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GR Workshop – Hold the Date!

The 2018 NABE Governmental Relations Section Workshop is scheduled for Tuesday, November 13 - Thursday, November 15, in Williamsburg, VA. Please note that the program starts on Tuesday and concludes on Thursday, not the traditional timeline of Wednesday - Friday. ‎ Meetings will take place at the headquarters of the National Center for State Courts. Registration will open on August 13, but for planning purposes, we're expecting lodging costs to be $169 plus taxes per night and registration will be $150 (!!!!!). The section is subsidizing registration to make the trip more affordable as airfares into Williamsburg/Newport News may be higher than for some larger cities. In addition to substantive programming, plans are being made for evening outings that will allow participants to experience colonial Williamsburg from dinner at an historic tavern to watching a mock trial of a colonist charged with treason against the Crown. Watch this space.

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.

July 2018

President’s Message

By Karen K. Hutchins

Karen K. HutchinsNABE – Our Team

It is an honor to serve as your 2018-19 NABE President. Since I have become a bar association professional, NABE has been the mainstay of my professional success and enjoyment. NABE is truly the group that has supported me through the challenges that I faced as a new bar executive many years ago. It has continued to serve as a sounding board throughout my bar professional career. Simply put, NABE has been my team, and I want NABE to be your team too. Being part of the NABE Team is as simple as staying connected through email. NABE serves all bar professionals. If you know colleagues in your bar who have not joined and experienced the value of NABE, please let me know so we can work to make them part of NABE, connecting them to people and resources that can help them in their daily careers. Together we can creatively solve any challenges through networking with different people at different bar associations that can talk through issues from another point of view. Together we can learn more through the education offered at live seminars and online through webinars and discussion groups. Together we can help lead the legal profession as it faces change and opportunity from a variety of directions.


NABE Request for Proposals for Consultant to Assist with Organizational Priorities

This January, the NABE Board of Directors adopted a comprehensive set of recommendations from the NABE Programs and Services Taskforce. The Taskforce was asked to assess how current NABE programs and services address the needs of NABE bar professionals, identify gaps and make recommendations for changes as Past President Robert Craghead announced in April NABE News. The Board has been working diligently to implement these recommendations and realizes that it needs some additional help to move these ideas and issues forward. As such, the Board prepared a Request for Proposals (RFP) and is seeking consultants or bar associations to assist with all or part of these tasks. In addition, we are also seeking a bar association or consultant who can assist with our social media and website needs. Please note that nothing in this RFP changes our current relationship with the ABA’s Division of Bar Services which provides staffing and other services for NABE.

If your bar association is interested in responding to all or part of the RFP, please feel free to contact Julie Armstrong (jarmstrong@indybar.org) or Ellen Miller-Sharp (emiller@sdcba.org) with any questions by August 15. All RFP responses are due September 1, 2018.

ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Creates Academy on Community Stakeholders

Over the past few years, the Dispute Resolution Community has watched as our communities have imploded as a result of racial or religious incidents. For many communities, these incidents and the consequences tied to them have all too often fallen most heavily onto the shoulders of those least able to bear them. The ABA Section of Dispute Resolution is working with the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law’s Divided Community Project to create an academy program designed to help communities with the interest in coming together to learn how to protect themselves and prevent often dire consequences. Working together, the partnership has decided to invite up to 5 communities to attend academy programming in Chicago in early March of 2019, to learn best practices for putting together the right stakeholders at the right time. Apply for the program here. For questions about the process and to learn about an informational webinar tentatively scheduled for August 7, at 12:30 p.m., eastern, contact Linda Warren Seely, director of the section, at Linda.Seely@americanbar.org.

Jan Wade Retires from Kane County (IL) Bar Association

Jan Wade recently retired as executive director of the Kane County Bar Association in St. Charles, IL, after 17 years. Jan was a fervent supporter of the Small Bar Conference and helped to coordinate programming for the 2015 conference in Madison, WI. Retirement won’t mean rest for Jan: she’s planning to start a small business offering bookkeeping and other services to small businesses. In addition, she’s looking forward to spending more time with her grandsons and to practicing Bikram yoga. Namaste, Jan!

Comings and Goings at Bar Associations

Greg Gordon is the new executive director at the Tulsa County Bar Association in Oklahoma. Gordon retired from Williams Companies, a Tulsa-based energy company where he worked as an engineer as well as in roles dedicated to business services and process improvement. Shelle Young is the new executive director at the Kane County (IL) Bar Association. Shelle joined the staff at Kane County in June 2017 as program director. Mark Tarasiewicz has left his position as executive director of the Philadelphia Bar Association. He had served in that position since 2014 and was formerly the bar’s associate executive director and director of communications. A successor has not been named. David Ross is the new executive director at the South Carolina Bar. A long-time member of the bar, David is the former executive director for the South Carolina Commission on Prosecution Coordination where he was responsible for coordinating the administrative activities involving the prosecution of South Carolina criminal cases. He also has served as the deputy solicitor for Richland County (SC), where he led a team of 35 prosecutors and support staff. David replaced former executive director Bob Wells upon his retirement in April.

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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