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ALA’s 2016 Webinar Host: Freestone

Freestone will be the host of all ALA webinars. ALA is offering 32 webinars, including two monthly webinars on general topics and two specialty webinars in each of the following areas: Intellectual Property, Personal Injury, Corporate and Government. Each subject area: Financial Management (FM), Communication and Organizational Management (CM), Human Resources Management (HR), Legal Industry/Business Management (LI) and Operations Management (OM) will be addressed in at least two webinars, and our webinar programming will allow Certified Legal Manager (CLM)SM applicants to earn the full complement of CLM credits in one year.

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September 1, 2016
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Central

Developing Leaders in Your Law Firm

Most firms have long since realized they need effective leadership not only at the top of the firm but also spread throughout it, leading practice groups, offices, client or industry groups, and important committees. But many lawyers are reluctant leaders, and even those who are willing to lead sometimes lack the right skills. Join this webinar to hear how you can help your firm develop the leaders they will need to remain successful in a challenging environment. We’ll review the most effective means of developing these skills, which include not only traditional forms of training opportunities but also “learning-by-doing” approaches and senior-level coaching and sponsorship. Gain the practical advice you need to implement these methods and design effective leadership development programs in your firm.

Objectives:

  • Identify how leadership qualities for lawyers may differ from leadership qualities for senior officers
  • Determine what aspects of leadership can be taught, and how to teach them
  • Develop a pipeline of potential leaders and manage succession successfully
  • Align organizational structure, incentives and feedback with the firm’s goals for developing leaders

September 6, 2016
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Central

USPTO New Patent Center Tool

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is working on an exciting new project to improve the electronic patent application: eMod, the eCommerce Modernization project, which features a unified interface with all of the capabilities from today's tools in a single place, and so much more. Patent Center will replace the Electronic Filing System - Web (EFS-Web) and the Patent Application Information Retrieval (PAIR) system. Join us to learn more about the Patent Center, which will be released in 2017. We will share some wireframes of the new Patent Center tool, share what users can expect in 2017, and gather your feedback.

Objectives:

  • Examine current patent application filing and viewing process
  • Explain the new Patent Center tool, which will replace EFS-Web and PAIR
  • View screens and mock-ups of the new Patent Center tool, and provide feedback
  • Discuss how the upcoming changes will affect the patent application filing and viewing process in the future

September 21, 2016
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Central

Punctuation Matters

Bad punctuation diminishes your credibility and prevents the smooth flow of ideas. Even worse, your message can be misinterpreted or unintelligible. Proper punctuation, however, effectively guides readers through your message, never getting in the way, while leading them to your conclusion. This isn’t your grandfather’s boring punctuation lecture. It’s an engaging tour through the effective use of punctuation and the stylistic conventions for using punctuation to advance your argument.

Objectives:

  • Determine what is proper punctuation
  • Analyze how using proper punctuation can increase the effectiveness of your writing
  • Identify how to say what you mean, and mean what you say, using proper punctuation to get your meaning across

October 6, 2016
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Central

Accounts Receivable–Can I Write You a Check?

Your firm may focus on getting a client in the door and maximizing billable hours, but what do you do when the client doesn’t pay? Law firms are home to unique revenue generating challenges. Do your clients perceive value for their legal services? Should your firm consider alternative fee arrangements? What about collection suits for payment? Learn what practices work best in the collection process – from client intake to billing. Explore what changes you can make to reduce bad debt, improve collections and build better client relationships.

Objectives:

  • Assess current strengths and weaknesses in client intake procedures
  • Discuss the pros and cons of initiating collection suits for payment
  • Describe loss prevention procedures for managing accounts receivable
  • Evaluate alternative billing and fee arrangements
  • Determine collection processes that increase and affirm positive relationships

October 19, 2016
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Central

Tomorrow’s Information Governance – Understanding the Lifecycle of Information

Establishing an effective information governance program can be a complex undertaking. Organizations habitually over-retain information, especially unstructured electronic information, many relying on individual employees to decide what should be kept and for how long and what should be disposed of. On the opposite end of the spectrum, a minority of organizations have tried centralized enterprise content management systems and have found them to be difficult to use. The result is huge amounts of data end up on employee workstations, on removable media, in cloud accounts or on rogue SharePoint sites and are used as “data dumps” with or no records management or IT supervision. Join this webinar to discuss a better way to use and manage information and lower the cost of storage as well as decrease the risk associated with eDiscovery.

Objectives:

  • Identify how having a law firm information governance strategy is necessary to growing information management challenges within the legal industry
  • Examine how by understanding an organization’s data lifecycle will improve information governance, regulatory compliance and eDiscovery response
  • Analyze how to manage the costs and risk associated with information governance

November 3, 2016
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Central

Communication Strategies for Building Trust in the Workplace

Trust is essential across all levels in organizations, yet it can be extremely difficult to obtain. Most managers and employees agree that trust enhances team synergy and reduces overall on-the-job stress. However, one of the main reasons that employees feel dissatisfied in their jobs is lack of trust in the relationships with their managers and colleagues. Building trusting relationships requires practice and effort. Join this webinar to focus on the key areas of building and breaking trust in the workplace, as well as various strategies that managers can implement to create and maintain productive employee relationships and team satisfaction.

Objectives

  • Determine the elements of trusting relationships
  • Define key factors that break trust at all levels in the organization
  • Practice strategies that can help promote team synergy and foster productive relationships
  • Explore tactics that can create trust early in new employee relationships

November 16, 2016
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Central

HR Checklists: Essential in Riding the Firm and Employee Life Cycles

HR checklists are essential in managing a company’s life cycle: from start-up, growth, maturity and decline to ensuring that a new attorney or employee will be welcomed on their first day of employment as if we knew they were coming weeks ago. HR Checklists are vital tools for the administrator and HR professionals in preparing tasks for organizational change and ensuring a positive experience for the newly hired employee, through the employee and firm life cycles.

Join this webinar to ensure no detail is missing in creating a positive experience for the newly hired individual and keeping the individual engaged throughout his/her professional growth and success as a contributing employee.

Objectives:

  • Determine a checklist for the interviewing and selection process
  • Identify a checklist of the orientation and onboarding
  • Examine checklists for leaves of absence, year-end, and end of employment

December 1, 2016
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Central

Cyber Liability Insurance –What You Need to Know

Every day the news has another story about a cyber-business breach. Law firms are often described as the weakest link in the business chain and have been warned by the FBI that law firms are now officially on the target list for international and domestic hackers. Join this webinar to hear how the latest cyber liability insurance policies can protect your firm.

Objectives:

  • Identify how you can analyze your firms risk profile and determine the practice areas most risky and require your immediate attention
  • Examine how firms have been attacked and hear best practices that you can implement in your firm
  • Determine the key coverage minimums that you must include in your policies and what’s critical and what’s a waste of money

December 21, 2016
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Central

Outsourcing: Choosing the Right Company

Workforces are constantly changing. Law firms of all sizes are increasingly choosing to work with outsourcing partners to improve efficiency, cost effectiveness and quality of their client experience. Join this webinar to discuss how to select the best outsourcing services for your firm.

Objectives:

  • Identify the benefits firms are seeing by partnering with an outsourced provider
  • Determine ways to enhance your clients’ perception of your firm’s brand and reputation
  • Analyze how to best navigate your firm’s options in choosing the right company to become an outsourcing partner

 

What does this mean for you?

It means you can expect reliable, high-quality service and a broad range of topics like cyber security, value pricing and legal process improvement. You can still take advantage of accredited education live or on-demand—however it fits into your schedule.

If you are an ALA member, enter the email associated with your ALA account below under "Create Account" and click "Find/Create Account." You will receive an email with your login credentials.

If you are not an ALA member, enter your email below under "Create Account" and click "Find/Create Account" and you will be prompted to create your account.

Chapter Subscriptions

Webinar subscriptions purchased by chapters are intended to be used at educational meetings in a group setting. Meeting locations can vary month-to-month; however, a webinar cannot be shown simultaneously in two locations unless a subscription is purchased for each location.

Participants are not permitted to post ALA webinars on organization websites or on video-sharing websites. Login credentials cannot be shared for the purposes of allowing individual use.

If You Have a Current Subscription with WestLegalEd Center…

If your current WestLEC subscription will expire on or before 6/30/16, we recommend you keep your access to the subscription for the months you have left on your WestLEC subscription and take advantage of on-demand webinars available via WestLEC.

If your current WestLEC subscription will expire after 7/1/16, your subscription will be migrated to Freestone. This will give you access to finish up the subscription period for the 2016 webinars.

Education Credits

CLM credit can be received for ALA live or on-demand webinars.

Many webinars have been approved for HRCI and SHRM recertification credits. All ALA webinars count for CLM recertification and many of our webinars offer CLM credit for applicants. The credit offered is provided under each webinar description.

Scholarships

The Foundation of ALA provides scholarships to ALA members with demonstrated financial need who want to develop their leadership skills through its educational offerings.

Budget now for affordable, on-demand education next year.

Purchase subscriptions and individual programs.

Questions

If you have any questions about ALA webinars, email Peggy Siems or call her at 847-267-1396.

 
     
   
     
     
 


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