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September 4, 2014


Anniversaries, Awards and Appointments
Read about ALA members who are on the move, chapter anniversaries, recent awards and honors, and other member-related news. For the latest information on your ALA network and peers, be sure to click through to the ALA Faces section of Legal Management magazine.
It’s all happening in the August 2014 issue.

Member Advice on Staff Performance Problems
“Generally, lawyers who take the time to train their secretaries correctly and who are patient, concise and respectful will get the best results,” says Nadia Wagner, an ALA New York City Chapter member, on staff performance. Read her complete commentary, in addition to commentary from other ALA members on this topic, in Attorney at Work’s “Ask the Experts” column.
Read “Ask the Experts.

Overheard from ALA’s Past President
“Staff mobility is a positive trend within the legal field – for workers, who focus on striking a healthy work and personal life balance, and for clients, who ultimately can receive more real-time response and service,” said ALA Past President Paul Farnsworth in a Robert Half Legal report titled, “Client Dynamics Driving Change in the Legal Profession.”
Read the report and gain more insight from Farnsworth.




Your Participation Is Needed!
Have you participated in ALA’s 2014 Compensation and Benefits Survey yet? It’s not too late – the deadline has been extended to September 19. More responses mean better information for everyone, so don’t delay. Remember, participants are eligible for a discount off the purchase price.
Click here to access the survey.

Charles  Bernier

Cybercrime Protection Tactics
Does your firm have fewer than 500 employees? Then consider yourself a prime target for cyber-attacks. In this podcast, cyber insurance expert Charles Bernier shares proven tactics for preventing hack attacks. He is presenting this week in Portland, and next week in Chicago at ALA’s Business of Law Conferences. One-day registrations are available.
Listen to the ALA podcast: Cyber Security:
Protecting Your Law Firm.

Chapter vs. Chapter Scholarship Challenge:
Latest Rankings!

The Oregon Chapter leads with 36 percent of its members registered for the 2014 ALA Business of Law Conferences. Middle Tennessee, Fort Worth, Northern Virginia and New Mexico Chapters round out the top five leaders for this week. Region 5 is the front-runner with the overall highest percentage of registered attendees.
Read more about the Chapter vs. Chapter Challenge.

Legal Management Ranked Industry Favorite!
Not sure what to read? Take some advice from your peers. According to the 2014 ILTA/InsideLegal Technology Purchasing Survey, Legal Management magazine was ranked as one of the top five legal/technology publications. Check out the latest issue at or download the interactive version from our iPad/Google Play apps.
Download the iPad app.
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ALA and Nesso Strategies Partnership
ALA and Nesso present the first-ever Managing Partner Executive Director Forum, Feb 23-24, 2015 in Orlando, Florida. The event is designed for lawyers and their executive administrator, learning collaboratively, to apply outcomes at their firm. 
Learn more about the Managing Partner Executive Director Forum.


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Apply to Volunteer and Make a Difference
The business of law has changed substantially during the past decade, and ALA is at the epicenter of that change. Through active committee participation, you can help guide the Association’s future by using your expertise and experience to help ALA tackle the emerging challenges. ALA is seeking applications for volunteers for several ALA committees and leadership opportunities.
Get more information on volunteering for ALA.



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