Of course, we’ll be there for the speeches by former Supreme Court Justice David Souter and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. But look for many more names of legal luminaries as we cover the ABA annual meeting.
Among them will be U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton of Washington and U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald of Chicago, who are participating in a Saturday forum about a federal shield law for journalists. We’ll also attend a Friday session in which U.S. District Judge Sue Robinson of Delaware and other federal judges provide tips on what they consider effective and ineffective advocacy techniques. Friday’s highlights will include a discussion among state Attorneys General Martha Coakley of Massachusetts and Douglas Gansler of Maryland and others on multi-state regulatory investigations. Also on Friday, former U.S. attorneys general, including Michael Mukasey, John Ashcroft and Benjamin Civiletti, will discuss “lessons from history.”
Along the way, the blog will also pop in on some of the lawyer-improvement panels, such as how to make it rain with your clients in a recessionary drought, working the hot issues in environmental law, and understanding the language of foreign courts. A fashion show at Macy’s that is seemingly aimed at women lawyers attending the meeting has also piqued our curiosity.
Finally, we’ll go to some of the meeting’s sold-out lunches, dinners, and galas, hunting for newsy items and maybe a few blunt remarks.