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What's Happening at Headquarters February 2021

There’s always a lot going on at ALA headquarters in Chicago. Here’s a snapshot of what’s in store for the coming weeks.

At ALA-e-learningA Package of Law Firm Management Essentials (LFME) Education

With the addition of LFME: Operations Management at the end of last year, ALA has now completed the transition of the Law Firm Management Essentials program from in-person conference to self-directed, self-paced e-learning. Like the LFME conference before them, the LFME courses are designed to give students a strong foundation in each of the five main areas of law firm management. You can learn about a whole new discipline — like law firm finance — or get a refresher on the essentials of human resources.

And now that all five courses are available, you can get them all at once in the LFME package. Use this package as an educational stepping-stone to get to the next level of your career. Or put it to work as a professional development tool for staff members who are promising candidates for managerial roles. Whatever you intend for it, purchasing the package costs less than buying the courses individually.

More Virtual Events on the Docket for 2021

What education does ALA have in store for you this year? We’re working on two more virtual conferences. The first, coming in the second quarter, will be a two-day Master Class focusing on diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility. The second, slated for summer, will involve training on outside counsel guidelines. Watch your email inbox for save-the-date notices!

At ALA LM-Share Your StoryShare Your Story!

ALA is celebrating its 50th Anniversary as an Association this year, and we’re asking members to help us celebrate by submitting their story to be featured in next year’s 50 Years, 50 Stories video campaign. Each week we’ll be highlighting a member’s story on our website and social media. You can find the archive on our YouTube channel.

Filming your story is super easy. Follow the instructions on this webpage to easily record and upload your video. No professional acting experience required! The video will take less than 60 seconds to create and you’re free to respond to a prompt or tell your own story. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to [email protected].



At ALA-Virtual Events-GraphicUpcoming and On-Demand Webinars

Sharon Meit Abrahams, EdD, who authored a feature story in the January issue of this magazine, is back with a practical webinar for members of law firm management. February 24’s Every Firm Has It: Here’s What You Can Do About Underperforming Partners will help leaders identify underperformers and turn the situation around for the benefit of everyone.

Make sure to regularly browse the list of on-demand webinars — it’s full of great opportunities for continuing education that can be watched at your convenience, whenever your busy schedule allows. Our most recent on-demand offering, Changes to the Paycheck Protection Program, Loans and Forgiveness Demystified, will help you figure out if the second round of PPP is right for your small business before the application deadline arrives.