Wow! We’ve come a long way, baby! In all the years I’ve attended an ALA Annual Conference, I’ve never seen happen what is happening for the 2013 Conference until being a part of planning this year’s conference. While there are the plethora of unique sessions and series of sessions (The Seasoned Administrator and the Future Law Firm) that you may have read about in various posts over the past few weeks on this Blog, there are also sessions that our strategic alliance partners helped us design.
Since 2007, ALA has been promoting its strategic alliance partnerships with other legal-related associations. Our strategic alliance partners include ILTA, LMA, AALL, ARMA, IPMA and NALP. You may have seen mention of this or met some of these strategic alliance partners at a booth at our Annual Conferences over the years and through the October chapter events where these groups come together to jointly present educational topics to promote our mutual associations. You may recognize these efforts previously promoted as Professional Legal Management Week (PLMW), which many chapters recognized in October each year by teaming with one or more of these organizations for the educational advancement of our profession.
This year, ILTA has helped develop a few of the sessions offered in National Harbor. The first will be presented on Monday, April 15, from 9:45-11:00 a.m. It is called iCan! Empowering Administrators with iPads (OM11) presented by Brett Burney, J.D. of Burney Consultants LLC. Mr. Burney will cover information many of us struggle with—how iPad integrates with the legal environment; how iPads can be used by all; identifying apps for the administrator, the lawyers, and for online research resources; and determining ethical responsibilities of using iPads in your firm. Good, huh?
The next will be on Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. to Noon and will be presented by Tim Golden, PMP of McGuire Woods and Judith Flournoy of Kelley Drye. The session is titled Security Initiative: LegalSEC (OM22) and will cover guidelines for smaller firms to enhance security strategy and identify clear road maps, milestones and documentation for ever-changing best practices.
The next two of these sessions will be presented on Wednesday, April 17 from 1:45 to 3:00 p.m. The first is called Security Issues of Remote Devices (OM33) presented by Jim Fortmuller at Kelley Drye and Jeff Lolley from Hogan Lovells. In this session, we will learn how to identify the most common remote data threats for today and the future, summarize steps to safeguard equipment and our data and guide us to establish appropriate policies and procedures to protect your firm’s data from these threats. The second is a session called Microsoft SharePoint Success for Smaller Firms (OM32) presented by Lisa Gianakoa from Pillsbury Winthrop and Mike Keenan from Nixon Peabody. In this session, we will learn how firms have implemented SharePoint to support their initiatives, and find out how far a firm can reasonably expect to develop SharePoint before needing to involve developers.
NALS has also helped develop a session in the education line-up called Extreme Makeover: Rebranding the Legal Administrative Assistant (HR30) will be presented by Patricia Infanti, PP, PLS of Ballard Spahr and Dee Beardsley, PLS of Latham & Watkins. They will lead us through determining core competencies of the legal administrative assistant and identifying necessary skills and cross-training needed to meet the needs of successful job performance. A basic evaluation process for competency-based performance will also be discussed so each of us will have a better idea of how to raise the bar for and keep our legal administrative assistants current with our firm’s needs. This session will be presented on Wednesday from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
I hope you are as interested in learning in these sessions as I am. These jointly planned sessions demonstrate yet another advancement of our profession. I look forward to seeing you there in just a couple of weeks!
Finally, on behalf of the 2013 Annual Conference Committee, I would like to thank ALA’s strategic alliance partners for their support and part in putting together this year’s conference. We certainly look forward to working together again in the very near future.