2020 Biennial Convention
63rd Biennial P.A.D. Convention
August 5-8, 2020

About Convention

Phi Alpha Delta’s 63rd Biennial Convention & Leadership Conference will be held August 5-8, 2020 on our online, virtual platform, Whova . We are excited to bring our hallmark event to law student and alumni members as the most accessible since Convention’s inception in 1904.

Convention presents invaluable fraternal networking, professional growth, and leadership development opportunities for both student and alumni members. Members are invited to take advantage of this rare opportunity in P.A.D. history and benefit from virtual keynote presentations and speakers; workshops and round tables; leadership development and diversity training; CLE credit opportunities; and virtual networking and social events.

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Keynote Speaker Fred Gray, Esquire

Landmark-setting civil rights lawyer

With a legal career that has spanned more than half a century, Mr. Gray’s landmark civil rights cases can be found in most constitutional law textbooks. Phi Alpha Delta is honored to have Fred Gray present to our Convention on Saturday, August 8th.

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To register, please select your pricing option and click the Register button. Payment can be completed after the registration form is submitted. For payment plan options, contact Deputy Director Emily Baranoski at emily@pad.org or 410-347-3118.

If you have difficulty registering, have questions about the event, or need anything else, please contact the Executive Office.

Students and 2019/2020 Grads


  • Includes online access to all Convention sessions, session recordings, and Convention swag box.

Alumni (2018 and Earlier Grads)


  • Includes online access to all Convention sessions, session recordings, and Convention swag box.

2020 Convention Swag Box


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Tentative Agenda

All sessions will be recorded and available for all Convention registrants. Workshop descriptions are available here.

All times listed are Eastern Savings Time.

Pre-Convention International Executive Board Meeting
3:00 pm
International Tribunal Meeting
Time TBD
Virtual Opening Reception
8:00-10:00 PM
General Session #1
11:00 AM-1:00 PM
Special Presentations and Award Announcements
1:00-2:00 PM

In Memoriam

Breakout/Workshop Sessions/CLE
2:00-3:30 PM

Finding the Trial Warrior Within: Making Your Case Come Alive for the Jury Presented by Fred Soucie

Ethically and Professionally Running and Marketing your Practice in a High Tech World: Marketing, Branding, and Bias Presented by Elizabeth Ricci

The Ethics of Client Communication: Using Emotional Intelligence Competencies to Improve Your Communication Skills (CLE) Presented by Francine Tone, Lawline - Click here for detailed CLE information.

The Road to Zero: A Strategic Approach to Student Loan Repayment Presented by Teria Thornton, AccessLex

Legal and Policy Responses to Foreign Disinformation Campaigns and Covert Influence in the United States Presented by GMU National Security Institute

General Session #2
4:00-7:00 PM

Elections for International Justice, International Vice Justice, and International Secretary

Evening Social - Stan Kohn Reception
8:00-10:00 PM
Long Ash Chapter Meeting

Featuring Steve Saka, founder of Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust and former CEO of Drew Estate. Click for more information.

9:30-10:30 PM

Seersucker Friday made possible by the Knoxville Alumni Chapter

Audit & Finance Committee Meeting
10:00-11:00 AM
General Session #3
11:00 AM-1:30 PM

Featured Speaker: Attorney Sam L. Amirante, best known for providing legal counsel for serial killer John Wayne Gacy (12:30-1:15 PM)

Elections for International Treasurer and International Marshal

Breakout/Workshop Sessions/CLE
2:00-3:30 PM

Stress Management for Attorneys: Ethical Traps for the Unwary (CLE) Presented by Francine Tone, Lawline - Click here for detailed CLE information.

Changing the Conversation About Mental Health Presented by Hon. John T. Broderick, Jr.

Time Management: The Secret Skill to the Bar Exam and Beyond Presented by Ellen Sass Douglas, Themis

Chapter Leadership Panel Moderated by Ronald L. Coleman

Intellectual Property Law Presented by Jameelah Tucker

General Session #4
4:00-7:00 PM

Keynote Speaker: U.S. Congresswoman Donna Shalala of Florida's 27th District (4:00-5:00 PM)

Elections for International Board Members at Large, Position A and Position B

Special Presentations and Award Announcements
5:30-6:30 PM
Evening Social - McCown Purple and Gold Party
8:00-10:00 PM
General Session #5
11:00 AM-12:00 PM

Election for International Board Member at Large, Position C

Breakout/Workshop Sessions/CLE
12:00-1:30 PM

Marketing and Branding Yourself, Your Chapter and Your Business in Today's Marketplace Presented by Michelle Isherwood

Avoiding the Cardboard Box House Presented by Daniel McDowell

Engaging Virtual Chapter Activities Panel Moderated by Aaron Cunningham

Our Pain Presented by Wendell L. Taylor

Your PSLF Action Plan Presented by AccessLex

Keynote Speaker
2:00-3:30 PM

Fred Gray, Esq., landmark civil rights lawyer

General Session #6
4:00-7:30 PM

Elections for International Board Member at Large, Position D, Chief Tribune, Associate Tribune A, and Associate Tribune B

Evening Social - Banquet
8:00-9:30 PM
Post-Convention Board Meeting (Tentative)
11:00 AM-5:00 PM

Glam Chapter: What to Wear to P.A.D. Virtual Convention

Follow these tips from Glam Chapter to look your best for the Phi Alpha Delta's first Virtual Convention! For more information about Glam Chapter, please visit their Facebook page.

Our Mission

Phi Alpha Delta is the world’s preeminent law fraternity because of our dedication to service: service to the student, the school, the profession, and the community.

It is through devotion to the ideals of Integrity, Compassion, Courage, Professionalism, Service, Diversity, and Innovation that we better both our profession and our community. Through accepting our differences we become not just a law fraternity, but a family.