Ticketed Events

The following are special events taking place at the Annual Meeting. Advance registration is strongly recommended for each event, as limited space is available. 

Sunday, May 19, from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Special Program - American Constitutional Law
Location: The Ritz-Carlton Ballroom

Judge Jeffrey S. Sutton of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit will join Judge Allison H. Eid of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, Judge Joan L. Larsen of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and Justice Goodwin Liu of the Supreme Court of California to discuss topics from his book, 51 Imperfect Solutions: States and the Making of American Constitutional Law. ALI President David F. Levi will moderate the discussion.

In his book, Judge Sutton argues that American Constitutional Law should account for the role of the state courts and state constitutions, together with the federal courts and the federal constitution, in protecting individual liberties. The book explores this theme by telling four stories about four constitutional debates that confirm the complex interaction between the states and federal government in protecting individual rights.

This program is free to attend, but registration is required. 


Sunday, May 19, from 2:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.
Special Program - Artificial Intelligence
Location: The Ritz-Carlton Ballroom
Speaker: Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar, Supreme Court of California

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is quickly becoming embedded in American life, and its presence and impact are growing at an increasing rate as technology develops. Along with AI’s myriad opportunities come legal challenges associated with harnessing the power of these technological tools. Thoughtful development of new and existing legal frameworks is needed to ensure that AI fulfills its potential for improving human life.

This panel will address some of these exciting and difficult legal issues. The discussion will be moderated by Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of California, who has written and taught about the legal challenges posed by Artificial Intelligence. Joining Justice Cuéllar as panelists will be Kristin Johnson, the McGlinchey Stafford Professor of Law at Tulane University Law School, a leading scholar of financial risk management and corporate law who has studied the role of emerging technology in financial markets; Cary Coglianese, the Edward B. Shils Professor of Law and Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he directs the Penn Program on Regulation; and Tom Lue, General Counsel at DeepMind, the artificial intelligence research firm that is part of the Alphabet group of companies.

This program is free to attend, but registration is required. 

Sunday, May 19, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
ALI CLE Ethics Program - Duty to Whom? Ethics Dilemmas Confronted by Government Lawyers
Location: The Ritz-Carlton Ballroom

Government lawyers are bound by the same rules of professional conduct as other lawyers. However, their unique role raises issues not normally encountered in the private sector. For example, traditional model rules of conduct state that a lawyer must zealously represent the client, but the obligations of a government lawyer lead to the question, “Who is the client?”

This panel will discuss some common ethical issues confronted in the public sector, including:

  • Who is the client? Does the government lawyer represent an office, public official, or the public-at-large? Does the identity of the client shift depending on the matter that confronts the government lawyer?
  • What can and should a government lawyer do when client interests diverge from the public interest?
  • How does the disparity in resources among federal, state, and local government offices shape a government lawyer’s decision-making?
  • What concrete actions should government lawyers take if they find themselves in a potentially unethical or unlawful situation?

Total 60-minute hours of instruction: 2.0 ethics; total 50-minute hours, 2.4 ethics.

Tuition for this program is $150 for ALI members and ALI project Advisers, $195 for all others. To register, use the ALI Annual Meeting registration form (online or in print). Registrations will be accepted at the door if space permits.

Planning Chair: Troy A. McKenzie, New York University School of Law


John B. Bellinger, III, Arnold & Porter

Meredith Fuchs, Capital One

Derek P. Langhauser, Office of the Governor, Maine

Thomas D. Morgan, The George Washington University Law School

Richard W. Painter, University of Minnesota Law School


Monday, May 20, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Members Reception and Buffet
Location: National Museum of African American History and Culture

This year's reception will take place at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture. We encourage all attendees to arrive early in order to tour the museum's exhibitions.   

The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. It was established by Act of Congress in 2003, following decades of efforts to promote and highlight the contributions of African Americans. 

Buses will depart The Ritz-Carlton at 6:00 p.m. and drop off attendees at the 14th & Madison Street entrance. Distance to the reception at the African American Museum is 2.2 miles (approximately 20-30 minute drive; 30 minute walk).

Tickets are $75 per person.


Tuesday, May 21, from 1:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Members Luncheon: Honoring New 25-Year and 50-Year Members
Location: Salon III
Speaker: Lee H. Rosenthal, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas

All members and guests are welcome to attend this event.  

Speaker:  Lee H. Rosenthal, Chief Judge, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, ALI Council member, and Life Member from the Class of 1994 
Speech title: Aspiration, Ambition, and my 25 years with the ALI

The 1994 and 1969 Class Gifts will be presented to the Institute by class representatives.

Tickets are $65 per person.

Tuesday, May 21, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Annual Dinner and Reception
Location: The Ritz-Carlton Ballroom

Speaker: William P. Barr, 85th Attorney General of the United States

All members and guests are welcome to attend this event.  A cocktail reception will begin at 7:00 p.m., followed by dinner at 7:45 p.m. This event is business attire or semi-formal (black tie optional) with reserved seating. 

Tickets are $125 per person.

Wednesday, May 22, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.
Members Luncheon
Location: Salon III
Speaker: Alberto Ibargüen, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

All members and guests are welcome to attend this event.

Our Wednesday lunch speaker is Alberto Ibargüen, President and CEO of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. He is the former publisher of The Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald. During his tenure, The Miami Herald won three Pulitzer Prizes and El Nuevo Herald won Spain’s Ortega y Gasset Prize for excellence in Spanish language journalism. His speech title is Trust, Media, and Democracy.

Tickets are $65 per person.