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February 2021 Print

EAST BAY ALA CONNECTION


Please visit our East Bay Chapter website for more  information!
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EAST BAY CHAPTER - CALENDAR OF EVENTS

EBALA Roundtable

February 25, 2021
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM

Zoom Invitation in Confirmation Email

Please join us

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East Bay Chapters Book Club - March Meeting

March 18, 2021
6:00 PM to 7:15 PM

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Please join us for relaxing conversation and a few laughs

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EAST BAY CHAPTER ROUND TABLE

February 25, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Zoom Invitation in Confirmation Email

 

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EAST BAY CHAPTERS BOOK CLUB

March 18, 2021
6:00 PM - 7:15 PM

Zoom Invitation in Confirmation Email

 

 

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BUSINESS PARTNER SPOTLIGHT

Robert Half Legal has enjoyed a long-standing partnership with the Association of Legal Administrators (ALA)—both nationally and locally. We have worked closely with the East Bay chapter for nearly 10 years and have formed great relationships with many of their members. ALA is a tremendous resource for the legal community. As a result of our relationship with ALA, we have built a strong customer base and have expanded our visibility among loyal ALA members. Now more than ever, we aim to serve as trusted resource for their legal hiring or job search needs and provide the most current information on legal hiring trends. As a legal talent and recruiting solutions firm, our goal is to provide our clients with immediate access to highly skilled legal talent, and our partnership with the ALA allows us the opportunity to meet top-shelf legal administrators who help us to achieve that goal.

Jennifer Shin has long been the liaison between Robert Half and EBALA. I have had the pleasure of getting to know Jenn through numerous EBALA social and professional gatherings. Early last year we had a Robert Half temporary secretary in our office whose contract was scheduled to end in mid-March. I don’t need to tell anyone what happened in mid-March 2020! When the Shelter-In-Place Order went into effect and our physical office shut the doors, Jenn and her team were great about extending the contract and accommodating our need to have the secretary work remotely, along with our other staff. I am pleased to say the secretary is still with us and it has been a relief to keep him while we have been navigating the remote world. Jenn has been in regular contact with me and the employee, always making sure our needs are being met, while at the same time looking out for their employee. I look forward to our conversations which have also provided opportunity to talk about trends she is seeing in the market and beneficial information she has gleaned from her interactions with other firms during these unprecedented times. Additionally, it has been uplifting to talk about our own challenges and successes while working remotely and how we are managing, professionally and personally. My relationship with Jenn would not have happened if not for our mutual involvement in EBALA and specifically, attendance at EBALA events.

I am grateful for the Business Partnership I have with Jenn and our other EBALA Business Partners. Get to know our Business Partners before you need them because if the last year has taught us anything, you just don’t know what is around the next corner. When you really need support, especially during difficult times, the ability to call on someone you know and trust is invaluable.

Authored by Joy Buchanan
Miller Starr Regalia
Director of Human Resources
East Bay Chapter Membership Chair


Jennifer Shin
Vice President | Branch Manager

Cell: 818.263.0110 | Tel: 510.271.0910 x 21557 | Fax: 925.394.9058

[email protected]

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CYBER CHAPTER OF ALA FREE WEBINAR SERIES

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ALA CONFERENCE NEWS

Join us October 3–6 in Austin, Texas, for fresh, energizing educational content, speakers with varied perspectives and experiences for you to learn from and, of course, a 50th Anniversary to celebrate! Much like ALA members, Austin is known for its welcoming and distinctive spirit. It’s a unique city with a wide variety of attractions — there’s something for everyone. Foodies, music lovers, history buffs, art afficionados, site seekers and nature enthusiasts alike will find something to explore and enjoy.
 
The conference programming will offer professional development for every level of legal management, and plenty of opportunities to rekindle or establish lifelong connections within this amazing community. We will share updates on the agenda, venue details and accommodations soon.
 
Worry-free registration will make your decision to attend easier than ever. Please visit our FAQs for information on this policy and more. If you would like to register or have any immediate questions about the Annual Conference & Expo, contact us at [email protected] or 1-888-593-7243.
 
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2021 Annual Conference & Expo

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ALA CONTINUING EDUCATION and CALENDAR

 CONTINUING EDUCATION
Don’t miss these upcoming webinars:
  • This Wednesday, February 24: Every Firm Has It: Here’s What You Can Do About Underperforming Partners will help you deal with the common problem of partners not meeting billing expectations. Legal managers are familiar with shepherding associates and staffers toward better productivity — but how do you deal with an established partner?
     
  • March 3: In Part 1 of Law Firm Management Now, ALA members Denise Gaskin, MS, PhD, and Terri Oppelt, CLM, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, look back on lessons learned from 2020 in order to provide clarity about what’s been successful for law firm operations and what hasn’t.
     
  • March 17: In Part 2 of Law Firm Management Now, the speakers focus on 2021 by identifying which ideas, plans and tools born out of 2020 you can use to your advantage going forward.
If you can’t make the live broadcast of these webinars, remember that they’ll be available shortly after their conclusion in the catalog of on-demand recordings. You can watch hours of continuing education content at your convenience.
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ALA’s e-learning courses allow participants to direct their own education and learn at their own pace. They’re perfect for the busy professional, as you can work your way through as many modules as you have time for and come back later to pick up where you left off. And each digital module features a dynamic mix of text, graphics, animation, audio, video, quizzes, surveys and games to reinforce learning concepts.
 
Law firm management essentials (LFME), which used to be presented in conference form, has proven to be the perfect subject for this e-learning framework. Now, you can go online to refresh your memory about LFME or use the full package of courses as a professional development program for yourself or your staff:

 

   CALENDAR
FEB. 24 Chapter Leader Educational Series: Enhancing Your Presentation Skills Roundtable
FEB. 24 ALA Webinar: Every Firm Has It: Here’s What You Can Do About Underperforming Partners
FEB. 25 Solutions Series: How to Harness Legal Technology to Allow Human Compassion to Thrive in 2021
FEB. 26 Deadline to respond to the Law Firm Leader Survey on Outside Counsel Guidelines
MAR. 3 ALA Webinar: Law Firm Management Now Part 1: 2020 Was Anything But Clear
MAR. 3 Small Firm Meetup: Join on Zoom
MAR. 9 ALA Hangout: Join on Zoom
MAR. 11 Deadline for members of participating chapters to register for the Essentials of Chapter Leadership
MAR. 16 Solutions Series: Save Time and Avoid Errors: The Value of Document Automation for Small and Midsize Law Firms
MAR. 17 ALA Webinar: Law Firm Management Now Part 2: What to Focus On in 2021
MAR. 18 Deadline to apply for the spring Certified Legal Manager (CLM) ® exam
MAR. 24 Chapter Leader Educational Series: Roundtable
APR. 1 Virtual Town Hall: Join on Zoom
APR. 7 Small Firm Meetup: Join on Zoom
APR. 13 ALA Hangout: Join on Zoom
APR. 15 Deadline to enter the 60 Seconds of Fame! video contest
 
 
OCT. 3–6 2021 Annual Conference & Expo, Austin, Texas

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CERTIFIED LEGAL MANAGER (CLM)

The ALA Certified Legal Managers (CLM)® Group on LinkedIn began in December as a forum for legal management professionals with the CLM credential. Here, CLMs can hear about continuing education opportunities and recertification information as well as what’s going on with their peers. This group is a great place to network, share insights and experiences and request guidance. If you’re a CLM, be sure to join the more than 170 members who already belong to the group!
 
If you’re on the fence about starting or completing the CLM journey, ALA hopes this exclusive group will provide another incentive for you to earn this career-boosting certification. Networking is consistently one of the most valued benefits of ALA — becoming a CLM will allow you to join dozens of robust networkers who enjoy sharing tips and staying connected.
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ALA VIP PARTNERS

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. https://www.alanet.org/about/vip-program


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ALA LEGAL MARKETPLACE

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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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