November 2019
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Scholarships Available for the 2020 Midyear Meeting

The NABE Scholarship Committee is proud to offer scholarships for attendance at the 2020 NABE Midyear Meeting, February 11-13, in Austin, TX. The scholarship includes a waiver of the 2020 Midyear Meeting registration fee and up to $1000 in reimbursement to cover the cost of travel expenses. Three scholarships will be awarded. Please apply no later than November 22, 2019. Individuals from the locality where meetings are to take place or from adjacent states are strongly encouraged to apply. View the scholarship conditions and application here. 

What’s New with You and Your Association?

Send news of promotions, retirements, awards, etc., to NABE News Editor Pamela Robinson at or fill out this questionnaire.

It's Not Too Early to Plan for Law Day 2020

“Your Vote, Your Voice, Our Democracy:  The 19th Amendment at 100” is the theme for Law Day 2020.  The theme commemorates the centennial of the transformative constitutional amendment that guaranteed that the right of citizens to vote would not be denied or abridged by the United States or any state on account of sex.  For more on the theme and on Law Day programs, ideas, and resources, visit Law Day 2020.

Leading on Empty: How Leaders Drive Their People to Burnout

According to studies, workplace wellness programs have failed to improve employee health or significantly change an employee's experience at work. According to a recent Forbes article, it may be because managers and other leaders don't model balance. Read more here.


November 2019

President’s Message

By Julie M. Armstrong

Julie M. Armstrong

It’s a quiet Saturday morning.  I’d plan to use some of my time to write this column and then head to a reunion cookout for graduates of my bar’s leadership development program.  Instead, I now realize I’ve double-booked myself.  I’m frustrated that I made the mistake, but I shouldn’t be surprised.  I’m running on empty. Sound familiar?

Many of us are working for bars that are trying to do more with less: less volunteer time, less staff, and in some cases even less money. We’re looking for solutions and in need of support.  That’s where our NABE membership comes in. We need to maximize NABE tools to ease our burdens. 

Maybe you don’t need a solution. Instead, you have one to offer.  How about posting it to a NABE e-community or offering content for a workshop or seminar?  Our colleagues at the State Bar of Arizona have recently been posting information on a wellness series they’ve produced.  Imagine the content we could generate for each other by proactively sharing solutions.


Summary of NABE Board Meeting, October 24-26

The NABE Board recently gathered in Phoenix, Arizona, for three days of meetings. Special thanks to the State Bar of Arizona and At-Large Director Lisa Deane for hosting our meeting. The meeting kicked off with a membership report, with appreciation expressed to the Membership Committee Co-Chairs Amy Starnes of the State Bar of Texas and Lisa Ferrara of the Massachusetts Bar Association for leading the effort to personally reach out to encourage membership renewals, as well as for hosting 27 first-time attendees at the recent Annual Meeting in San Francisco. Read on...

NABE Docents Welcome New Members

With NABE’s new Docent Program, experienced executive directors are paired with an executive director new to their position. The docent serves as a guide to that exciting and sometimes challenging first year. Through the program, members are #naBEMore supported and connected. Special thanks to the following NABE members currently serving as docents.

 Theresa Hurley, Contra Costa County Bar Association
Yvonne Cockram The Virginia Bar Association
Vickie Mauck, The Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
Patrick Flaherty, Colorado and Denver Bar Associations
Bret Parker, New York City Bar Association
Dave Blaner, Allegheny County Bar Association
Ann Fritz, Memphis Bar Association
Yolanda Jackson, Bar Association of San Francisco
Rick Troy, Macomb County Bar Association
Allen Nichols, Akron Bar Association

Steal This Idea: A Fellowship Program for New Lawyers

The Toledo Bar Association has created a fellowship program for recent law school graduates, in partnership with the Toledo Legal Aid Society and University of Toledo College of Law. According to the Toledo Bar Association, "The organizations involved identified a critical need to help mentor, guide, and train recently admitted attorneys so that they have the tools and resources to practice law here in the Toledo area. The goal of this fellowship is to provide new lawyers with the support and guidance they require to successfully start their own practice, while also helping to provide access to justice to those in need in Toledo." Learn more here.

Share with Your Members: How to Spot a Phishing Scam

"30% of phishing emails are opened, and 91% of hacking attacks begin with a phishing email. Lawyers and law firms are often regarded by hackers as targets who might provide convenient back-door access to sensitive client data (and money)." Chicago Bar Association Practice Management advisor Anne Haag provides insights on how to spot a phishing email here.

Sherry Diamond Selected as New CEO of SCCBA

The Board of Trustees at Santa Clara County Bar Asso-ciation welcomed Sherry Diamond as the new CEO and General Counsel this past August, succeeding recently retired CEO Chris Burdick. Sherry comes to SCCBA with over 25 years’ experience in nonprofit administration and 10 years as an attorney practicing nonprofit law. She most recently served as Dean of Academics at Pacific University School of Law in Long Beach. Sherry is committed to protecting Chris Burdick’s legacy of service to the Bay Area community, and she is excited to maintain and build upon the work for which SCCBA is known. NABE welcomes Sherry to her new role, and wishes her good luck in her position!

Sebrina Barrett to Leave The Missouri Bar

Sebrina Barrett will be leaving her position as the executive director of The Missouri Bar at the end of December to join her family in upstate New York as her husband takes a new position. Sebrina has served at The Missouri Bar since 2011 and before that was senior director, public affairs and administration, at the New York State Bar Association.  She’s been an active NABE member during her tenure at The Missouri Bar, serving as a member of the CSE and Diversity committees; chairing the Membership Committee; and serving on the NABE Board of Directors, first as a state bar director and this year as board secretary.  Sebrina was presented with the 2019 NABE President’s Award. Her hard work and professionalism will be missed by all who’ve worked with her.  NABE wishes Sebrina all the best in her new locale. 

Maine Bar's Angela Weston Married in Ceremony Officiated by Heather Seavey

When Angela Weston, executive director of the Maine State Bar Association, married Dylan Armstrong, one might expect to find, perhaps, a few bar staff at the wedding…but you might not expect a staff member to pronounce the couple, “husband and wife.”  But that is what happened when Heather Seavey, deputy executive director of the MSBA, served as the officiant at the wedding held August 4 in Winthrop, Maine.  As a Maine notary public, Heather is licensed to perform wedding ceremonies in that state, and thus, had the privilege of marrying the Armstrongs.  Angela's daughters, Sierra and Savannah, served as her maids of honor, and Dylan's sons, Amos, Evan and Rory, were his best men. Best wishes to Angela and Dylan and, Heather, we think you’ve hit on a potential source of non-dues revenue!      

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