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Register Now: June 23 NABE Webinar on Lawyer Substance Abuse

Join your colleagues in the NABE Classroom on June 23rd, 2:00 pm, central, for the webinar session: Sobering Statistics - Prevalence of Substance Abuse in the Legal Profession. This session will be broadcast live from the NABE 2017 Small Bar Conference! Michele Haggerty, legal community specialist from Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers, will provide insight on understanding the issues underlying and resulting from substance dependence abuse. Michele also will share examples of programs and policies implemented by bar associations that have helped bar association members help themselves. Click here to register now.


Don’t Let Your Membership Lapse!

On June 5, all 2016-17 NABE members received an invitation from President Zoe Linza to renew their NABE memberships for 2017-18. As of today, some 23% of members have re-upped only 5 days into the membership drive! That’s FANTASTIC. But if you are among the other 77%, consider all the NABE member benefits at stake: access to NABE Listservs, the collegiality and expertise of your fellow members, discounts for NABE meetings, NABE Bulletin, and NABE NewsRenew today.


New York City
2017 Annual Meeting
August 8-10, New York City


Strut Your Bar's Law Day Stuff: Apply for an ABA Law Day 2017 Award

Yes, Law Day has come and gone, but you're just in time to show off your association's or foundation's 2017 activities by applying for an ABA Law Day Award. The awards highlight programs that promote public understanding of the law and that best integrate this year's theme – The 14th Amendment: Transforming American Democracy – into innovative activities serving the public. Awards will be presented in February 2018 at the ABA Midyear Meeting. Applications are due June 30. Forms and instructions may be found here.


Blow Your Horn: Nominate Your Bar’s Communication Efforts for a Luminary Award

The NABE Section on Communications is accepting nominations for its Luminary Awards which recognize excellence in bar communications in the areas of regular communications, special projects, electronic media, websites, and marketing. The awards will be presented at the section’s annual workshop, this year in St. Louis, October 3-6. The deadline for submissions is Friday, June 16. Nominate your bar’s work now.


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.

June 2017

President’s Message

By Zoe W. Linza

Zoe W. Linza

I LOVE SUMMER

The joys of summer are upon us. Backyard barbeques, pool time, and summer vacations remind me once again why this is my favorite time of year. I think I also like summer because it is like a new beginning. We all started our “life of routine” with a return to school in fall and end of school celebrations that couldn’t come soon enough! Summer meant end of year report cards and new beginnings of tennis lessons, swim lessons, camp, whatever your mother signed you up to do!

One of my early jobs was working for the Missouri Senate. Again I fell into a pattern of cycles—the legislative session began with fanfare and ended usually with fireworks close to the start of summer.

Zoe with Clarence ThomasAt BAMSL, our bar year begins with Law Day, May 1. The event celebrates our changing of the guard with installation of new officers, annual awards are given, both Lifetime Achievement and Presidential Awards for those who gave special support to the president that year. We also always have a well-known keynote speaker, from the Governor in years past to this year when we were honored to host the Honorable Clarence Thomas, U.S. Supreme Court. Read more...


Board Selects NABE/LexisNexis Community and Educational Outreach Award Recipients

The following bar associations have been selected to receive NABE/LexisNexis Community and Educational Outreach Awards at the NABE Annual Meeting in New York City:

The awards will be presented at the NABE Luncheon and Business Meeting on Thursday, August 10, 2017, at the Sheraton Times Square. The Board congratulates the winners on their creative initiatives and thanks the many members that submitted nominations.


Bolton Award to Be Presented to George Brown

George BrownGeorge Brown, executive director of the State Bar of Wisconsin (SBW), will receive the 2017 NABE Bolton Award at the NCBP/NABE/NCBF Joint Luncheon on Friday, August 11 in New York City. The Bolton Award is presented by NABE each year to a member who exhibits professionalism, character and integrity and who has demonstrated significant contributions to the organized bar and legal profession. At the SBW, George has been as instrumental in developing and encouraging staff as he has been in preparing and guiding the bar’s leaders. When he retires at the end of June, George will have been at the SBW for more than 30 years, the last 17 navigating the bar’s course as its chief staff executive. Within NABE, George has served in numerous capacities, including the positions of NABE president, Program Committee chair, and Communications Section chair, but no titles more significant than those of mentor, sounding board, and friend. One individual supporting his nomination for the Bolton Award wrote quite aptly, “George has been not just a spigot of knowledge, advice, and encouragement; he has been a fire hose.” Congratulations, George, on this well-deserved honor and thank you for your service and camaraderie.


Leah Johnson Named Peer Excellence Award Recipient

Leah JohnsonLeah Johnson, assistant executive director of the South Carolina Bar, will be presented with the NABE Peer Excellence Award at the NABE Membership Luncheon and Business Meeting on Thursday, August 10, in New York City. The award is designated for an individual who has demonstrated significant contributions to the NABE organization and to peers within the association. Leah has served as chair of the NABE Program Committee, as chair of the Governmental Relations Section, and as a member of the NABE Board of Directors. Following her board service, Leah has remained active in the organization, particularly as a presenter at national programs on advocacy. In the last year, she has shared her expertise with not only bar executives, but also bar volunteer leaders as a presenter in two NCBP 21st Century Lawyer Webinars and at the ABA Bar Leadership Institute. Congratulations, Leah, on this recognition of your work on behalf of NABE and your fellow NABE members.


The Florida Bar Foundation Honors Harkness and Curran

Jack HarknessJack Harkness, executive director of The Florida Bar (and past president of NABE), and Jane Curran, founding executive director of The Florida Bar Foundation (and past president of the National Conference of Bar Foundations), will be bestowed with the 2017 Medal of Honor by The
Jane CurranFlorida Bar Foundation for their respective work in the Florida legal community. Jack, who will retire later this year after 37 years as the chief staff executive of the bar, was described by his nominators as a "transformative figure in inspiring the administration of justice" in Florida, while Jane was called a "pioneer, visionary and difference-maker." These two leaders will be honored on June 22 during The Florida Bar Annual Convention. Congratulations, Jack and Jane, on this acknowledgement of your service to the organized bar in Florida and thank you for your contributions at the national level as well. 

New Hampshire Bar's Denice DeStefano Retires This Month

Denice DeStefanoAssistant Executive Director Denice DeStefano will retire from the New Hampshire Bar Association on the 30th of June after nearly 26 years with the association. An active member of NABE, Denice has served on the Program Committee, Scholarship Committee, Bylaws Committee, and the former Meeting Planners Committee, chairing the latter two. Retirement hardly seems the right word to describe Denice's plans after June 30. Denice plans to work at Granite Group Realty, the real estate company she and her husband own, providing support to the agents, and listing and selling properties from time to time herself. At least Denice is limiting her real estate work to rainy days, planning to spend the sunny ones lake boating and swimming. NABE thanks you for your service, Denice, and wishes you many days of clear skies ahead.


Texas Executive Director Michelle Hunter Announces Retirement

Michelle HunterMichelle Hunter, executive director of the State Bar of Texas (SBOT), has announced that she will retire from the bar January 26, 2018. Michelle has served as the bar's executive director since 2008 and is credited with improving member benefits, positioning the bar as a leader in pro bono services, and ensuring the bar's fiscal and technological wellbeing. Before serving as executive director, Michelle served as deputy executive director and in several other capacities. In addition to being a regular attendee at NABE meetings, Michelle has supported her staff's active participation in NABE, valuing the opportunities for professional development the organization provides. Congratulations on your retirement, Michelle, and best wishes for your future plans.


Bill Wheeler Sets Retirement from Dayton Bar Association

Bill WheelerBill Wheeler has announced that he will retire from the Dayton Bar Association (DBA) at the end of September 2017. Bill has served the Dayton Bar Association as its executive director for fourteen years. During that time, he has been a supporter of NABE, NCBP, and BLI programming, serving as a presenter at NABE meetings and at the BLI. Bill was recently presented with the DBA’s 2017 Liberty Bell Award, an honor accorded annually to a non-lawyer who has rendered outstanding service to the Dayton community in cooperation with the Dayton Bar Association. In addition to traveling and playing golf, post-retirement plans for Bill include getting involved in several community economic development projects in Dayton. Best wishes on your retirement, Bill, and on your continued efforts supporting the Dayton community.


Tennessee Names Joycelyn Stevenson as New Executive Director

Joycelyn StevensonThe Tennessee Bar Association has named Nashville attorney Joycelyn Stevenson as its new executive director. Joycelyn is a shareholder in the law firm of Littler Mendelson PC with a practice focused on labor and employment law. Recently completing her term as president of the Nashville Bar Association, Joycelyn also is a former president of the Lawyers’ Association for Women – Marion Griffin Chapter. In addition to her activity in the organized bar, Joycelyn has been active in community organizations including the Council on Aging of Greater Nashville and the Nashville Farmer’s Market Board. Joycelyn, NABE welcomes you into its ranks and we look forward to meeting you in New York.


Doug Brown Returns to Consultant and Speaker Roots

Doug BrownAfter serving as the executive director of the Connecticut Bar Association (CBA) since late 2013, Doug Brown has left the CBA to return to his former career pursuits as a speaker and consultant. Doug’s time at the CBA brought financial stability to the organization and increased membership after years of decline. Within NABE, Doug served on the Chief Staff Executives Committee. Doug plans to combine the lessons he’s learned as a bar executive with his background as an attorney and executive coach to help organizations and individuals maximize their potential for the future. Contact Doug at doug@douglasbrownjd.com or at https://www.linkedin.com/in/douglasbrown. Best wishes, Doug, in your future endeavors.


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