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  • Law Firm Management Now Part 2: What to Focus On in 2021

    Product not yet rated Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 03/17/2021 at 2:00 PM (CDT)

    We share with you all the lessons we learned in 2020 ― from our scrappiest ideas to our most well-designed plans. We will talk about how to apply those experiences moving forward to be more proactive in planning, managing and implementing all law firm operations, including people, technology, money, strategy, culture, leadership and more.

    We share with you all the lessons we learned in 2020 ― from our scrappiest ideas to our most well-designed plans. We will talk about how to apply those experiences moving forward to be more proactive in planning, managing and implementing all law firm operations, including people, technology, money, strategy, culture, leadership and more.

     Objectives:

    • Recognize the legal landscape is still shifting but gain confidence through our discussion, which will show how to deal with a continually changing environment.
    • Identify the tools that were successful in 2020 and learn to use them to your advantage in 2021.
    • Prepare your team to keep your office culture together by creating cultural resilience.

     Level: Essential

    Denise Gaskin, PhD, MS

    Denise Gaskin, PhD, MS, has worked in industries including health care, behavioral health and legal. She has a passion for wellness and heathy workplaces and how they connect to a firm’s culture and support operational strategy. Gaskin has spent her career studying wellness, psychology, collaboration, facilitation, dialogue and the power of language. She has used her training to help firms build and achieve their strategic goals.   

    ​Terri Oppelt, CLM, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

    Terri Oppelt, CLM, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, is a Director in Armanino LLP’s Law Firm Services group. Oppelt consults in all areas of law firm management and operations, including strategic planning, compensation, accounting operations and billing, administration support strategies, HR and leadership, organizational change, training and retreats. She is a frequent speaker for ALA and a Past President of the Greater Los Angeles Chapter.  

    60 Minutes 

    Educational Category: Operations Management  

    CLM Application Credit: no  

    CLM Application Credit for Functional Specialists: Operations Management  

    CLM Recertification Eligible: Yes  

    CLM Recertification Credit: Operations Management  

  • Law Firm Management Now Part 1: 2020 Was Anything But Clear

    Product not yet rated Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 03/03/2021 at 2:00 PM (CST)

    ​When the challenges of 2020 hit us, we were all in a reactive mode, focused on responding and pivoting quickly. We will look back at lessons we learned and discover how to use those lessons to better lead our firm operations and provide clearer management going forward. We will talk about what we implemented that was successful and what did not go well or as planned.

    When the challenges of 2020 hit us, we were all in a reactive mode, focused on responding and pivoting quickly. We will look back at lessons we learned and discover how to use those lessons to better lead our firm operations and provide clearer management going forward. We will talk about what we implemented that was successful and what did not go well or as planned.

    Objectives:

    • Recognize how to look back on uncontrollable events to bring perspective and clarity.
    • Apply this new perspective and examples from others to plan proactively for 2021 firm operations.
    • Illustrate how emotions (yours and others’) play a role in firm culture and change, especially change that was thrust upon us.

    Level: Essential

    Denise Gaskin, PhD, MS

    Denise Gaskin, PhD, MS, has worked in industries including health care, behavioral health and legal. She has a passion for wellness and heathy workplaces and how they connect to a firm’s culture and support operational strategy. Gaskin has spent her career studying wellness, psychology, collaboration, facilitation, dialogue and the power of language. She has used her training to help firms build and achieve their strategic goals.   

    ​Terri Oppelt, CLM, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

    Terri Oppelt, CLM, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, is a Director in Armanino LLP’s Law Firm Services group. Oppelt consults in all areas of law firm management and operations, including strategic planning, compensation, accounting operations and billing, administration support strategies, HR and leadership, organizational change, training and retreats. She is a frequent speaker for ALA and a Past President of the Greater Los Angeles Chapter.  

    60 Minutes 

    Educational Category: Operations Management  

    CLM Application Credit: No 

    CLM Application Credit for Functional Specialists: Operations Management  

    CLM Recertification Eligible: Yes 

    CLM Recertification Credit: Operations Management  

  • Every Firm Has It: Here’s What You Can Do About Underperforming Partners

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 02/24/2021

    Dealing with underperforming partners is one of those topics that make managing partners and firm leaders cringe. No one wants to have “the talk” with the underperformer. To be an effective administrator and to move your firm forward, you must address this situation —no matter how uncomfortable it makes you.

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    All firms have it, but no one wants to talk about it. Leadership hopes it will fix itself, but it won’t. Dealing with underperforming partners is one of those topics that make managing partners and firm leaders cringe. No one wants to have “the talk” with the underperformer. To be an effective administrator and to move your firm forward, you must address this situation —no matter how uncomfortable it makes you.

     

    Objectives:

    • Discuss the cost to the firm beyond financial.
    • Recognize why underperformance happens.
    • Identify the reasons for the underperformance.
    • Learn the role you can play in turning around the situation.

    Level: Intermediate

    Dr. Sharon Meit Abrahams, EdD

    Dr. Sharon Meit Abrahams, EdD, is a legal talent development expert with 25 years of experience in success coaching for attorneys and developing high impact programs for law firms. Dr. Abrahams published three books with the American Bar Association and regularly publishes articles for Thomson Reuters and American Legal Media.   Known for engaging and educational programs, Sharon is a sought-after keynote speaker, program facilitator and law firm advisor. She gives back to the community by conducting complimentary programs for 501(c)(3) organizations.

    Educational Category: Communication & Organizational Management (CM)

    60 Minutes 

    CLM App Management Category: Organizational Development

    CLM Recertification Eligible: Yes

  • Changes to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), Loans and Forgiveness Demystified

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 02/10/2021

    With the March 31 deadline for applying for a PPP loan rapidly approaching — it could come even sooner if funds are quick to be exhausted — it’s more important than ever to determine if your business qualifies for a second-draw PPP loan and to learn about the new requirements, changes to existing loans and changes in the program. This webinar will take the guesswork out of loan forgiveness and offer concrete explanations that will help explain the changes in the process.

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    The 2021 Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA), successor to the CARES Act, has reauthorized lending under the PPP.  With the March 31 deadline for applying for a PPP loan rapidly approaching — it could come even sooner if funds are quick to be exhausted — it’s more important than ever to determine if your business qualifies for a second-draw PPP loan and to learn about the new requirements, changes to existing loans and changes in the program. This webinar will take the guesswork out of loan forgiveness and offer concrete explanations that will help explain the changes in the process. 

    Objectives: 

    • Determine if your organization qualifies for a first- or second-draw loan under the PPP. 
    • Identify what’s new in the PPP.  
    • Discover changes to the PPP.  
    • Describe total loan forgiveness and what additional expenses can be included. 
    • Identify necessary planning to prepare in advance of applying for your PPP loan. 

    Audience: Intermediate

    Kimberly A. Pendo, J.D.

    Chicago Law Partners, LLC

    Kimberly A. Pendo, JD, is  ALA’s  General Counsel. She is a Founding Member of Chicago Law Partners, LLC, where she practices not-for-profit and corporate law and serves as the firm’s Chief Operating Officer. She has an extensive business and corporate background, including broad experience in legal matters related to the banking, venture capital, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, scientific research, manufacturing and distribution, retail, and computer software industries. She has assisted numerous clients with raising venture capital, private placements of securities, complex mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, securities registration and compliance, and other commercial transactions.  

    Educational Category: Financial Management (FM) 

    60 Minutes 

    CLM App Management Category:  Financial Management 

    CLM Recertification Eligible: Yes

  • Master Class Package 2

    Product not yet rated Contains 3 Product(s)

    This package includes a recording from ALA Virtual Master Class: Critical Skills for Legal Management Success as well as 2 webinars.

    This package includes a recording from ALA Virtual Master Class: Critical Skills for Legal Management Success as well as 2 webinars.

  • Intelligence Quotient vs. Emotional Quotient: What Legal Managers Need to Know

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Having an understanding and connection to one’s emotions and how to manage emotional reactions plays a significant role in a person’s effectiveness. This presentation will increase the legal manager’s understanding of emotional intelligence (EI), what it is, how emotions define how we show up at work, and the implications of those emotions for others.

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    Keeping up with lawyers requires intense time and energy and a special kind of “intelligence.” Like our lawyers, we earn degrees and certifications, acquire and refine technical skills, and hope to be administrative and management experts. Being smart is important, but it is not all one needs to be successful and fulfilled. Having an understanding and connection to one’s emotions and how to manage emotional reactions plays a significant role in a person’s effectiveness. This presentation will increase the legal manager’s understanding of emotional intelligence (EI), what it is, how emotions define how we show up at work, and the implications of those emotions for others. 

    Objectives: 

    • Review the Emotional Quotient Inventory (EQ-i2.0), the first scientifically validated and most widely used emotional intelligence assessment in the world. 
    • Identify areas for EQ development so legal managers can immediately begin strategies to improve in those areas. 
    • Describe how legal managers can leverage strengths to maximize effectiveness in daily tasks. 
    • Discuss how emotional intelligence plays a significant role in collaboration, management, leadership effectiveness and team dynamics. 

    Level: Intermediate

    Natalie Loeb, M.S.

    Loeb Leadership

    Natalie Loeb, M.S. possesses more than 25 years of experience in talent development and executive coaching and is known as an innovative business leader and strategic partner. Loeb is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Loeb Leadership, a certified woman-owned business enterprise. Recognized as a thought leader on leadership within the legal world and regularly approached for her developed expertise by a variety of organizations, Loeb leads her firm in the creation and realization of the company vision. She helps organizations succeed by building a high-trust culture that inspires employees to change, collaborate, grow and perform at their best.

    David B. Sarnoff, Esq.

    Loeb Leadership

    David B. Sarnoff, Esq., is an Executive Coach and Leadership Trainer with Loeb Leadership. As a former attorney and experienced executive search consultant, Sarnoff is uniquely qualified to understand the mindset, demands and challenges of attorneys and legal professionals. As a litigation associate, he learned about the impact of leadership and the importance of a workplace’s culture on employee performance and motivation. As a search consultant, he coached and guided hundreds of attorneys in discovering what inspired them in their professional lives. He has worked with attorneys at all levels in a variety of practice areas, in law firms and in house. 

    Educational Category: Communications and Organizational Management  

    60 Minutes 

    CLM Application Credit: Organizational Development

    CLM Recertification Credit: Communications and Organizational Management 

  • Master Class Package 5 Full Set

    Product not yet rated Contains 12 Product(s)

    This package contains all 12 inclusions from the ALA Virtual Master Class: Critical Skills for Legal Management Success packages including conference recordings as well as 8 webinars.

    This package contains all 12 inclusions from the ALA Virtual Master Class: Critical Skills for Legal Management Success packages including conference recordings as well as 8 webinars.

  • Leadership Language

    Product not yet rated Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 12/16/2020

    Right now, we are living in an unprecedented moment in time. What leadership language will you adopt? How will your peers, professionals and people describe your approach and your intentions? Moreover, what impression did you make on them during the crisis and into the recovery period?

    As we examine our past, we are pointed to leaders who, under incredibly difficult circumstances, showed their greatest strengths: their creativity, their empathy and, most importantly, their vision. We find examples of this all throughout history. Right now, we are living in an unprecedented moment in time. What leadership language will you adopt? How will your peers, professionals and people describe your approach and your intentions? Moreover, what impression did you make on them during the crisis and into the recovery period? At the end of the webinar, you'll get a homework exercise where you'll be given a tool with which to objectively assess your people. The first five attendees who send their notes from this tool to Klymshyn will each receive a one-on-one, follow-up coaching session. Note: To receive this complimentary coaching session, you must attend the webinar live on Wednesday, December 16, at 2-3 p.m. Central and be one of the first five attendees to submit their notes to speaker John Klymshyn. 

    Objectives: 

    • Identify how to stay focused when dates and restrictions keep changing. 
    • Discover how great leaders employ language both to share ideas and to learn more about their people. 
    • Differentiate the distinction between inspiration and motivation. 
    • Illustrate why you do not need to be a "rah-rah" personality type to effectively inspire others and have them produce great work. 

    Audience: Advanced 

    60 Minutes 

    CLM® Application Credit for Functional Specialists: 1 hour in the subject area of Communications and Organizational Management (CM) towards the additional hours required of some Functional Specialists to fulfill the CLM application. 

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

    John Klymshyn

    John Klymshyn — also known to clients and fans as “Coach K” — has taught (and inspired) leaders in legal, tech, staffing, commercial real estate and other arenas since 1999. His direct coaching clients have taken on leadership roles ranging from regional to international leadership. The author of multiple books, Klymshyn speaks internationally about moving conversations forward, inspirational leadership and the power of language.

  • Master Class Package 3

    Product not yet rated Contains 3 Product(s)

    This package includes a recording from ALA Virtual Master Class: Critical Skills for Legal Management Success as well as 2 webinars.

    This package includes a recording from ALA Virtual Master Class: Critical Skills for Legal Management Success as well as 2 webinars.

  • Microsoft Teams Practical Law Firm Uses: Part 2

    Product not yet rated Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 12/02/2020

    Many firms have Microsoft 365 and Teams but don't know how to put them to practical use. In most situations, the benefits go unexplored. Learn more about the applications you have at your disposal and their practical uses in common law firm processes.

    Many firms have Microsoft 365 and Teams but don't know how to put them to practical use. In most situations, the benefits go unexplored. Learn more about the applications you have at your disposal and their practical uses in common law firm processes, including: 

    • How to use Teams to organize cases in Channels and how to securely share it to your client and others. 
    • How to use Microsoft Planner within Teams for practice specific case planning, tasks and tracking. 
    • How to use Microsoft To Do/Lists to assign and track deadlines. 

    Objectives: 

    • Discover advanced and rarely used Microsoft Teams features and applications. 
    • Examine practical application of one or more Microsoft Teams features and applications. 
    • Recognize how to apply the discovery and applications to your own firm's processes. 

    Audience Level: Intermediate-Advanced 

    Note: This is not a basic Teams training/demo. Please view the Teams Channel videos before attending. There is no programming experience required, but participants should have Microsoft 365 and/or Microsoft Teams administration abilities. It is preferred that participants be logged into the Microsoft 365 Admin Portal to follow examples, though it is not required. 

    Educational Category: Communications and Organizational Management

    60 Minutes 

    CLM Application Credit: Information Technology 

    CLM Recertification Eligible: Yes 

    SHRM Learning Format: Instructor-Led Activity 

    James Gast

    James Gast is a 20-year legal tech veteran who presents at legal community events hosted by the Cincinnati Paralegal Association, the University of Cincinnati Paralegal Studies program and the Cincinnati Bar Association. He has held certifications for Time Matters, Billing Matters, Timeslips, Amicus Attorney, PCLaw and Clio.