Chapter Awards Roundup
The Prestigious Spirit of ALA Award
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.
Compensation and Benefits Survey Now Open
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.
May Book of the Month
Update from the International Relations Committee
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.