In January, the ALA Board of Directors unanimously approved a proposed bylaw amendment to change the organization’s governance structure. Because the bylaws stipulate that amendments may be adopted by a majority vote of the voting members casting ballots, Regular Members voted on the measure in February.
The vote resulted in 582 approved and 54 opposed. Nearly 8 percent of Regular Members cast a vote, and of those, 93 percent were in favor of the proposed amendment. The new bylaws can now be found on the ALA website. In the coming months, ALA headquarters staff will be working to update all references and resources to reflect the new governance structure.
Late last year, ALA debuted the Summit Series webcasts with three sessions featuring conversations between legal industry thought leaders. Free for members, they’re now available to watch on-demand. The next round of complimentary webcasts will be broadcast this month.
This time, James Price, Founder and Managing Director of Experience Matters, and Nina Evans, Associate Head of the School of Information Technology and Mathematical Science at the University of South Australia, will talk about the drivers for good information asset management. The webcasts center around risk mitigation (March 8), business performance (March 15) and ethics (March 22). Register now!
ALA’s new Legal Management Resource Hub are taking shape. We’ve already released the hubs for Financial Management and Human Resources; you can expect hubs for the C-Suite and Law Firm Management Essentials. Each hub contains newly released recordings of education sessions from the 2018 Annual Conference & Expo (free for those who attended), as well as links to recent relevant webinars, e-learning courses, Legal Management articles, Legal Management Talk podcast episodes and more. Use the hubs as your go-to source for focused education.
The Silent Auction is again coming to the 2019 Annual Conference & Expo, and as the primary fundraiser for the Foundation of the Association of Legal Administrators, it needs your donations! If you or your chapter would like to donate an item, please visit the Silent Auction site and scroll to the Donate an Item Now button to fill out information about your donation. Then ship your item before March 25 to:
ATTN: Silent Auction
8600 W. Bryn Mawr Ave.
Chicago, IL 60631-4600
You don’t have to attend the conference to donate an item — or to bid on one or more. All the bidding takes place online from Monday, April 8, to Wednesday, April 17.
If you’re looking for a way to contribute to the success of Annual Conference, volunteer to be a session manager! Session managers welcome attendees and introduce the speaker(s) — using a script we’ll provide — and then assist as needed. They receive a ribbon to wear on their badges.
“I try to volunteer as a session manager at any conference I attend,” says Stephen C. Wolf, CLM, CPA, of Deutsch Kerrigan, LLP. “ALA always needs people to run the meetings and anyone can be a session manager. I have also made lasting friendships with some of our speakers in the process. It’s a great way to help out.”