Boston Bar Industry Conferences

The Boston Bar hosts a broad range of industry conferences throughout the year.

Each conference features top experts in their particular field, drawn from law firms & in-house legal departments, government agencies & the courts, and business leadership from a variety of sectors. Conference presentations focus on recent developments and legal trends affecting businesses and legal practitioners in a particular industry.

Boston Bar conferences represent an opportunity for attendees to gain applicable insights and spend some time networking with experts & colleagues in their field.
  • Higher Education Legal Conference
    Higher Education
    Legal Conference

    Thursday, March 14, 2019

    Annual opportunity to hear from leaders in higher education about the emerging legal issues impacting their institutions. This full-day conference brings together college and university in-house legal departments, administrators, and firm practitioners to discuss the complex legal needs of higher education institutions in a changing world.

  • Mergers & Acquisitions Conference
    Mergers & Acquisitions Conference

    Thursday, April 4, 2019

    This March, the BBA will host its 5th Annual Mergers & Acquisitions Conference. This event brings together attorneys from private practice and in-house legal departments to discuss the latest developments in M&A.

  • White Collar Crime Conference

    Monday, April 22, 2019

    This full-day conference brings together the best and brightest from private practice, in-house legal departments, government, and the judiciary for a full-day event that no member of Boston’s white collar crime bar can afford to miss. Attend interactive breakout sessions, high-level keynote discussions, and in-depth examinations on recent cases and developments in healthcare fraud, securities enforcement, FCA, government investigations, and more.

  • Workshop for Public Sector Labor Relations Specialists

    Saturday, May 4, 2019

    This annual program will familiarize labor relations practitioners with current trends in collective bargaining and other issues affecting public employees.

  • Bankruptcy Bench Meets Bar Conference

    Wednesday, May 22, 2019

    The Bankruptcy Bench Meets Bar Conference is an annual opportunity for bankruptcy professionals and the Federal Bankruptcy Court Judges to meet and share insights, observations and analysis on key issues for 2019 and beyond.

  • Boston Bar Energy Conference
    Boston Bar Energy Conference

    Thursday, June 6, 2019

    The Energy Conference connects lawyers with cutting edge insights into some of the changes that are shaping the sale, use, and conservation of energy resources.

  • Life Science Conference
    Life Sciences Conference

    Thursday, September 20, 2018
    8:00AM – 4:00PM
    Boston Marriott Cambridge

    With emerging technologies and rapidly expanding business sectors come new legal issues. The Boston Bar annual Life Sciences Conference features speakers and discussions exploring the interplay between the life sciences sector and the law, spanning across corporate, regulatory, and IP law.

    Home to biotech startups, leading research institutions, multinational pharmaceutical companies, and venture capital firms, Boston is at the forefront of the life science industry and the Boston Bar is the industry’s hub for legal expertise.

  • Employment Law Conference
    Employment Conference

    Thursday, October 25, 2018
    9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
    Boston Bar Association
    16 Beacon Street, Boston, MA

    Employment laws protect employees from discriminatory treatment, unfair labor practices, unsafe work conditions, and more. With thousands of employment law firms and professionals in Boston, this conference will provide practitioners with an opportunity to network and learn from industry experts on critical developments to help better advise clients in this ever-changing landscape.

  • Cannabis Law Conference
    Cannabis Law Conference

    Thursday, November 1, 2018
    Boston Bar Association
    16 Beacon Street, Boston, MA

    This conference will bring together experts in all aspects of the cannabis industry to provide guidance for practitioners on new developments and best practices when dealing with various issues such as raising capital, land use and zoning, healthcare and research, licensing for cultivation, processing and dispensing legal marijuana, and more.

  • High Tech & Emerging Tech Conference
    High Tech & Emerging Tech Conference

    Thursday, November 29, 2018
    3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
    Boston Bar Association
    16 Beacon Street, Boston, MA

    Emerging technology presents exciting opportunities and unique legal challenges for entrepreneurs and high tech companies. This conference will bring together practitioners who advise these clients through all stages of their development and in-house counsel in the emerging technology industry to learn, network, and share ideas. Gain industry knowledge on exciting developments in blockchain, investment trends, AI, robotics and more.

  • Intellectual Property Year in Review
    Intellectual Property
    Year in Review

    Thursday, January 24, 2019

    This is the premier IP law event of the year. Panelists will provide attendees with what you need to know from landmark cases and legislative changes and offer insights into what’s ahead in patents, copyright, trademarks, and trade secrets.

  • Venture Capital and Private Equity Conference

    Thursday, April 4, 2019

    The Boston Bar Venture Capital and Private Equity Conference is an opportunity for members of Boston’s legal and business communities to gather for networking and discussions around key topics and trends at the intersection of capital investments and the law.

  • Privacy and Cybersecurity Conference
    Privacy and Cybersecurity Conference

    Tuesday, May 14, 2019

    This full-day conference covers a wide range of topics from data breach response and litigation to compliance and transactional issues. Panelists discuss new developments in the legal and regulatory landscape, while offering insights into challenges and opportunities ahead.


Boston Bar Business Development Workshops

In addition to industry conferences, the Boston Bar also hosts business development workshops for members of the legal community.

The workshops are an opportunity for legal professionals to sharpen and expand their business, marketing, and networking skills.
  • Brand Yourself 2.0
    Brand Yourself 2.0: Develop Your Business

    An interactive workshop providing mid-level associates with opportunities to work with business development and marketing professionals to build written business plans and actionable strategies to remain accountable to the plans.

  • Practice Launch Workshop
    Practice Launch Workshop

    Tuesday, October 16, 2018
    9:00 PM to 5:00 PM
    Boston Bar Association
    16 Beacon Street, Boston, MA

    Whether you’re starting out fresh or need a fresh start, now is the time to get a handle on law practice management. This hands-on program will provide new practitioners and existing firm owners with a crash course in the major aspects of every successful solo or small practice: technology, finance and administration, and marketing and business development. You’ll have access to presentations from practice management experts and seasoned attorneys who will walk you through the development of a successful law practice and provide strategies for obtaining more clients. Ample opportunities for Q&A and networking will be provided.