October 2019 Print


Please visit our East Bay Chapter website
for more information!

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East Bay Chapter ALA Bunco Social

October 30, 2019
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

FALL SOCIAL - BUNCO NIGHT!! Members & Business Partners Invited
At Home Of Member - Address To Be Provided Upon Registration
Orinda, CA




$0.00 East Bay Chapter Bunco Social

$0.00 East Bay Chapter Bunco Social

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East Bay Chapters Presents 2020 Vision: The Future of Legal Services

November 13, 2019
5:45 PM - 7:00 PM

Knox Ricksen LLP
2033 N. Main Street, Suite 340
Walnut Creek, CA 94596



What Will Legal Services Look Like In 2020 And Beyond?

The EBALA Board is always looking for innovative ways to connect and provide progressive education and relevant information to our members. When EBALA formed a book club several years ago, the East Bay Chapters served as an opportunity to combine a favorite past-time with EBALA member networking. We are taking the concept a step further. The East Bay Chapters is combining reading and professional development by selecting a book promoted by ALA.

2020 Vision: The Future of Legal Services

This guide is designed to help law firm leaders assess the lay of the legal landscape, prepare for foreseeable change, and above all to position themselves so that they are ready to respond to the unseen challenges and opportunities ahead.


EBALA is pleased to offer members the opportunity to purchase 2020 Vision: The Future of Legal Services at the bargain price of $25.00 ($175.00 on the ALA website)* and participate in group discussions, in person or virtually via teleconference. The book will be broken into sections (Chapters 1 – 4 & Chapters 5 – 10) to give members time to read and allow for meaningful discussion of each section.

Important Dates:

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 - 5:45 p.m.: SESSION COMPLETED
First meeting to discuss Chapters 1 – 5
Knox Ricksen, 2033 N. Main St., Ste. 340, Walnut Creek

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 5:45 p.m.:
Second meeting to discuss Chapters 6 – 10
Knox Ricksen, 2033 N. Main St., Ste. 340, Walnut Creek


Registration confirms purchase of the book
(members will be invoiced separately)
and participation in both sessions.

* In support of this endeavor, ALA has graciously extended a volume discount to the Chapter and the Chapter will subsidize the remainder of the cost per book. Members who register and participate in both sessions will pay $25.00. Members who register but do not participate will be billed the regular cost of the book $175.00.



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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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Each year more than a million pounds of debris is removed from California beaches, rivers, creeks, lakes, and waterways, so the net environmental impact of this event is tremendously positive. The education provided through these cleanups has started to change people's consumer habits.  The good feeling everyone gets is the icing on the cake. 

This year, the East Bay Chapter, along with the Golden Gate Chapter, and many others, participated by volunteering at the Shorebird Park Nature Center in Berkeley. 

Volunteers helped compile data about garbage for the largest research project in the world. The data collected will be used to change laws and to educate people about how to be conscientious consumers. The top 10 trash items at cleanups are "single use" items, and 80 % of the trash picked up came from land based sources.  If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem.

Each of us can make a difference every day by adopting your neighborhood storm drain and before and after any storm, pick up the trash before it makes it into our waterways. 

By Andrea Everage
East Bay Chapter Membership Chair
Volunteer at Coastal Cleanup
Shorebird Park Nature Center 



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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 utah.com 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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ALA CALENDAR - Upcoming Deadlines and Events

OCT. 23 ALA Webinar: Creating a Culture of Accountability
OCT. 24 Chapter Leader Educational Series: Business Partner Program Virtual Roundtable
OCT. 30 Solutions Series Webcast: How Technology Can Help You Deliver an Exceptional Client Experience
NOV. 1 Summit Series Webcast: Creating a Culture of Business Development
NOV. 5 ALA Webinar: Redirecting Negative Behavior
NOV. 7 ALA Webinar: Building Accountability into Your Culture
NOV. 8 Summit Series Webcast: How to Deal with the Irrational and Impossible People in Your Life
NOV. 12 ALA Webinar: The Ethical Considerations of Law Firm Leadership
NOV. 12 Chapter Leader Educational Series: Membership Engagement Webcast
NOV. 15 Summit Series Webcast: Using Lessons from Tribes to Create Highly Functional Teams
NOV. 15 Deadline to apply to serve on the Awards Program Project Team

Register now for these upcoming events!
OCT. 24 Managing for Impact, Seattle, WA
MAY 3–6 2020 Annual Conference & Expo, Salt Lake City, UT

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Operations Management and Information Technology
LawPay sponsors the latest complimentary Solutions Series webcast. Commitment to client service never goes out of style, unlike the old-school methods some attorneys still use to advertise, onboard and bill clients.
This webcast will teach you how you can use technology to serve clients in ways that improve revenue, retention and overall experience. It will explain the following:
  • What the typical legal Net Promoter Score (NPS) is, why this metric matters and how to improve it
  • How to differentiate your firm from your competitors
  • Simple technologies that your firm can implement to surprise and delight your clients
Please join us for this no-cost webcast to gain valuable insight into delivering a high level of client service.
Solutions Series Webcasts
Tom West
Tom West
Chief Executive Officer, LawPay
If you missed any of our previous Solutions Series webcasts, you can access them on-demand here.
The Solutions Series webcasts allow ALA’s business partners to use their extensive expertise to educate members about practices and programs that can enhance law firm efficiency, productivity and profitability. Right now, there are over 20 webcasts that you can watch for free whenever you can spare an hour. Here’s a sampling:
Don’t forget to register for the upcoming webcast: How Technology Can Help You Deliver an Exceptional Client Experience (October 30 at 1 p.m., Central). LawPay’s chief executive officer will describe technologies you can implement to better serve clients and thus increase revenue and retention.

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


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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. http://legalmarketplace.alanet.org/

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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The next Certified Legal Manager (CLM)® exam period is gearing up again, so don’t get left behind. The fall certification exam takes place November 4, though registration ends September 4. Between now and then, prospective CLMs must complete their education prerequisites, submit an application and begin studying. Take a look at the following resources to find information and tools for all those tasks:
Study Guide for the CLM Exam

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