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Share with Your Members: ABA Formal Opinion 482Open in a New Window

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 TimesOpen in a New Window

"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 VeteransOpen in a New Window

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.

 

Share with Your Members: 2020 State of Small Law FirmsOpen in a New Window

The Thomson Reuters annual report on the State of U.S. Small Law Firms is now available and details challenges and opportunities for small law firms. You can download a copy of the report for free here.

 

For Managers: Getting Ready to ReopenOpen in a New Window

Is your office starting to consider its reopening plans? An article from global analytics company Gallup says, "Employees' pandemic-era experiences have reshaped their views of the workplace: how their work influences their overall well-being, how they want to interact with their colleagues, and how much flexibility they expect from their employees." Gallup offers tips for the transition back to the office here.

 

Steal This Idea: Give Your Sponsors Some SpaceOpen in a New Window

Your sponsors may be looking for more visibility, particularly at this time when the majority of your events likely have been cancelled or postponed. The Bar Association of Baltimore City offers one solution?they recognize their sponsors with a prime spot on their website homepage. Check it out here.

 

Talk Like a LeaderOpen in a New Window

"If you want to establish credibility and influence people, particularly when interacting with other executives or senior leadership, it's important to be concise and let individuals know clearly what role you want them to play in the conversation," advises leadership expert Rebecca Shambaugh. She discusses more strategies in this Harvard Business Review article, "To Sound Like a Leader, Think About What You Say, and How and When You Say It."

 

Sponsorship Options for Online EventsOpen in a New Window

With events going virtual at an accelerated rate, how you handle your sponsor relationships may determine your online event's success. This  blog post from education provider WBT Systems gives an overview of some sponsorship options for your online educational content.

 

Share with Your Members: A New Vision of Attorney SupportOpen in a New Window

"Ever since lawyers have roamed the earth, there have been well-organized and highly attentive legal secretaries sitting directly outside their office doors," writes Allan Congrave; however, COVID-19 is changing the law firm environment and perhaps how support is needed and provided. In Legal Management, the publication of the Association of Legal Administrators, Congrave provides insights and ideas for alternate ways for law firms to provide support. Read the article here.

 

Steal This Idea: REAL TalksOpen in a New Window

The Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association is getting REAL. REAL stands for Racial Equity and the Law, and the CMBA has been hosting "REAL Talks"?open public forums hosted via Zoom and Facebook Live and archived on YouTube. The goal of the talks is to "put talk into action." So far, the REAL Talks have covered topics such as Protests, Peace & Justice; Building and Maintaining Robust D & I Programs; and Black Leadership & the Cleveland Police. You can find information on past and future REAL Talks here.

 

Multitasking Takes Its TollOpen in a New Window

Our current reality means that as the boundaries between our personal and professional lives continue to blur, many of us turn to multitasking to tick off some of the boxes on our checklists. However, according to this article from Fast Company, too much multitasking may actually be taking a toll on our brains.

 

FYI: Texas Takes on First Virtual TrialOpen in a New Window

Are video jury trials going to be a trend in the near future? Bloomberg Law covered the first U.S. criminal jury trial conducted via video conference in Austin last week.

 

Share with Your Members: Business Email Compromise (BEC) Fraud in the COVID-EraOpen in a New Window

Business email compromise fraud has been on the rise since the coronavirus pandemic began. This article from Law.com/The New York Law Journal covers the types of fraud to watch out for and ways all employees can be more vigilant.

 

Steal This Idea: Public Service TV ProgrammingOpen in a New Window

The Macomb County Bar Association (MI) has produced a public/government/educational show called "Legally Speaking" since the 1990s. The association has partnered with both the City of Sterling Heights and Lakeshore Legal Aid to produce the show, which has a mission to "deliver information about law through interviews with people about subjects that impact our lives." It is offered on demand here.

 

Virtual Meeting, Real EngagementOpen in a New Window

It seems as though virtual meetings are here to stay. Harvard Business Review provides some insights on how to get meeting participants to stay engaged.

 

Share with Your Members (and Your Board)Open in a New Window

In case you missed it, the American Bar Association recently released its 2020 ABA Profile of the Legal Profession, which provides a snapshot of the profession and offers numbers, trend information and demographics on "law schools, the judiciary, technology, pro bono work, attorney discipline, lawyer well-being and more." Access it here.

 

Steal This Idea: Guidance on Closing Your Law PracticeOpen in a New Window

While the South Carolina Bar offers its members a good amount of law practice management guidance, it also assists members who are looking to close down their practices. Members can find resources on their website including a checklist for closing down a law practice, information on succession planning and even guidance on how to dispose of old books and equipment. Learn more here.

 

Recognizing Signs of COVID-related Job StressOpen in a New Window

Whether you are working from home or back in your office, the current circumstances of the work world undoubtedly are causing different kinds of workplace stress. The Centers for Disease Control website gives guidance on recognizing and reducing workplace stress.

 

Share with Your Members: Creating a Crisis Management TeamOpen in a New Window

COVID-19 has forced law firms to look more closely at their crisis management strategies and how their business is impacted. In this article, the first in a series, Law.com offers guidance on crisis management from "anticipation to action."

 

Resource Rewind: Should We Talk About This?Open in a New Window

Today, perhaps more so than ever before, bar association members are asking their bars to make a public statement on issues that may or may not solely revolve around law. This 2014 article from Bar Leader covers a National Conference of Bar Presidents panel from the 2014 Annual Meeting on how bars are choosing to speak on controversial issues.

 

Mixing Up Your MeetingsOpen in a New Window

Seventy-three percent of event professionals say they are planning to host a partial in-person/partial virtual event before the end of the year. Associations Now asks, "Will hybrid meetings become the new standard format?" 


 

Steal This Idea: Law Office Self-Audit ChecklistOpen in a New Window

The Wyoming State Bar offers its members a "Law Office Self-Audit Checklist," which helps to review and assess a firm's performance related to client relations, conflicts of interest, time keeping, staff management, conflict checks and much more. Check out the Wyoming State Bar's checklist here

 

Steal This Idea: Member Movie NightOpen in a New Window

The Massachusetts Bar Association is taking over a local drive-in movie theater and having a special free movie screening for their members and friends. Even better? Free popcorn for all! Learn more about the event here.

 

Share with Your Members: Simple Steps for Starting Your Solo PracticeOpen in a New Window

Many lawyers are looking to start their own practice, but aren't sure where to begin. In this ongoing Above the Law column, attorney Steven Chung provides guidance on setting up a "simple" law practice "with minimal overhead, costs, and management." Read the first article here.

 

Redefining CommunityOpen in a New Window

The latest issue of Bar Leader magazine, published by the ABA's Division for Bar Services, discusses how lawyers are connecting to one another and their bar associations to fight COVID-19 isolation. The issue also highlights virtual Law Day celebrations, bar foundations and some issues bars may address post-pandemic. Read it here.

 

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