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A key topic at the 2015 Midyear Meeting of the National Conference of Bar Presidents, National Association of Bar Executives, and National Conference of Bar Foundations was the future, and what lawyers and bar associations should do next. Bar Leader lets you in on that discussion—and we want to know what you think, too.
In a somewhat challenging plenary session at the 2015 Midyear Meeting, a panel addressed NCBP members regarding the possible gap between traditional legal service models and what consumers want, factors that may be hindering necessary innovation, and a few other matters that some say the profession must discuss now.
President Hubbard visited the NCBP plenary to give updates from the ABA Commission on the Future of Legal Services and to encourage bar leaders to discuss, accept, and embrace what he called “the world as it exists” during “a critical time in the life of the legal profession and the justice system in America.”
Those interested in the discussion of the future of the profession might wish to read The Relevant Lawyer—Reimagining the Future of the Legal Profession, to be published by the ABA in May 2015. One chapter, previewed here, brings in bar leaders, speakers at BLI, Annual, and Midyear, and other experts to address how bar associations can stay relevant, too.
Are the seismic, “disruptive” changes that some predict for the legal profession inevitable—or already here? Absolutely not, says Will Hornsby, staff counsel to the ABA Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services. There’s no question that some things do need to change, he says—but the tools for a bright future are already in place, and “Main Street lawyers” need help from their bar associations in order to use them well.
Key to any future for bar associations is attracting and engaging the newest generation of lawyers. At the 2015 Midyear Meeting of the National Association of Bar Executives, several panelists, some of them Millennials themselves, shared their ideas on how to fully welcome the newest lawyers into the bar association family.
Are you an incoming bar president seeking ideas for blog posts or president’s pages—or tips on how to address difficult but important topics? A recent blog post by Jeff R. Hawkins, president of the Indiana State Bar Association, offers an excellent example on the subject of lawyers' mental health.
With the size of a typical whiteboard, plus connectivity, a smart board could be a great addition to your bar’s conference room. But there’s no question that it's a big investment. Here’s why some bars love smart boards, and why others have decided to pass on them for now.