September 2020
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Executive Notes

"All of humanity's problems come from man's inability to sit quietly in a room alone," according to famous French philosopher Blaise Pascal. The Harvard Business Review uses this sentiment in encouraging senior executives and other leaders to keep a journal. Read more here.


Share with Your Members: ABA Formal Opinion 482

ABA Formal Opinion 482 "provides guidance on the rules of professional conduct as they apply to lawyers affected by 'disasters.'" The opinion, issued September 19, 2018, is intended to address natural disasters, but without a doubt, COVID has had a considerable impact on the legal profession. The American Bar Association offers "Five Pointers for Practicing in a Pandemic."


Effective Leadership in Uncertain Times

"Being an effective leader today, and especially while navigating our 'new normal,' is about honesty, plain and simple. It means being honest in your day-to-day interactions, honest in the way you do business, and honest about the status of the organization," according to Heidi Zak, co-founder and co-CEO of apparel company ThirdLove. She offers insights in an article in Inc., covering "7 Keys to Effective Leadership in Our New Normal."


Steal This Idea: Virtual Law Clinic for Veterans

The Knoxville Bar Association hosts a monthly legal advice clinic specifically for veterans, where they can talk to lawyers about a variety of legal issues. Learn more about the event on the Knoxville Bar's website or check out their local television coverage.


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

September 2020

President’s Message

ByTerry Hill

Terry Hill

I hope as this edition of the NABE News reaches you, it finds you healthy and thriving in your bar professional role. Over the past few months, I’ve had the opportunity to connect with many of you about the challenges we face leading and serving in the current environment. I appreciate each communication I have had and share with you here the theme of many of those conversations. Some of the issues are new, such as dealing with governance, staffing, and liability and risks directly or indirectly related to COVID-19. Other issues are the more common things we deal with that are exponentially more challenging in the COVID-19 environment, such as membership growth and retention, association finances, and serving our bar members. You and I are not meeting these challenges alone. We have numerous bar professional colleagues around the country who are dealing with substantially similar issues.

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Governmental Relations Section Nominations Now Open

The NABE Governmental Relations Section is currently seeking to fill a few leadership positions and encourages eligible NABE members to apply. Applicants must be a member of the section. The open positions are secretary, treasurer, and three at-large council positions. All positions will begin at the conclusion of the NABE GR Section Workshop in December. If you are interested in serving as either secretary, treasurer, or one of the three at-large positions, please contact Doug Struyk, immediate past chair of the GR Section, or Teresa Peavy by Friday, October 2, 2020.


Last Chance to Complete NABE Meetings Survey

NABE members—your feedback is still needed for the NABE Meetings Survey! In addition to helping NABE collect vital feedback from those who participated in the 2020 NABE Virtual Annual Meeting, input from all members is vital to assist the board in evaluating what type of event, if any, should replace the NABE Midyear Meeting after February 2021, as well as future virtual meeting offerings. Please note that as of now, provided conditions allow, NABE plans to move forward with the currently planned NABE Midyear Meeting in February 2021. Follow this link to complete the survey and respond no later than September 21. Also, recordings of the virtual meeting sessions are available to all NABE members here.


Save the Date for the 2020 NABE Governmental Relations Section Virtual Workshop

The annual NABE Governmental Relations Section Workshop is going virtual this year! All GR Section members are encouraged to participate in the workshop, December 2-3, 2020, at the low price of $25. This year's workshop, although online, will still have the same excellent programming section members expect. Registration will be opening up soon, so be on the lookout for an announcement in the coming weeks.

We Regret to Announce the Passing of Sandra Cousins

It's with great sadness that we announce the passing of Sandra Cousins. Sandra served as the executive director of the Tulsa County Bar Association and the Tulsa County Bar Foundation from 1989 to 2012. A long-time NABE member, Sandra was awarded the 2005 Bolton Award for Outstanding Leadership, which is presented to a bar executive who epitomizes the pinnacle of professional excellence. Sandra is remembered as a hero and friend to the many attorneys, coworkers and friends who knew her.


Anne Fritz Retires from Memphis, Maury Tower named Interim Director

Maury Tower has been named as the interim director for the Memphis Bar Association. Tower's experience includes positions at Good Advertising, WREG-TV and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Maury succeeds Anne Fritz after 27 years as executive director. Anne, a former NABE member, served as NABE's president from 2014-2015. NABE congratulates Maury on her new position and sends best wishes to Anne on her retirement!

Beth McMeen to Serve as New ED of Chicago Bar Association

The Chicago Bar Association (CBA) Board of Managers has named Elizabeth (Beth) McMeen as the new executive director for the CBA, succeeding long-time executive director Terry Murphy. Beth began her new position on September 1, 2020, and had previously served as a CBA YLS chair and CLE director, most recently serving as the bar's assistant director. Beth, a University of Wisconsin law graduate, is the first woman in the CBA's history to hold the position of executive director. Congratulations, Beth, and good luck in your new position.


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