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  • A Dream Deferred

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    Join Benjamin Wilson's discussion of how the legal community can and must respond to police brutality against Black people.

    HR Webinar

    ALA welcomes back Benjamin Wilson, who shared this thought-proving session during ALA Today: The Virtual Conference. For this webinar he will continue examining the epidemic of police brutality against black people and discuss ways in which the legal community can help prevent future abuses. Together with Moderator, Jessica Mazzeo, from ALA’s Committee on Diversity & Inclusion, we will explore well-known cases of racially motivated police killings in the 21st century, focusing on understanding the historical context of racism in America and its relationship to the current institution of policing. We will also discuss the role the media has played in galvanizing demonstrations against police brutality as well as actions legal professionals can take to eradicate systemic racism and prevent future killings. We will also provide more holistic solutions that go beyond the criminal justice system to include health care, housing and education.

    Objectives:

    • Illustrate the history of police brutality in America.
    • Outline the role of systemic racism in historical and recent instances of police brutality.
    • Summarize actions we can take to eradicate the culture of police brutality.

    Benjamin F. Wilson

    Speaker

    Benjamin F. Wilson is the Chairman of Beveridge & Diamond, P.C., a top-ranked law firm focused on environmental and natural resource law and litigation. He represents major corporations, developers and municipalities in complex litigation matters involving Clean Water Act enforcement, wetlands development, Superfund and environmental justice matters. A tireless advocate for diversity and inclusion in the legal profession, in 2020, Wilson was inducted into the Washington Bar Association's Hall of Fame, awarded the Cora T. Walker Award from the National Bar Association Commercial Law Section, and was featured in the National Law Journal's cover story "The Vanguard and the Vision." He also founded and leads the African American General Counsel and Managing Partner Networks and Diverse Partners Network. He graduated from Dartmouth College and from Harvard Law School and has served as Chairman of the Environmental Law Institute since 2016. He is also an Adjunct Professor in Environmental Law at the Howard University School of Law.

    Jessica Mazzeo (Moderator)

    Moderator

    Jessica L. Mazzeo is co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Griesing Law, LLC, a full service business law firm headquartered in Philadelphia, PA. Jessica focuses on overseeing and implementing all of the Firm’s business operations while establishing policies that promote and retain the Firm’s culture and strategic vision. In addition to her role at the Firm, Jessica is co-founder of Bossible, a company that focuses on business and professional development for individuals and small businesses as well as GriesingMazzeo Leadership which conducts diversity, inclusion, elimination of bias and sexual harassment education and training for businesses. A thought leader on diversity and inclusion, employee issues, business generation and over all law firm management, Jessica writes a quarterly column for The Legal Intelligencer and speaks around the country. She is the 2020-2021 Chair of the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion of the Association of Legal Administrators, a staff volunteer for the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms and a volunteer for the Women's Business Enterprise Council East. Jessica is also currently pursuing her law degree at Widener University Delaware School of Law. You can reach Jessica at jmazzeo@griesinglaw.com, jessica@itsbossible.com or jessica@griesingmazzeo.com.

    • 60 Minutes
    • Audience: Intermediate
    • CLM App Management Category - FS: Human Resources Management
    • CLM Recertification Eligible: Yes
    • HRCI: General Credit
    • SHRM: Relationship Management
    • SHRM Learning Format: Instructor-Led Activity
    • CLE: Recognition and Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession and Society
    • CPE Field of Study: Personnel/HR
    • CPE Credit Eligible: 1
    • CPE Prerequisites: None
    • CPE Advanced Preparation: None 
  • A Panel Discussion: How to plan and manage when change is the only constant (webinar)

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    Join this interactive discussion to provide input on managing change at law firms and then weigh your answers by a panel of industry experts.

    Law firms never had to react and adapt as quickly as when the global pandemic hit. Some were prepared and many weren’t; some transitioned smoothly and for some it’s been a bumpier ride. In all cases, with attorneys and staff now working remotely and uncertain plans to move back to the office, there are still many questions left unanswered.

    Join a panel of experts as they solicit attendee responses and discuss their own experiences and perspectives on planning and managing in these evolving times. Topics of discussion will include challenges firms are facing around supporting remote or blended working environments, the medium-term challenge of managing uncertain levels of work by office or practice group, and the long-term challenge of strategic resource planning during uncertain economic times.

    Objectives:

    • Hear how firms adapted their administrative functions in order to continue supporting attorneys and clients effectively, including key successes and learnings.
    • Gain insight into some of the tools and techniques used to efficiently and cost effectively manage the flow of work between attorneys and their support staff including outsourced administrative resources.
    • Learn about future staffing plans and how firms are expecting to utilize remote working practices long-term, moving staff back into offices, or see value in a combination of both.
    • Assess the impact of an increase in support staff retirements, attrition and layoffs.
    • Discuss how the pandemic has impacted firms’ disaster recovery plans, strategic planning, budgets, and willingness to embrace change.

    Audience Level: Intermediate 

    This webinar is a joint production of BigHand, Integreon, and ALA

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    BigHand’s productivity and profitability tools are helping our clients enable remote working, access cash flow data in real-time, and make data-driven decisions when it matters most. Learn how we’re helping law firms adapt to a new normal in our News and Articles section.

    Integreon provides alternative legal, business, and research services to law firms, corporations, and professional service firms. With 3,000+ employees and eight delivery centers across the United States, United Kingdom India, and the Philippines, Integreon offers multi-lingual, around-the-clock support, as well as onshore, offshore, and onsite delivery of services.

    ​Murray Joslin

    Panelist

    Murray Joslin is Senior Vice President, Business Enablement Services. In this capacity, Murray is responsible for the strategy, delivery and growth across the Business Enablement Business Unit which encompasses Legal Word Processing, Creative Services and Business Process Outsourcing / Administrative Solutions. Murray has spent 20 plus years delivering businesses enhanced efficiencies utilizing managed services methodology-on site near-shore and offshore. 

    Kacee McCalla

    Panelist

    Kacee McCalla is the Director of Human Resources Operations at Baker Donelson where she oversees the Training Department, Document Services and various HR Operations.  She is a graduate of the University of Memphis School of Law and is licensed to practice in Tennessee.



    Eric A Seeger

    Panelist

    Eric A Seeger is a principal at Altman Weil, a US legal management consultancy. Eric works with law firms on strategy, management, practice group leadership, succession, and other projects. As a consultant and director of Altman Weil’s research function, he conducts client surveys and interviews for law firms and co-authors the highly regarded Law Firms in Transition surveys of law firm leaders.

    ​Eric Wangler

    Panelist

    Eric Wangler is president of the North American business unit for BigHand, with over 25 years’ experience in the legal industry. Eric is an expert on legal workflow and back-office operations, partnering with firms across the US and Canada to enhance their administrative support functions, specifically focusing on streamlining processes, increasing efficiencies and optimizing resources, and arming firms with the visibility and real-time information necessary to make informed, data-driven decisions. 

    April Campbell, JD (Moderator)

    Moderator

    April Campbell, JD is the interim Executive Director, the former Board President, and a longstanding member of the Association of Legal Administrators (ALA).

    CLM® Application Credit: - Application Management Category: 1 hour in Organizational Development 

    CLM® Recertification Credit: 1 hour in the subject area of Communications & Organizational Management (CM) 

    HRCI: General Credit 

    SHM: Communications 

    SHRM: Instructor-Led Activity 

    CLE: Participatory Credit

  • Black Lives Matter: How Does It Affect Your Law Office? (Webinar)

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    Watch this free webinar recording from June 10th to hear Jason Murray speak on how the Black Lives Matter movement affects the decisions you make for your law office.

    Attorneys should be on the forefront of progress and amplify the voices of those who are marching for justice and their communities. They should be volunteering to represent peaceful protesters and protecting their constitutional rights. Join this webinar to learn how your firm can have the greatest impact on the current unrest in our nation.

    • Discover how to organize community-based responses.
    • Develop internal diversity and inclusion efforts.
    • Discuss how HR and managers can improve staff relations when many people are feeling angry, distracted, emotionally exhausted, etc.

    The recording of Jason Murray's June 10, 2020 webinar is available on-demand now. Some of the key points he made were:

    • It’s important to not act like it’s business as usual right now.
    • To prepare your employees for conversations about racial justice & equality, send out a list of suggested pre-reads and/or pre-watches.
    • While it’s taxing, you must handle COVID stress & racial justice movement stress at the same time. These crises intersect: African-American men covering their face receive additional scrutiny & suspicion.
    • If you think you are exempt because your law firm is primarily white – it is the opposite. You need to address racial justice in order to make your law firm a welcoming place. The diversity of your attorneys and staff will impact which clients you attract & retain. Commit to recruiting and retaining Black attorneys and other people of color.
    • Put out the house on fire, not the houses next door. The Black Lives Matter movement is an attempt to protect the vulnerable, to put out the house on fire. 

    Other Information:

    • Free
    • 60 Minutes
    • Audience: Intermediate

    Jason M. Murray (Moderator)

    Jason M. Murray practices in the area of franchise and distribution law and provides counsel and assistance with creating, managing, licensing, protecting and enforcing franchised business relationships, product distribution systems and dealership networks. His franchise and distribution law practice specifically relate to licensing and development, regulation and compliance, and dispute resolution through mediation, arbitration, and litigation.

    Murray is a frequent lecturer and author both in the substantive areas of law in which he practices, as well as in areas related to promoting equal opportunities in the legal profession for minority lawyers and the economic empowerment of minority communities. He served as the Diversity Chair for an Am Law 200 law firm for 10 years and received Diversity Best Practices’ 2008 Diversity Officer Leadership Award. He is also the recipient of the Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division’s 2003 Diversity and Gender Sensitivity Award. Murray has served as a mentor for many minority lawyers and members of South Florida’s diverse legal community.

    CLM® Application Credit for Functional Specialists: 1 hour in the subject area of Human Resources Management (HR) towards the additional hours required of some Functional Specialists to fulfill the CLM application. 

    CLM® Recertification Credit: 1 hour in the subject area of Human Resources Management (HR)