The Top CLE Trade Shows to Attend in 2020

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As a new year begins our minds can’t help but think about all we hope to accomplish. After all, this is the time where we set resolutions and begin crafting action plans.

There’s no better way to get the creative juices flowing then by attending major trade shows and conferences with several professionals nationwide. If the destinations and in-person training aren’t compelling enough, the opportunity for networking and building one-to-one connections with colleagues in your field should be.

There are many events offered each year and it can be daunting to choose which conference to attend.  In an effort to help boil down the bountiful list, we have pulled together our recommended top shows to attend:

1. ACLEA's Mid-Year Meeting | Building Bridges, Creating Connections

Who: This event is targeted toward CLE professionals.

What: The Association for Continuing Legal Education (ACLEA) Annual Meeting will showcase inspiring speakers who will change your perspective and provide the tools needed to make a difference in your organization. Attendees will review the latest industry changes to benefit those beginning their career or transitioning to a new position in CLE. It will also focus on networking with industry leaders and peers during scheduled events and impromptu meetups. Attendees will leave inspired about their business and professional development by connecting with vendors, presenters, and other attendees. 

Where: Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront, Jacksonville, FL

When: Wednesday, January 24 to Friday, January 26, 2020

2. NALP's Annual Education Conference

Who: This event is targeted toward law school and legal employer members.

What: This premier event brings together law school and legal employer members for four days of contemporary educational programs. Topics addressed will include career counseling, entry-level and lateral recruiting, lawyer and law student professional development, diversity management, and more. The conference also features opportunities for employer and law school members to network, including a member celebration, a diversity reception, regional meetings, and NALP Section meetings. Conference registration includes admission to NALP’s Resource Center, a showcase of useful products and services for the profession. To see the types of programs and events offered at the Annual Education Conference, see the 2019 Conference brochure (PDF).

Where: Montréal, PQ, at the Palais des Congres de Montréal

When: Wednesday, April 29 to Friday, May 1, 2020


3. ACLEA's 2020 Annual Meeting

Who: This event is targeted toward CLE professionals.

What: The Association for Continuing Legal Education (ACLEA) Annual Meeting will feature a comprehensive program providing attendees with the opportunity to strengthen their network with industry leaders and peers during multiple scheduled events as well as impromptu meet-ups.

Where: Sheraton Vancouver Wall Center

When: Saturday, July 25 to Tuesday, July 28, 2020


4. 2020 Professional Development Institute

Who: This event is targeted toward law firm and law school professionals.

What: The 2020 Professional Development Institute is the must-attend conference for learning about current trends in lawyer professional development, exploring key issues facing the legal industry, hearing about proven programs to give lawyers and law students the competitive edge they need, and networking with over 300 law firm and law school PD contacts.

Where: Washington, D.C.

When: Thursday, December 3 to Friday, December 4, 2020 


When it comes to CLE events, your biggest challenge is choosing which best fits your needs. We hope this quick glimpse has helped outline which conference would be most worthwhile for you and your colleagues. No matter how you choose, we trust you will be satisfied with any of these training, networking, and exposure opportunities.

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