May 2, 2013

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Member focus

Chapter Awards Roundup
It's no secret that ALA's chapters deserve credit for helping the Association and its members to reach their utmost potential. During the Chapter Awards Program held in April at the 2013 Annual Conference, many of our dedicated chapters were recognized for their work in the following categories, to name a few: Education Excellence, Chapter Websites, Recruitment and Retention, and Achievements in Diversity. Click through to find out which ALA chapters are leading the Association in these areas.
[View the list of winners]

The Prestigious Spirit of ALA Award
This year, Susan L. French was selected as the recipient of the Spirit of ALA Award. She was a former President of ALA, who passed away in January after a battle with myelofibrosis, which is a type of leukemia.

For those of you who haven't had a chance to read through the 2013 Annual Conference Daily Highlights, here is an excerpt recapping this very special recognition of French and her accomplishments:

"Accepting the award in her honor were her parents, Ed and Bobbie French. Recognizing her dedication to ALA, her father moved the audience to tears with his speech. 'You lost a friend and a leader, and we lost our little girl,' he told the crowd. His touching words brought everyone a little closer as we reflected on a 2012-2013 term filled with both emotional challenges and professional achievements. Reminding us of French's sense of humor, [Immediate Past President Steve] Wingert, CLM inspired us to look up, creating a positive outlook for the new leadership term — and the rapidly changing profession ahead."

French was an extraordinary leader and a dear friend to many in the legal management profession. To learn more about French and her contributions, please read the tribute in the March issue of Legal Management magazine.


Association news

Compensation and Benefits Survey Now Open
ALA's 2013 Compensation and Benefits Survey questionnaire is open for your participation. The survey findings will provide you with the most relevant statistical information on compensation and benefits in the legal industry.

New this year, ALA has contracted with ALM Legal Intelligence (publishers of The American Lawyer and The National Law Journal and more) to administer and prepare the survey on our behalf — and it's all online. That means no paper forms to fill out and mail.

Remember, more participation makes the report more valuable, and means better information for everyone. It's simple, access the Compensation and Benefits Survey now.

All respondents will be able to purchase the report at a significant discount. Don't delay! The deadline is Monday, May 20.

Marketing (Mis)Alignment
Don't miss our May Webinar as Marcie Borgal Shunk and Michael Rynowecer discuss the results of joint research between members of ALA and the Legal Marketing Association. This Webinar, Marketing (Mis)Alignment: Closing the Gap Between Marketing and Law Firm Leadership, will provide new perspectives on marketing/business development and insight on improving your firm's performance.
[Register here]

May Book of the Month
Law Office Policy & Procedures Manual, Sixth Edition is an indispensable manual that covers every facet of basic law office operations. It includes everything you need to create a complete, customized manual that can serve as a reference guide for your entire firm and as a training tool for new employees, associates and temporary workers.
[Order your copy now]


Committee corner

Update from the International Relations Committee
On the banks of the renowned Potomac River, the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center was a picturesque location for the 2013 ALA Annual Conference in National Harbor, Maryland. More than 1,250 people were in attendance, representing the countries of Australia, Brazil, Canada, Columbia, Dominican Republic, France, Honduras, Jamaica, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Peru, Puerto Rico, Russia, Taiwan, the United Kingdom and the United States.

On opening day the International Relations Committee (IRC) hosted a lunch meeting for non-U.S. attendees, many of whom were in National Harbor solo or as part of a small contingent from their countries. In addition to providing a warm welcome, the committee wanted to facilitate connections and networking at an early point in the week.

Following lunch, the international attendees were invited to share their thoughts and learn more about various topics, such as the benefits of membership, networking through ALA and other management-related matters. This portion of the event was conducted in a fun "speed connect" format, with IRC members facilitating 10-minute topical discussions, which allowed everyone to participate and engage.

The IRC held working meetings during Conference week, as well. Newly appointed committee members Angelina Angelov; Lynn McConnell, SPHR; and Steve Wingert, CLM were welcomed, while departing committee members Barb Foley, CLM and Karen Griggs, CLM were thanked for their years of service to the committee and its predecessor task force.

International strategist Terrance Barkan of GlobalStrat was also in attendance. Barkan recently completed a market research project for ALA that will serve as the foundation of a global business plan to extend the Association's visibility, brand and services to customers, members, prospects and legal organizations around the globe. You’ll hear more about this effort in the months to come.

For more information, reach out to any of the IRC members.

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