Last year we enjoyed connecting with 1,100+ participants from across Maryland at our signature event, the MSBA Legal Summit & Annual Meeting. We’ve seen growth in each of the last three years and this year was on track to have an even higher number of participants. In fact, over 350 people had already registered by mid-February with 550+ total participants and thus we projected to reach 1,300+ participants for the event this year. There was clear excitement around our two impressive keynote speakers in former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and NPR Legal Analyst, Nina Totenberg, along with 80 substantive law programs across eight learning tracks. The biggest annual meeting ever. The largest number of programs ever.
COVID-19 Impacts Everything
COVID-19 has resulted in unprecedented disruptions across the globe and our state for all activities and we are not immune from this reality. In a Special Meeting of the Board, the MSBA Board of Governors, after considering the health and safety of our members, invited guests, speakers, exhibitors, and staff, made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Legal Summit & Annual Meeting.
Eligible registered attendees will have their registrations converted to the MSBA’s newest product, the MSBA Passport which is valued at $695. The MSBA Passport is an all access pass to just about everything the MSBA has to offer, and includes membership dues for the 2020-21 Bar year, free access to 40+ in-person and 150+ OnDemand CLEs, complimentary registration to the 2021 Legal Summit & Annual Meeting, and much more.
MSBA Continues Efforts to Support You & Profession…and we want to mention one more thing.
We are working tirelessly to bring members up-to-date information regarding the COVID pandemic and its impact on the practice of law. Working with members, we have delivered dozens of COVID related webinars to over 8,000 attorneys in just 6 weeks or so with more to come, all at no charge. In fact, we have now made our entire OnDemand CLE catalog of 150+ courses available to all legal professionals until June 30, 2020.
One more thing….Soon, we will be announcing a new late Fall event called MSBA’s Legal Excellence Week. This new conference will feature some of our most popular CLE Institutes & Specialty Summits along with other programming which we anticipate will be extremely relevant. There will be 10+ mini conferences combined into Legal Excellence Week and you’ll have the opportunity to participate in 1 or all. More details on these programs will be announced very soon.
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