NELA Virtual Convention

NELA is pleased to announce that we are bringing our 2020 Convention directly to you!

Get ready for our innovative virtual program, where you’ll have access to critical legal education and expert presenters,
as well as the social and networking events that make the NELA Convention experience so special.


  • Interactive Q&As With Presenters
  • Small-Group Social Hours
  • Integrated NELA Exchange Community
  • Yoga For Stressed-Out Attorneys
  • Virtual Tobias 5K
  • Brunch With The Institute
  • Virtual Exhibitor Hall!


Topics Include

  • The Impacts of COVID-19 on Employment Law
  • Discovery In Wage & Hour Cases
  • Whistleblower Claims 101
  • Unique Issues Facing Immigrant Workers
  • Trial Strategies For Disability Cases
  • The Year In Review

Registration Rates

NELA Members: $425
Legal Services/Public Interest Attorneys: $325
Government Attorneys: $325
Paraprofessionals: $325
Law Student Members: $125
Non-Members: $600

2020 Keynote Address

JudgeReeves_fw.pngNELA is privileged to welcome The Honorable Carlton W. Reeves as our Keynote Speaker. Judge Reeves was nominated by President Barack Obama to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi on April 28, 2010 and received his commission on December 20, 2010.

The second African American to serve as a federal judge in Mississippi, Judge Reeves is the author of a number of groundbreaking decisions, including Campaign for Southern Equality v. Bryant, which struck down the state’s same-sex marriage ban, and Jackson Women’s Health Organization v. Currier, which struck down a state law banning abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy. Judge Reeves is a graduate of the University of Virginia Law School.

Awards Ceremony & Happy Hour

You are invited to join the entire NELA family as we begin our celebration of NELA’s 35th Anniversary. Pour yourself a NELA signature cocktail or your beverage of choice and raise a glass to NELA members Alice W. Ballard (PA) and Richard T. Seymour (DC) who we are honoring for their distinguished service to the NELA community. We also will take a moment to acknowledge retiring Board members John F. Beasley, Charlotte Fishman, and Gregory A. Rich and recognize our dedicated staff.


Talent Show + Karaoke

To celebrate NELA's special birthday, we are bringing back a NELA favorite—Zoom style! Share a special talent or your go-to karaoke song. Or grab a drink, sit back, and enjoy the show. All are welcome. Acts should be under 5 five minutes. Please register in advance to reserve a spot to perform and confirm availabilty of your song selection. For more information, please contact Leah Hofkin, NELA Director of Development at