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Virtual Conference


Virtual Conference

Participate in sessions from your home or office! 

Based on phenomenal member reviews from last year’s virtual conference, ALA is excited to offer another during the 2017 Annual Conference & Expo. A few of our highly anticipated sessions will be streamed live and made available as recordings for purchase. More information to come as the conference approaches. If you have any questions, please contact elearning@alanet.org.  

If you would like to see a few samples from last year’s virtual conference sessions, visit the Conference Recordings page and click on the sample video tiles to get a sense of what to expect.

All Virtual Conference sessions will take place Wednesday, April 5, between 8 a.m. and 4:15 p.m., Mountain Time.

Sessions

HR30: Marijuana in the Workplace 

Time: 8:30–9:30 a.m. Mountain Time (60 minutes)

Speaker: Judge Mary Celeste (Ret.)

Description: As more marijuana laws take affect across the country, more workplaces are impacted. Legal management professionals — be it in the context of the office or courthouse — will be facing legal employment issues regarding marijuana use. This presentation will help administrators to develop workplace drug policies and testing. It will also discuss the prevalent and relevant marijuana laws across the country and review appellate cases that deal with recreational and medical marijuana use in the workplace. It will also address the application of the Americans with Disabilities Act and its relationship to medical marijuana use.

Objectives:

  • Identify the recreational and medical marijuana laws.
  • Discuss marijuana employment cases across the country.
  • Explain drug workplace policies.
  • Apply the American with Disabilities Act to medical marijuana use.
  • Analyze the existing science and technology for drug testing.

Audience: Basic; attendee at any level will benefit from this session. No advance participation is necessary.

Accreditation Details:

  • Session Category: HR
  • CLM App Credit for Functional Specialists: 1 hour in the subject area of Human Resources Management (HR) towards the additional hours required of some Functional Specialists to fulfill the CLM application.
  • CLM Recertification Credit: 1 hour in the subject area of Human Resources Management (HR)
  • SHRM: This program has been pre-approved for SHRM for 1 PDC for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP.
  • HRCI: This activity has been approved for 1 HR (General) recertification credit hour toward California, GPHR, PHRi, SPHRi, PHR and SPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute.
  • California MCLE: 1 hour participatory MCLE credit
  • MCLE/Other States: Credit may be available in other states but cannot be guaranteed. In all states, accreditation is dependent on individual state guidelines and filing regulations.

LI32: Alternative Approaches to Secretarial Support

Time: 1:15–2:45 p.m. Mountain Time (90 minutes) 

Speakers: P. Douglas Benson, Gera Vaz and Mark Santiago, CMP

Description: The way that law firms support their professionals is rapidly changing. Technology, millennials and the availability of high-quality secretarial staff have all contributed to the change. The days of one-to-one reporting relationships are long gone and the current support ratios of three or four to one are close behind. Today, best practices in law firms is six, seven or as many at ten-to-one support ratios. How can a firm achieve these types of ratios without sacrificing service levels? This session will cover a methodology to analyze existing secretarial and word processing support structures, and discuss an alternative administrative support structure.

Objectives:

  • Analyze the type of support attorneys require.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of current support ratios.
  • Identify additional support opportunities/requirements of attorneys.
  • Develop implementation plans.
  • Assess savings.

Audience: Intermediate; attendees should have a working knowledge of legal services trends. No advance preparation is required.

Accreditation Details:

  • Session Category: LI
  • CLM App Credit for Functional Specialists: 1 hour in the subject area of Legal Industry/Business Management (LI) towards the additional hours required of some Functional Specialists to fulfill the CLM application.
  • CLM Recertification Credit:1 hour in the subject area of Legal Industry/Business Management (LI)
  • SHRM: This program has been pre-approved for SHRM for 1 PDC for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP.
  • HRCI: This activity has been approved for 1 HR (General) recertification credit hour toward California, GPHR, PHRi, SPHRi, PHR and SPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute.
  • California MCLE: 1 hour participatory MCLE credit
  • MCLE/Other States: Credit may be available in other states but cannot be guaranteed. In all states, accreditation is dependent on individual state guidelines and filing regulations.

FM34: Financial Reporting Checklists Every Firm Should Be Doing 

Time: 3:00–4:15 p.m. Mountain Time (75 minutes)

Speaker: Rebecca Kelley, CPA, and Maggie Kennedy, CPA

Description: In this session, we will build the checklist of critical tasks that are essential for well-managed financial reporting. Attendees will learn what makes a solid foundation for financial reporting and how periodic checks and reviews lead to better and more timely decision making.

Objectives:

  • Describe how to build a financial reporting checklist for your firm.
  • Summarize three ways to maintain control and oversight without being in the details.
  • Review comparative financial analysis for your firm.

Audience: Intermediate; this session assumes that participants have a working knowledge of Law firm financial management and reporting practices.

Accreditation Details:

  • Session Category: FM
  • CLM App Credit for Functional Specialists: 1 hour in the subject area of Financial Management (FM) towards the additional hours required of some Functional Specialists to fulfill the CLM application.
  • CLM Recertification Credit: 1 hour in the subject area of Financial Management (FM)
  • SHRM: This program has been pre-approved for SHRM for 1 PDC for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP.
  • HRCI: This activity has been approved for 1 HR (General) recertification credit hour toward California, GPHR, PHRi, SPHRi, PHR and SPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute.
  • California MCLE: 1 hour participatory MCLE credit
  • MCLE/Other States: Credit may be available in other states but cannot be guaranteed. In all states, accreditation is dependent on individual state guidelines and filing regulations.

"My virtual conference experience was excellent. Being able to attend a session from my desk was definitely a bonus! Registration was simple, and so was the connectivity. Thank you, ALA, for providing this opportunity."

Donna Garlotte
Spear, Spear & Hamby, P.C.
Mobile Chapter
Member since 1994

"Time is a precious commodity in life as well as the legal community. Virtual professional development sessions are key to professional development. Thanks to ALA for providing this option."

Mary Lavis-Todd
Hughes Amys LLP
Independent Chapter
Member since 2004