Where and When Are Bar Conferences in 2022

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:

State Conference Date Location
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
Connecticut 13-Jun Hartford, Connecticut
Delaware Not Available Not Available
Florida June 22-25 Orlando, Florida
Georgia June 2-5 Omni Amelia Island Resort
Hawaii 14-Oct Not Available
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
Massachusetts 7-Jun Not Available
Michigan Not Available Not Available
Minnesota Not Available Not Available
Mississippi 14-Apr Virtual
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
Ohio 10-May Ohio Statehouse
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