April 2018 Print


An ALA Journey
BY: Karin Wiborn, Ebala Chapter President

My journey began in October 1991.  New to law firm management, I quickly realized the value of membership in the Association of Legal Administrators.  I decided to get involved with the East Bay Chapter and volunteered to be the Newsletter Editor.  (In those days, we had to “cut and paste” to create a paper layout which was then photocopied and mailed.)  The wonderful experiences derived from working with other law firm administrators led me to embark on a path of leadership in EBALA, culminating in serving as Chapter President from 2001 – 2002. 

When my term as Chapter President ended, the road took a bit of a U-turn.  Balancing family and work was a challenge, and I did not feel I could make the commitment to follow the road to the next level of ALA leadership.  However, I continued to enjoy supporting EBALA in various capacities, most recently as Co-Chair of the Newsletter (now in digital format). 

Over 16 years later, I find myself once again serving as EBALA’s President.  Although active with EBALA over the years, I realized I have not really tapped into all that ALA has to offer.  When speaking with some of our members, it seems they felt the same way.  So, our Board theme this year is “Get ALA Inspired.”  Are you benefiting from everything your ALA membership has to offer?  Would you like to get more involved but don’t know where to start?  Is there more EBALA can do to meet your needs? 

We are all extremely busy in our business and personal lives.  Yet we know it is important to stay current with legal trends and the ever increasing challenges facing law firms.  We benefit from participating in educational programs as well as opportunities to develop relationships with business partners and other ALA members.  You never know when you might need to reach out to a colleague for information or support!  Take advantage of the resources available to you through ALA and EBALA, and “Get ALA Inspired.”  I hope to see you at an event soon!


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East Bay Chapters Book Club

May 14, 2018
5:45 PM to 7:00 PM

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

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
my beloved world by SONIA SOTOMAYOR

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Conta costa county food from the bar

Comedy Night Flyer: http://www.cccba.org/flyer/FFTB_Comedy_Night_2018.pdf

Link to sign up for Comedy Night: http://www.foodbankccs.org/fftbcomedynight

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By: joy buchanan, Miller Starr  

EBALA’s annual Morning in the East Bay Educational Conference was held on January 26, 2018 at the Lafayette Park Hotel. Members, guests and Business Partners totaled 43 in attendance. Attorneys Chad Greeson and Yen Chau from the Employment Practice Group at Archer Norris started the morning with a Labor Law Update, their tag-team approach kept the audience engaged while providing pertinent information about existing and new laws effective January 1st. In California there are always at least a few new employment laws every year! The timing of Morning in the East Bay at the beginning of the year is ideal for early education and getting in front of new laws.

After the morning session, the Business Partner Exhibition provided an opportunity for members and guests to meet and catch up with Business Partners and learn more about their services and industries. Our Business Partners provide EBALA with wonderful support throughout the year and are a great resource for key services, including but not limited to recruiting and staffing, insurance needs, efiling/eDiscovery, legal research, offsite storage and other legal and office related services.

President of WorkWise Productions/KristineSexter.com, Kristine Sexter’s presentation, Top 25 Approaches for Maximizing the Value of Your Staff! was extremely informative. Heads were nodding as Kristine set the stage by outlining information and bullet point characteristics spanning the generations from Traditionalists (born 1925 – 1945) to Gen C (born 2000 – present). She provided measurably effective strategies for engaging, challenging and motivating the multi-generational workforce that comprise many of our firms. Kristine’s enthusiastic and comedic personality kept the audience engaged and entertained while she educated us. The evaluations were unanimous that Kristine’s presentation provided useful information and was right on point. Kristine is known throughout ALA as a repeat presenter at Annual and Regional Conferences and we were honored to have her present to EBALA.

Lucky EBALA members Michael Hughes won a $1,500 scholarship to ALA Annual Conference and Expo in National Harbor, Maryland, May 3rd – 6th, 2018 and Annie Lathram won a $1,000 “winner’s choice” scholarship to attend any of ALA’s educational conferences this year. Congratulations Michael and Annie! Many other attendees were the fortunate recipients of generous raffle prizes donated by Business Partners and speaker, Kristine Sexter.

The day was capped off with a networking luncheon open to all EBALA members. 14 members attended and discussed subjects relevant to issues at their respective firms. Members appreciated the opportunity to network, ask questions and share ideas with their EBALA colleagues over lunch.

Mark your calendars now and watch for the date to be announced for Morning in the East Bay at the end of January 2019. It is a great way to spend a Friday morning and the educational content and member and business partner interaction is the best deal in the East Bay!

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The East Bay Chapters
is excited to announce our next book selection

“My Beloved World”
 By: Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor

Graceful, authoritative memoir from the country’s first Hispanic Supreme Court justice.

As a child in South Bronx public housing, Sotomayor was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes. Her Puerto Rican parents’ struggles included a father’s battle with alcoholism that would claim his life when Sotomayor was 9, leaving her mother, a former Women’s Army Corps soldier turned nurse, to raise her. Time spent with her cousin, Catholic school friends and her beloved grandmother helped to calm the chaos of life in the projects. As Sotomayor entered adolescence, her mother’s strong belief in education spurred the author to thrive in school and develop an appreciation for justice and the law. The author vividly narrates her scholarly adventures at Princeton, where she advocated for Latino faculty, and Yale Law School, where she dealt with smaller cases in preparation for the complexities of work in the district attorney’s office. In 1992, she received an appointment to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. The author’s text forms a cultural patchwork of memories and reflections as she mines the nuances of her parents’ tumultuous relationship, fondly recalls family visits in Puerto Rico and offers insight on a judicial career that’s just beginning when the memoir ends. Sotomayor writes that her decision (a shrewd one) to close her story early is based on both a political career she feels is “still taking shape” and a dignified reluctance to expand upon any recent high court “political drama,” regardless of the general public’s insatiable curiosity.Mature, life-affirmative musings from a venerable life shaped by tenacity and pride. (Kirkus Reviews.com/book-reviews/sonia-sotomayer/my-beloved-word/)

We will be meeting on Monday, May 14 at 5:45 pm at Buchman Provine Brothers Smith LLP, (Elizabeth Kohlman has graciously offered to host), 2033 N. Main Street, Suite 720, in Walnut Creek (across from the Walnut Creek BART station), for our book group discussion of Lincoln in the Bardo as well as My Beloved World. I hope you can join your fellow EBALA members for this fun and enjoyable night.Our book club is open to all members. Please join us at any time.

If there is a book you would like The East Bay Chapters to consider in the future, please contact Tina Riehl at triehl@briscoelaw.net 

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