What is a Bar Conference?
A bar conference is an annual event that is typically hosted by each state’s bar association. In some cases, like California, states will have multiple bar associations based on where lawyers are geographically located, what sectors of law they practice, or other unifying factors.
State bar conferences or annual meetings are held by just about every state. Many of these events invite legal industry thought leaders to give lectures and host panels. Speakers can range from lawyers to news correspondents to athletes – anyone who can provide insightful information that will benefit the state’s legal network.
In addition to thought leadership, bar conferences provide a great opportunity for lawyers to network. Between sponsored lunches, happy hours, and evening socials, bar conferences encourage lawyers from all industries to connect and collaborate. Networking is an essential part of building a successful practice’s referral program. When networking strategically, a lawyer can leave a conference with several additional referral partners from whom they can acquire client leads.
Furthermore, law firms are able to connect with marketing and operations leaders who sponsor the events. There are often sponsors who provide products that are designed to make law firms operate more efficiently. From case management software to legal marketing firms, lawyers can explore products and services to make their lives easier.
Who Can Attend Bar Conferences?
Bar conferences are typically open to lawyers and legal marketing professionals who are members of the state’s bar association. However, some bar conferences are open to lawyers who are interested in joining bar associations but haven’t committed to the association yet. Naturally, the fees are typically higher for non-members than members.
Sponsors are also invited to the bar conferences. There is typically a trade show floor where sponsors set up booths to showcase their products and services to the attendees.
Are Bar Conferences in Person or Online in 2022?
In the wake of Covid-19, many bar conferences had been exclusively online only. In 2022, many bar conferences are offering hybrid events where guests can choose whether to attend in-person or virtually.
When and Where are Bar Conferences in 2022?
Many bars have not yet posted their annual meeting dates yet, but here are several states whose annual bar information is available:
|Alabama||June 22-25||Miramar Beach, FL|
|Alaska||October 26-28||Anchorage, Alaska|
|Arizona||June 27-29||Chandler, AZ|
|Arkansas||June 15-17||Hot Springs, Arkansas|
|California||15-Sep||San Diego, California|
|Colorado||24-Jun||Colorado Springs, Colorado|
|Delaware||Not Available||Not Available|
|Florida||June 22-25||Orlando, Florida|
|Georgia||June 2-5||Omni Amelia Island Resort|
|Idaho||July 20-22||Twin Falls, Idaho|
|Illinois||June 9-11||Lake Geneva|
|Indiana||June 2-4||French Lick, Indiana|
|Iowa||June 20-24||Not Available|
|Kansas||Not Available||Not Available|
|Kentucky||June 15-17||Owensboro, KY|
|Louisiana||June 5-10||Destin, Florida|
|Maine||Not Available||Not Available|
|Maryland||June 1-3||Ocean City, Maryland|
|Michigan||Not Available||Not Available|
|Minnesota||Not Available||Not Available|
|Missouri||September 14-16||Springfield, Missouri|
|Montana||September 21 – 24||Helena, Montana|
|Nebraska||October 12-14||Omaha, Nebraska|
|Nevada||June 23-24||Sonoma, CA|
|New Hampshire||June 8-9||Concord, New Hampshire|
|New Jersey||May 18-20||Atlantic City, New Jersey|
|New Mexico||Aug 11-13||Santa Ana Pueblo, NM|
|New York||January 18-28||Virtual|
|North Carolina||June 23-25||Wilmington, NC|
|North Dakota||June 15-27||Fargo, ND|
|Oklahoma||November 2-4||Oklahoma City, Oklahoma|
|Oregon||Not Available||Not Available|
|Pennsylvania||May 11-13||Hershey, Pennsylvania|
|Rhode Island||June 23-24||Providence, Rhode Island|
|South Carolina||January 20-23||Greenville, South Carolina|
|South Dakota||June 22-24||Rapid City, South Dakota|
|Tennessee||June 15-18||Nashville, Tennessee|
|Texas||June 9-10||Houston, Texas|
|Utah||July 6-9||Coronado, Utah|
|Vermont||Midyear: March 25||Lake Champlain, Vermont|
|Virginia||June 15-17||Virginia Bech, Virginia|
|Washington||Varies by Section||Varies by Section|
|West Virginia||April 10-11||Charleston, West Virginia|
|Wisconsin||October 27-29||Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin|
|Wyoming||Not Available||Not Available|