Programming for Affiliate Memberships: New Twists on Old Ideas

Volume 37, Number 1


Kara Johnson is the Associate Editor of The Affiliate and an Associate with the Bismarck, North Dakota, firm of Zuger Kirmis & Smith.

Affiliates, are you sick of the same old programming ideas for your membership? Do you keep doing all the same things from previous years? Sometimes all it takes is a slightly new twist to revamp old ideas.

Networking Events

The Minnesota State Bar Association 11th District Bar Association Young Lawyer’s Section in Duluth, Minnesota, took a new look at networking ideas. Duluth is small metropolitan area in northern Minnesota on Lake Superior with a population of approximately 86,000 people. There is no law school in Duluth, so new lawyers are not always familiar with the firms and older lawyers unless they grew up in the area.

The 11th District Young Lawyers borrowed the idea of a pub crawl to set up an “office crawl.” The event took place this summer. The office crawl allowed young lawyers the opportunity to become familiar with the firms in town and their locations. It also gave young lawyers a chance to meet and network with older attorneys while enjoying some refreshments.

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