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REGISTRATION for 2021 CaLM (California Legal Management Conference)
January 29, 2021
8:30 AM - 4:15 PM
ALL DAY VIRTUAL CONFERENCE
Calm Registration Link
Registration is through the ALA SF Golde Gate chapter site.
Select "Register" at the bottom of the page followed by "Register as Guest."
After inputting your information, select a ticket that reflects your chapter membership.
Business Partners: please select the Business Partner Ticket option.
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February 04, 2021
5:30 PM - 6:45 PM
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CERTIFIED LEGAL MANAGER (CLM) STUDY GROUP AND SCHOLARSHIP
Let me begin with the end in mind . . . . Oh. Em. Gee!!! I passed the CLM certification on my first attempt.
Now, let's make a few sandwiches and dust off the roadmap.
Fifteen or so years ago, when deciding whether to take the CLM or SHRM certification, I decided to get certified with SHRM. I made that decision because I wasn't sure I would stay in legal management. I thought . . . "who outside of legal understands what a CLM is, anyway?" At that time I already had many (many) years of HR experience, and thought an HR certification made sense. So, I took the three-month review course at a technical college, gave myself an additional month thereafter to brush up, and took the exam. I was excited to have passed, and life went on.
I like a challenge, and absolutely love to learn: It's kind of my thing. I moved to a new firm right before Christmas in 2019 because I needed a new challenge. I joined Baker McKenzie as its Manager, California Human Resources. Baker McKenzie is the largest law firm for which I have worked. It's a behemoth! Lots to learn = happy girl. But, I also needed to figure out how I could add value to the firm. When considering my fiscal year 20/21 goals I set as a priority to, at the very least, gain some of the knowledge required for the CLM exam. I figured gaining the education would be beneficial to the firm, even if I decided to not take the exam.
I registered for the Chicago ALA Chapter's study group because I understood they had a high CLM pass-rate, and that the group operated like a well-oiled machine. Rita Nielsen did a great job coordinating each session. During the study group orientation participants were provided an overview of how the educational sessions would be broken down, and where to access additional self-study materials. A key element for participants was understanding the study group sessions alone were not be enough to pass the exam; self-study would be required.
The twice-weekly study sessions ran from late September to mid-November. Sessions were generally held in the mornings at 8:00 a.m. Central time. Good thing I'm an early riser! I found each session to be thorough and useful towards completion of this goal. In other words, there were no "fluff" sessions.
When applying for the exam candidates are sorted into two buckets: (1) Principal Administrators/Branch Managers or (2) Functional Specialists with supervisory responsibility. All candidates have to provide proof of two (2) hours' education, completed within the prior 24 months, in each of the following areas:
- Writing skills
- Communication skills
- Self-management skills
- Information Technology
- Organizational Development
In addition, Functional Specialists must provide proof of 15 hours' education, completed within the prior 24 months, distributed across areas outside of their functional specialty.
I really had to sit down and calculate the cost/benefit of pursing CLM. I had to show proof of 25 hours of prior education before submitting my application. These 25 hours were not inclusive of the CLM study group, nor of the countless hours of independent study I knew was necessary to sit for the exam. ALA provided a great education tracker which helped me stay organized.
I augmented the study group by reading the CLM study guide, cover-to-cover, and making flash cards. I used LinkedIn Learning to earn certificates of completion in business analysis; business ethics; accounting foundations for leases; communication foundations; developing a mentoring program; finance for non-financial managers; IT security foundations; project management, and more. I even went to YouTube and pulled some great classes on understanding basic financial reporting; basics of life in law firm accounting; balance sheets, income statements and cash flows. And, I pulled prior SHRM/HRCI records from 2019 which listed sessions I attended from the ALA Annual Conference.
Goodness! Reading this back I wonder if I would have pursued the designation . . . . yes, I would have because I'm crazy like that! Is it hard? You bet! Was it worth the effort? My tears of joy upon learning I passed was all the proof I needed.
Andrea D. Everage, MHR, CLM, PHR
Manager, CA-HR Business Partner
Baker & McKenzie LLP
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