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Ahead of the Curve

December 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.


    

"WILL 2019 BE THE YEAR OUTSIDERS INVEST IN U.S. LAW FIRMS?"

"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."

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Resource: Roy Strom, The American Lawyer


"FIVE FRESH MARKETING IDEAS FOR 2019"

Offline and online marketing ideas for a successful new year.

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Resource: Karin Conroy, Attorney at Work


"LEGAL PROJECT MANAGEMENT DEMYSTIFIED"

Viewing cases as projects has a number of critical advantages for law firms.

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Resource: Larry Port, Attorney at Work


"DON'T WORK MORE THAN 40 HOURS A WEEK"

The founder of Basecamp thinks it's crazy for him or his employees to work more than 40 hours per week. 

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Resource: Jeanne Sahadi, CNN Business


"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.

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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.

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Resource: Jill Switzer, Above the Law


"SOCIAL SECURITY MISMATCH NOTICES TO RESUME"

The Social Security Administration (SSA) will resume issuance of Employer Correction Request notices, commonly known as no-match letters, in spring 2019.

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Resource: Patrick Shen, SHRM


"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?"

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Resource: Josh Miller, SHRM


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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