July 2019
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Summer of Love Your Bar - Annual Meeting 2019


GR Workshop – Register Now!

Registration is open for the NABE 2019 Governmental Relations Section State Legislative Workshop, scheduled for Wednesday, November 13 - Friday, November 15. This exciting event, geared toward bar professionals who are responsible for legislative activities at their organizations, will take place in beautiful Denver, CO, situated at the edge of the Rocky Mountains. Substantive meetings will take place at both the Colorado Bar Association and the Magnolia Hotel, where accommodations are only $189 per night. Register now at just $100 for section members through October 4. Not a member? Registration is $200, still a bargain, but why not join the section and save? For more about pricing, hotel reservations, schedule of events, and scholarships, visit here.


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 or fill out this questionnaire.


Tell the Bar World About Your Association's Outstanding Public Programming

If your bar sponsors an innovative and effective program or project to educate or benefit members of the general public, consider nominating the initiative for a NABE LexisNexis Community and Educational Outreach Award.  Award nominations are now accepted year-round with a final due date of April 24, 2020. Avoid the rush; nominate your program now! 

July 2019

President’s Message

By Julie Armstrong

Julie M. ArmstrongListening. It’s a skill that’s crucial to our success as bar professionals and equally important for the organizations we serve. Fortunately, our NABE leaders have been excellent listeners, and it shows in the dynamic changes that are happening.

To be honest, I’m certain those that know me thought, “Julie, listening? Really?” Generally, I’m a talker. If I were asked to write a description of myself as a bar professional it would read: Julie Armstrong, a non-profit management executive with 30+ years’ experience whose enthusiasm for working with energetic, creative, passionate and dedicated professionals gets the best of her; and she starts talking. I’m gratefully learning from my predecessors and fellow volunteers to take a breath and listen.

Listening is fueling significant service enhancements within NABE, and the most recent example is the Midyear Meeting. For those new to our association, the Midyear Meeting is a live, multi-day conference typically held in late January or early February in conjunction with the American Bar Association’s Midyear Meeting.

In response to focus group, survey and task force work that began in 2016; your NABE Board of Directors recently confirmed to the ABA that we no longer will host a live NABE conference with the ABA’s Midyear Meeting after 2021. No worry, we will continue live programming including the annual meeting. We simply heard your desire to better space out the timing and content of our in-person conferences. NABE Board members Lisa Deane, Terry Hill, and Fran O’Rourke have taken leadership of our efforts to design a new and improved model. Members spoke, and the board listened.

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Diversity Development Committee Needs You

Are you interested in promoting diversity and inclusion in the legal profession and within NABE? Put your knowledge and interests to good use as a member of the NABE Diversity Development Committee. The committee will focus upon developing services for bar professionals who manage diversity and inclusion efforts at their organizations. The committee will suggest programming for annual and midyear meetings, develop materials, and serve as a resource for enhancing programs at bars across the country. Please send a message to President Julie Armstrong to state your interest.


Awards to Honor Communications Professionals, Nominations Sought

Consider submitting a nomination for the Communications Section’s highest honors, the Anne Charles and Wally E. Richter awards. These awards will be presented at the section’s annual workshop in September in Cleveland, Ohio. Learn more about the awards and eligibility requirements here.


NABE Announces Town Halls for Small Bar Associations

About once every six weeks, NABE will offer Small Bar Town Halls for bar professionals who manage small associations. The events will take place via video conferencing and will feature discussions of topics specifically geared toward staff of smaller associations. The first one will take place on Monday, August 19, at 2 PM Eastern/1 PM Central, where Marsha Watson, executive director of the Knoxville Bar Association, will lead the discussion on tech expos. Get in touch with NABE Board Member Whitney von Haam for more information and how you can participate, or follow this link to register. Mark your calendar for future Small Bar Town Halls on September 23, November 4, January 13, March 2, April 27, and May 25.


Marc Staenberg to Retire at the End of the Year

Marc StaenbergBeverly Hills Bar Association CEO Marc R. Staenberg recently announced his upcoming retirement scheduled for December 31, 2019. Marc became chief staff executive of the association in 2003 and is credited in leading the bar’s renaissance after the bar faced some challenges preceding his tenure and during the economic downturn of 2008, increasing both membership and services. Prior to serving as the BHBA CEO, Marc was a successful entertainment attorney and active member of the organization. In fact, Marc was in the chairs to become president of the bar when he accepted the position of chief staff executive and the board at the time honored him by making a provision for him to serve as president for a day before taking over as chief executive of the bar. Marc has been an active member of NABE, serving in a variety of capacities, including as a chair of the Program Committee, as NABE secretary, and as a member of the board representing local bars. He also served as president of the Metropolitan Bar Caucus and as a member of the NCBP executive council. Marc’s NABE colleagues wish him well in his retirement and thank him for his friendship, counsel, and contributions to the organization.


Staff Update from Louisiana State Bar Association

Tony LaVerde, IT director at the Louisiana State Bar Association, has retired after eleven years of service. Ashley Cambre is the LSBA’s new IT director. Ashley formerly served as the organization’s systems administrator. Also in the IT area, Tim Bourgeios has joined the bar staff, taking over as systems administrator. In the CLE area, Kitty Hymel has retired from her position as MCLE director after 29 years with the association. Mindi Hunter, who joined the LSBA staff in 2012, has been promoted as the new MCLE director. Congratulations to Tony and Kitty on their retirements and best wishes to Ashley, Tim, and Mindi as they contribute to the continuity of LSBA’s great service to its members.


NABE Immediate Past President Karen Hutchins Profiled in Local News

Karen Hutchins, executive director of the Arkansas Bar Association and immediate past president of NABE, was recently featured in the Arkansas Democrat Gazette. The piece captures for its readers what it’s like to run a bar association and shares Karen’s philosophy on work/life balance…and her favorite ice cream flavor!


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