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April 17, 2014
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ALA Members on the Move
Dean, Mead, Egerton, Bloodworth, Capouano & Bozarth, P.A. announced that Kim Novak, a member of ALA's Central Florida Chapter, has rejoined the firm as Executive Director. In her new role, Novak is responsible for leading the administrative team and overseeing the firm's regional, multifaceted operations. Novak served as Dean Mead's Human Resources Director from 2006-2007.

John Strange is now the Director of Pricing and Project Management for Baker Botts LLP (a firm-wide position). In this newly created position, Strange is part of the firm's senior management team, and is responsible for the development, coordination and execution of Baker Botts' pricing strategies.

Calgary Chapter member Jeanelle Crosser has moved from Stones Carbert Waite LLP to Warren Benson Amantea LLP, where she is now the Manager of Administration.

Nominate ALA's Future Leaders
Help us identify ALA's future leaders by nominating potential candidates for President-Elect, Director and/or Regional Representative (formerly Regional Officer). If a colleague possesses leadership skills and is interested in furthering the mission of the Association, nominate him or her today. You can access the nomination form here. Nominations must be received by August 1. For additional information, contact Leslie Bowles.

CLM Study Group — A Success Story
Earning a Certified Legal Manager (CLMSM) designation from ALA is a great way to increase your professional ability and knowledge in all areas of legal administration. ALA offers great resources and information to help members who are interested in taking the exam. Thinking of joining or putting together a CLM Study Group? One outstanding study group leader shares the secrets to her success in the April issue of Legal Management magazine.
Read the exclusive article now.

Association news

Join ALA in Toronto Next Month
Can you feel the excitement building to May 19? With more than 90 critical education sessions, many of them offering valuable credits; nearly 200 exhibitors with market-ready legal solutions; an inspirational keynote address by Captain Mark Kelly and his wife, former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle "Gabby" Giffords; the new Managing Partner-focused education program; and tours of REDESIGN LAW: The Legal Office of the Future, presented by Gensler — there's a lot to get excited about at ALA's 2014 Annual Conference & Exposition. More than 1,000 of your peers are registered to attend ALA's premier event, and there's still time for you to register and be there as well. Sign up today and experience top-notch legal education and networking! Live in Ontario but can't attend the entire event? Take advantage of easy travel to Toronto and obtain a one- or two-day pass.

In support of ALA's new strategic plan that positions ALA as the undisputed leader in the business of law, your 2014 Annual Conference Committee is asking attendees to make a conscious choice to raise the bar by "dressing for success" so that we will be seen as professional ambassadors for our employers and ALA. We hope that you will support and join us in this effort as you pack your bags for Toronto next month!

Out Now: Your April Issue of Legal Management
Last week, ALA launched the April issue of the all-digital Legal Management magazine! Log in to the new website,, or download and use the stunning new Legal Management apps for Apple iPads and Android tablets. The April issue focuses on how you can make strategic improvements in your firm. From staff training to business models to high performance office space, get actionable information you can implement today — for a higher profit potential tomorrow. Explore your latest issue of Legal Management now. Have questions or feedback? Download our FAQ document, or email us.

Webinar Alert — From the FBI Files: Building Your Moral Compass
Can you identify the root causes of unethical behavior? Find out from a former FBI agent who will showcase real cases on why good people do bad things and reveal a plan to ensure that your staff members maintain their integrity. Tune into this ALA webinar on Thursday, May 1, at 2 p.m. CT to join this engaging presentation to take back a renewed sense of accountability, truthfulness, commitment to priorities and a well-defined mission to your firm.
Sign up now for the webinar.

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