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Ahead of the Curve

July 2019


The Professional Development Advisory Committee’s (PDAC) purpose in providing you this communication is to further its goal of periodically sharing topical information regarding the legal industry. Our hope is that one or more of the updates will provide a spark of insight to assist with your work on behalf of ALA as well as within your firm or legal department.



Despite the legal industry’s obsession with revenue, the truth is revenue tells you very little about the strength of a book of business.  

This article discusses moving to a profitability approach. In the author's opinion, "Every time I’ve seen a firm make the transition to a model that factors in profitability, it’s been for the better."

Read more.

Resource: James Goodnow, Above the Law

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Tammy Cowser, PHR, CP — Foley & Lardner LLP

Suzanne Koch  RSM US LLP

Lana McGinnis, CLM, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Chair — Sturgill Turner Barker & Moloney, PLLC

Terri Oppelt, CLM, SPHR, SHRM-CP  Armanino LLP

Teresa Reiner, CLM — Gislason & Hunter LLP

Teresa Walker — Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP

Valerie Williams — Pender & Coward, PC

Stephen Wolf, CLM, CPA — Deutsch Kerrigan, LLP

ALA Board of Directors Liaison to Committee

Joseph Samarco, MBA, ALPP — Ballard Spahr LLP

ALA Liaison to Committee

Patricia S. Carrera, JD, CAE, CKM, CPLP — ALA's Sr. Director, Member Experience; 847-267-1252