Can nonmembers attend the Meeting?

Yes, members may invite nonmember colleagues to attend the Meeting and related events. Interested members of the media may also attend any portion of the Meeting.  Please see the Policy Concerning Nonmembers at Annual Meetings for details

Is there a registration fee?

There is no registration fee for the Meeting. Ticket prices for special events can be found in the events listing.

What are the registration desk hours? Where is it located?

Registration Desk Hours
Roosevelt Room

Sunday, May 20, 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Monday, May 21, 8:00 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Tuesday, May 22, 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, May 23, 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (or until Meeting adjourns)

Where can I pick up my badge on site?

You should pick up your badge at the ALI registration desk. You must pick up your badge before entering The Ritz-Carlton Ballroom and wear it for all Meeting sessions and events.

Why are there colored dots on some badges?

We use a green dot on a badge, together with a green lanyard, to indicate that the wearer is a newly elected member of the Institute, and a red dot to designate those attending an Annual Meeting for the first time. This year the new members will also be wearing a green lanyard. Keep an eye out for these members, so you can welcome them to ALI and to the Meeting!

Officers and members of the Council are designated by a blue dot on a badge — don’t hesitate to introduce yourself to them.

Are there any special events for new members?

Yes. ALI will hold a luncheon for members elected since May 2017. In addition, there is a dinner organized by newer members on Sunday, May 20. If you are in that group, you should receive an invitation. Pre-registration is required. Please contact Beth Goldstein at or (215) 243-1666 for more information.

How can I find information on the status of the projects being presented at the Meeting?

The agenda will note whether projects are being presented for approval or for discussion. You also can visit the Projects section of our main website for more information on the projects.

How can I get copies of the Meeting drafts?

You will receive by mail in advance of the Meeting any drafts that you requested via our draft-selection invitation. You also can download drafts in PDF format after they are posted on our website (access is free for members and project participants). If we have a working email address for you, we will notify you by email when each draft is posted. In addition, printed copies of the drafts will be available at the Meeting.

Can I make comments on Meeting drafts?

Yes. In addition to comments and suggestions made from the floor at the Meeting, written comments on Annual Meeting Drafts are welcome. Please submit your comment in accordance with the procedure described on the Drafts, Comments, & Motions page.

Submitted comments are posted by ALI staff as soon as possible. 

I’d like to present a motion at the Meeting. How do I go about doing so?

Please submit your motion in accordance with the procedure described on the Drafts, Comments, & Motions page.

Submitted motions are posted by ALI staff as soon as possible. 

Is CLE credit available?

Yes. For a $100 administrative fee, CLE credit is available for attendance at the project sessions at the Annual Meeting. In addition, a program by ALI CLE on Sunday, May 20, offers two hours of ethics credits. The tuition for the program is $150 for ALI members (and project Advisers) and $195 for all others. Advanced registration is required.

I have a disability. How can I make special arrangements to participate in the Meeting?

Please inform our Meetings Department (by phone at (215) 243-1657 or by email to at least two weeks in advance of any special arrangements required for you to participate fully in the Meeting or any of the related events.

Is financial assistance available?

Financial assistance is available for  the following members:

  • Government attorney (local, state, or federal)
  • Judge (local, state, or federal)
  • Public Defender (local, state, or federal)
  • Prosecutor (local, state, or federal)
  • Nonprofit lawyer focused on legal services for the indigent
  • Lawyer in the Armed Forces

Please contact the Membership Department by email to or by phone to (215) 243-1666 for more information.


Will there be wireless access at the Meeting?

Yes. Free wireless access will be available in The Ritz-Carlton Ballroom.

What is the dress code for the Meeting and related events?

The dress code is business attire. The Annual Reception and Dinner are semi-formal (black tie optional).

I cannot attend, but would like to know what happens at the Meeting. Is there a way to see daily project updates? Will the Meeting be available by webcast?

A steady stream of news about the Meeting will be posted on the Annual Meeting website, and email updates will be sent daily after the Meeting adjourns. We’ll also provide a full report on the Meeting in the next issue of The ALI Reporter.

The Annual Meeting will not be broadcast online, but videos of speeches and remarks at events will be posted on ALI’s website after the Meeting.

If your question isn’t covered here, please contact ALI Membership Manager Jane Giacinto at or (215) 243-1623.

Please Note: Although the date of a project session will not change, times may change during the meeting.  Sessions may begin or end earlier or later than shown on the agenda.