Kara M. Brostron, CLM
Lashly & Baer, PC, St. Louis, MO
Chair of the 2021 Annual Conference & Expo Planning Committee
2021 Annual Conference & Expo Programming Update
May 10, 2021
Can you believe it is already May and the conference is coming up in October? It will be here before you know it! So register now and book your hotel and airfare — it’s time to plan a trip to Austin, Texas.
I have never been to Austin, but I know a few things. I know it is the capital of Texas. I also know it is the home of the University of Texas. I know a professor by the name of Matthew McConaughey might be there, so I’ll be taking a college tour this October in hopes of running into him on the quad.
Austin may be an alluring location, but the Annual Conference Committee has also been working diligently to create an exceptional educational schedule with topics spanning the legal industry and business management, operations management, finance, human resources, and communications and organizational management.
We are ensuring that this year’s education hits it out of the ballpark. Based on the education we have selected so far, I am not sure how I will be able to attend everything I want to. We know that this conference will be cutting-edge. For instance, one session will answer what we should know about litigation finance and when our firms would want to consider it.
Another hot topic that will be a session: What about the ABA Model Rule 5.4 regarding law firm ownership? Currently, reforms in this area only affect California, Utah and Arizona, but they’re expected to grow rapidly in other states — kind of like recreational marijuana. Be educated when your partners come knocking on your door.
Beyond the innovative education sessions, be sure to schedule time in the Exhibit Hall with ALA’s business partners to see what new products they offer to help you move your firm forward.
The committee will continue to provide news about the conference in the coming weeks. Be on the lookout!
See ya in Austin!
2021 Annual Conference & Expo — Something Big Is Coming This Fall…
February 1, 2021
While the world works to distribute vaccinations, our work continues to confirm a location and new conference dates for this fall. As with many things in recent months, this isn’t how I pictured my journey as Chair of the Annual Conference Planning Committee. However, I’m heartened by the relentless spirit of ALA’s members and share their eagerness to once again meet safely in person to celebrate ideas, swap stories and revel in the shared enthusiasm for our profession. It’s coming — and it’s going to be just what we all need!
The Planning Committee has been poring over your feedback from past conferences, developing fresh and energizing content and discussing some dynamic new ideas. The 2021 Annual Conference & Expo will still be full of sessions for every level of legal management and continue to offer you the continuing education credits you need. And the conference agenda will offer plenty of time to connect with your peers in an inclusive environment and scope out the latest innovations from our business partners.
The programming will take a fresh look at some essential, evergreen topics and tackle some emerging challenges for our profession. And, after tumultuous months spent apart in so many ways, our biggest goal for Annual Conference — which will celebrate ALA’s 50th Anniversary — is to bring together the varied perspectives, experiences and knowledge that makes our community truly great. For we legal managers are better together: Better prepared to face the next hurdles, armed with the success stories of our peers. Better able to overcome our challenges, supplied with solutions road-tested by other firms and our business partners. Better equipped to expertly guide our firms through any environment.
On behalf of the committee, I thank you for your patience and continued support. Please stay tuned through BOLD Bites, your inbox and ALA’s social media channels for more updates in the coming weeks.