State and local bars are thriving in an era of fiscal austerity through the use of innovative ways to meet the needs of their members. They're also expanding their public education programs on such issues as bankruptcy and mortgage foreclosure.
State and local bar associations were honored at the ABA Annual Meeting for their public service and other programs. Many of the recognized programs are a good source of ideas for replication by other bars.
Present-day bar leaders and futurists alike agree that bar associations will be different, but their reason for existence-membership and public service-will remain the same.
Find out how state and local bars are helping their members decide what technologies will work for them. Some of the methods are surprisingly low tech.
How can you help members who are going through tough economic times when, as a bar, your own financial outlook isn't exactly rosy, either? Michelle A. Behnke, chair of the ABA Standing Committee on Bar Activities and Services, discusses this tricky balancing act.