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International Relations Committee Update
With an ever increasing global legal market and a commitment to serve the growing community of legal management professionals, the International Relations Committee (IRC) continues to meet monthly to develop strategies for increasing ALA's service to international members and its visibility in countries outside of North America. Within that context, and as outlined in the last committee update, the ALA Board of Directors recently approved an IRC recommendation to develop an international strategy that advances ALA as the premier association for legal management professionals worldwide.
With this in mind, ALA retained Terrance Barkan, CAE, to assist and guide its efforts. Barkan is the Founder and Chief Strategist for GlobalStrat, the preeminent leader in international association growth strategies. He met with the Board of Directors at its recent meeting in Montréal, and soon thereafter with the ALA staff, to examine ALA's current international presence, to share international engagement benchmarking data, and to discuss how best to serve an international market without diminishing domestic services.
This is an exciting initiative for the Association. International engagement will add to ALA's intellectual base and body of knowledge, and it is a key goal of this effort to measurably impact and improve law firm management practices, ethics and standards worldwide. We will provide a progress report in the months ahead.
On another front, and with support and assistance from the Annual Conference Committee, the IRC is actively developing plans for the Annual Conference & Exposition that will be held in National Harbor, Maryland (Washington, D.C. area) on April 14-17, 2013. Plans include an early week meet and greet with international attendees, an international luncheon and better integration of international members at various other events. The IRC's objective is to ensure that international attendees — many of whom are traveling solo and likely without chapter or colleague connections — will not only benefit from the activities of the week but also feel welcomed and included in them. On the education side, the Conference Committee will strive to ensure that all session time slots will have content of relevance or of interest to international attendees.
We welcome your thoughts, suggestions and questions about our international efforts. Please feel free to contact us through our Chair, Patti Groff, CLM.