April 2017
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Last Call for 2017-18 Committee Appointment Applications

President-elect Robert Craghead will appoint members to NABE committees within the coming weeks. Please submit your committee preference form by April 17, 2017, for appointment for 2017-18. Most committee appointments are for one year and begin July 1; the exception is appointment to the Program Committee, which is a three-year term and begins at the close of the annual meeting. A list of committees, descriptions of their responsibilities, and a sign up form are located here. Please select two or more committees to increase your opportunities for appointment. Requests received after April 17 may be held for the 2018-19 organizational year.

LexisNexis Award Nomination Period Extended

April 21, 2017, is the new deadline for submission of nominations for the NABE/LexisNexis Community and Educational Outreach Awards. The awards are presented to bar associations and their associated foundations for innovation and effectiveness in public service and law-related education programs conducted to advance the general public. New this year, the award categories provide for nomination of national, specialty and Canadian associations and foundations in addition to state and local bars in the U.S. The awards will be presented at the NABE Annual Meeting in New York on August 10. For more information and to submit a nomination, visit the NABE/LexisNexis Community and Educational Outreach Awards page.

Serve as NABE Delegate to the ABA House of Delegates

The NABE Board of Directors is accepting applications from interested and qualified NABE members to serve as NABE's delegate to the ABA House of Delegates. The ABA House of Delegates meets in conjunction with ABA annual and midyear meetings, generally on the Monday and Tuesday following the conclusion of NABE annual and midyear meetings. Delegates must be lawyer members of the ABA. The NABE delegate will be responsible for reporting at NABE business meetings and directly to the NABE board upon request. The NABE delegate will be reimbursed upon request for travel expenses incurred by the delegate due to remaining in the meeting city after the conclusion of NABE meetings. The term is two years and begins at the close of the 2017 ABA Annual Meeting. To apply, please send a letter of interest to the NABE Board of Directors in care of Pamela Robinson by April 18, 2017. ‎The NABE board will make a selection in early May.

St. Louis Hosts NABE Small Bar Conference

Registration is now open for the NABE 2017 Small Bar Conference, June 22-24, in St. Louis, MO. Registration is only $150 through May 15 and includes programming of specific interest to execs of smaller associations (1,500 or fewer members, limited budget, and/or solo or limited staff). The substantive portions of the program will take place at the offices of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis and overnight accommodations are available at the Magnolia Hotel at $149 per night. Scholarships available. Don't miss this opportunity to learn, network, and share your challenges and successes at this dynamic event in the Gateway City. Register now!

April 2017

President’s Message

By Zoe W. Linza

Zoe W. LinzaCycles, Changes, and Where’d the Time Go?

At this time of year, we often make comparisons between the cycles of life and the seasonal changes around us. Harsh days and cold nights give way to azalea blossoms and sunshine and baseball…and in the blink of an eye, schools will close for the summer…and then reopen for fall. In our lives, we work, we play, we learn, we teach, we love, we suffer losses, we see grey hair (well, some of you do) and then think “where did the last 10, 20, 30 years go?”

Zoe with daughter, Hilary, and granddaughter, ZoeOur bars also go through life cycles. I tell new staff they won’t really know the bar until they’ve worked a year because so many of our activities are once a year. The same is true for our presidents. They have many duties and events they only preside over once and then pass on to the next president. They have agendas to get done in a year and sometimes it can be a challenge for staff to complete massive projects in this time frame. Sometimes we see the enthusiasm of an early presidency wane as the year comes to an end and a “kick that can down the road" mentality” sets in when they realize there’s not enough time to do it all.

I’ve shared with some of you that it has been interesting for me to be on “the other side of the coin” serving as NABE president. All of a sudden, I’m the one with only one year to accomplish my presidential goals. I’m the one when NABE staff calls with a concern or even crisis when I’m in the middle of the bar’s yearly party for 3,000 kids and I say “I don’t have time for this right now. Call next week!” It has been very educational for me to be “on the other side” of that call and I’ve become more knowledgeable and sympathetic with the roles our presidents play in leadership.


Elections for Positions on the NABE Board of Directors

There is one contested race this year, at large bar director. Two excellent candidates, Elizabeth Derrico, associate executive director of the New York State Bar Association, and Marc R. Staenberg, chief executive officer of the Beverly Hills Bar Association, are running to serve in the position. Information on candidates has been posted here. Thanks to both candidates for making this commitment.

Regular paid members as of April 1, 2017, are eligible to vote in board elections scheduled to begin on April 17. Look for voting instructions via email from NABE staff and Elections Online. Voting ends on May 1, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. eastern.

Julie Armstrong to be NABE President; Secretary, Treasurer, State and Local Directors Determined

The following unopposed candidates are deemed winners of their respective elections:

  • Julie Armstrong, executive director of the Indianapolis Bar Association, will take office as NABE vice president on July 1; Julie will subsequently serve as president-elect in 2018-19 and become president of NABE on July 1, 2019.
  • Julia Baldini, executive director of the Virgin Islands Bar Association, will serve as NABE’s secretary for 2017-18, taking office on July 1, 2017. The term is one year.
  • Fran O’Rourke, deputy executive director of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, will continue as treasurer for the 2-year term ending June 30, 2019
  • Wanda Calvin Claiborne, director of Meetings and Bar Liaison for the Maryland State Bar Association, will retain a state bar director seat on the NABE Board of Directors, 2-year term ending June 30, 2019
  • Kevin Ryan, executive director of the Monroe County (NY) Bar Association, will serve as a local bar director on the NABE Board of Directors, taking office on July 1, and serving a 2-year term ending June 30, 2019

Congratulations to Julie, Fran, and Wanda! And special congratulations and welcome to Julia and Kevin.

NYCBA Historic Headquarters Houses Bar, Raises Non-dues Income


While most bar staff use their office/meeting space for bar-related work and events, the New York City Bar Association is actually using the building itself to generate non-dues income. Completed in 1896, the neoclassic structure at 42 W. 44th Street in Midtown Manhattan was named a New York City Landmark in 1960 and to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. Executive Director Bret Parker has recently announced the bar’s new event space rental and in-house catering services for the general public. Congratulations on this new venture and NABE will look forward to hearing more about its success. See more at 42West44.

State Bar of California Closes Office of Bar Relations Outreach

Due to a shift in priorities, the State Bar of California has closed the office responsible for liaison services to local bars within the state, effective March 30. The Office of Bar Relations Outreach was staffed by Carol Madeja, former managing director, and Leanna Dickstein, former project coordinator. Carol has been an active member of NABE for many years, serving on several committees, including the Program Committee, as well as on the NABE Board of Directors. Leanna was active in the NABE Communications Section, serving as a member its executive council and as its chair this year. Both Carol and Leanna will be missed for their substantive contributions to programming and governance as well as the collegiality they brought to interactions with fellow NABE members. Best wishes to each of you, Carol and Leanna, as you pursue future paths.

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Yolanda Jackson Receives Women’s History Month Award

Yolanda Jackson and Paul HendersonYolanda Jackson, executive director of the Bar Association of San Francisco, was honored in March at the Women’s History Month Awards Ceremony at San Francisco City Hall. The awards, presented on March 1, 2017, by the San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women in partnership with the Mayor, members of the Board of Supervisors, District Attorney George Gascon and the Friends of the Commission on the Status of Women, were given to 19 outstanding women who work in public service or government. Congratulations, Yolanda, on this recognition of your efforts.

Hylbert Set to Retire From the Boulder County (CO) Bar Association

Christine HylbertChristine Hylbert, executive director of the Boulder County Bar Association (BCBA) in Boulder, CO, has announced her retirement in June of this year. Christine has served as the bar’s executive director for 20 years during which time she has overseen the growth of the organization’s membership from 1,000 to 1,800. BCBA leadership credits Christine with being instrumental in increasing the bar’s annual legal services fundraising efforts and for mentoring and guiding a generation of bar association volunteers. A stalwart NABE member, Christine has been a steady presence at NABE annual and midyear meetings over the years. Best wishes, Christine, in your future plans.

Crouch to Lead North Carolina Advocates for Justice

Kim Crouch, director of Governmental Affairs for the North Carolina Bar Association, has been named as the new executive director of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice (NCAJ). NCAJ is a nonpartisan association of 3,000 legal professionals who protect people’s rights through community, education, and advocacy. Kim is an active member of the NABE Governmental Relations Section and served as its chair in 2013-14. Kim, congratulations and best wishes on this new challenge.

Murphy, Firmin Transition to New Positions at BASF

Ann Murphy, long-time director of Communications and Public Relations at the Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF), has become the Director of Diversity Pipeline Programs at the bar as of April 1. Also as of April 1, Kerstin Firmin has become the new director of Communications and Public Relations. Both Ann and Kerstin are active NABE members, particularly in the Communications Section, where Ann received the section’s Anne Charles Award in 2015. Best wishes to Ann and Kerstin as they meet new career challenges.

What’s New with You and Your Association?

Send news of promotions, retirements, awards, etc., to NABE News Editor Pamela Robinson at pamela.robinson@americanbar.org or Production Manager Nora Warens at nora.warens@americanbar.org

Milestones – Let NABE Know

NABE will share its members’ news of upcoming retirements, significant anniversaries and other achievements in future issues of NABE News. Please let NABE know about your special news by completing a brief questionnaire.

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