February 2018
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Last Chance to Register for the 2018 CSE Retreat and New Executive Director Boot Camp!

Registration for the 2018 NABE CSE Retreat closes on Friday, February 23. If you haven’t signed up yet don’t wait, click here to register now! This year’s CSE Retreat is March 13-14, in Chicago, IL at the Chicago Marriott Downtown and the theme is “Stepping up to the Bar – Leading Through Eruptive and Positively Disruptive Change.” The CSE Retreat is a great opportunity for chief staff executives of all bar sizes to gather in advance of the ABA Bar Leadership Institute to discuss personal development, human resource issues, and volunteer/management relationships. Prior to the start of the Retreat on Tuesday, March 13, there will be a Boot Camp for New Executive Directors in the same location. Friday, February 23, is also the deadline to sign-up for the Boot Camp – click here to register.

Make Your Opinion Count: Call for 2018 Annual Meeting Program Proposals

The NABE Program Committee will gather March 16-17 in Chicago to begin the planning process for the NABE 2018 Annual Meeting. NABE member feedback is important, especially when it comes to the selection of programming, so please help the committee by submitting topics and program suggestions for the annual meeting, scheduled July 31-August 2, in Chicago. To have your ideas considered by the committee, submit them no later than March 6. Follow this link to submit your ideas now.

Bars Honored for Law Day 2017 Programs; Get Info on Law Day 2018 Now

Two bar associations, the Orange County (FL) Bar Association and the Utah State Bar, were presented with Outstanding Law Day 2017 Activity Awards at the NCBP/NABE/NCBF Joint Luncheon on February 2, 2018, at the Midyear Meeting in Vancouver, BC. Orange County won in the Best Student Program Category for engaging students in an array of educational, entertaining, and interactive activities which reinforced the history, purpose, and impact of the 14th Amendment. The Utah State Bar was selected for the Best Theme Interpretation Category for exhibiting a unique approach through print, social media, and broadcast media campaigns to inform the public about the 14th Amendment and its enduring relevance. The theme for Law Day 2018 is Separation of Powers: Framework for Freedom. Visit ABA Law Day for more information and to download your planning guide.

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.

February 2018

President’s Message

By Robert E. Craghead

Robert E. CragheadNABE Elections – 2018

One of the benefits of having the privilege of serving as NABE President is a real opportunity to help make NABE better for you (more about that in the next issue). Another benefit is the chance to look through the lens of a volunteer serving in a leadership capacity; something that has helped me in my day job. You also have the opportunity to serve NABE in a leadership role.

NABE members will elect this spring a Vice President who will serve as President in 2020-21. The successful candidate must be from a state bar. A Secretary will also be elected, who will serve a one-year term. And, there are three director seats up for election, one is a state bar seat, one is a local bar seat, and one is an at-large seat. The directors serve two year terms. 

If you are interested, the deadline for nominations is March 15, 2018, (5:00 PM Central). To learn more about becoming a candidate, visit the NABE elections process page.

Speaking of Elections - Change on Horizon

Many years ago (and I am not going to tell you how many), voting in NABE elections was based on one vote per bar association. 

Passing of Allan Head, NABE Past President

Allan HeadAllan Head, former executive director of the North Carolina State Bar Association, passed away on February 17. Allan served as NABE president in 2006-2007. During his bar association years, Allan became recognized as an expert in association management, publishing the oft quoted Head Notes, filled with pithy maxims on how to survive and thrive as a bar executive. In addition to his service as a NABE officer and member of the NABE Board of Directors, Allan was a presenter on many programs and served as a mentor and sounding board to many of his colleagues. He was a past chair of the ABA Standing Committee on Bar Activities and Services and in 2010 he received NABE’s highest honor, the NABE Bolton Award. Beyond his bar-related work, Allan brought his infectious spirit to volunteer endeavors with the YMCA on the local and national level. Allan’s faith and family were central to his life and he counted on them to remain “Tiger Tough” through his illness. NABE extends its deepest sympathy to his family and to his colleagues and members in North Carolina. And to Allan, thanks for your service, laughter and friendship. We will miss you.

NABE Nominations Process Is Open

As noted in the President’s Column, the following officer and board seats for the 2018-2019 year (beginning July 1, 2018) will be up for election starting April 15:
  • Vice President, candidates must be from a state bar association for this year’s election. Becomes NABE president July 1, 2020.
  • Secretary, one-year term ending on June 30, 2019.
  • Three director seats, which serve two-year terms ending June 30, 2020. The three positions include one state bar director, one local bar director, and one at-large director (the latter is open to a NABE member from any type of bar association).
The deadline for nominations is 5:00 p.m. central, March 15, 2018. To read more on election criteria and rules, visit the elections process page. Voter information will be distributed to all members in good standing in April. 

Lisa Deane Appointed to the NABE Board of Directors

At its meeting in Vancouver, BC, on January 30, the NABE Board of Directors selected Lisa Deane to fill a vacancy on the board for the seat of at-large director. Lisa, the Chief Member Services Officer for the State Bar of Arizona, will serve out the term which ends June 30, 2019. She has served on the NABE Program and Survey committees as well as the NABE Programs and Services Task Force. The board welcomes Lisa and looks forward to her ideas and contributions.

More News on Bar Professionals’ Comings and Goings

At the State Bar of Texas, E. A. “Trey” Apffel has joined the bar as its executive director. Trey is a former SBOT president whose law practice focused on personal injury litigation, toxic torts and medical malpractice. Susan Jacobs has retired as associate executive director of the Indiana State Bar Association after 24 years with the association. She was a stalwart NABE member over the years, serving as chair of the Program Committee and most recently as chair of the Sponsorship Committee. Mark Mathewson, who served as the editor of the Illinois Bar Journal for 29 years and some 350 issues, has retired from the Illinois State Bar Association. Mark is now focusing his creativity fully in a musical direction: he’s formed a folk/blue grass/Americana duo, Last Acre, with daughter Molly. Rod Wegener has retired from the Oregon State Bar where he served as chief financial officer. Rod served as a member of the NABE Board of Directors and was NABE president in 2008-09. 

Barnett Retiring from South Dakota

Tom Barnett, executive director of the State Bar of South Dakota, will retire effective July 31. Tom has served as chief staff executive for 30 years. Tom also has served as the bar’s principal legislative advocate and is a tireless member of the NABE Governmental Relations Section. After retirement, Tom plans to move to Florida where he intends to become involved in pro bono efforts… and to work on his golf game. Best wishes, Tom, for fair weather and fairways!

Manos Hands Off to Mudd in Montana

Chris Manos retired as executive director of the State Bar of Montana effective January 1 after nearly 17 years at the organization. Chris was an active member of NABE, serving as the chair of the Program and Membership committees. Succeeding Chris as executive director is John Mudd. Before joining the bar staff, John served as the Director of Development and Alumni Relations for the Blewett School of Law at the University of Montana and was an active member of the bar’s Professionalism Committee. NABE thanks Chris for his contributions and wishes him the best of luck in the future and welcomes John to the ranks of bar professionals.

Birmingham Bar Association Announces New Executive Director

Jennifer BuettnerJennifer Buettner has been appointed as the executive director of the Birmingham Bar Association (BBA). She comes to the BBA from Southern Nuclear, an affiliate of Alabama Power Company, where she served as associate general counsel and compliance officer. No stranger to the BBA, Jennifer was active in the bar’s Volunteer Lawyers Program. She succeeds John “Bo” Landrum, who served as executive director from 2011 until his retirement at the end of 2017. Bo was an active member of NABE, serving on several committees, most recently in the role of 2016-17 chair of Sponsorship. Best wishes, Jennifer, in your new position, and best wishes, Bo, for much happiness in retirement.

New Executive Director in New Mexico

Richard SpinelloRichard Spinello has been named the new executive director of the State Bar of New Mexico and the New Mexico State Bar Foundation. Richard has held multiple leadership roles during his 17-year career with the State Bar. Since May 2017, he has served as the interim executive director. Richard succeeds Joe Conte, who retired in the spring of last year after 14 years as executive director of the organization. Joe is a former member of the NABE Board of Directors. NABE congratulates Richard on his promotion and wishes Joe well in his retirement.

Chicago river

The 2018 Annual Meeting will be held in Chicago, Illinois, July 31 - August 2.

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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