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Ahead of the Curve

October 2021

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.


    

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"GARTNER: 12 TECHNOLOGY TRENDS FOR 2022 AND BEYOND"

The way back toward sustainable profits and expansion starts with technology investments as Chief Information Officers are expected to create robust and resilient IT organizations.

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Resource: Roberto Torres, CIO Dive


"HOW TO DIGITALLY ACCELERATE DURING CRISIS FATIGUE"

Crises are disrupting all business plans and triggering enterprises to review their purpose. This, in turn, increases symptoms of fatigue among employees, and the IT organization is not immune.

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Resource: Mary Mesaglio, CIO Dive


"ARE VIRTUAL OFFICES HERE TO STAY?"

The virtual law office — once a niche curiosity reserved for sole practitioners and a fraction of traditional firms — suddenly flowered, forced by necessity out of high-rise towers and into personal homes in the dark, uncertain pre-vaccine days. “End of the Law Office as We Know It?” wondered the Daily Business Review in Miami, pointing to firms that have downsized or abandoned their shops in favor of the work-from-home model. “We’ve evolved 10 years in six weeks. I don’t mean my firm, but the market. That’s how dramatic of an effect it’s had,” one law firm chief information officer told Law.com.

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Resource: John Roemer, American Bar Association


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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Terri Oppelt, CLM, SPHR, SHRM-CP, Chair  Armanino LLP

Denise L. Gaskin, PhD, MS, Vice Chair — RavenWork, Inc.

Daniel Patrick Atcheson — Jenkins Wilson Taylor & Hunt, PA

Roberta A. Bauer — Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart, PC

Melissa Chambers — LawPay

Suzanne Koch  Fulcrum GT

Jennifer Trippett — Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

Valerie A. Williams — Virginia Beach, Virginia

ALA Board of Directors Liaison to Committee

 Judity A. Hissong, CLM, PCC — Nesso Strategies

ALA Liaison to Committee

Kate Raftery — ALA's Associate Editor

[email protected]; 847-267-1252