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Gone are the days when senior lawyers just wanted the occasional luncheon or golf outing. Retirement has a whole new meaning these days, and many senior lawyers want assistance in finding part-time opportunities or pro bono service. Above all, they want to stay connected with the bar and with the legal profession. Here's how some bar associations are reaching out to this changing-and growing-segment of their membership.
As a bar executive, should you simply carry out the plans made by your board of governors? Or should you scout out new ideas that could increase membership, member satisfaction, and revenue? At a session at the February 2007 Midyear Meeting in Miami, three entrepreneurial executive directors highlighted their successes and explained why being an innovator is worth risking the occasional failure.
Many bars participate in lobbying efforts such as ABA Day in Washington, but many others stay away from Capitol Hill. Some feel they can't lobby because of Keller, and others think it's enough to meet with legislative staff in the home district. Michelle A. Behnke, chair of the ABA Standing Committee on Bar Activities and Services, explains why it is important that you make your voice heard in Washington.