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Bar associations are not generally known for enthusiastically embracing change. But many experts say the tremendous changes now affecting the legal profession are here to stay and may only intensify. How are bar leaders preparing for the future—and will it be enough?
What’s one fulfilling, yet challenging way to cap off your career as executive director? Oversee the building of a new bar headquarters. Connie R. Pruitt gives us her candid assessment of the sometimes bumpy process of building—and financing—a beautiful new home for the Hillsborough County (Fla.) Bar Association.
With so many big changes in the legal profession and in society as a whole, the future of bar associations is less than clear. But William R. Bay, chair of the ABA Standing Committee on Bar Activities and Services, is confident that bars will adapt and thrive—provided their leaders keep their eyes and ears open and make some important choices now.
Just for our online readers, here’s some bonus coverage from the ABA Bar Leadership Institute. Two bar presidents explain why they maintained an active presence on Twitter and Facebook, respectively, during their terms, and a veteran bar communicator discusses how an elected leader can minimize the risks and maximize the rewards that are possible via social media.