June 2019
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Summer of Love Your Bar - Annual Meeting 2019

Cleveland Rocks and So Does NABE Comm!

Communication professionals, register now for the 2019 Communications Section Workshop – NABECOMM Rocks! – September 25-27, in Cleveland, Ohio, at the Marriott at Key Center. This year’s workshop features a variety of plenary and workshop sessions along with plenty of networking opportunities. On the agenda: media training, marketing and social media strategies, photos and videos on budgeting, and so much more. If you are a member of the Communications Section, make sure to register by August 1 to receive early-bird pricing. Click here for more details and to register.

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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.

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

June 2019

President’s Message

By Karen K. Hutchins

Karen K. HutchinsIt has been a great honor for me to serve as your president this year. I have so many people to thank for their work to make NABE a success. NABE is truly a team effort.

I am especially happy that we were able to transition our discussion ListservsTM into electronic communities that will provide more capabilities to work as groups online. It is my hope that these will strengthen NABE, connecting even more groups that can benefit from learning together without the need to meet in person.

I hope that throughout this year we have not just focused on issues of immediate concern but rather on the future. We’ve worked to create expectations that NABE will continue to be bar professionals' "go to" for information that can keep bar associations successful as the legal profession continues to meet new challenges.

The NABE board has worked this past year to focus on strategic goals that will continue to lead bar association professionals. For that I want to thank each one of the board members for their time and dedication to NABE. I particularly want to recognize NABE Immediate Past President Robert Craghead and State Bar Director Helen McDonald as they complete their service on the board and welcome Tony Weiler and Joycelyn Stevenson as they begin their board service. I also want to thank NABE staff liaisons Pam Robinson, Rebeccca Green-Jablonsky, Tondanisha Tomlinson, Nora Warens, and Emma Buell, along with the rest of the ABA Division for Bar Services staff, for their continued support. Thanks go as well to Elizabeth Derrico and Associates as NABE works to implement our expanded strategic goals.


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We Will Not BE Ignored: Renew Your NABE Dues!

Of course, we’d never boil your bunny rabbit, but if you’ve not yet renewed for 2019-2020, we will start to send multiple notices to remind you that your NABE membership has expired. We don’t want you to miss out on the weekly NABE Bulletin, periodic NABE News, the new NABENetwork of online communities, discounts to NABE Annual and Midyear meetings, and so much more. Individuals who do not renew will be dropped from the member list in September, so renew now…or else!

Online Communities Spur Participation

Since the May launch of NABE’s new online communities, NABENetwork, there has been an uptick in communications among NABE members, outpacing the former ListservsTM. Whether sharing “wins of the week” within the Communications Section community or soliciting for policies on renting a bar’s meeting space in the Small Bar community, NABE members are taking notice of the powerful mode of exchange and the ease of use of these new resources. Whatever is your professional focus (and especially if you wear several hats), there are NABE communities where you will find information to perform your job better, to enhance the operations at your association, and to share in the professional camaraderie that only comes with membership in NABE. If you haven’t yet joined any optional NABE communities, get in on the discussion today.

Schedule Changes Planned for Annual Meeting Luncheons

In a change to past annual meeting proceedings, entity chairs for 2018-2019, outgoing board members, the immediate past president, and others will be recognized for their service at the luncheon scheduled for Wednesday, August 7.  This luncheon also will serve as the organization’s annual business meeting.  The Thursday luncheon on August 8 will include presentation of the NABE/LexisNexis Community and Educational Outreach Awards, introduction of 2019-2020 volunteers, and the ceremonial passing of the gavel. It is hoped that these changes will result in more efficient use of time during these events.   

Dayton Announces Otchy as New Executive Director, Says Goodbye to Dunker

Jennifer OtchyOn April 1, 2019, Jennifer Otchy assumed the role of executive director for the Dayton Bar Association and DBA Foundation. She has been an employee with the DBA for the past 14 years, serving in a variety of management and leadership roles. Jennifer’s most recent position has been as the senior director of professional development. She succeeds retiring executive director Sally Dunker, who is passing along her wisdom and experience to ensure Jennifer’s success. NABE congratulates Jennifer on her new position and sends best wishes to Sally as she enjoys time with her family!

Driendl-Miller to Serve as New ED at Lancaster Bar

Lisa Driendl-MillerLisa Driendl-Miller is taking on a new challenge as the Lancaster (PA) Bar Association’s newest executive director. For the past two years, Lisa has served as the director of education and member engagement. Lisa is a certified paralegal, having earned her Paralegal Certificate from Penn State University and has worked in Lancaster’s legal community since 1993. She is also a board member of the Lancaster Area Paralegal Association and chair of the Criminal Law & Forensics Conference. We welcome Lisa to her new role and NABE and look forward to the good work she will contribute.

SCBA Welcomes Elizabeth Bacon as New ED

Elizabeth BaconElizabeth Bacon has been appointed the new executive director of Sacramento County Bar Association, replacing Mary Burroughs who recently retired. Previously, Elizabeth held positions at University of CA Davis as a graduate program coordinator and assistant director of development. Most recently, she held a variety of positions at University of the Pacific, including campaign manager and director of campaign operations. Elizabeth, we are excited to see the work you will do for the SCBA in your new role. Welcome to NABE!

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