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Proposed Amendments to the NABE Bylaws

In accordance with the NABE Bylaws, members are hereby notified of proposed amendments to the NABE Bylaws, the vote upon which will take place at the 2020 NABE Midyear Meeting in Austin, TX, on Wednesday, February 12, 2020, at the Hilton Austin, 500 E. 4th Street, Austin Grand Ballroom Salon G, 6th Floor. The amendments (a) update and clarify eligibility for classes of NABE membership and (b) change the requirement that voting to amend the bylaws take place at in-person meetings of the organization. The latter is particularly significant given the organization’s decision to discontinue midyear meetings after the 2021 NABE Midyear Meeting in Chicago. In addition, this change will allow for mail or electronic voting and will be more inclusive of the membership given that many members are unable to attend in-person membership meetings. See the proposed amendments here.

Nominations Sought for NABE Board Member Seats for the 2020-2021 Year

The offices of vice president (local bar applicants only), secretary, and 3 director seats (state, local, at-large) on the NABE Board of Directors are open for nomination for terms beginning July 1, 2020.  Applications to the Nominating Committee are due by 11:59 p.m., Central, February 15, 2020. For further details of the nomination and petition process, including job descriptions and requirements for each open position, please visit the Nominations and Elections page on the NABE website.

Steal This Idea: Gender Bias Hotline

The Allegheny County Bar Association has set up a confidential Gender Bias Hotline, staffed by members of the Gender Bias Subcommittee of the Association’s Women in the Law Division. Anyone who has observed or experienced any form of gender bias in their role as an attorney or law student intern is encouraged to use the hotline, where they can share their experience confidentially and discuss potential next steps. Learn more here.

Share with Your Members: Tech Trends for 2020

Attorney at Work asked law practice and legal tech experts (including a few familiar to NABE) about what trends they anticipate for small and solo firms in 2020. If you’re looking for good content for your small/solo section members, this might be a good article to share. Read it here.

2019 Benchmarks Survey--Spotlight on Governance

In changing times, many bars make changes to their governance. Bar Leader magazine provides insights on some of the governance changes happening at bar associations around the country, referencing an analysis of data collected in the ABA Division for Bar Services 2019 State and Local Bar Benchmarks Survey.

Cross-Silo Leadership

“The value of horizontal teamwork is widely recognized. Employees who can reach outside their silos to find colleagues with complementary expertise learn more, sell more, and gain skills faster.” Harvard Business Review provides insights on building bridges and cross-boundary collaboration.

Reading Up on Leadership

Is one of your resolutions to become a better leader in 2020? If so, Fast Company recommends the following reads.

Steal This Idea: Shadow a Lawyer

The Chicago Bar Association is recruiting attorneys who are willing to let a law student “shadow” them for one day in February. Law students will then be apprised of all of the different opportunities and paired with lawyers. Learn more here.

Share with Your Members: Law Firms Trends for 2020

“Going into 2020, tried and true methods of marketing and business development will continue to remain on the priority list for law firms. Content development and traditional marketing methods of social strategy, blogging, and email marketing are just as important now as they were five years ago. Mobile readiness continues to be essential and SEO, while ever-changing in specifics of how it should be done, is also a key consideration for marketing professionals.” talks about the trends that will impact law firms this year.


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