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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.

Steal This Idea: Virtual Poster Contest

The Lancaster Bar Association didn't cancel its annual Law Day poster contest because of COVID-19 - instead, the bar brought it online. Hosted by the bar's Young Lawyers Section, students throughout Lancaster County submitted posters addressing the right to vote, and the bar's Young Lawyers voted to select the winners. Check out the winning posters here.

Share with Your Members: Building a Remote Culture

With COVID-19 accelerating the development of work-from-home policies and more employees working remotely, it's important to continue to keep an eye on maintaining your firm's culture. In this article, senior-level sales and business development executives from the Forbes Business Development Council share their insights and provide "15 Strategies for Building a Sustainable Remote Company Culture."

Cutting Through the Clutter

Bar associations, in general, offer their members a wealth of content. However, the volume of information members receive makes it more difficult for them to assess the quality and veracity of information. In this white paper titled "Cut Through the Clutter: Content Curation, Associations' Secret Weapon Against Information Overload," Hillary Marsh of Content Company, Inc., and Elizabeth Weaver Engel of Spark Consulting provide tools for associations to help ensure the most important information makes its way to members. 

21-Day Racial Equity Challenge

Looking to address issues of racial inequity in your community? The Bar Association of San Francisco invites you and your members to join in the "21-Day Racial Equity Habit-Building Challenge." Participate by following the daily curriculum (articles, podcasts, videos), which aims to deepen our understanding of inequity issues from micro-aggressions to systemic racism. The curriculum was created by law firm Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, and bar associations are free to share it with their members. Learn more here.

Share with Your Members: Resources on Racial Equity in the Justice System

The American Bar Association has put together a webpage of resources and information "for attorneys, the legal profession and the public on a wealth of issues addressing bias, racism and prejudice in the justice system and society." You can access that page here.

Steal This Idea: Legal Guide for Journalists

The State Bar of New Mexico provides the media with an available resource, a Legal Guide for Journalists. The guide was created by the bar's Bench/Bar Media Committee as a reference guide for journalists who cover the legal beat and includes a glossary of terms to assist the media in accurately reporting on legal proceedings. Check it out here.

Leading with Optimism

A recent Harvard Business Review article on "What Leading with Optimism Really Looks Like," provides tactics for "weathering the storm" in difficult times. Among their recommendations, the authors advise leaders not to "just tell people 'don't worry, be happy,'" but also to "work with them to create patterns that reinforce the positive." Read the full article here. 

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