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Helping at-risk youth is high on the list of priorities for new ABA President Karen Mathis, and has long been a priority for bars across the country. Be inspired as you read about the great programs being conducted by your colleagues, and about some exciting developments under way at the ABA. What can your bar do to help keep children and teens in school, out of trouble, and looking toward a bright future?
In a previous issue, legal executive coach Stephen P. Gallagher suggested that many bar associations may be working from an outmoded business model. If you would like to capture "new individuals" who are looking for direct personal involvement, what are some ways to get started? How long has it been since you looked at your mission statement? And are blogs just a passing fad, or a place where your prospects "live?"
What are some of the biggest threats to the security of your bar's network and information, and what should you be doing to ward off those threats? Which has more potential for harm: the malicious hacker or the well-meaning but careless staff member? Bar association IT professionals discuss what they're doing to keep their bars safe, and ways bars in different regions can work together in case of a disaster.
Michelle A. Behnke, the new chair of the ABA Standing Committee on Bar Activities and Services, knows firsthand how it feels to be a youth who is at risk ... and what it means to receive consistent, ongoing support. In this column, Behnke shares her success story and her hope that you will reach out to the at-risk youth in your community.