Consulting Service Program

It's our business to know bar organizations. So, whether you're thinking about doing some planning, reviewing your operations or educating your board, take advantage of the DBS Consulting Team's experience and expertise.

As members of the bar community, we have a stake in your success. As such, our support of your organization continues long after a consulting visit has ended. As new questions and challenges arise, we're always available to discuss them with you. Additionally, we can direct you to valuable resources from the Information Clearinghouse and publications such as Bar Leader that track best practices.

Please contact us for more information about the division’s consulting services.

Currently, we offer the following services:

Strategic Planning

Bar associations and foundations use strategic planning to map the organization's future direction. The planning process provides the board with an opportunity to focus on the organization's mission, and to ensure that the organization's services and programs actively serve that mission. Planning identifies core strengths, creates a common framework for volunteer and staff decision-making and energizes the board and creates momentum for change.

The Bar Services facilitator:

  • works with the organization's staff and volunteer leaders to develop commitment and support for the planning process,
  • undertakes an analysis of the internal and external environment,
  • conducts the on-site planning session,
  • provides the organization with a planning report, and
  • monitors follow-up efforts.


Sample timeline

Board Training

Bring the ABA Bar Leadership Institute to your board with a customized training session that will build your board's capacity and take it to a new level of effectiveness. Bar Services' board training sessions outline the nuts and bolts of bar governance, and builds the board's ability to work as a leadership team.

Bar Services staff will create and facilitate an engaging series of discussions on topics such as the individual and collective role of board members, fiduciary responsibility, understanding individual and group dynamics, what makes an exceptional board and board-staff relations.


Team Bios

Roseanne Lucianek
Director, ABA Division of Bar Services

Karyn Linn
Director, Outreach & Education

Jennifer Lewin
Director, Knowledge Management & Governance