March 2018 Print



Below you will find upcoming programs and events.  Click on the program Read More to view information about the programs.

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Attendees:  From Left to right.  Sitting:  Andrea Everage and Brian Nervis. 
Standing: Sara Stuvland, Kara Koeberle, Lorie Gehrke, Karin Wiborn,
Joy Buchanan and Tina Riehl. 
Absent:  Stacey Bales, Ann Eikenberry and Elizabeth Kohlman. 

The ALA East Bay Chapter Cross-Over Board Meeting  March 15, 2018 at the park bistro at lafayette park hotel

Future Meetings

East Bay Chapters Book Club (POSTPONED)


Buchman Provine Brothers Smith LLP
2033 N. Main Street, Suite 720
Walnut Creek,, CA 94596

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

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East Bay Association of Legal Administrators

The East Bay Chapters


is excited to announce our next book selection

"Lincoln in the Bardo"
by George Saunders

     “Short-story virtuoso Saunders' first novel is an exhilarating change of pace. The bardo is a key concept of Tibetan Buddhism: a middle, or liminal, spiritual landscape where we are sent between physical lives. It's also a fitting master metaphor for Saunders’ first novel, which is about suspension: historical, personal, familial, and otherwise. The Lincoln of the title is our 16th president, sort of, although he is not yet dead. Rather, he is in a despair so deep it cannot be called mere mourning over his 11-year-old son, Willie, who died of typhoid in 1862.

      Saunders deftly interweaves historical accounts with his own fragmentary, multivoiced narration as young Willie is visited in the netherworld by his father, who somehow manages to bridge the gap between the living and the dead, at least temporarily. But the sneaky brilliance of the book is in the way Saunders uses these encounters—not so much to excavate an individual’s sense of loss as to connect it to a more national state of disarray. 1862, after all, was the height of the Civil War, when the outcome was far from assured. Lincoln was widely seen as being out of his depth, “a person of very inferior cast of character, wholly unequal to the crisis.” Among Saunders’ most essential insights is that, in his grief over Willie, Lincoln began to develop a hard-edged empathy, out of which he decided that “the swiftest halt to the [war] (therefore the greatest mercy) might be the bloodiest.” This is a hard truth, insisting that brutality now might save lives later, and it gives this novel a bitter moral edge.

      With this book, Saunders asserts a complex and disturbing vision in which society and cosmos blur. (

      We will be meeting on POSTPONED - DATE TBD at 5:45 pm at Buchman Provine Brothers Smith LLP, 2033 N. Main Street, Suite 720, in Walnut Creek (across from the Walnut Creek BART station), for our book group discussion.  Elizabeth Kohlman has graciously offered to host. I hope you can join your fellow EBALA members for this fun and enjoyable night.

      If there is a book you would like The East Bay Chapters to consider in the future, please let Tina Riehl know. Her email is:

 Our book club is open to all members. Please join us at any time.

The only cost to you is the purchase of the book.

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Upcoming CLM Webinar

What It Means To Be A Financially Successful Firm
Measuring Financial Performance and Improving Profitability

March 20, 2018 from 2 to 3 pm Eastern

Speaker is Randolph "Randy" Becker, Executive Director at Richard Kibbe & Orbe LLP

Life session qualifies for 1 hour CLM credit toward recertification under Financial Management (FM), or it can be used towards the additional hours on the same topic by Functional Specialists applying for the exam, as long as the subject area is outside their area of specialty.
Cost:  Still Free!

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2018 Knowledge to Leadership Conference and Exposition

March 22, 2018

8:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Palace Hotel
2 New Montgomery Street
San Francisco, CA

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ALA CALENDAR - Upcoming Deadlines and Events

TODAY Deadline for Silent Auction donation forms
MAR. 20 ALA Webinar: Diversity & Inclusion: 60 Tips in 60 Minutes
MAR. 21 Deadline to complete the sexual harassment survey
MAR. 22 Solutions Series Webcast:How Leading Law Firms Send Smarter
APR. 5 ALA Webinar: Advanced 401(k) Planning and Strategies
APR. 11 Deadline to submit CLI presentation proposals
APR. 12 ALA Webinar: Impacting Financial Performance: KPIs
APR. 16 Deadline to enter the 60 Seconds of Fame! video contest
APR. 18 ALA Webinar: Proving Cybersecurity Due Diligence for Your Firm

Register now for these upcoming events!
MAY 1–2 Legal Lean Sigma® and Project Management Yellow Belt Preconference Workshop
MAY 3–6 Annual Conference & Expo, National Harbor, Maryland


60 Diversity and Inclusion Tips in 60 Minutes The next upcoming webinar in perfect for HR specialists and legal managers tasked with improving their firm’s culture of inclusivity. On March 20 at 2 p.m. Central, two members of ALA’s Committee on Diversity & Inclusion — Rita F. Garrett and Michael G. Stephens, PHR — presentDiversity & Inclusion: 60 Tips in 60 Minutes. This rapid-fire format will help you figure out how to go beyond diversity as defined by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), championing inclusion in recruitment, hiring, retention and workplace success. Register now!
A New CE Course Debuts in Legal Management   This month’s Legal Management can help you earn continuing education credit. Simply read “ How to Ethically Oversee Trust Accounts,” then register for the exam (members pay $49; nonmembers pay $69). Passing the exam means you’ll earn one hour of credit for CLE, for the CLM application in the subject area of financial management, or for the CLM recertification in the area of ethics.
On March 22 at 1 p.m. Central, Pitney Bowes sponsors a complimentary Solutions Series Webcast. In How Leading Law Firms Send Smarter, Tom Hazel, the North American Channel Director for Shipping Solutions at Pitney Bowes, discusses how the sending of documents and registered mail should be an area your firm targets for valuable savings. The webcast will be available on-demand shortly after it airs.

 Earn Your Yellow Belt!  Discover ways to streamline your firm’s operations and procedures — enroll in ALA’s Legal Lean Sigma® and Project Management Yellow Belt Certification Course. The workshop is designed to equip law firm leaders with foundational skills in the various methodologies of project management and process improvement. Instructors Timothy B. Corcoran and Catherine Alman MacDonagh employ a dynamic format to instill these time- and money-saving concepts.

The course takes place May 1–2 in National Harbor, Maryland, right before Annual Conference. Learn more and register here.


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Having difficult conversations with problematic employees is never easy — but these conversations need to happen. Here are tips to get you through them.

Your law firm staff is excellent, save for one or two bad apples in the bunch. Maybe they come into the office with a bad attitude, bully their colleagues, spread lies and start trouble at every opportunity. This kind of behavior can create a toxic environment and lead to a plethora of problems. The great employees might quit, your law firm can gain a bad reputation and productivity may suffer. This is why you must deal with these problems instead of ignoring them. In the March HR feature, regular Legal Management contributor Kylie Ora Lobell offers tips on how to have these tough conversations. Read more.

Access issues of Legal Management through its dedicated website. Archived content requires your email address to log in, as it’s a member benefit.

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The final session of last week’s ABA TECHSHOW was a rapid-fire presentation of 60 tips, many of which revolved around artificial intelligence (AI), cybersecurity and efficiency. | ABA Journal
For the first time in four years, law firm office closings outpaced office openings in 2017. This adds to recent reports that have inferred slow and stagnant growth in demand for legal services. | Thomson Reuters Legal Executive Insitute
Legal Management’s March report on legal real estatemay help you take advantage.)
According to the employee engagement platform Reward Gateway, most employees want to feel personally aligned with a company’s mission — but few feel fully informed about it and how their work and behavior exemplifies their company’s values. | Talent Economy
Cultivate future leaders by training yourself to spot these 10 features, including conflict tolerance and marketability. | Forbes via PDAC
The Financial Accounting Standards Board recently issued a new guidance intended to improve the presentation of retirement costs on the income statement. | Baker Newman Noyes

Bonus: The Business Cost of March Madness Might Hurt Less Than You Think | CFO

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The brand-new Study Guide for the CLM Exam is officially available in the Legal Management e-Store. That means it’s an exceptionally good time to register for the next Certified Legal Manager (CLM) ® exam, which takes place May 14. Sign up by March 14 to potentially earn your certification. If you’re not yet ready for the spring exam, commit to the November 5 exam and take your time to study and complete the required education — perhaps via the CLM webinar bundle or the CLM Application Track at Annual Conference.

(If you have previously taken the CLM exam but didn’t pass, you can take advantage of 50 percent off the Study Guide for your next attempt. Simply contact


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