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Ahead of the Curve

May 2019

PURPOSE

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.


    

"THIS CAREGIVING CRISIS IS COSTING YOUR COMPANY"

"Your company may be experiencing the impact of a crisis no one is talking about — one that could be costing you productivity and, possibly, your most valuable team members.

Roughly 41.3 million people in the U.S. age 15 and over provide unpaid eldercare to a family member age 65 or older, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. By 2050, the number of people in who have reached or passed the midpoint of their 60s is projected to double, according to U.S. Census data. One in four of these caregivers is a millennial, according to a 2018 AARP report, and 56% are women."

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Resource: Gwen Moran, Fast Company


"DNA MAY BE THE ANSWER TO DATA STORAGE PROBLEM"

This articles takes some deep thought to process, but it is a clear demonstration of the state of #innovation occurring in the world. Clearly, these scientist/technologist understand the magnitude of the #datatsunami headed our way, with legal precedence near the crest.

Curated by a member of @ALA Professional Development Committee (@PDAC) to help educate our members on legal industry trends.

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Resource: Greg Satell, Innovation Excellence Weekly


"5 MISTAKES PEOPLE MAKE WHEN THEY (TRY TO) APOLOGIZE"

We all make mistakes and in HR and administration, sometimes we either need to issue an apology or counsel others on how to apologize for something. This article lays out the 5 steps to making a meaningful apology showing that “the method is as important as the message itself”.

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Resource: Stephanie Vozza, FastCompany


"CAN YOUR LAW FIRM WORK WITH A PEO?"

It didn't occur to me when I was vetting a potential PEO relationship a while back, that there might be legal ethical questions, issues and other considerations that I should have been aware of for contracting with a PEO.  This recent ABA article takes this on and I found it to be very interesting with a checklist of 5 ethical issues to consider and probably have in your contract.

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Resource: Michael Downey, Law Practice Management Magazine


"CHECK INTERCEPTED BY FRAUDSTER LEADS CLIENT TO SUE UMB, LAW FIRM"

"Ward-Kraft sent a $7,500 check dated April 9, 2018, from its UMB account to a vendor in Ontario called Arcis Digital Security Inc. But the check allegedly was intercepted, altered and used to commit a fraud. The fraudster, using the fake identity Chris Williams, allegedly contacted Farris Bobango for assistance with closing services on an excavator purchase, the lawsuit claims. Farris Bobango allegedly agreed to provide closing services for a fee of $4,800. The fraudster altered the amount on the stolen check from Ward-Kraft to $247,500, changed the date to April 30, 2018, and changed the payee to Farris Bobango. The altered check was sent to the law firm, which deposited it in an Interest on Lawyers Trust Account (IOLTA) at Triumph Bank in Memphis."

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Resource: James Dornbrook, Kansas City Business Journal


"WHY ARE COMPANIES ENDING REMOTE WORK?"

This article provides additional research on the topic that comes to differing conclusions.

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Resource: Dana Wilkie, SHRM


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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE

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 — Drinker Biddle & Reath, LLP, PA

ALA Liaison to Committee

Patricia S. Carrera, JD, CKM, CPLP — ALA's Sr. Director, Member Experience

pcarrera@alanet.org; 847-267-1252