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Smart Power: Ways to Work Smarter
2009 has brought a new year, a new U.S. president, and a new set of challenges for all of us. Change is the only constant, as unprecedented economic and foreign policy challenges continually emerge, with enormous implications for business operations and the legal profession. At the same time, we are collectively realizing that to meet these challenges, we must work smarter. It’s a time for “smart power,” as we’ve been hearing in the foreign policy context, and that means doing things differently and making full use of the resources available to us.
What does smart power look like when it comes to SciTech Section membership? We can work smarter by taking full advantage of all that our Section membership has to offer:
1. Expand your connections. There is no smarter way to capitalize on your Section membership than by joining a committee (or two, or three, or four). It’s free, and you can choose from 27 substantive areas of focus. As a committee member, you receive customized information and resources based on your particular interests. You likewise strengthen your professional network and gain opportunities to forge new alliances via committee listserves and members-only projects. You also can make a meaningful contribution to special initiatives, while distinguishing yourself professionally. Section committees frequently lead the way when it comes to emerging issues in science and technology law, well before they are mainstream. Click here to learn more about ways to work smarter by joining a committee.
2. Attend a teleconference. These days, travel budgets are being slashed, and time is at a premium as leaner workforces strive to do more with less. Yet this is no time to fall behind when it comes to your professional development. Work smarter by signing up for Section-sponsored teleconferences. Section members receive substantial discounts on teleconferences as well as access to periodic free sessions on selected hot topics. Click here to register for our free-to-Section-members March 31 teleconference on “Redefining the Legal Standard for "Reasonable" Security: The Far-Reaching Impact of the New Massachusetts Regulations.”
3. Read. Working smarter means going straight to the source to get the right information right when you need it. When it comes to emerging issues at the intersection of law, science, and technology, Section publications are often the first available authoritative resources. Whether it’s privacy, security, biotechnology, scientific evidence, e-discovery, cleantech, or virtual law, the Section probably has written something on the subject. So work smarter by reading the Section publications you receive throughout the year ( The SciTech Lawyer, eMerging News, etc.), new content steadily being added to the Section and committee webpages (at www.abanet.org/scitech), and Section books (starting at $11.95, and available to members at substantial discounts; click here).
4. Enter the Section’s writing contest. The Section offers many opportunities geared to law students, including the Section’s 2009 Law Student Writing Contest. The contest, focused this year on legal/regulatory issues related to nanotechnology, is designed to encourage law students to write on subjects related to science and technology law and encourage an innovative take on the topic. The winner will receive a trip to the ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago, and the winning article may be published in The SciTech Lawyer . All submissions are due March 2, 2009, and the winner will be notified by June 1, 2009. It’s a smart way to hone your analytical skills and learn more about a hot topic. Click here .
The great scientist Albert Einstein once defined insanity as continuing to do things the same way you always have and expecting different results. Many these days feel they cannot work any harder than they already are. Results, then, especially in these times, must come from working smarter. I encourage you to find more ways to leverage your SciTech membership this year. You have the power at your fingertips to access a world of resources that can make a difference in more ways than you can imagine.
Bro is a partner at Baker & McKenzie LLP in Chicago, Illinois. She can be reached at ruth.bro@COMCAST.NET.