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Share with Your Members: How to Buy a LaptopOpen in a New Window

Buying the right laptop can be difficult, as your firm?s needs are particular to your work and processes. The Chicago Bar Association?s Practice Management Advisor Anne Haag gives an overview of different options and provides guidance on how to select a computer that will best meet your needs in this video program.

 

Steal This Idea: Create a New Member PageOpen in a New Window

The Tarrant County Bar Association hosts a ?new member? page on its website, providing an overview of the association, information on how members will receive announcements and news from the organization, and links to particular programs, services, and other offers for members. Check out its new member page here.

 

Building Your Brand Through InfluencersOpen in a New Window

According to Associations Now, ?influencer marketing isn?t just for A-list celebrities and social media personalities with tens of thousands of followers.? Here are some ideas for how to utilize high-profile members as ambassadors for your association (and the profession).

 

Developing Your Staff's Soft SkillsOpen in a New Window

?Businesses have realized that team members need more than technical skills to become a truly valuable part of the company -- they also need soft skills. Through personalized training, organizations can help employees unlock the potential of their abilities.? The Forbes Human Resources Council offers ?10 Proven Methods to Support the Development of Soft Skills in Your Employees.?

 

Steal This Idea: Law Practice Management Sessions on Office SpaceOpen in a New Window

The Multnomah Bar Association is helping members with one critical aspect of building their law practice--finding and negotiating the lease for their office space.  In the bar's upcoming program, an attorney and a commercial real estate broker will join forces to teach lawyers the ins and outs of renting, leasing, or buying commercial office space. Learn more here.

 

Share with Your Members: 2020 Report on the State of the Legal MarketOpen in a New Window

This annual report, jointly issued by the Center on Ethics and the Legal Profession at Georgetown Law and Thomson Reuters Legal Executive Institute, relying on data from Thomson Reuters Peer Monitor, ?reviews the performance of U.S. law firms and breaks down the new market realities that drive the need for firms to take a longer-range, more strategic view of their market positions.? Download your copy here.

 

Share with Your (Young Lawyer) Members: An Introvert's Guide to NetworkingOpen in a New Window

?We are told throughout law school that networking is a requirement for those who seek a successful career in law.  For introverts and imposters, the word ?networking? has a negative connotation. However, networking is more than throwing yourself into a room full of other type-A personalities who are looking to ?connect.?? This American Bar Association online article provides guidance on networking for introverts.

 

Advice for Association LeadersOpen in a New Window

In this Forbes article, successful association executives share their advice for other association executives, including taking the time to build consensus, ?riding the lightning? and learning how to say no. Read the full article here.

 

Steal This Idea: Pet-a-Puppy (#barkassociation)Open in a New Window

The New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) added some puppy love to its annual meeting.  Through a partnership with a local pet rescue and adoption facility, NYSBA Annual Meeting attendees have the opportunity to ?Stop by and pet, play with and adopt a puppy!? Learn more here.

 

Share with Your Members: The Future of Law Firm ManagementOpen in a New Window

According to this Law.com/New Jersey Law Journal article, ?Law firms that succeed in building their practices not only have a plan, but also the partners, likely with some employee input, have an agreed upon set of best practices?e.g., best behaviors?against which they can execute.? If you are looking for law practice management content to share with your members, you might consider this article.

 

Bar Executives & Board NominationsOpen in a New Window

What role should an association CEO play in board nominations and selection? Associations Now provides insights here.

 

Steal This Idea: Gender Bias HotlineOpen in a New Window

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 2020Open in a New Window

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 GovernanceOpen in a New Window

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 LeadershipOpen in a New Window

?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.


 

Reading Up on LeadershipOpen in a New Window

Is one of your resolutions to become a better leader in 2020? If so, Fast Company recommends the following reads.

 

Steal This Idea: Shadow a LawyerOpen in a New Window

The Chicago Bar Association is recruiting attorneys who are willing to let a law student ?shadow? them for one day in February. Law students will then be apprised of all of the different opportunities and paired with lawyers. Learn more here.

 

Share with Your Members: Law Firm Trends for 2020Open in a New Window

?Going into 2020, tried and true methods of marketing and business development will continue to remain on the priority list for law firms. Content development and traditional marketing methods of social strategy, blogging, and email marketing are just as important now as they were five years ago. Mobile readiness continues to be essential and SEO, while ever-changing in specifics of how it should be done, is also a key consideration for marketing professionals.? Law.com talks about the trends that will impact law firms this year.

 

Steal This Idea: CLE Proposal FormOpen in a New Window

If you want to see what kind of CLEs your members would like to see (or if you need a place to direct members with a plethora of CLE suggestions), follow the Memphis Bar Association?s lead and create an online CLE Proposal Form. Check out the form on the Memphis Bar?s website here.

 

Flexible Strategic FrameworksOpen in a New Window

?While strategic frameworks can provide a better way of guiding the organization without creating long-term deadlines and required actions, there are still important ways for organizations and their boards to monitor progress and evaluate performance.? In this infographicBoardsource offers guidance on the key qualities of strategic frameworks and how boards can monitor their progress.

 

Share with Your MembersOpen in a New Window

ABA President Judy Perry Martinez encourages attorneys to ?Make 2020 the Year of Civility.? Read more here and/or share this link with your members.

 

Lawyer Wellness ContentOpen in a New Window

Looking for New Year's resolution-related content to share with your members? Dr. Jordan Leasure shared "Top Five Daily Habits Healthy Lawyers Implement" in the fall issue of Communicators Talk, the newsletter of the NABE Communications Section. Use the article in its entirety or share each habit individually (with attribution).

 

 

Steal This Idea: Create a Cannabis Law SectionOpen in a New Window

The Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA), as well as several other bars throughout the country, has recently created a Cannabis Law Section. ?Responding to the needs of lawyers in California and across the country, the Board of Trustees for the Los Angeles County Bar Association has approved a new law practice section specifically focused on cannabis, one of the fastest growing industries in the world,? according to LACBA?s press release. Read more here.

 

Share with Your Members: Cybersecurity for AttorneysOpen in a New Window

?As attorneys continue to embrace the latest technology, it is critical for them to understand and address the legal and ethical obligations that go with it,? according to Law Practice Management TodayThis article provides a good overview for attorneys of their legal and ethical responsibilities related to cybersecurity.

 

Print ProblemsOpen in a New Window

Are you noticing a decline in your journal?s print advertising? You?re not alone. Statista examines ?The Dramatic Decline of Print Advertising? in this article here.

 

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