Section Retreat

2018 Section Retreat

April 14-16
Princeton, New Jersey

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Nassau Inn
10 Palmer Square, Princeton, N.J. 08542
(609) 921-7500

The conference rate for the hotel is $179.00 per night.

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SATURDAY, APRIL 14

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Meet at the Hotel Bar for Drinks

7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Dinner on Your Own in Princeton
(Group reservations will be arranged)


SUNDAY, APRIL 15

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Retreat Registration

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Continental Breakfast

9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
Welcome to the Retreat: Richman, Brown, Ryan
Welcome to Princeton: Schoenfeld

The focus of the retreat, and introduction of officers.

9:15 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
OVERVIEW: LEADERSHIP, THE SECTION AND THE ABA
Section Chair Steven Richman

Leadership: Collaboration for the Win “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” The Section operates as part of a larger bar association, and within the Section, the committee structure provides the basis for substantive work. Leadership begins here. How does it fit together? What should the committee officer do?

9:30 a.m. - 9:450 a.m.
CHALLENGES IN THE INDUSTRY
Section Chair-Elect Robert Brown

Among the Section’s challenges are gaining and retaining members in a difficult time for the legal industry, and bar associations in general. What changes can we make that we can implement to increase member value, stimulate law student and young lawyer members to become active and engaged in the Section and embrace new members in programming, publishing and other Section activities.

9:45 a.m. – 10:0 a.m.
UNDERSTANDING THE SECTION’S STRATEGIC PLAN
Section Vice Chair Lisa Ryan

This Section also faces challenges in terms of defining itself and maintain relevance in the ABA and the organized international bar. How does the strategic plan fit in and what should you be doing?

10:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
OPEN DISCUSSION: COMMITTEE BEST PRACTICES
Deputy Officers Deniz Tamer and Patrick Goudreau

This interactive discussion will cover what has worked and not worked for committee leaders and Division leaders. We all face the same issues and challenges. Some thought concepts:

How to Get Members to Shout Your Name and Ask for More
Treat Your Volunteers as Customers
Difficult Conversations: How to Say What “Someone” Has To
Meetings that Inspire

10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
UNDERSTANDING THE FINANCES: WHO PAYS FOR WHAT AND WHY? WHERE DOES THE MONEY COME FROM?
Budget Officer Bill Mock & Revenue Officer Marcos Rios

The ABA budgeting process for Sections has changed. The sources of sponsorship have changed. How and where the money comes from, and how you and your committees can help, is discussed.

10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Networking Break

11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
RULE OF LAW, POLICY AND CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
Publications Officer Nancy Stafford & Policy Officer Ken Rashbaum

The Section plays a role in giving voice to current policy and rule of law issues. Among other things, business ethics, ethics and corporate social responsibility are at the forefront of what we do, in addition to monitoring worldwide events as they affect lawyers, judges and the rule of law.

11:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
GAINING AND REGAINING DIVERSITY
Diversity Officer Mark Wojcik

Diversity is in the Section’s DNA. The Section runs a fellowship program, a speaker bank, and other activities that promote diversity. What should committees and Division Leaders be doing?

11:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
UNDERSTANDING THE COUNCIL ADMINISTRATION COMMITTEE AND STAFF
Section Director Leanne Pfautz

Three essential components of the Section are its council, its administration committee, and staff. How do they interrelate? Our executive director will provide the overview.

11:45 am—12:00 p.m.
Wrap Up: Chair Steven Richman, Chair-Elect Robert Brown & Vice Chair Lisa Ryan

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Lunch

Enjoy a meal with friends, both old and new, as we kick off an engaging and interactive Retreat.

2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Excursions around Princeton (Separate Ticket)
Hotel Lobby

• Princeton Historical Walking Tour
• Kayaking
• Princeton Trolley Tour
• Washington Crossing

Continue networking and making new friends in one of these exciting events. Refer to the Excursions Brochure on the Retreat website for registration instructions and details.

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Barbecue on the Lawn (Separate Ticket)


MONDAY, April 16

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
5KWalk or 10K Run

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Continental Breakfast

9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
Welcome, Chair Steven Richman, Chair-Elect Robert Brown & Vice Chair Lisa Ryan

9:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
LEADERSHIP, COMMITTEES, CONFERENCES: THE COMMON THREAD
Moderator: Chair Steven Richman

Opening Remarks: Chair-Elect Robert Brown & Vice Chair Lisa Ryan

Section Officers: Membership Officer Patrick Del Duca, Publications Officer Nancy Stafford, Policy Officer Ken Rashbaum, Programs Officer Marcy Stras & Liaison Officer Max Trujillo

This interactive discussion with the audience will cover core areas of Section activity, and integrate leadership concepts with practicality to inspire, provoke and inform. The Chair-Elect and Vice Chair will lead off with their experiences in overseeing committees and division leaders, and comment on the good and the bad: recognizing and fostering talent, dealing with difficult situations, keeping people engaged.

This will be followed by an interactive session, in which through a series of guided questions, Section officers will offer comments and insights into Liaisons, Membership, Policy, Programming and Publications.

1. Membership – Patrick Del Duca
a. Developing Committee Membership
b. Attracting Foreign Lawyers and LL.M. Students to Committee Projects

2. Policy – Ken Rashbaum
a. Resolutions
b. Drafting policy/comments on international issues

3. Programming – Marcy Stras
a. How to make your conference programs stand out
b. Getting co-sponsorship and collaborating with other ABA entities and international organizations
c. Importance of diversity to a successful program
d. Incorporating webinars, podcasts, live chat and other new media in conjunction with traditional in-person programming to enhance reach of programming and participation of members

4. Publications - Nancy Stafford - The art of taking Committee programs and teleconference topics and translating them into:
a. E-Books
b. Special interest & practice specific books
c. Articles for a Committee Newsletter or International Law News (ILN)
d. Drafting a book outline and proposal that is likely to be approved
5. Liaison Relations – Max Trujillo – Liaisons can help your committee reach out to other organizations - to gather information and to help with programming.

10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Succession and Planning for the Future
Chair Steven Richman, Chair-Elect Robert Brown & Vice Chair Lisa Ryan

To ensure the success of your Committee and the overall Section it is important to have a strong succession plan in place that identifies and fosters the next generation of leaders through mentoring, training and stretch assignments, so they are ready to take the helm when you advance or move on in the Section.

10:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Communications: Within and Without the Section
Technology Officer Caryl Ben Basat, Communications Officer David Schwartz

Part of the Section’s mission is to inform. This section features the communications and technology officers updating on Section and ABA activities, including higher logic.

11:15 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.
SOME NUTS AND BOLTS FOR RUNNING THE ONE HOUR CALL
Secretary/Operations Officer Joe Raia

This session will cover how to make the most of the one-hour call and engage members. Consider elevator speech rules, consent agendas, open discussion.

11: 30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Wrap Up Remarks/Final Thoughts
Chair Steven Richman, Chair-Elect Robert Brown & Vice Chair Lisa Ryan, Audience

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Farewell Networking Lunch

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Attendees depart for Section Annual Conference in New York