Abe Pollack is a Co-Founder and Principal of Pollack Badawi Group (PBG), a boutique legal search firm in Washington, DC. Prior to launching PBG, Abe was the Associate Dean for Professional Development and Career Strategy at the George Washington University Law School and a Director at the Georgetown University Law Center's Office of Career Services.
He has counseled hundreds of attorneys and law students on their job searches and fostered relationships with managing partners, general counsels, and recruiting managers. Abe previously practiced M&A and securities law at two AmLaw 100 law firms. He also has served on the Board of Directors of NALP. Abe received his J.D. from The University of Texas School of Law and his B.A. from Franklin and Marshall College.
Vice Chair: Skip Horne
As Vice President for Engagement for The NALP Foundation, Skip Horne plays a key role in enhancing the Foundation’s visibility and reputation by working closely with law firms, law schools, corporations, individual donors, and research and partner organizations to expand our fundraising and membership profile.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Skip served as the Senior Assistant Dean for External Relations at Santa Clara University School of Law. He has also worked at Latham & Watkins LLP, the University of San Diego School of Law, the University of Texas School of Law, and the University of Melbourne in Australia where he completed a strategic engagement as a Careers Consultant with Trinity College. Skip has served as the President of NALP (2002-03) and the President of the National LGBT Bar Foundation (2010-12), and has been active with a number of associations including the ABA, AALS, LSAC, BALRA, and SDLRA.
Skip received his MBA from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia and his BSFS cum laude from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.
Susanne Aronowitz is a Senior Consultant with Naomi Beard & Associates, Inc., where she provides executive, leadership and outplacement coaching and consulting services for the nation’s leading law firms. In addition, she works directly with attorneys from a variety of professional settings, guiding them in navigating career transitions and finding deeper engagement in their work. She previously served as the Associate Dean for Law Career Services and Alumni Relations at Golden Gate University School of Law, where she taught as an adjunct professor and cofounder of the Law & Leadership Program.
Susanne earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan, her law degree from UC Law SF (formerly UC Hastings), is a graduate of CoachU’s Core Essentials Program and holds a Professional Certified Coach credential from the International Coaching Federation. She currently serves on the Leadership Committee of the Oregon Women Lawyers and is the current co-Vice Chair of the Lawyer/Law Student Professional Development Collaboration sub-section of NALP Professional Development Section.
Avery Blank is Counsel in the U.S. Senate focusing on artificial intelligence and a nationally recognized advocate for women. She was a Senior Contributor with Forbes. Avery acted as a Team Advisor for the first-ever Women in Law Hackathon sponsored by Bloomberg Law and hosted by Stanford Law. She worked as a Senior Law & Policy Analyst with the Center for Health and Homeland Security at the University of Maryland, devising crisis plans and advising clients. Avery received her LL.M. degree from Georgetown University Law Center and J.D. degree from the University of Maryland School of Law where she was the recipient of the National Association of Women Lawyers Outstanding Law Student Award. In 2014, she was named to the “Top 20 In Their Twenties” by the Maryland Daily Record for her professional accomplishments, civic involvement and impact of achievements. She graduated magna cum laude from Colgate University. Connect with Avery on LinkedIn and follower her on Twitter @BlankAvery.
Toccarra T. Brooks
Toccarra Brooks is the director of legal recruitment at Brown Rudnick in their Washington, D.C. office where she oversees attorney recruitment for the firm’s national and international offices. In her role, Toccarra works with firm management to devise and execute its global legal hiring strategy, which includes lateral partner and associate hiring, judicial clerkship recruitment, and the firm's summer program. Toccarra has over 10 years of experience managing two AmLaw 100 lateral partner recruiting departments.
Toccarra is an active member of the National Association for Law Placement, the National Association of Legal Search Consultants, and the Washington Area Legal Recruitment Administrators Association. As part of her involvement with WALRAA, Toccarra most recently served as the co-chair for the Diversity Committee. She has also obtained the Society for Human Resource Management Certified Professional distinction.
Georgia Emery Gray
Georgia Emery Gray is a legal career professional who has dedicated over twenty years to the recruiting and professional development of law students and lawyers.
Georgia is currently the Director of Lateral Partner Recruiting at Venable LLP. Prior to joining Venable, Georgia was the Managing Director of the Center for Professional Development and Career Strategy at George Washington University’s Law School where she served an interim role. From 1997-2020, Georgia worked for Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP where she was the Director of Attorney Development for the New York and Washington offices and the Director of Legal Personnel and Recruiting for their Washington office.
Georgia has served in many leadership roles with the National Association of Law Placement (NALP). Most notably was her term as its President from 2019-2020. Georgia has been a frequent speaker on a range of topics related to recruiting and professional development in the legal profession.
Georgia currently resides in Arlington, Virginia with her husband and 14-year-old twins (girl and boy).
Bill Henslee is a Professor of Law and founding faculty member at Florida A&M University College of Law. He teaches Copyright, Entertainment, Music Law, Sports Law, and Torts. Prior to moving to FAMU, Bill taught for twelve years at Pepperdine University School of Law. He is a member of the California Bar.
Bill has been a member of the ABA since 1984 (student member since 1981). Prior to becoming a lawyer member, he was the ABA LSD Ninth Circuit Governor and then the Chair of the Law Student Division. He has been a member of the Section on Legal Economics/Section on Law Practice Management/Law Practice Division since 1984. He was a student member prior to graduation. Over the years, Bill has chaired the Publications Board and the Education Board (Professional Development Board). In addition, he has been a member of the Finance Committee, the Nominations Committee, the Career Services Committee, the Membership Committee, the Diversity Committee, the Webzine Committee, and the Council.
In 2019, he co-authored Entertainment Law and Business with his wife, Elizabeth. In 2004, he co-authored two textbooks: Entertainment Law: Cases and Materials on Film, Television, and Music, and Cases and Materials in Theatre Law. In 2006 he co-authored the Fifth Edition of the American Bar Association publication: Non-Legal Careers for Lawyers, and in 1998, the ABA published the Second Edition of his Entertainment Law Careers. In 1997 Carolina Academic Press published Bill’s first co-authored textbook, Travel Law. His pamphlet, How To Survive The First Year of Law School, was distributed to every law student who joined the American Bar Association for years.
In 2005, Bill was a co-producer of the film: The Karaoke King. In addition, Bill was the producer and co-writer for Michael Reardon’s Climb On! Series videos: Joshua Tree and Bishop. Over the years Bill has represented numerous entertainment and sports clients. He is a retired certified contract advisor for the National Football League Players Association and the Canadian Football League Players Association.
Bill earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Hawaii, where he won the Clark Award for Creative Writing awarded to the university’s most promising writers. He received his Juris Doctorate degree from Pepperdine University School of Law. Bill was awarded his Master of Fine Arts Degree from UCLA’s Graduate School of Theatre, Film, and Television.
Allison C. Johs
Allison C. Johs, Esq., President of Legal Ease Consulting, Inc., provides marketing, social media, business development, productivity and practice management coaching and consulting services for lawyers and law firms.
After leaving her position as Administrative Partner at one of Long Island’s premier law firms in 2005, Allison started Legal Ease Consulting, Inc. to help lawyers build better law practices. A former practicing lawyer and law firm manager, Allison understands the law firm environment and the daily pressures faced by lawyers trying to manage and build their business while practicing law and successfully serving their clients.
Allison helps her clients create efficient, effective systems and operations to maximize productivity and enhance client experience. Her clients learn how to identify and attract their ideal clients, improve their client intake and selection, increase client loyalty, develop client-friendly fee structures, and increase profits. With the rise of the internet and social media, Allison recognizes that lawyers must capture attention and demonstrate their expertise online. She provides online marketing and social media services and training for lawyers to help them maximize these important opportunities.
The College of Law Practice Management inducted Allison as a Fellow in October 2018. In 2016, Allison was one of the first to receive the Outstanding Women in Law Award from Hofstra University Center for Children, Families and the Law and Long Island Business News. She was recognized by the American Bar Association’s Law Practice Division in October 2018 with the Wilkins Award for Overall Achievement in Division Publishing, and received the award for Best Column in 2019 for her Simple Steps column in Law Practice magazine. She has served as the Chair of the Division’s Book Publishing Board, on the Division’s Council, Education Board, Nominating Committee, and on the editorial boards of both Law Practice Magazine and Law Practice Today. She also serves on the Board of the Division’s Legal Technology Resource Center.
Also active in her local bar associations, Allison is the former Executive Director of the Suffolk Academy of Law, the educational arm of the Suffolk County Bar Association, served as Associate Dean of the Academy of Law, and is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Suffolk County Bar Association and past Chair of the Solo and Small Firm Committee. She has served as a member of the Nassau County Bar Association’s Nominating Committee, Chair of the Membership Committee and on the editorial board of The Nassau Lawyer.
Allison writes and lectures on marketing, social media, business development, productivity and practice management for bar associations, law schools and other legal associations, and has been a presenter at the ABA TECHSHOW, the leading legal technology conference and expo. She is the co-author, with Daniel J. Siegel, of How to Do More In Less Time: The Complete Guide to Increasing Your Productivity and Improving Your Bottom Line, and with Dennis Kennedy, of LinkedIn in One Hour for Lawyers, and Facebook in One Hour for Lawyers, all published by the American Bar Association’s Law Practice Division. Her most recent book, Make LinkedIn Work for You, A Practical Handbook for Lawyers and Other Legal Professionals, co-authored again with Dennis Kennedy, was released in October of 2019.
Allison is the author of the Legal Ease Blog at www.LegalEaseConsulting.com. Her website, Lawyer Meltdown, provides resources and information for lawyers about managing and building their practices.
Natalie Robinson Kelly
Natalie Robinson Kelly is the Director of Legal Management for the Southern Poverty Law Center. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a minor in Political Science from Spelman College and her Juris Doctorate from Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School. Prior to attending law school, she taught Law Office Management as an Adjunct Professor at Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School; and she held positions in education, commercial real estate, hospitality, and small law firm administration. Previously she served as Director of the State Bar of Georgia’s Law Practice Management Program where, in 2005, she was selected State Bar of Georgia Employee of the Year. At the State Bar serving as Georgia’s PMA (Practice Management Advisor), she conducted over 1,200 on-site management and technology consulting engagements with law firms and corporate legal departments. She co-teaches Law Practice Technology as an Adjunct Professor at Georgia State University College of Law.
Natalie was a Certified Consultant for multiple legal software applications and served on many legal technology advisory boards. She was named to the American Bar Association’s inaugural list of Women in Legal Tech; and in 2014, she chaired the ABA TECHSHOW Planning Board. She was selected as a Fastcase 50 honoree for being one of the law’s smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries, and leaders; and is a fellow and Trustee of the College of Law Practice Management. Natalie speaks frequently and has presented in over 25 states, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Canada.
Natalie is active in the Law Practice Division of the American Bar Association including having served on the Division’s Council. In 2016, Natalie won the Division’s highest publication honor, the Robert P. Wilkins Award for best feature article in the Division’s magazine, Law Practice. She continues to serve as the Chair of the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging Committee, and as a member of the Professional Development, Law Practice Today and Publishing Boards. She formerly wrote a regular column in the Georgia Bar Journal; and co-authored the blog, Georgia Practice Advisor, offering office management, ethics and technology tips and advice to legal professionals in Georgia.
Natalie is a former member of the National Association of Bar Executives and the National Bar Association. She also previously served on the Board of Georgia’s Lawyers for Equal Justice Incubator. She is currently a member of the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys and the Atlanta Bar Association.
Natalie resides in Atlanta with three daughters and their family dog. You can reach her at [email protected]; follow her on Twitter @NatalieRKelly, or link to her at https://www.linkedin.com/in/natalierkelly/.
Steve Seckler is an attorney with 25+ years of experience in coaching lawyers on marketing, career advancement, and leadership. He has helped 100's of attorney to build their practice, increase their career satisfaction, and grow their effectiveness as managers and leaders. He has devoted his own legal career to helping attorneys to advance their careers.
Steve’s clients are:
- Attorneys looking for comfortable ways to build their practices
- Associates who want to advance to partner
- Partners who want to become more effective managers and leaders
- In-house counsel looking to advance inside or outside of their company
- Partners looking for a better platform
- Attorneys looking for a better career fit inside or outside of the law
- Senior partners who are thinking about What Comes Next?
- Lawyers who want to start a practice
Steve is a regular contributor to the ABA’s GPSolo eReport. He has been the author of the blog Counsel to Counsel since 2005. C2C was twice named to the ABA Journal’s Blawg 100 (top 100 blogs by lawyers for lawyers). He hosts the Counsel to Counsel Podcast featuring interviews with leading attorneys who have done interesting things with their careers and consultants who have interesting things to say about marketing and the delivery of legal services.
Steve has been named a leading coach by the Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly Reader Rankings Award for several years (most recently Number One for Business Development Coach, Number One for Lawyer Outplacement, and Number Two for Executive Coaching.)
His coaching program, The Next Stage, is for senior lawyers who want to explore What Comes Next?
He began his post law school career developing 100’s of continuing education programs for a nationally recognized leader in CLE. He is trained in mediation and has worked with some of the pioneers in legal marketing.
Since the 1990's, he’s helped many attorneys get more clarity on what they want from their careers. He writes and speaks extensively and speaks at bar associations. He’s been quoted in Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, the Boston Business Journal, the National Law Journal and in many other publications.
Steve is an active member of the ProVisors business network. He has been involved in the Senior Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association. He’s a fellow of the Massachusetts Bar Foundation, and volunteers for a mix of community and non-profit organizations. In particular, he enjoys mentoring first generation college and law students about their careers. Previously, he served on the Boston Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Work Life Balance and as Vice Chair of the Law Practice Management Section of the Massachusetts Bar Association.
He has been a student of lawyer personalities for 30 years and enjoys helping lawyers to stop thinking like a lawyer when they are not giving legal advice.