April 5, 2012

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Member Snapshots
Thank you, ALA members, for sharing your latest photos of chapter activities and events. Keep em' coming! Take a few minutes to read highlights from each region below and be sure to peruse all six photo galleries on the new and improved ALA website.

Region 1
Running and retreats appear throughout the Region 1 photo album. Mary Ibbetson from the Albany Chapter was captured running in the Rock n' Roll New Orleans Marathon, which she completed this March in just under four hours. What an accomplishment! Photos of the New York City Chapter showcase their January winter party for about 200 guests. Members from the Nutmeg Chapter are also shown at their chapter retreat, where they got a jump on planning for their 2012 Regional Conference and Chapter Education and Business Expo. Take a look at some photos from these events in addition to other chapter meetings and activities.

See the Region 1 photo gallery.

Region 2
Spring has just arrived, but photos from the Atlanta Chapter's "Hurry up Spring!" Social tell us that it has been highly anticipated for a couple of months. Regardless of season, this album carries a festive attitude. Photos feature the Atlanta Chapter's holiday lunch, the Mississippi Chapter's Community Connection and Christmas gift collection for children in need, and ALA President Karen Griggs, CLM at the Suncoast Chapter's Christmas Dinner. The South Florida Chapter even found a way to celebrate during their 2012 Legal Expo in March, which invited members and vendors to dress in '70s style clothing in honor of the chapter's 40th anniversary.

See the Region 2 photo gallery.

Region 3
Friendly competition is a theme of this month's Region 3 album. Members of the Greater Chicago Chapter placed their bets at their 2012 Casino Night, while members of the Gateway Chapter raced to win an iPad2 during a week-long virtual scavenger hunt. ALA member Kristine Simmonds was the lucky winner, receiving her prize at the February 28 Business Partner Appreciation Luncheon. Even business partners had a chance to show off their basketball skills in a dribbling contest during the Kansas City Chapter's annual Business Partner Appreciation Event, which was held at the Kansas City Sprint Center's Basketball Experience. Past presidents of the Minnesota Chapter were also on the move during their annual educational conference and exposition in February. The theme: Boot Camp - Are You Fit to Lead?

See the Region 3 photo gallery.

Region 4
The Region 4 album features a collection of photos from February events. The Arkansas Chapter held its New Officer Installation Lunch and the Oklahoma City Chapter snapped shots from both a chapter breakfast and a meeting. Looking back, the Tulsa Chapter shares memories from the September Regional Conference in Kansas City, which included members from both Regions 3 and 4, and the Houston Chapter shared some pictures from the holiday season, including a photo of their toiletries drive.

See the Region 4 photo gallery.

Region 5
Congratulations to the Calgary Chapter on its 35th anniversary. The chapter celebrated this milestone during its February CALA GALA, which is spotlighted in the Region 5 photo album. Other Region 5 photos feature the Alaska Chapter's December holiday social, a presentation with the Oregon Chapter on Maximizing LGBT Diversity and Inclusion, and Puget Sound's Managing Partner Panel and Business Partner Expo. The Puget Sound event took place at the Maritime Event Center in Seattle, where ALA members benefitted from hearing five managing partners discuss their relationships with their firm administrators.

See the Region 5 photo gallery.

Region 6
California is the prominent state of this month's Region 6 photo album. Take a look to see members from the Greater Los Angeles Chapter at their Employment Law Forum, Orange County Chapter board members at their recent Annual Chapter Education Summit and the Golden Gate Chapter's installation of officers, which took place at the end of March.

See the Region 6 photo gallery.


Bring Hawaii Home

Four days. More than 100 educational opportunities. That's what April's Annual Conference & Exposition will offer to those of you able to make the trip to Hawaii. But after hours and hours of listening, note taking and processing, what information will you choose or remember to bring back to your chapters and firms?

For attendees looking to bring Hawaii home, be sure to stick around for the David W. Brezina Memorial Closing Session on Thursday, April 26, presented by author, consultant and leadership coach Rosa Say. "I want to make things very tangible, practical and useful for people," Say said. "If you're just going to go home and it's going to be the same [as] it's always been, well then, why did you come?"

Say said after a large conference like the ALA Annual Conference, there can be a sense of excitement and attendees may not know where to start once they return to the workplace. There are expectations to do things differently or to share what was learned. But how? This is the guidance Say plans to provide.

"If they go from my speech right to a plane, they are probably going to be writing lists of what they can do and how they're going to do it and what comes next," Say said. "That's my goal, that's what I'm trying to inspire in them to do so that they feel very confident and sure going back."

Say's session — "Managing with Aloha," which is sponsored by the Foundation of ALA, will complement both the culture and feel of the Conference by showcasing a speaker who lives and breathes the Hawaiian culture. Foundation President Richard Nigon, CLM, said the session will complete the Hawaiian experience, sending Conference attendees home with both a good feeling and a good message that can't be replicated at any other ALA conference.

"If you take the session and you offer it in National Harbor, Maryland (home to the 2013 ALA Annual Conference), it's not going to have the same feel to it," he said. "This is an opportunity that you're going to probably have only once in your life. Leaving early, you won't have it. You just won't get the feel."

For Conference attendees hoping to embrace the true meaning of Aloha in Hawaii, do not miss the final session by Rosa Say. You will learn that Aloha is more than just a greeting — it is a way of living, an approach, and can serve as a post-Conference guide to success. And for those members who can't attend this year's Conference — be sure to ask those who did what they learned from this session.


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Association news

Compensation and Benefits Survey is Open

The ALA Compensation and Benefits Survey provides salary and benefits information on more than 20 administrative positions. We need your help, as participation is critical to the success of this project. The survey mailed on April 2, but you can complete it now by visiting the link below. Complete the survey by May 14 and be eligible to purchase the survey at a $100 discount.

ALA Webinar – April 18
Don't miss this month's important Webinar, The Role of Legal Administrators in Legal Project Management — Unprecedented Opportunities & Current Challenges. This session will cover LPM basics and how legal administrators can play a critical role in developing, implementing and sustaining LPM in law firms. Organize a group webinar for your chapter's monthly meeting, as you can have unlimited participants at one site.

ALA Sponsors Legal Diversity Summit
As part of the Association's ongoing efforts to advance diversity and inclusion in the legal profession, ALA is proud to sponsor the 2012 Legal Inclusiveness & Diversity Summit on May 7 in Denver, Colorado.

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Committee corner

A Message from the Business Partner Advisory Panel

Since 2006, the Business Partner Relations Committee (BPRC) and the Business Partner Advisory Panel (BPAP) have been working to develop ideas, programs and events to strengthen relationships between the business partners and members of ALA. Our contributions include collaboration on business partner education, providing ideas and feedback regarding the exhibit hall experience, and the overall augmentation of building relationships between members, business partners and ALA. As a reminder, the BPAP consists of representatives from six legal business partner organizations. Participants are selected through an application process and serve two-year terms.

As we look ahead, the year will be fashioned by collaborative efforts to develop best practices for fostering stronger relationships so ALA members and business partners can make central connections. We are excited about the many projects on our radar this year. Some of these include the expansion of Legal Marketplace, creating a broader awareness of the Value in Partnership (VIP)SM Program and opportunities to work with the Business Partner Relations Officers of the various Regional Leadership Teams.

Also, the BPRC and the BPAP have found the Annual Conferences to be a time when various programs can be scheduled that will help promote knowledge and education on doing business it today's legal profession. For example, the program "Making Connections" continues to gain strong reviews and will be on the schedule again for the conference in Honolulu. This will be the third consecutive year for the program which continues to be a big draw for many of the attendees — both members and business partners. Additionally, the Conference will include a Q&A program hosting a panel of committee members from the BPAP and the BPRC. The session will give the attendees a chance to listen to a host of issues and ideas that will benefit everyone involved with building better business partner and member relationships. Members of the BPAP will also be assigned to new business partners exhibiting at the Conference for the first time to help ensure these first time exhibitors benefit from attending the Conference.

At the Annual Conference & Exposition in Honolulu this month, three new representatives will join the BPAP: Debbie Foster (Partner, Affinity Consulting Group); Mark Davey (Vice President, Ricoh); and John Kuntz (Principal, Bellefield Systems). Continuing with their second terms are Dan Berlin (President, Tabs3/Practice Master); Beth Thompson (BigHand, Inc.); and Mike Laguitan (Marketing Manager, UPS). Completing their terms of service on the BPAP will be Mimi Boysen (National Account Manager, Quill.com); Jake Krocheski (President, Client Connection, Inc.); and Joe Scott (Vice President and General Manager, Compulaw). The current Chair of the BPAP is ALA member John Kirk, CLM of Manko Gold Katcher & Fox, LLP; Glenda Raley of Ulmer & Berne LLP fills that position for the 2012-2013 term.

The efforts above are just a few of the ongoing programs the BPAP and the BPRC are working on. However, we are continuously working on new ideas from everyone involved and look forward to a productive 2012. Most importantly, we are here to serve the ALA membership and business partner community. We would love to hear from you, and look forward to seeing you at the many ALA events throughout the year. Aloha!


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