Chair’s Welcome


Brian HenryWelcome global practitioners and enthusiasts of competition, consumer protection, and data privacy law to the 68th annual Spring Meeting of the ABA Antitrust Law Section—now coming to you virtually due to the global ’20 pandemic caused by the coronavirus.

The Spring Meeting is the Section’s premier event, connecting a vast universe of experts from all over the world in a multi-day celebration of learning and camaraderie. 2020 is going to be no exception— the Section’s Spring Meeting, programming, and technology leaders have come together to create a cohesive and complete virtual event spanning two weeks. One that you can enjoy without leaving your home or office. Best of all, everyone has a Golden Ticket. The events are FREE to members and future members alike—no registration required. We can think of no better way to showcase the ingenuity and expertise of the Antitrust Law Section than by offering an open Spring Meeting in this time of globally challenging circumstances.

Just like the 67 Spring Meetings that have gone before it, this year you will enjoy outstanding sessions on cutting edges issues and unique, new networking opportunities. As to fireside chats, well, we will leave those to you and your family to enjoy. Although we have 36 distinct events lined up, here are a few that you don’t want to miss:

Friday, April 17—LIVESTREAM official welcome and overview of Virtual Spring Meeting. Join me, along with Program Officer Subrata Bhattacharjee, Spring Meeting Co-Chairs Adam Biegel and Brian Grube, and Spring Vice Chair Kellie Kemp. Q&A session included.

Wednesday, April 22—LIVESTREAM featuring a keynote from Jeff Chen, a recognized, physician expert from the UCLA Cannabis Research Initiative discussing the latest on the science and structure of the fast-growing cannabis & CBD industries, both of which are raising interesting competition, consumer protection, and regulatory issues. Q&A session included.

Friday, April 24—LIVESTREAM featuring the opportunity to hear straight from competition agency heads from Canada, the EU, and the U.S.

Nine (9) Virtual Receptions—Yes, we are going to hold virtual networking receptions enabling you to see and converse with other Spring Meeting attendees just like you would have done in Washington, DC. All receptions are open to anyone. Get in line behind the virtual bouncer and, yes, it is BYOB.

This first virtual Spring Meeting came together in just over 30 days and was possible only because of the incredible dedication and hard work of many Section members and Staff.

See you online!

Brian Henry

Brian R. Henry
Chair, Antitrust Law Section | 2019 – 2020