June 27, 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 recent highlights from each of ALA's six regions.
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Welcome, New Members
ALA is proud to welcome 61 new members who joined the Association in the month of May. 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

Take Your Career to the Next Level
Looking to become a more effective and successful legal management professional? Register now for the 2013 Essential Competencies for Legal Administrators (ECLA) conference and learn the skills you need to better serve your firm.
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Seeking Member Nominations: We Want You!
Nominations will close on August 1 for both the Board of Directors and Regional Officers. If you think you have what it takes to make a difference in the future of ALA — or know someone who does — read more about what we are looking for in our future leaders.
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Law Firm Financial Management
Registration is now open for the 2013 Law Firm Financial Management Conference. Don't miss this opportunity to learn new ideas, techniques and outlooks to improve your firm's performance and results.
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Play the "iSpy Summer Giveaway" for your chance to win an iPad mini.
Congratulations to our Week 1 winner, Donna Crane.
Week 2 Question: What focus does DTI provide that is absolutely critical to the legal community today?:
Find the answer in Legal Marketplace and enter to win. Entries subject to the Official Rules.


Committee corner

Update from the BPRC/BPAP

The Business Partner Relations Committee (BPRC) consists of seven ALA members, and the Business Partner Advisory Panel (BPAP) consists of six business partners and two ALA members who are also part of the BPRC. Recently, the two groups combined as one and are now the BPRC/BPAP. Both groups have worked together on initiatives, such as Making Connections, and they have presented panel discussions during ALA conferences, provided "buddies" for the exhibitors on the hall floor and helped update Legal Marketplace. Now the combined committee meets monthly to discuss initiatives as a whole and to continue to strategize about how to connect members and business partners.

Here are some current BPRC/BPAP initiatives:

  • Reconnecting personally with each of the business partners who participated in the Annual Conference in National Harbor, Maryland to follow up on successes or issues they might have experienced during the Conference. The committee has received very positive feedback to date.

  • Business Matters Sessions have become a conference staple, so the committee is looking at ways to bring those sessions to members who either were unable to attend the conference or had a time conflict during the conference.

  • Reviewing business partners' information in Legal Marketplace and simplifying the key words in each profile so that members have an easier time locating the right service industry. The committee is taking on a grass roots effort to educate members and business partners about the value of Legal Marketplace and actively promote it at the conferences. This summer, a contest for members called iSpy is taking place with the goal to help familiarize members with Legal Marketplace. Questions will be posted in each issue of Your ALA News and will direct members to find the answer in Legal Marketplace. All members who answer the question correctly will be entered into a random drawing to win an iPad mini.

Business partner focus groups took place at the Annual Conference and will continue to happen at Regional Conferences. The committee is looking at ways to implement the ideas provided from these, such as streamlining a way for business partners to connect with members through pre-conference sharing and during-conference appointment setting. Stay tuned for more information!

The committee will work on ways to promote and educate members and business partners about the value of the VIP (Value in Partnership) program, about the value of customization by working closely with the ALA headquarters team, as well as assist in all on-site conference activities as available.

The committee members are excited to take on these challenges and be open to the many opportunities that are ahead for ALA members and business partners. Please reach out to the members of the committee with your ideas, suggestions and comments.

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