Upcoming Events

  • NABE Small Bar Conference, June 26-28, Pittsburgh, PA
  • NABE Annual Meeting, August 5-7, 2014, Boston, MA
  • NABE Communications Section Workshop, October 1-3, 2014, Indianapolis, IN
  • NABE Midyear Meeting, February 3-5, 2015, Houston, TX

Strengthen Your Skills at the Small Bar Conference

Registration is open for the 2014 Small Bar Conference, June 26-28 in Pittsburgh, PA. Registration is only $99 through May 9 and includes programming of specific interest to execs of smaller associations (1,500 or fewer members, less than $300K budget, and/or solo or limited staff). Don’t miss this opportunity to learn, network, and share your own tips of the bar executive trade at this exciting conference in vibrant and varied Steel City, USA.

NABE’s Boston Bound for Annual Meeting

Historic Boston is the locale for the upcoming NABE 2014 Annual Meeting, August 5-7. Program information will be available shortly. But you can register now and avoid the rush! Register by June 16 and save $50. Visit the meeting page for registration information. Boston is a popular city to visit in summer, so make your plans now.

Scholarships Available for Upcoming Meetings

Applications are now being accepted for scholarships for the Small Bar Conference and the 2014 Annual Meeting. NABE members only may apply for the scholarships which include a fee waiver and travel stipend. To apply for a scholarship for either meeting, review the scholarship information on the NABE website. The last date to submit an application is May 2.

Conference on Legal Mentoring Programs

If your association is starting or planning to augment its legal mentoring program, consider attending the 2014 National Legal Mentoring Consortium Conference in Columbus, OH, May 1-3. Leaders from bar associations, courts, law schools, law firms, and other legal organizations who sponsor mentoring programs are invited to attend. See more on registration and programming here.

Win/Win: Matching Needy with Legal Assistance from Law Students

Two Pittsburgh area programs are seeking to pair law students with individuals who cannot afford traditional legal services. The Allegheny County Bar Foundation and the Gismondi Fund are, respectively, financing clerkships for students from area law schools for local social service agencies and funding clerk positions at a legal services organization. Can this be replicated in your community? To find out more, read here.


Boston graphic courtesy of Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau: BostonUSA.com

March 2014

President's Message

By David A. Blaner

Midyear Update

The NABE Board of Directors as well as our Committees, Sections and various Task Forces have been busy for the past several months. Outlined below for your review are the highlights of our efforts since August 2013.

Board of Directors: Held six (6) successful Board meetings from August 2013 to February 2014. Three meetings were in person (San Francisco, Palm Springs and Chicago) and three meetings were conducted by conference call.

Audit: 2012-2013 Audit was completed. Audit was unqualified with a clean option letter.

Bylaws: During the NABE Business Meeting held during the Midyear Meeting in Chicago, numerous proposed bylaws were discussed by the membership. By a 2/3’s vote of the members present, amendments were approved that change the board service requirement for individuals running for Vice President from two years to one and that provide for terms of officers to commence on July 1 instead at the conclusion of the Annual Meeting to comport with previous changes to the organization’s fiscal year.


Zoe Linza to Be VP; Board Welcomes New and Returning Members

Congratulations to Zoe Linza, executive director of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, who will become vice president of NABE next fiscal year. Unopposed for the office, Zoe automatically will become vice president on July 1, 2014, and will become NABE President in 2016. Others who were unopposed for the positions for which they submitted petitions are also deemed elected and will assume or retain office:

  • Marc Staenberg, Executive Director, Beverly Hills Bar Association (new Secretary, term 2014-15)
  • Robert Craghead, Executive Director, Illinois State Bar Association (returning State Bar Director, term 2014-2016)
  • Jenna Grubb, Director of Communications, Toledo Bar Association (returning Local Bar Director, term 2014-2016)

Read about the newly elected board members.

Election for At-large Director

Two candidates are running for the position of at-large director, Karen Hutchins, executive director of the Arkansas Bar Association, and Chris Manos, executive director of the State Bar of Montana. Read about the candidates.

Regular paid members as of April 1, 2014, are eligible to vote in board elections scheduled to begin on April 15. Look for voting instructions via email before April 15. Voting ends on May 1, 2014. Remember, no NABE entity listservs may be used to solicit votes for or to endorse any candidates, although candidates may develop their own personal lists. Every vote counts, so be sure to exercise yours. 

Midyear Meeting Follow Up

Hardy NABE members took Chicago by storm in February for the 2014 Midyear Meeting. Handouts from the meeting are available on line and recorded webinars of selected sessions will be posted shortly. Thanks go to the Program Committee and Sponsorship Committee, respectively led by Marc Staenberg and Fran O’Rourke, for all the effort that went into planning and financing the meeting. Despite the chill, the meeting was warmly received by those attending, with some members even taking advantage of Chicago’s frosty lakefront as the locale for the latest Cake Run.

Three brave souls (David Bohm, Angela Weston, and Tony Weiler) swear they saw a polar bear on their nearly 9K trek, but this Chicago writer knows that cannot be the case… Chicago Bears haven’t made a February appearance in quite some time.

Communicators Talk in Communicators Talk

If you are not a member of the NABE Communications Section, you may not have seen the section’s electronic newsletter, Communicators Talk. The most recent issue features stories on online communities and communicating with new lawyers, topics in which NABE members across the board can take interest. Also included are articles on 2013 Wally Richter Award winner Francine Walker and new section council member Kat Hinson, as well as remembrances by section members of the late Sam Lipsman, who passed away last year. Sam was awarded the 2013 Anne Charles Award posthumously at last year’s Communications Section Workshop in Portland, OR. In addition, the winter issue includes a profile of Indianapolis, the locale of the 2014 Communications Section Workshop, October 1-3. Registration and program information will be available online in late spring…or you can read all about it in Communicators Talk.


Last Chance for Award Nominations

Time is running out for NABE award nominations. You have until April 15 to submit nominations for the Bolton Award, the Peer Excellence Award, and/or the NABE/LexisNexis Community & Educational Outreach Awards. See award criteria and instructions for information.

Volunteers Needed for NABE Committees

President-elect George Brown is gearing up for his presidential year by soliciting volunteers for NABE committees for 2014-15. As an association executive, you know the integral role volunteers play in creating a vibrant organization. Please keep NABE moving forward by making your own contribution of time and talent. View the list of NABE committees and volunteer now.

Member News

Dan LaBert has been named the executive director of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys (NACBA). Before accepting the position, LaBert was executive vice president and COO for the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants. A former member of NABE when he was executive director of the Bar Association of Lehigh County in Allentown, PA, Dan immediately rejoined the community of bar executives when he went to work for NACBA. Welcome back, Dan!

Carrie Sherman, Director of Board Operations at the State Bar of Arizona and chair of the NABE Administration and Finance Section, was recently recognized with two awards from the Arizona Society of Association Executives. Carrie was named 2013 Member of the Year and she received the 2013 President’s Award. Seems NABE has some competition for your energies, Carrie! Congratulations!

Staff News

ABA Division for Bar Services staff member Rebecca Green has been promoted to the position of committee specialist. In this new capacity, Rebecca will serve as the liaison or co-liaison to several NABE and NCBP entities, among them the NABE Program and Website/Knowledge Management Committees and the NABE Communications Section. Congratulations to Rebecca on her promotion and welcome to the NABE team.

Chrishelle Thomas will be leaving the Division for Bar Services for a promotion to the position of marketing associate in the ABA Membership and Marketing Department. Chrishelle is known to most NABE members as head registrar for annual and midyear meetings and as the membership coordinator for the NCBP. Best wishes to Chrishelle in her new position.

What’s New with You and Your Association?

Send news of promotions, retirements, awards, etc., to NABE News Editor Pamela Robinson at pamela.robinson@americanbar.org or Production Manager Nora Warens at nora.warens@americanbar.org.