Ahead of the Curve
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.
"Nonlawyer ownership of U.S. law firms has been a stale conversation for quite some time. That is slowly changing, as a number of developments in 2018 have, at the very least, teed up the possibility that outsiders may soon have a chance to invest in the business of Big Law."
Resource: Roy Strom, The American Lawyer
"EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: 2018 LABOR & EMPLOYMENT PRACTICE BENCHMARKS"
Bloomberg Law’s 2018 Labor & Employment Practice Benchmarks report synthesizes survey data from hundreds of attorneys and legal support staff to provide insights on how law firms and sole practitioners conduct their L&E practice.
Resource: Bloomberg Law
"WE NEED TO BE MORE OPEN AS A PROFESSION"
“Transparent” is applied in all kinds of settings, being thrown around like a Frisbee (yes, I am dating myself), and as the desired “new normal” in all kinds of settings, including maybe even ours. So here’s to transparency within our profession.
Resource: Jill Switzer, Above the Law
"A 16-YEAR-OLD EXPLAINS 10 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT GENERATION Z"
"Who better to describe the next generation of U.S. workers than someone from the next generation of U.S. workers?"
Resource: Josh Miller, SHRM
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