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Reminder - Lexis Nexis and Peer Excellence Awards are Accepting Nominations

Nominations are still being accepted for the 2019-2020 LexisNexis Community and Educational Outreach Awards and the Peer Excellence Awards. The Peer Excellence Award is presented to a NABE member who has made a unique contribution to the development of their bar executive peers. The LexisNexis Community and Educational Outreach Awards honor outstanding bar public service and law-related education programs. If your bar or foundation has conducted an exceptional innovative program to teach and inform laypeople and students about the law; promotes access to legal services, or engages your community in a law-focused or civic-related effort, please nominate the program for the LexisNexis Awards. Award nominations may include a video intended to support the nomination. The nomination deadline for both awards is August 31. Please visit the awards pages for the LexisNexis and Peer Excellence Awards for more information and to fill out the nomination form. Also, please see these spotlighted past winners.

Share with Your Members: Creating a Crisis Management Team

COVID-19 has forced law firms to look more closely at their crisis management strategies and how their business is impacted. In this article, the first in a series, offers guidance on crisis management from "anticipation to action."

Resource Rewind: Should We Talk About This?

Today, perhaps more so than ever before, bar association members are asking their bars to make a public statement on issues that may or may not solely revolve around law. This 2014 article from Bar Leader covers a National Conference of Bar Presidents panel from the 2014 Annual Meeting on how bars are choosing to speak on controversial issues.

Mixing Up Your Meetings

Seventy-three percent of event professionals say they are planning to host a partial in-person/partial virtual event before the end of the year. Associations Now asks, "Will hybrid meetings become the new standard format?"

Steal This Idea: Law Office Self-Audit Checklist

The Wyoming State Bar offers its members a "Law Office Self-Audit Checklist," which helps to review and assess a firm's performance related to client relations, conflicts of interest, time keeping, staff management, conflict checks and much more. Check out the Wyoming State Bar's checklist here. 

Steal This Idea: Member Movie Night

The Massachusetts Bar Association is taking over a local drive-in movie theater and having a special free movie screening for their members and friends. Even better? Free popcorn for all! Learn more about the event here.

Share with Your Members: Simple Steps for Starting Your Solo Practice

Many lawyers are looking to start their own practice, but aren't sure where to begin. In this ongoing Above the Law column, attorney Steven Chung provides guidance on setting up a "simple" law practice "with minimal overhead, costs, and management." Read the first article here.

Redefining Community

The latest issue of Bar Leader magazine, published by the ABA's Division for Bar Services, discusses how lawyers are connecting to one another and their bar associations to fight COVID-19 isolation. The issue also highlights virtual Law Day celebrations, bar foundations and some issues bars may address post-pandemic. Read it here.

Reputation Management: For Your Association (and Your Members)

In a recent National Law Review article, NABE-known crisis communications expert Bruce Hennes gives insight on how to protect your bar association's (or law firm's) reputation. According to Hennes, "It's been said that a bar association or law firm's reputation is its largest uninsured asset - an asset that can be seriously damaged with an ineffective crisis response." Read the article here.

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