April 15-17, 2013. The ALA is the Association of Legal Administrators. The education and research
arm of ALA is dedicated to supporting activities that advance legal management and
encourage service to the legal profession and community. The Foundation’s primary goals include developing and presenting educational programs, researching the changing legal workplace and work force, and increasing awareness of the value of professional law firm administrators. Sessions offered at the conference focused on competencies identified by a survey distributed to principal administrators and managing partners. The survey resulted in the identification of competencies necessary to be an effective administrator. These were segmented into five core management areas: Communication and Organizational Management, Financial Management, Human Resources Management, Legal Industry/Business Management and Operations Management. So which segment were you…?
January, 29-31, 2013. LegalTech claims to be the Number One resource for law firms and legal departments, the place to be to get hands-on practical information for improving law practice management. The legal marketplace, we heard, has the kind of buying power that resists dips in an ever-changing business economy. For this reason, competition in the legal industry is apparently pretty fierce, and making face-to-face connections can make the difference between a law firm company closing a sale or losing that sale to a competitor. The show provided an in-depth look at what the technological world has in store for today’s legal practice, and offered an expansive exhibit floor crammed with the most extensive range of innovative products, all designed to meet legal eagles’ current and future technology needs. Now, what happens if I press this “settle out of court” button…?
January, 4-6, 2013. AALS is the acronym for the Association of American Law Schools, and it is dedicated to improving the legal profession through education. The AALS Annual Meeting and Exhibits claim that they offer the most comprehensive week of continuing education and networking available for legal educators. The show provides attendees with the opportunity to view and discuss products and services which can enhance or support their teaching goals. Prominent was the American Bar Association Publishing Group, the preeminent legal publisher of practice-oriented books for lawyers, students, and legal professionals. With more than 700 books in its inventory, the Association publishes in every practice area, and focuses on books that help lawyers in their day-to-day working lives, providing in-depth analysis of complex legal issues, and furnishing lawyers with solutions and strategies to better serve their clients. “There he stands… a lawbook in his hands….”
Sept. 6-9, 2012. This one’s for attorneys, law firm staff, jurists and law students. CAALA’s annual Las Vegas Convention is supposed to be the largest gathering of trial attorneys in the USA. It featured three and half days of educational sessions presented by the nation’s most prominent trial lawyers, jurists and legal consultants. The convention attracted 2,000 attendees and over 100 legal service exhibitors. Sessions on offer included advanced trial skills, “What very trial lawyer should know about medical imaging, electronic and diagnostic testing” (for effective proof of medical damages), and “Taking it to the Max: basic tips to maximize auto accident cases”, which included “Nuts and bolts for seatbelts and airbags — rules of the road for product liability cases”. A case of buckle up, we’re the law….
Aug. 2-4, 2012. ABA is the American Bar Association. When lawyers need to be heard, the ABA is their voice both nationally and globally, working to promote judicial independence and ensure funding for the Legal Services Corporation. ABA also promotes the international rule of law through programs in more than 40 countries that focus on access to justice, human rights, anti-corruption, judicial reform and so on. Members in the American Bar Association enjoy access to a rich assortment of benefits to help them become a better legal professional and assist with advocacy for the rule of law in Washington, D.C. and around the world. There are CLE courses led by national experts, plus technology training designed for attorneys and research conducted on request. Okay, time to repair to the Bar….
July 28 – Aug. 1, 2012. NCMA is the National Contract Management Association, which is proudly dedicated to “Business Success Through Contract Management Excellence”. So what kinds of contract, and what kind of management? NCMA defines the field as “A strategic management discipline employed by both buyers and sellers whose objectives are to manage both customer and supplier expectations and relationships, to control risk and cost, and to contribute to organizational profitability and success”. It’s all about using and positioning contracts as tools for managing relationships, predicating desired outcomes, and ensuring that everyone concerned in an enterprise, whether commercial, governmental or other, gets what they are looking for — and importantly, what the contracts say they deserve. So basically it’s about everyone getting their just desserts. Make mine a lemon meringue pie a la mode….
June 17-22, 2012. The Anti-Fraud Exhibit Hall at the 23rd Annual ACFE Fraud Conference & Exhibition featured the latest anti-fraud innovations and resources from leading providers. Visitors to vendor booths could learn about how products and services could help to take the fight against fraud to the next level. The ACFE Corporate Alliance supports the implementation of anti-fraud best practices in large organizations by giving security-focused teams access to tools, training and resources. The program offered instruction on the skills required for superior job performance and career advancement including certification, plus the wonderfully-named moneylaundering.com, the industry’s leading online news and information resource. From his experience as an accountant and former FBI agent, ACFE founder and Chairman Dr. Joseph T. Wells learned from practical experience that accountants need anti-fraud education to do their jobs. This guy is no fraud….