The National Bar Association, the oldest and largest national association of African-American attorneys and judges in the United States, held its 91st Annual Convention in St. Louis, Mo., July 16-21. The six-day event included a panel sponsored by Bryan Cave titled “Should the Billable Hour Be Dead?” which included Bryan Cave Kansas City Partner Wesley Fields and several general counsel. The panel was moderated by Bryan Cave Chicago office Managing Partner Joseph McCoy, who also moderated the general counsel/managing partner dinner during the convention.

Founded in 1925, the National Bar Association (NBA) represents the interests of approximately 65,000 lawyers, judges, law professors and law students. The NBA is organized around 23 substantive law sections, 9 divisions, 12 regions and 80 affiliate chapters throughout the United States and around the world.