9 legal conferences to attend in 2021

There’s never been a better time to take advantage of networking opportunities to connect and glean great tricks of the trade from other legal professionals. Your year deserves a deeper dive into enhancing your skills, developing your career, and prioritizing your wellness. Join your professional peers at these conferences, packed with game-changing discussions, expert-level advice, and plenty of material to hone best practices for you and your team.

The best part? You can enjoy the flexibility of attending them online, as they all offer virtual options. 

#1: ALM Media Legal week (year)

Where: New York, NY & Virtual

When: February 2-4, March 16, April 13, May 11, July 13-14, 2021

Why: Legalweek (year) is a series of 5 innovative virtual legal events that provide actionable insights to help legal leaders “restructure, rebuild and reinvigorate” today’s law firms and legal departments. This virtual series aims to inform legal professionals of emerging trends, cutting-edge legal technology, and expert analysis of the tectonic shifts in the industry.

#2: Legal Up

Where: Virtual

When: April 6-8

Why: Gain quick skills, level up your goals, find ways to create more work-life balance, and more at Legal Up 2021. This annual conference is filled with curated content, keynote speakers, and useful resources for professionals across the firm. This free, virtual event also allows you to earn CLE credits. Check out the agenda for insight on speakers and session topics.

#3: American Bar Association

Where: Los Angeles, California and Virtual

When: April 14-17, 2021

Why: The theme of the American Bar Association’s 21st Annual Spring Conference is Agility, Disruption, and Reinvention: ADR in a New World. Our world faced many extreme challenges in 2020, including a deadly global pandemic requiring seismic shifts in our personal and professional lives. This conference seeks to challenge legal professionals to explore the art of reinvention as a way to usher in change, adaptation, and the role the legal industry connect plays in it all.

#4: NFPA Conference & Expo

Where: Las Vegas, Nevada & Virtual

When: June 22-25, 2021

Why: The annual NFPA Joint Leadership, Certification, and Regulation Conference is designed for paralegals who are aspiring or current leaders in their local association and their community. Attendees can expect to network with professionals regarding association leadership, certification, and regulation within the paralegal profession.

#5: NALA Conference & Expo

Where: Virtual & Louisville, KY

When: July 22-24, 2021

Why: The NALA Conference & Expo boasts to be the place for paralegal professionals to gain “epic swag”. They have 30+ sessions and you can earn up to 15 CLE credits if you attend. Whether you attend virtually or you choose to travel to Louisville, KY, their agenda is designed to create a space for paralegals to network, grow and develop their professional skills. 


Where: Las Vegas, NV & Virtual

When: August 22-26, 2021

Why: The ILTACON conference is for legal professionals who want to delve into the future of legal innovation. Their agenda focuses on peer-driven programming, educational content, and of course, networking. With previous attendees representing over 50 countries, this conference is a peer-created and led event for legal technology professionals. 

#7: ALA Annual Conference & Expo

Where: Virtual & Austin, TX

When: October 3-6, 2021

Why: The ALA’s Annual Conference & Expo is a conference for legal management professionals to network, share knowledge and gain insight into industry innovation. This year is their 50th anniversary, so the agenda is filled with plenty of material for someone looking to leave with a mind filled with takeaways. One of their keynote speakers is Sarah Thomas, the NFL’s first full-time female official.

#8: Legal Geek

Where: Virtual & London, UK

When: October 12-14, 2021

Why: The Legal Geek Conference is a hybrid event that is coined the “go-to legal tech event”. This conference has attendees from over 100 countries, so the possibilities of networking are monumental here. With over 7,000 people who registered in 2020, the facilitators expect an even greater turnout this year. Though tickets aren’t yet available, you can join the waitlist or become a member of Legal Geek to get early access.  They also have some other smaller-scale online events this year.

#9: CLIO Cloud Conference

Where: Virtual

When: October 26-29, 2021

Why: The 2021 CLIO conference will be held exclusively virtually throughout the year. The events will deliver targeted content for individual areas of expertise. One of the biggest takeaways here is getting first access to the Legal Trends Report, a comprehensive report on the state of the legal industry, released annually at the conference. The goal here is to provide knowledge, inspiration, and networking for legal professionals across the firm.

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