January 2020
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Steal This Idea: Gender Bias Hotline

The Allegheny County Bar Association has set up a confidential Gender Bias Hotline, staffed by members of the Gender Bias Subcommittee of the Association’s Women in the Law Division. Anyone who has observed or experienced any form of gender bias in their role as an attorney or law student intern is encouraged to use the hotline, where they can share their experience confidentially and discuss potential next steps. Learn more here.

Share with Your Members: Tech Trends for 2020

Attorney at Work asked law practice and legal tech experts (including a few familiar to NABE) about what trends they anticipate for small and solo firms in 2020. If you’re looking for good content for your small/solo section members, this might be a good article to share. Read it here.

2019 Benchmarks Survey--Spotlight on Governance

In changing times, many bars make changes to their governance. Bar Leader magazine provides insights on some of the governance changes happening at bar associations around the country, referencing an analysis of data collected in the ABA Division for Bar Services 2019 State and Local Bar Benchmarks Survey.

Cross-Silo Leadership

“The value of horizontal teamwork is widely recognized. Employees who can reach outside their silos to find colleagues with complementary expertise learn more, sell more, and gain skills faster.” Harvard Business Review provides insights on building bridges and cross-boundary collaboration.

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

January 2020

President’s Message

By Julie M. Armstrong

Julie M. Armstrong

I’m in the middle of moving the offices of the Indianapolis Bar Association.  I’m sure those that have moved a business have a special bit of empathy for me in this moment.  This is the third time I will have packed up and moved our bar and, at this point in my career, it’s likely my last.  As I’ve packed up my desk, one I’ve sat behind for more than 20 years, it’s brought back a flood of memories.

I’ve rediscovered gifts from past presidents which are bittersweet since several have passed on.  I’ve found artwork made by my now adult children, books from speakers of the past, NABE mementos, and kind notes I’ve kept from members.  Amidst it all, the one item that really caused me to pause was from a bar executive.


Hurry! The CSE Retreat Early Registration Rate Ends January 31

Executive directors--make sure not to miss out on the opportunity to gather with your executive director peers at the NABE CSE Retreat to discuss personal development, human resource issues and volunteer/management relationships. If you haven't registered yet, sign up by next Friday, January 31, to receive the discounted early registration rate. This year's Retreat will be held March 10-11, at the Marriott Chicago Downtown. CSE Registration is available here. And if you are a new executive director or have been in your position for two years or less, consider also attending the Bootcamp for New Executive Directors. The Bootcamp will be held prior to the CSE Retreat dinner on Tuesday, March 10. Click here for more Bootcamp information.

Nominations Sought for NABE Board Member Seats for the 2020-2021 Year

The offices of vice president (local bar applicants only), secretary, and 3 director seats (state, local, at-large) on the NABE Board of Directors are open for nomination for terms beginning July 1, 2020.  Applications to the Nominating Committee are due by 11:59 p.m., Central, February 15, 2020. For further details on the nomination and petition process, including job descriptions and requirements for each open position, please visit the Nominations and Elections page on the NABE website.

Volunteer for a NABE Committee

President-elect Terry Hill is in the process of appointing committees for the 2020-2021 year. Please take a few minutes to let him know your interests by completing the committee appointments request here. There are many places where your personal experience as a professional bar executive can help NABE to meet the needs of its membership. And, just the same as at your own association, it takes volunteers to make a healthy and relevant organization. Please respond by April 15.

2020 Law Day Planning Guide

The ABA Division for Public Education has posted helpful resources on voting and the 19th Amendment for bar associations and other organizations to plan their Law Day events and activities. The theme for 2020 is “Your Vote, Your Voice, Our Democracy,” in celebration of the hundredth anniversary of the 19th Amendment. This page lists resources for programming ideas, publicizing events, and a Law Day Planning Checklist, among other useful information, to recognize the more than 70-year struggle to gain voting rights for women.

Sign Up to Attend the NABE Membership Committee's MemberPalooza Event

The Membership Committee invites you to join your colleagues for a MemberPalooza event on January 29 at 12 PM Eastern/11 Central. The discussion topic is doing more with less as resources get stretched. This will be a discussion among participants (no talking heads unless David Byrne shows up). #naBEMore Knowledgeable and Supported. We’ll also share some highlights on how to get the most out of your NABE membership. Give us your name and we’ll send you the Zoom details.

Leah Wilson Steps Down as Executive Director at The State Bar of California

Leah T. Wilson announced earlier this month that she would leave the role of executive director of the State Bar of California effective January 17, 2020, in order to pursue other career interests.  Chief of Programs Donna Hershkowitz has been appointed interim executive director. Hershkowitz joined the State Bar in 2016 as assistant chief trial counsel following many years in leadership positions at the Judicial Council of California. Donna was promoted to the State Bar leadership team in 2017, first as chief of Mission Advancement and Accountability, and then in, early 2018, to her current role. NABE warmly welcomes Donna to her new position and wishes her success in this new role.

Meet Lela Durham, DBS' New Meetings and Committees Specialist

Lela Durham joined the staff of the ABA on January 13, replacing Nora Warens as meetings and committees specialist in the Division for Bar Services. Lela will work on the team that manages NABE, NCBP and NCBF meetings, as well as provide logistics coordination for the Division's Bar Leadership Institute. Lela holds the CMP designation and comes to the ABA with experience in A/V sales, tradeshow logistics, and destination promotions at the CVB level. NABE looks forward to benefiting from Lela's expertise in the planning of future meetings and events.

LexisNexis Awards to Recognize Bars for Educational and Public Outreach Programming

The awards are presented to bar associations and their associated foundations for innovation and effectiveness in public service and law-related education programs conducted to advance the general public. Award categories provide for nomination of state, local, national, and specialty bars and associated foundations in the U.S. as well as Canada. The awards will be presented at the NABE Annual Meeting in Chicago, July 28-30, 2020. To learn more about the award and the nomination process, visit LexisNexis Awards page.

Know a NABE Member that Deserves Recognition? Start Prepping Nominations for the Peer Excellence Award Now!

The Peer Excellence Award will be presented to a NABE member who has made special contributions to the development of his/her bar executive peers. The Peer Excellence Award will also be presented at the NABE Annual meeting in Chicago. The nomination period for the award will begin in February, so check the Peer Excellence Awards Page in the coming weeks.

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