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American Bar Endowment Opens 2021 Opportunity Grants Cycle

The American Bar Endowment's Opportunity Grant Program is now open for the 2021 year. The Grant Program supports new, innovative projects and programs that serve the immediate and critical legal needs of the public and are of importance to the legal profession and its concerns for access to justice. Visit ABE Opportunity Grants to learn about eligibility and how to apply.

Guidance on Good Governance

According to association expert Robert Harris, "The pandemic and economic recovery pose unknowns for boards of directors. Good governance remains essential." He provides some governance guidance here.

Making the Most of the "Influencer Economy"

With more happening online than ever before, perhaps this is the time to consider an outreach strategy that targets the profession's influencers (along with those in your community). Associations Now offers "Three Tactics to Make the Most of Influencer Marketing During the Pandemic."

Steal This Idea: Spell Out What it Takes to Form a Section

As bar association executives, we've likely all had our members present a "great idea for a new section." The Alaska Bar Association spells out exactly what it takes to create a new substantive bar section at their bar and explains what the responsibilities are for section leaders. Check out the criteria the bar has set for forming a new section on the Alaska Bar's website here.

Share with Your Members: Retirement Plans for Small and Solo Firms

Attorney and wealth advisor Frederic Behrens says, "Retirement plans may be an essential tool in helping a law practice survive beyond the founding partner." He offers retirement planning advice for small firms in a recent article in Law Practice Today. Read it here.

What’s New with You and Your Association?

Send news of promotions, retirements, awards, etc., to NABE News Editor Rachel Rojas-Brennan at rachel.rojasbrennan@americanbar.org or fill out this questionnaire

July 2020

President’s Message

ByTerry Hill

Terry Hill

I, like you, routinely hear people almost daily refer to the new normal, yet none of us have figured out what the new normal is or what it will be. These are certainly very different times that we live in and very different times where we are striving to serve the members of our own bar associations. I am excited to serve as your president this year. We certainly have no shortage of topics and issues to discuss and no shortage of projects to work on.

A few of my colleagues have asked me what my platform or focus will be for “my” year as president. First, I do not see this as “my” year, I see it as “our” year. Second, I believe the circumstances we find ourselves in have already dictated the immediate focus of our year. The three most prominent areas of focus, in no specific order, will be 1) bar operations and success throughout the remainder of the COVID-19 pandemic and the post-COVID recovery for our associations and the members we service; 2) racial justice and equality with emphasis on fairness, equality, and inclusiveness; and 3) continued focus and refinement of the NABE membership value proposition.

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Attend the 2020 NABE Virtual Annual Meeting with Your Team #NABEbettertogether

Register for the NABE Virtual Annual Meeting, August 24-27, and encourage your colleagues to participate, too! This virtual conference is the perfect opportunity for all bar association staff to receive access to professional development sessions and to make valuable connections with peers. It also gives you the chance to network with bar staff leaders, meet outstanding sponsors, play games, win prizes, and attend excellent sessions, like the NABE/NCBP Joint Plenary: Courageous Conversations in Racial Justice. Follow this link to learn more about the session topics, schedule and to register.

Thank You, Whitney von Haam and Loretta Larsen!

A very special thank you to Whitney von Haam and Loretta Larsen whose service on the board concluded on June 30. Whitney served as a local bar director from 2018-2020. Before service on the board, Whitney's service to NABE included chairing the Program, Small Bar and Membership Committees. Concurrent with her last year on the board, Whitney served this year as Administration and Finance Section chair. Loretta graciously returned to the board this year to fill an interim vacancy as secretary. She had served a prior term as secretary and also served as a state bar director. As a tireless volunteer for NABE, Loretta also served as chair of the Administration and Finance Section, and Chief Staff Executives and Surveys committees. Both Whitney and Loretta have provided thoughtful and selfless input on the board and their presence will be missed.

Don't Miss Out: Join Your NABE Peers and Renew Your Membership Today!

Over 200 of your colleagues have already renewed their NABE memberships and continue to be part of our connected and supportive community. If you've missed our messaging so far--no worries! There's still time to renew and maintain access to a vibrant group of professionals and to stay informed of all the resources and events NABE provides. #naBEMore today!

Zoe Linza Announces Retirement from BAMSL

Zoe Linza has announced her retirement from the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, effective November 2020, after serving as the bar's executive director since 2006. Zoe has been a passionate supporter of NABE, serving on multiple committees and the board, both as a local bar director and treasurer. Zoe was NABE president in 2016-2017. Zoe's commitment to her staff, lawyers, and other bars earned her the 2019 NABE Bolton Award for Outstanding Bar Leadership. While Zoe had intended to retire earlier in the year, BAMSL leadership prevailed upon her to delay her departure during the unprecedented upheaval caused by the pandemic. Zoe's and BAMSL's "gotta laugh at it" take on challenges faced by the bar can be seen here. Zoe, thank you for your contributions to NABE, your sense of humor, and for your example of professionalism and leadership. 

CBA Long-time Executive Director Terry Murphy Announces Retirement

The Chicago Bar Association's executive director, Terry Murphy, has announced his retirement after nearly 50 years at the bar. The longest serving executive director in the bar's history, Terry started his career at the CBA in 1971 and held many positions before being appointed executive director in 1985. Terry played key roles in the development and implementation of many of the bar's programs, including the Lawyers Lend-a-Hand to Youth Program and the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession. In addition to his many achievements at the CBA, Terry served as NABE's president in 1989. NABE wishes Terry a happy retirement!

New Executive Director Hired at BAMC

After a nationwide search, Wanda Claiborne has been appointed as the new executive director at the Bar Association of Montgomery County (MD), effective June 15, 2020. Many NABE members will remember Wanda from her service at the Maryland State Bar Association where she worked for over 30 years, holding such positions as director of Conferences and Events and director of Meetings & Bar Liaison.Wanda left bar administration to serve as the executive director of the service sorority Zeta Phi Beta, Inc., but bar work called her back. Wanda is a past member of the NABE board and a past chair of the NABE Bylaws Committee. Welcome home, Wanda; best wishes in your new position. NABE looks forward to working with you again.

Kansas Bar Association Announces New Executive Director

The Kansas Bar Association has appointed Stacey Harden as executive of the KBA and Kansas Bar Foundation. She will officially begin her new role on August 3, 2020. Stacey currently works as the accounting and finance manager for the KBA and KBF. A lifelong Kansas resident, Stacey attended Baker University where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Business and Master's Degree in Business Administration. KBA President Mira Mdivani said, "The Kansas Bar Association Board is confident that Stacey Harden's initiative and vision, informed by her years of experience in working with the legal profession, finance, business management and technology will be an asset for our members in the years to come." NABE congratulates Stacey on her new role.

Montgomery Bar Association Hires New ED, Says Goodbye to Nancy Paul

Nancy Paul, the long-time executive director of the Montgomery Bar Association (PA), has retired after 30 years at the bar. She leaves behind a legacy of compassion, progressiveness, and  exceptional commitment to service. Nancy was an active member of NABE, and we wish her all the best in her retirement. Selected to succeed Nancy is Denise Vicario, Esq., who most recently worked for Montgomery County's Court of Common Pleas. Denise has been a member of the Montgomery Bar for many years, and has been active on several of its committees. We welcome Denise to NABE and wish her success in her new position.

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