NABL Announces 2020 Scholarship Recipients 

NABL is pleased to announce the five recipients of the 2020 Frederic L Ballard, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Program. Now in its ninth year, the scholarship provides recipients with the opportunity to attend NABL U’s The Essentials, June 10-12, 2020, in Dallas, TX. The Essentials conference offers a comprehensive overview of core areas and fundamental laws that are relevant to the practice of public finance.

The 2020 Scholarship Recipients are:

Caron Byrd, Florida State University: College of Law, Tallahassee, FL
Shaunita Felder, Vermont Law School, South Royalton, VT
Naphtalie Librun-Ukiri, University of Chicago Law School, Chicago, IL
Gilbert Morales, Georgia State University College of Law, Atlanta, GA
Saied Quadri, UCLA School of Law, Los Angeles, CA

Each recipient will receive a waiver of the enrollment fee to attend The Essentials, complimentary hotel lodging/travel expenses, and assigned a faculty mentor who will guide them through the conference. The scholarship program started in 2012 and was renamed to honor longtime NABL member Frederic L. “Rick” Ballard, Jr., who passed away in 2014.  If you have any questions about the Frederic L. Ballard, Jr., Scholarship pogram, please contact Linda Wyman at

NABL Responds to COVID-19 Pandemic

The spread of COVID-19 has disrupted many aspects of our lives including the municipal bond markets. It is clear that both regulatory and legislative intervention is needed at this time to minimize the disruption to our marketplace, enable state and local governments to dedicate resources in the areas of most dire need, and stimulate the general economy. Thank you to everyone who has conveyed suggestions along those lines. Because of the strong interest expressed by the membership on these subjects, NABL has set up a resource area to keep you informed of ongoing projects, updates, and access to member-provided resources.

Multiple States Adjust In-Person CLE Requirements

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, several states are temporarily adjusting requirements on the number of in-person/live CLE credit hours, allowing for on-demand/distance credits, and extending their filing deadlines.

NABL created a web page with the latest list of states that have made announcements regarding temporary changes, as of March 31, 2020. We will update this page as changes become available.

If you need CLE credit hours, NABL is here to help you! Check out NABL U Now’s on-demand learning library to see the online learning opportunities that are available to you now.

NABL Reschedules The Essentials 

Please be advised that due to the rapidly changing public health concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, NABL has decided to reschedule this year’s Essentials to June 10-12, 2020, at the Hyatt Regency Dallas. Everything else remains the same – hotel, meeting facilities, top faculty members, and panel session schedule. 

The hotel is now accepting reservations for The Essentials. The reservation link is also available on the website and in the online brochure. Please note that while NABL fully expects to hold this in-person conference, we are currently exploring ways to conduct a virtual conference through online webinars, if we are required to cancel due to the COVID-19 pandemic.