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When a political group ran an attack ad about a gubernatorial candidate who “made money off criminals” (because he is a criminal defense attorney), the South Carolina Bar was able to launch a public information website in response almost immediately. Its secret? Advance preparation based on careful monitoring of the political climate.
Most experts now say there’s very little question that bar associations and bar leaders should be active on social media. After all, your members and other constituents have likely already looked for you there. But which platform or platforms should you focus on first, and how can you make the most of this form of communication? Jamie A. Triplin and Courtney Ward-Reichard shared some advice at the 2014 ABA Bar Leadership Institute.
Or ICYMI, as “the kids” say online. Here are a few tips, thoughts, and memorable quotes from this year’s BLI. One example: What is the “ketchup packet” problem that you can help solve at your bar association?
BLI couldn’t be as compelling an event for incoming bar leaders without generous support. Here’s a thank-you from the ABA Division for Bar Services and ABA Standing Committee on Bar Activities and Services to this year’s sponsors.
If you’ve planned more than a few bar meetings, maybe you’ve been in the unfortunate position of realizing only too late that your venue or program materials aren’t as accessible as you thought. As one recent case illustrated, a bar association’s good intentions are sometimes not enough. Here, the director of the ABA Commission on Disability Rights explains some barriers you might not have considered before—and how a new online toolkit can help you make sure that everyone’s included.
Whether it’s a CLE session, a program, a member benefit, or something else, coming up with a good name takes creativity and skill. To showcase this important craft, Bar Leader is starting a contest called One Great Name. Here are all the details.
Move or remodel? Rent or own? Those are just two of the perennial real estate questions we looked at in the last issue. In case you still have questions, here’s some additional advice, courtesy of ASAE and a commercial real estate broker with experience in the legal arena.