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Ahead of the Curve

August 2018

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.


    

"HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF AGAINST A SIM SWAP ATTACK"

"A spate of hacked Instagram accounts. A $220 million lawsuit against AT&T. A bustling underground crime ring. They all have roots in an old problem that has lately found new urgency: SIM card swaps, a scam in which hackers steal your mobile identity—and use it to upend your life.

At its most basic level, a SIM swap is when someone convinces your carrier to switch your phone number over to a SIM card they own. They’re not doing it for prank call cover, or to rack up long-distance charges. By diverting your incoming messages, scammers can easily complete the text-based two-factor authentication checks that protect your most sensitive accounts. Or, if you don’t have two-factor set up in the first place, they can use your phone number to trick services into coughing up your passwords." 

This is terrifying and definitely worth a read and understanding. 

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Resource: Casey Chin, Wired


"WOMEN PARTNERS, LAW FIRM LEADERS HAVE VASTLY DIFFERENT BIG LAW LIVES, STUDY SHOWS"

A new American Bar Association analysis shows that men and women experience life at large law firms vastly differently. The data underscores what the ABA hopes will be the first step toward changing that.


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Resource: Roy Strom, The American Lawyer (requires a free subscription)


"THE FUTURE OF WORK"

Artificial intelligence continues to affect all aspects of business.  As AI continues to evolve, we will continue to see how it affects and shifts the workplace and mindsets of employees. HR should be on the front lines of this revolution, helping employees acquire the skills that will be needed to thrive in the workplace of the future. “We know intelligent automation and digitization are beginning to disrupt a lot of industries,” says Sayed Sadjady, a principal with EY’s people advisory services. “Hardly anyone will be immune from this transformation — it’s called the fourth industrial revolution."

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Resource: Andrew R. McIlvaine, Human Resource Executive


"INNOVATION IS NOT A STRATEGY"

"Innovation is a worthwhile investment when done properly.  That doesn’t necessarily mean spending a lot of money.  The question is how to innovate strategically, not how much to spend. That begins with strategy.  Real strategy. If you are the innovation leader in your firm, first, show your commitment to the firm’s well-being by helping the firm identify and achieve business goals. Then introduce innovation as a means to achieve those goals. When done right, innovation won’t be some wordy platitude. It’s the addition of real value.  It can be the difference between success and failure."

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Resource: Ivy B. Grey, Above the Law


"THE VALUE OF FINANCIAL WELLNESS PROGRAMS"

"Eighty-three percent of employers offer a financial wellness program to their employees, according to Benefits and Beyond: Employer Perspectives on Financial Wellness, Prudential’s 10th survey on employee benefits. Adoption of the programs is up dramatically, from 20% in 2016. And 14% of employers plan to offer a financial wellness program within the next two years." This contains a list of the criteria of the programs available."

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Resource: Lee Barney, Plan Sponsor Magazine (requires a free subscription)


"TEN TIPS FOR UNLEASHING FUTURE POTENTIAL"

"What motivates individuals can vary by individual. The best leaders find ways to unlock what team members have inside them — their true potential. The more you communicate, delegate, and celebrate the more your team will be pointed in a positive direction. In the process, share your vision and praise and always maintain high expectations." The list in this article provides you a list of ten tips and actions to motivate your employees.

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Resource: Doug Van Dyke, HR Florida Review Magazine

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Jennifer Colwell, CLM, MBA — McGill, Gotsdinger, Workman, & Lepp

Kevin Costello — Holland & Knight LLP

Tammy Cowser, PHR, CP — Foley & Lardner LLP

Lisa Dasher, CLM, CPA, CGMA, Chair — Wicker Smith O'Hara McCoy & Ford P.A.

Rick Hellers — nQueue Billback LLC

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

Teresa Reiner, CLM — Gislason & Hunter LLP

Teresa Walker — Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP

Stephen Wolf, CLM, CPA — Deutsch Kerrigan, LLP

ALA Board of Directors Liaison to Committee

Michael Bumgarner, CLM, CPA, CGMA — Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso PLLC

ALA Liaison to Committee

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

pcarrera@alanet.org; 847-267-1252