BoardLink - Your Connection to Effective Bar Governance
Issue 15 | Spring 2013
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This Quarter's Best Board Practice: Round Robins
The Standing Committee on Bar Activities and Services and the Division for Bar Services staff had the pleasure of hosting many of your bars’ leaders at the 2013 ABA Bar Leadership Institute in Chicago in March. The program gives soon-to-be presidents a forum to learn about the opportunities and challenges facing bars and the profession, and practical guidance for serving an effective presidential term.

Still, many of the ingredients of a successful presidency are determined well before leaders make it to BLI. One of the most important questions is deciding if you’re the right fit for the job. Since bar officers often come from the board member ranks, we would like to take this opportunity to encourage you to begin thinking about whether a bar presidency could be in your future. This issue's Main Motion column focuses on the key competencies that bars (and nonprofits, generally) need their leaders to possess. I encourage you to consider your own strengths and if you are up to a challenge wonderfully articulated by former ABA President Bill Paul: "to leave the bar in a better place than I found it."

As always, we appreciate your feedback.

Sincerely,

Alice A. Bruno
Chair, ABA Standing Committee on Bar Activities and Services

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