

All moderators and speakers must submit a speaker release form. Release forms may be emailed to cle@napaba.org.

Your program details and speaker information will be published on the virtual conference agenda and virtual platform. Please review your information on the conference agenda periodically for correctness. Should you need to make minor edits to your program, speaker information, or speaker lineup, please email Pang Moua with your edits. Major changes to your program—such as title or description change or substituting/adding speakers—must be raised with your CLE Committee Liaison and authorized by Pang Moua.

Your CLE liaison is available throughout the year to provide content suggestions and recommendations as you prepare your program for NAPABA Virtual Experience. Check your acceptance email for your assigned liaison.

CLE programs will be pre-recorded in advance with a live Q&A on the day of your presentation. While sessions will be pre-recorded, they will be shown on the day of the virtual conference "live" and speakers will have the chance to answer questions "live" after the recording is played. This will require coordination on two different occasions—during the taping and during the “live” screening of the CLE. We recognize that we are asking more of our speakers in this virtual realm, but it is important that we prioritize both the interactivity of each program and high-quality production that we will achieve by pre-recording through a skilled audio visual company.

NAPABA staff will reach out to each program to schedule a time in October for recording.

We recommend structuring your program for 50 minutes with 10 minutes for the live Q&A. Rehearse your presentation and be sure to stay with the time allotted so that all speakers have an opportunity to speak.

Slide Deck Template - Please use the slide deck template for your presentation. Click on the link to download the slide deck template.

Interested in speaking at the NAPABA Convention | Virtual Experience? Join our speaker database! Should an opening need to be filled in the Convention program, you may be contacted by NAPABA staff. Submit an application here.

Programs seeking additional speakers may contact Senior Meetings Manager Pang Moua.

NOTE: Speakers and moderators may not serve on more than one panel at the NAPABA Virtual Experience. NAPABA may exercise discretion to add, remove, or substitute speakers.

Q. How long are sessions?
All CLE programs are allotted 60 minutes. We recommend structuring your program for 50 minutes with a 10-minute Q&A.

Q. Will my session be recorded?
Yes. CLE sessions will be pre-recorded in advance and will be played as "live" during the conference. Speakers will have the opportunity to answer questions live after the pre-recording is played.

Q. Can a family member or colleague watch my presentation without registering for the conference?
No. For the privacy of our attendees, speakers, exhibitors, and sponsors, anyone who would like to participate in any part of the NAPABA Virtual Experience must be registered.

For other questions, please email convention@napaba.org.

NAPABA Scholarship Program

We recognize that our members may be facing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While we understand the financial impact many in our community are facing, we also know that now more than ever, the need to connect is powerful. In partnership with Prudential, NAPABA will offer scholarships to waive the registration fee for members that have been financially impacted by COVID-19.


Scholarships will be awarded in the form of a discount code equal to the amount of your NAPABA Convention registration fee at the early bird rate. Because the application period closes after the early bird deadline, NAPABA will extend the early bird rate to awardees.

Eligibility Criteria

  • You must be a current NAPABA member. NAPABA will check your membership status upon review of your application, so please make sure that you are a member PRIOR to applying for the scholarship. If you are unsure about your NAPABA membership, sign in to your NAPABA member profile here.
  • You must demonstrate financial need due to COVID-19. This may include, but is not limited to the following:
    • Involuntarily unemployed after March 11.
    • On involuntary no-pay leave after March 11.
    • Experiencing reduced monthly salary after March 11.

Application Window

  • Friday, September 11 | Application Opens
  • Monday, October 12 | Application Closes
  • Week of October 19 | Final Notification to Applicants

Application Deadline | 5 pm ET, Monday, October 12

To be considered for a scholarship, applications must be received by 5 pm ET, Monday, October 12. Applications received after this deadline will not be considered for an award.

Note: You must be logged in to NAPABA Social to view the application form.

Submit an Application


The NAPABA Scholarship Program is generously supported by


Keynote Series

The 2020 NAPABA Convention | Virtual Experience will showcase an exciting Keynote Series, featuring conversations with legal luminaries and leaders from our community and beyond. Whether you are seeking inspiration or looking to gain valuable insight from experts in the field, the NAPABA Keynote Series is sure to have something for you.


Headshot of Justice Breyer

A Fireside Conversation with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer
Moderated by Judge Vince Chhabria

Justice Stephen G. Breyer, U.S. Supreme Court

Stephen Breyer, born in San Francisco in 1938, is a justice on the Supreme Court of the United States. He is a graduate of Stanford, Oxford, and Harvard Law School. He taught law for many years as a professor at Harvard Law School and at the Kennedy School of Government. He has also worked as a Supreme Court law clerk (for Justice Arthur Goldberg), a Justice Department lawyer (antitrust division), an Assistant Watergate Special Prosecutor, and Chief Counsel of the Senate Judiciary Committee (working closely with Senator Edward M. Kennedy to pass the Airline Deregulation Act). In 1980 he was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit by President Carter, becoming Chief Judge in 1990. In 1994 he was appointed a Supreme Court Justice by President Clinton. He has written books and articles about administrative law, economic regulation, and constitutional law, including Regulation and Its Reform, Breaking the Vicious Circle: Toward Effective Risk Regulation, Active Liberty, Making Our Democracy Work: A Judge’s View and, The Court and the World which was recently published. His wife, Joanna, was born in Great Britain and is a retired clinical psychologist. They have three children (Chloe, Nell, and Michael) and five grandchildren.

Headshot of Judge Chhabria
Judge Vince Chhabria, Northern District of California

Vince Chhabria is a federal district judge in the Northern District of California, based in San Francisco. He was nominated by Barack Obama in July 2013 and confirmed by the Senate in March 2014. Before taking the bench, Judge Chhabria was Chief of Appellate Litigation for the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office, as well as a deputy on the Government Litigation Team for that office. He successfully defended a challenge to San Francisco’s universal health care program, and was part of the legal team that successfully challenged California’s ban on same‐sex marriage. He also defended the City in: a First Amendment challenge to an ordinance requiring cell phone retailers to warn customers about possible health risks from rf energy exposure from cell phones; an Establishment Clause challenge to a resolution passed by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors criticizing Vatican statements and policies regarding adoption by same‐sex couples; separate First Amendment and Equal Protection challenges to an ordinance banning tobacco sales in drug stores; a state law preemption challenge to an ordinance requiring landlords to pay relocation assistance to evicted tenants; and a Due Process challenge to the City's red light camera program. On the bench, Judge Chhabria has presided over a number of noteworthy cases, including a challenge to the Trump Administration’s decision to cut Affordable Care Act subsidies, a challenge to the federal government’s detention of unaccompanied minors accused of gang affiliation, a case about whether Lyft Drivers are employees or independent contractors, an MDL involving allegations that Monsanto’s Roundup causes cancer, and an MDL arising from Cambridge Analytica’s acquisition of Facebook user data. Judge Chhabria served as a law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer during the 2001‐2002 term.


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