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By David A. Blaner
Diversity and Inclusion
This past summer, Nancy Heilman, incoming president of the Allegheny County Bar Association (ACBA), noted during her acceptance speech that the ACBA needs to be more inclusive. As I listened to her comments, it struck me that she was right: if we (ACBA) are more inclusive to all attorneys, regardless of race, color, creed, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, mental or physical disability, or age, then our bar association will become more diverse. The same holds true for NABE.
At my initial Board of Directors meeting as NABE president, also this past summer, I noted to my fellow board members that NABE needs to be more diverse in its membership, in the composition of its program presenters, and in the cadre of active members who serve on the board, on committees, and in section leadership. In addition, I noted that the board needs to be more inclusive to ensure that we are receiving valuable input from our active sections. During our November meeting, the board adopted a resolution which will expand the size of the NABE Board of Directors by adding three (3) ex officio, non-voting seats for each of the vice chairs of our sections (Administration & Finance, Communications and Government Relations). In order for this change to take place, the NABE bylaws must be amended by the membership at the midyear meeting. The appropriate notice is included in this issue of NABE News and posted on the NABE website. If this amendment is approved, it is our expectation that the three NABE section vice chairs will participate in NABE Board of Directors Meetings and, perhaps at some future point, express interest in running for positions on the board. Our sections are extremely active and provide valuable membership benefits; their respective representatives’ voices on the board will ensure that NABE continues to address a broad spectrum of member needs.
CSE Retreat Registration Continues
Rock Solid: Strategies to Remain Steady through Change is the theme for the 2014 NABE Chief Staff Executives Retreat in Chicago, March 11-12, 2014, at the Chicago Marriott Downtown. Executive directors and other chief executive officers are invited to head to the Windy City to learn from professional presenters at general sessions and their peers during case studies and other discussion opportunities. The CSE Committee, led by Zoe Linza, executive director of the Bar Association of St. Louis, has planned an event which will allow registrants to step away from the daily grind and focus on methods for leading in times of transition. Registration includes program, dinner on Tuesday, and breakfast and lunch on Wednesday. All this for $250 (now through January 24). Scholarships are available. The CSE Retreat is held immediately prior to the ABA Bar Leadership Institute (BLI), March 13-14.
Several amendments have been proposed by the Board of Directors, NABE Bylaws Committee, and /or NABE Elections Committee to achieve the following:
The amendments will be voted on at the Midyear Meeting in Chicago, IL, at the Membership Business Meeting, on February 6, 2014. By distribution of NABE News to all members, notice is given of this upcoming vote. See the proposed changes to the bylaws in redline.
2013 Compensation and Benefits Survey
NABE recently published the 2013 Compensation and Benefits Survey, a collection of data on executive level salaries and benefits at bar associations nationwide. Thanks to the Surveys Committee, led by Ellen Miller-Sharp, executive director of the San Diego County Bar Association, as well as Joanne O’Reilly of the ABA Division for Bar Services staff, for all their work on the survey. Results are available free of charge to the executive directors of associations that responded to the survey. For non-responding bars, the results are $150. Executive directors of non-responding bars may contact Nora Warens for purchase information.
Ohio State Bar Association Welcomes New Legislative Counsel
Earlier this fall, the Ohio State Bar Association hired Todd Book to serve as legislative counsel for the association. As a former state representative, Todd brings a special insight to his new role. An attorney, Todd also recently sat on the OSBA Board of Governors and had to resign his seat to accept his new position. Welcome to the other side, Todd, on two counts!
Wilkinson Promoted in Wyoming
Sharon Wilkinson, former deputy executive director Wyoming State Bar, was promoted to the position of executive director of the bar effective October 1. Sharon continues to serve as editor of Wyoming Lawyer and as the communications director for the bar. NABE’s 2014 prediction: a very busy year ahead for Sharon!
Philadelphia Selects Tarasiewicz as New ED
Effective January 1, 2014, Mark Tarasiewicz will be the executive director of the Philadelphia Bar Association. Mark most recently served as the bar’s associate executive director and was responsible for internal and external communications of the organization. He was previously managing editor of the Pennsylvania Law Journal and also served as senior communications manager for the global law firm Dechert LLP. Mark currently serves as the chair of the NABE Communications Section.
Windows XP Warning
Jim Calloway, Director of Management Assistance Program at the Oklahoma Bar Association, shared the following with the NABE communications professionals: After the first of the year, it will be critical to warn your members that come April, it will not be safe for a lawyer to use a computer with the Windows XP operating system. Period. No exceptions. The tech savvy know this, but it is important to let the rest of your members know. A surprising number of lawyers still use XP because they have old legacy software that will not work on newer systems and they have resisted upgrading. I just did my first blog post on the topic. You are free to use any part of it without any attribution and you are obviously free to link to the post. Lawyers, Don't be an April Fool for Windows XP
MAF Now Available
Where does your bar stand? Find out with the 2013 Membership, Administration, and Finance Survey (MAF). You'll learn the membership structure of almost 200 individual bar associations -- dues levels, member retention rates, member benefits, and much more.
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