November 2019 Print


Please visit our East Bay Chapter website
for more information!

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December 03, 2019
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

3565 Mt. Diablo Blvd.
Lafayette, CA 94543


EBALA is proud to support Toys for Tots again this year.
Please bring an unwrapped new toy to donate.


$50.00 Members Holiday Luncheon

$0.00 Business Partners (Holiday Luncheon One Complimentary)

$50.00 Second Business Partner & Guests

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ALA CALENDAR - Upcoming Deadlines and Events

NOV. 26 Chapter Leader Educational Series: Chapter Membership: From Recruiting to Engagement Roundtable
DEC. 3 ALA Webinar: IP Support Staffing Trends and Hiring and Retention Strategies
DEC. 10 Chapter Leader Educational Series: Volunteerism/Chapter Leadership Webcast
DEC. 11 ALA Webinar: HR Law Update
DEC. 19 Chapter Leader Educational Series: Volunteerism/Chapter Leadership Roundtable
DEC. 19 ALA Webinar: The Legal Administrator’s Role in Initiating and Supporting Alternative Fee Arrangements
JAN. 2 Deadline to submit entries for various 2020 awards
JAN. 2 ALA Webinar: Every Choice Has a Consequence: Why People Stray Off the Straight and Narrow and How to Get Them Back on Track
JAN. 8 ALA Webinar: Nine Minutes on Monday: The Simple Way to Motivate Your Staff

Register now for this upcoming event!
MAY 3–6 2020 Annual Conference & Expo, Salt Lake City, UT (early bird registration deadline is Feb. 4)

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Your attorneys’ cellphones are chirping off the hook with notifications. Clients are calling, texting and emailing looking for answers now. But attorneys may be in court all day or otherwise unable to divide their attention. How do they balance the needs and expectations of the client, focus on the task at hand and keep their sanity? To reduce the continuous stream of messages and phone tag, many law firms have adopted client portals to streamline client communication. Client portals are a secure, web-based gateway to case information such as digital files, calendars and invoices, and they expand clients’ access to information and reduce communication and workflow headaches for attorneys and firm staff. Read the latest from regular Legal Management contributor Mark Brewer to see if a client portal makes sense for your firm.

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Register for the 2020 Annual Conference
Make plans to attend the industry’s most significant annual event for legal management professionals, ALA’s Annual Conference & Expo, taking place May 3–6, 2020, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Do this for you, your career and your firm. We can promise you will have difficult learning choices to make — more than 70 educational sessions will be offered as part of our elevated program. Our business partners will be there in full force in a redesigned Exhibit Hall, and there will be ample opportunities to connect with colleagues.
In addition, vibrant Salt Lake City has something for everyone, so you can rest assured that attending the 2020 Annual Conference will be an impactful experience.
Here are 10 things you may not know about SLC:
  • It’s considered by even the most discerning critics to be one of the best foodie cities in the country.
  • The world’s first Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise was opened here in 1952.
  • More lime Jell-O is eaten here per capita than anywhere else.
  • Many of Utah’s quirky liquor laws were overturned over a decade ago. From live music venues to microbreweries, SLC has over 180 locations to throw back an adult beverage.
  • It’s one of the most gay-friendly cities in the country. SLC has a large LGBTQ population and its current mayor is openly gay.
  • What many consider to be America’s first department store was opened in Utah, so you know there will be plenty of shopping options.
  • See why SLC is known as the Genealogy Capital of the World by visiting the Family History Library.
  • There are 21 national parks and monuments within a short drive. Visit to plan a pre- or postconference trip.
  • You can go for a swim in the Great Salt Lake — you’re guaranteed to float, as it is 10 times saltier than ocean water.
  • Utah has the “Greatest Snow on Earth” (for skiing and snowboarding), and it’s still likely to be visible in the mountains around SLC in early May.
Click here for more about Salt Lake City. Mark your calendar to join us! For more information, visit the all-new Annual Conference website.
Our committee looks forward to seeing you there!

Laura Sears, CLM
Chief Administrative Officer, Gould & Ratner LLP
2020 Annual Conference Committee Chair

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The time has come to renew your ALA membership for the January 1–December 31, 2020, term. Current members should have already received a notice to renew their dues — check your inbox if you haven’t! The email contains a personalized web address that will log you in to the ALA website, indicate the amount required for renewal and allow you to pay securely online. (Members can also send a check by mail.)
In addition to the avalanche of free and discounted benefits members receive every year, ALA is offering a gift to show our gratitude for your continued membership. Those who renew before January 1, 2020, will receive one complimentary webinar of their choice (valued at $109). Once your renewal is received, you will be emailed instructions on how to redeem this award.
The 2020 webinar schedule is up, so you can browse it to choose which webinar will get your free registration.

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Did you know your ALA membership provides member-exclusive VIP services and discounts from nationally known companies to assist your firm? Log in to ALA and check out the VIP Program Overview for more information about ALA business partners.

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Your ALA membership provides you with access to the ALA Legal Marketplace where you will find a wealth of information regarding business partners, organized by category. Log in to ALA and visit the ALA Legal Marketplace for more information.

Visit ALA’s free, one-stop resource for business solutions and services, and a competitive edge for you and your legal organization.Legal Marketplace features enhanced business partner profiles, interactive content, and easy-to-navigate solution categories.

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Take a look at the following resources to find information and tools:
Study Guide for the CLM Exam

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