October 2018
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NABE Governmental Relations Professionals to Meet in November

Historic Williamsburg will be the site of the NABE Governmental Relations Section’s annual workshop, November 13-15. The agenda will provide GR professionals with tips and best practices for working with their state legislatures and updates on national issues. Registration is just $150 for GR Section members and $195 for non-members. This is a deep discount over actual costs to encourage participation in the unique locale that is Williamsburg. Information on registration and housing (at the Williamsburg Inn) is located here. Registration and housing deadlines are October 22.

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Save the Date for the Midyear Meeting; Apply for a Scholarship Now

Registration and housing will open shortly for the 2019 NABE Midyear Meeting in Las Vegas, NV, January 22-24.  The dates are earlier than normal, so please plan your travel accordingly.  The NABE Professional Development Committee met last week and members are creating an exciting program tailored to address your concerns whether you are an executive director, deputy or other 2nd in command, department director, or specialist.  Registration will be $435 for early registration, $485 for late registration, and $535 for nonmembers.  Accommodations and NABE events will take place at the Caesars Palace Hotel.  Watch your email box for notice of when registration opens.  In the meantime, apply for a scholarship for the midyear meeting or another NABE meeting now.  Scholarships will help defray travel and registration costs for individual NABE members whose attendance would not be reimbursed by their association.  Members from all size bars are invited to apply.  The deadline to apply is November 9, 2018. 

 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.

October 2018

President’s Message

By Karen K. Hutchins

Karen K. HutchinsMoving Forward Together

Close connections—that’s what NABE means to so many of us. There is no other professional group that we could join that has as many close connections to our daily lives. Bar associations have unique issues and NABE provides the support and connections that we need to succeed. I hope that you are all able to attend a NABE meeting in person or a webinar online, or simply connect with your colleagues through our online Member Directory so you can realize the value of making close connections through NABE. I had the pleasure of meeting with long-time colleagues and the privilege of meeting many “first timers” at the 2018 Annual Meeting in Chicago. If you have been a part of the beloved NABE listservs, you know that there are plenty of online collaboration opportunities as well.


2019 ABA Law Day Theme Announced

“Free Speech, Free Press, Free Society” is the theme for Law Day 2019.  The theme will focus upon freedom of speech and the press as cornerstones of a free society, their prominence in today’s public discourse, and how changes in technology are reshaping their boundaries and resiliency.  For more on the theme and on Law Day programs, ideas, and resources, visit Law Day 2019.

ABE Offers Grants

Now in its third year, the ABE Opportunity Grants program provides direct support for needed ‘boots-on-the-ground’ initiatives and innovative projects. Since its 2017 inception, the ABE Opportunity Grants program has made – with the help of generous donations from lawyer members of the American Bar Association – a total of $640,815 in grants to 27 organizations in 15 states.  Past grant recipients include the Arizona State Bar Foundation and the Georgia Bar Foundation.  The deadline to apply for a 2019 ABE Opportunity Grant is October 31, 2018. Successful grantees are expected to be announced on February 28, 2019. 

Represent NABE in the ABA House of Delegates – Last Chance to Apply

NABE is seeking an individual to represent the organization in the ABA House of Delegates. The individual must be a lawyer and a member of the ABA, in addition to holding membership in NABE. The NABE Board of Directors will select the delegate from a list of NABE members who have submitted a letter of interest and any additional supporting information they choose (limited to 5 pages total) by October 9, 2018.  The selection will be made at the meeting of the NABE Board of Directors scheduled for late October.  Please send letter and supporting documents (as pdfs) to Pamela Robinson.

Renew your NABE dues now!

Forgot to renew your dues? Renew now to ensure your NABE membership does not lapse! Follow this link to renew online to ensure uninterrupted benefits. Members who have not renewed will be dropped from the NABE discussion lists on October 15. For questions regarding dues renewal, please contact Rebecca at rebecca.green@americanbar.org.



Yochim Joins Administration of Kansas Business School

Jordan Yochim has left the Kansas Bar Association (KBA) to take the position of chief of staff of the University of Kansas School of Business.  Jordan was executive director of the KBA for six years before returning to the University of Kansas where he had previously held several executive positions.  Active in NABE during his KBA tenure, Jordan recently served as a member of the Program Committee and as a member of a board-appointed task force on NABE programs and services.  Thanks, Jordan, for your contributions to NABE and your collegiality.

Miller-Sharp Heads to California Lawyers Association

Ellen Miller SharpEllen Miller-Sharp, CEO of the San Diego County Bar Association, will depart the position she has held since 2008 to serve as the director of Bar Collaborations and Special Projects of the newly formed California Lawyers Association (CLA).  Ellen’s responsibilities will include diversity, access to justice, pro bono and civic engagement.  The CLA was founded earlier this year and Ellen is excited about the opportunity to help build an association from the ground up.  Ellen’s position at the CLA will begin on November 1, but she will continue to work at the San Diego bar one day per week through the end of December to assist with the transition to a new chief staff executive.  Best of all, moving on to another bar association means that Ellen will be able to continue to serve as an active member of the NABE community.  Congratulations, Ellen.

Arkansas Association Execs Elect Trogden Secretary/Treasurer

Lorrie TrodgenLorrie Trogden, associate executive director of the Arkansas Bar Association, has been elected secretary/treasurer of the Arkansas Society of Association Executives.  Lorrie is an active member of NABE, having served as chair of the NABE Administration and Finance Section and as a current member of the Professional Development Committee.  Lorrie is also a participant in the Assistant/Associate/Deputy Executive Director interest group in NABE.  Best wishes as you share your volunteer energies not only with NABE members, but with colleagues in your home state.

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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