November-December 2014

The rise of the laptop lawyer? Senior members, lonely bowlers, and a way forward

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The rise of the laptop lawyer? Senior members, lonely bowlers, and a way forward

As the legal profession continues to age and change, how can bar associations stay relevant to members who may be practicing in different settings—and much longer—than in years past? Is it enough to set up a senior lawyers division and leave it at that? If not, what will baby boomer lawyers need and expect in the years to come? Stephen P. Gallagher shares his thoughts on a possible connection between lawyer assistance and practice management assistance programs.

The Indianapolis Bar Association knew it could do a better job of engaging its members. At the same time, many section and committee chairs were asking what else they could do, besides CLE. What evolved, after bringing in a consultant to help develop a new communications mission and plan, was a “content engine” that puts members front and center. Find out what it took to make that happen, and how it’s all working so far.

Between the changes in the legal profession and the changes within your own membership, chances are you’re feeling some “disruption”—to use a popular term. You’re not alone, according to association management consultant Shelly Alcorn. Innovation will be key to your bar association’s future, she believes—but how can you spot important trends quickly enough to implement them before they fade away?

This issue of Bar Leader focuses on ways to keep older lawyers connected with the bar. Another way to do that is to develop or enhance your bar foundation’s planned giving program so you’re ready to help your members who wish to leave a legacy. Here are some expert tips from National Conference of Bar Foundations members Lorrie Albert of the Allegheny County (Pa.) Bar Foundation and Tom Hull of the North Carolina Bar Association Foundation.

What does "gamification" mean? In a nutshell, it involves adapting online and electronic game technology for educational purposes. The Tennessee Bar Association does this in a big way with its CLE programming, and other law-related organizations use games to teach civics and other public-minded lessons. How else could this concept help a bar association or bar foundation achieve its goals?

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