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Legal Summit & Annual Meeting 2021 Program Proposals:
Sections & Committees

The Maryland State Bar Association (“MSBA”) is now accepting program proposals from its Sections & Committees for the
2021 Legal Summit & Annual Meeting.

With notable speakers and relevant and exciting programming for a wide variety of practice areas and attorneys in varying different sectors of the profession and stages of their career, the 2019 Legal Summit & Annual Meeting drew 1100+ participants. Post event survey results indicated that 28% of the attendees had never attended or had not attended an Annual Meeting within the past 5 years, a significant increase over the 7% in 2018. In addition, 85% of the attendees rated the 2019 Legal Summit & Annual Meeting as Excellent or Good.

This year, COVID-19 caused unprecedented disruptions to activities across the globe and in Maryland, and the MSBA made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Legal Summit & Annual Meeting. However, we intend to make 2021 our best to date.

Our survey data provided us insight on how we can improve to meet that goal. First, the survey indicated that 60 minute or 90 minute classes were preferred over the traditional 2-hour time frame. In addition, the survey indicated that members want to see more programs and know more details about the available programs at least 3-6 months prior to the event, or between January and March.

In response to this data, we are updating the conference schedule to provide 60-minute and 90-minute programs. In doing so, we have the potential to accommodate over 80+ different programs v. the 56 provided in 2019. In order to accommodate this schedule, we are decoupling the Section meetings from the Section sponsored programs. Rather, each day will provide certain times and space for the Sections to hold meetings. Communication about how to schedule your Section Meetings will be provided as the schedule becomes more finalized.

Lastly, in order to provide potential attendees with more information on the available programs further in advance, we have outlined the following timeline for program submissions:

  • November 25, 2020: Initial proposal submissions due.
  • Mid-December, 2020: Notification re: acceptance/rejection of submitted proposals.
  • January 31, 2021: Final revisions to program titles, description, and speakers/panelists information due.
  • March 6, 2021: Program outline due (identifies topics/subtopics, anticipated written materials or powerpoints, and A/V needs)
  • April 30, 2021: Written Materials due (Written Materials and/or PowerPoints are required for all programs)

Sections/Committees are permitted to submit more than one (1) program proposal. Please complete a separate proposal for each potential program.

Please contact our team at with any questions.