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What if your personal opinion differs from your bar's stated position on an issue? Can you ever tell a reporter, "Listen, I'm speaking for myself here, and not for my bar"? When you're among members only, can you loosen up and say what you really think? If you've been looking forward to your presidential year as a time to express your opinions, be sure to read this first!
Many bars have found that while it's easy enough to do a study regarding diversity in their legal community, it takes much longer to bring about any real changes. How do you keep the energy up and volunteers focused on this worthy goal? Here, bars with thriving diversity initiatives advise those whose efforts are just getting off the ground.
You think your foundation's development program is pretty successful. But how can you be sure, and is there more you could be doing? ALPS Foundation Services has developed a test that can help you determine where you are and where you need to go. In this article, the second nine of a total of 17 questions are explained.
Michelle A. Behnke, chair of the ABA Standing Committee on Bar Activities and Services, shares her thoughts on the bar president's role as spokesperson. As president of the State Bar of Wisconsin, how did she balance the need to express the bar's positions with the need to provoke discussion within the bar?