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October 16, 2014


Members Needed: Volunteer
Opportunities Expanded

Through active committee participation, you can help guide the Association’s future by using your expertise and experience to help ALA tackle emerging challenges. ALA needs volunteers for several committees and leadership opportunities, and we want you to apply. Application deadline is tomorrow: October 17, 2014.
Get more information about volunteering for ALA.

How to Handle Disagreements in the Law Office
ALA has partnered with Attorney at Work to help answer tough office questions with advice from your fellow members. In the latest “Ask the Experts” series, Cynthia Schuler, Director of Human Resources for Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox, PLLC, and Denise Abston, Office Administrator from Fenton Fenton Smith Reneau & Moon, share their expertise on handling conflict in the workplace.
Click here to read their responses.

From Association President to Association Partner
ALA Past President Steve Wingert, CLM, will join coaching and consulting firm Nesso Strategies in January 2015. Throughout the years, Nesso Strategies has worked with ALA in a variety of capacities, including training for ALA headquarters staff, writing for Legal Management magazine, and speaking at ALA conferences and events. Wingert will be part of the faculty team for the upcoming Managing Partner / Executive Director Forum, which is being held in partnership with Nesso Strategies.
Learn more about the Managing Partner / Executive Director Forum.



IDEA Awards Submissions Now Open
The IDEA (Innovation, Development, Engagement and Advancement) Awards recognize unique programs, services and events that improve the legal community and advance the business of law. The award is open to ALA individual members, chapters, committees, regions, law firms and business partners. Submissions close January 12.
Learn more about the IDEA awards and submission guidelines.

Kristin LindeenPodcast: QBQ! for Building Leaders
"What can I do to contribute?" is the question-behind-the-question (QBQ!) that is key to unlocking great leadership potential. Tune into ALA’s podcast with Kristin Lindeen, and then see her speak on leadership development at the Business of Law Conference in Philadelphia, October 27-29.
Listen to Lindeen share more QBQs on ALA’s podcast series.
Katie Hunt-Morr

Creating a High-Productivity Culture
Learn best practices for building a strong culture of motivated employees. Katie Hunt-Morr, Sr. Manager of Values & Impact at Etsy, will present, “A Culture of Welcome: Driving Output Through Expression,” at the Human Resources Conference for Legal Professionals, November 3-5, in Las Vegas.
Register for ALA’s HR Conference today.

Chapter vs. Chapter — Locked in a Three-Way Tie!
Las Vegas, Oregon and Fort Worth Chapters are tied for first place in the Chapter vs. Chapter Scholarship Challenge. Each of these chapters has 38 percent of its members registered for one of the Business of Law Conferences and is only 2 percent away from earning another $1,000 in scholarship funding!
View the latest Chapter vs. Chapter Scholarship Challenge rankings.

October Is Cybersecurity Month
October has been dedicated to raising awareness of cybersecurity threats at home and work. Concurrently, ALA’s October issue of Legal Management features an article by Business Partner experts BreachPro and InfoSafe called, “Taking Control in the Era of Cybercrime.” Make sure to keep your eyes open for Legal Management’s October issue, available tomorrow.

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October Offers Dual Opportunities for Awareness and Understanding

National Coming Out Day

October 11 was the 26th Anniversary of National Coming Out Day. Learn more about the history of this day in the monthly tip sheet developed by the ALA Committee on Diversity and Inclusion.  
Access the tip sheet here by author Robert G. Stevens, MA, CLM, SPHR.

National Disability Employment Awareness Month
Support awareness, inclusion and empowerment of people with disabilities by recognizing National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Learn about this year’s theme, “Expect. Employ. Empower.” and celebrate the contributions of our colleagues with disabilities.
Read more from the ALA Committee on Diversity and Inclusion, and author Jenniffer A. Brown.

More monthly tips and a full spectrum of diversity resources can be found here: For more information or to contact the committee, email



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