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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.

Shortcuts for Microsoft Teams

If your remote team is using Microsoft Teams, this article may come in handy. It is a guide to all of the Microsoft Teams keyboard shortcuts and how to use them.

Kudos for Creativity

  • The Bar Association of Baltimore City's incoming president missed his inauguration ceremony because the association had to cancel its annual meeting. But that didn't stop Baltimore's team from celebrating their new president by planning a "drive-by" parade with past presidents, judges, court personnel, and other members and friends. Check out pictures and videos of the event on their Facebook page here.
  • While many bars have developed COVID-19 resource pages and other different remote services, the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis did something special in the local community--the bar helped provide food for those in need. Through the efforts of BAMSL's Attorneys Against Hunger Committee, members donated food, provided funding and volunteered for local efforts to feed area schoolchildren. The bar even worked with the St. Louis Area Food Bank to create a virtual food drive specifically for its members to donate food directly online. Read more here.

Steal This Idea: Partner with Other Professionals on Lawyer Well-Being

The Philadelphia Bar Association recently partnered with an online mental health company to provide members with face-to-face video counseling with licensed mental health therapists. Through the new partnership, Philadelphia Bar Association members and their families can receive anonymous mental health support at discounted rates with insurance compatibility. Learn more here.

Share with Your Members: 2020 Big Law Diversity Scorecard

According to this year's American Lawyer 2020 Diversity Score Card, diversity numbers are improving but not by much. Find out which big law firm currently tops the list in this Above the Law article.

Tips for Hosting Virtual Events

When hosting virtual events, "make business decisions - not technology decisions," advises Celisa Steele of consulting firm Tagoras. She adds, "Don't get too caught up in the platform and what it can and can't do - you don't want a case of technology wagging the event. Just because the platform provides a feature doesn't mean you need to use it...Remember, technology is only a means to an end." Read more tips from Tagoras on hosting your virtual events here.

Share with Your Members

In a recent Forbes column, law firm consultant Mark Cohen ponders, "Is law's present its future? The contours of the after-Corona industry have yet to be shaped, but there is little doubt COVID-19's legacy will survive its cure." Read more of Mark's insights on the reformation of legal culture here.

Steal This Idea: Bonus Benefits for New Members

The Arkansas Bar Association offers its new members something special - six free hours of Technology and Practice Management CLE, in addition to free individual consultations with technology and practice management advisors, and access to their library of expert resources. Learn more at

Post Pandemic Planning

Should you let some of your employees work from home for good? Associations Now explores options and insights on work-from-home productivity in this recent article.

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