February 21, 2013

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Member focus

Regional Photos
Thank you, ALA members, for sharing your latest photos of chapter activities and events. Take a few minutes to peruse the recently updated photo galleries for highlights from each of ALA's six regions.
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Help Select ALA's Future Leaders
ALA seeks volunteers to serve on the Association Nominating Committee (ANC), which is responsible for selecting individuals to serve on the Board of Directors, or on the Regional Nominating Committee (RNC), which selects individuals to serve in Regional Officer positions. Individuals interested in serving on either the ANC or their region's RNC are asked to apply by March 22.
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Welcome, New Members
2013 is off to a great start when it comes to new member activity. ALA is proud to welcome 188 new members who joined the Association in January! Click through to view a complete roster of our new members, and be sure to involve them at your chapter's next event.
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Association news

Share How Your Organization Measures Diversity Success
The Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession (IILP), working with ALA, has created an online survey to determine the legal profession's short- and long-term diversity and inclusion goals and objectives. All members of the legal profession are encouraged to participate in the survey, The Measure of Success, which will remain open until March 15.
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ALA Member Needs Survey Results
In November, ALA completed a comprehensive member needs survey to determine your awareness and satisfaction with ALA programs, products and services. The results are now in and the full report is available online for all ALA members. Here are a few samples:

Core Benefit of ALA Membership

Being a Member of ALA ...

ALA wishes to thank those who participated in the survey. ALA members, read the full report.

2013 Burton/ALA Publication Awards Deadline
The Burton Awards for Legal Achievement program honors law firms that use plain, clear and concise language in their writing. The ALA Awards are open to Association members and their firms or legal departments for outstanding achievements in legal writing. The deadline to submit an entry for the 2013 ALA Publication Awards is March 18.
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Committee corner

An Update from the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion
A short eight weeks from now we'll be meeting at the 2013 ALA Annual Conference during the early days of spring. As we introduced in our last update, the ALA Committee on Diversity and Inclusion is hard at work on an initiative being introduced at Conference. Our goal is to define how ALA can encourage our members, firms and corporations to affirm their commitments to diversity, and provide a roadmap to support your efforts toward advancing diversity and inclusion. We are working toward transformational change.

The work of our Committee is built around four key ways to drive change and assess progress towards fostering diversity and inclusion: 1) ensuring a "seat at the table" for ALA at discussions about diversity and inclusion in the legal profession and increasing our visibility within the broader industry; 2) providing a mechanism to help attorneys better appreciate how professional administrators can support their firm's diversity initiatives; 3) developing a framework for a model law firm diversity program; and 4) beginning the process of scaffolding ALA's diversity education on a solid and sure foundation.

For those who are attending the 2013 Annual Conference in National Harbor, we invite you to join the members of the Committee and a distinguished panel of diversity champions from both law firms and ALA chapters as they share the milestones of their journey towards creating diverse and inclusive environments. At this session, we will put forth a challenge — in our roles within law firms and legal departments as well as our roles within chapters — to assess your progress, celebrate each step (whether great or small) and identify the next steps as we aim to help you drive change within your organizations.

When you're filling out session preference forms for Conference, we encourage you to plan to attend "Diversity & Inclusion Leadership: Are You Ready?" on Tuesday, April 16 at 2:30 p.m. We promise a lively and engaging discussion and a fresh way to provide a focus to your work in this important area. As the seasons change from winter to spring, we celebrate the work we all do each day to bring change to our workplaces. The ALA Committee on Diversity & Inclusion has many resources available to support you both in-person at the Conference and on the ALA website. We hope to see you there as we share our excitement and introduce our new initiative.

Feel free to reach out to any member of the Committee on Diversity & Inclusion, and we'll see you in April!

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