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April 3, 2014
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In Memory of ...
ALA member Jaime Rowley, who passed away last month after a vehicle struck her while she was jogging. Rowley, 31, was a member of the Northern Virginia Chapter and Office Manager for Berenzweig Leonard, LLP, which said on its website that she will be remembered at the firm for her "smiling face and positive attitude" and for "all that she did on a daily basis to make this place run so smoothly and be such a great place to practice law." ALA extends its deepest sympathies to her family, friends, colleagues and peers. A family friend of Rowley has set up an educational fund for her daughters, and contributions are greatly appreciated.

ALA Career Center: Your Elite Job Marketplace
ALA's Career Center is where leaders in the business of law focus their job searches — and where smart law recruiters look first. Employers connect with candidates through job postings and resume submissions — all in a convenient format on ALA's website.
Check out ALA's Job Bank for legal management professionals.

ALA Seeks Your Silent Auction Donations
The Foundation of the Association of Legal Administrators is once again holding a Silent Auction during ALA's Annual Conference & Exposition in Toronto. Proceeds go toward grants, programs, Foundation-supported sponsorships and grassroots efforts that are helping to strengthen the legal management profession.

Donations should be shipped to arrive at ALA Headquarters before April 18, 2014. Need ideas? Travel packages, gift cards and jewelry make great donations. Note: No liquor can be shipped to Canada or displayed during the Silent Auction. For more information, contact Leslie Bowles.
Donate to the Silent Auction.

Association news

Annual Conference Education: For Administrators and Managing Partners
ALA's 2014 Annual Conference & Exposition — being held May 19-22 in Toronto — offers flexible scheduling and more than 90 education sessions, the most ever at an ALA Annual Conference, with most qualifying for CLE and CPE credit and 48 that qualify for HRCI recertification credit. There's also an education track specifically for managing partners. These high-level sessions provide actionable management strategies geared toward profitability and other law firm best practices. Curious about the flexible scheduling? Check out sample daily schedules for general interest participants, managing partners, human resources specialists and CLM applicants.
Learn more and register today to join more than 1,000 of your peers in Toronto!

ALA Webinars Scheduled Today and April 16
Today at 2 p.m. CT, learn how to thrive in our seemingly nonstop, 24/7 world. Join this critical life skills webinar, titled "24/7: Surviving or Thriving," and learn how to set healthy boundaries while balancing home and work priorities. On April 16 at 2 p.m. CT, explore "Working with Excel PivotTables — Part 2," which goes beyond the basics of Excel's PivotTables to discuss PivotTable's calculations, applying advanced filtering techniques, building PivotCharts and more.
Sign up for one or both webinars now.

Presentations Sought for ALA's 2015 Annual Conference & Exposition
ALA is now accepting presentation proposals for its 2015 Annual Conference & Exposition in Nashville. We are seeking the most relevant, engaging and cutting-edge topics — and speakers to present them — to optimize ALA's educational program.
Learn more and submit your presentation idea by May 31.

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ALA's Annual Conference — A Rock Concert in the Making
By Mark Bridgeman, CLM

March has come and gone, but the "Wheels Are Turning" for the 2014 ALA Annual Conference planning team as we continue to "Live Every Moment," going strong and determined to "Roll with the Changes" to provide you with a dynamic conference experience in Toronto.

You may have "Heard It Through a Friend Who" shared with you that, for this year's conference, the committee opted to try something new with our members, speakers and business partners. It's referred to as connexity. Really, it's just a common way to add a personal touch to all aspects of the conference event and member experience. We have done this at each level and touch point for the conference.

"I Can't Fight this Feeling" that you're already signed up by now to join us this year for an exciting, fresh and new conference with an enhanced focus on the member experience. (If you have yet to register, do so now!)

Here are some of the great things you can expect:


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