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ALA Fall Conferences — Registration is Open!

Regional Legal Management Conferences

  • East (Regions 1, 2, 3)
    September 13-15, Palmer House Hilton, Chicago, IL
  • West (Regions 4, 5, 6)
    October 18-20, Hilton Austin, Austin, TX

Specialty Conferences

  • Advanced Financial Administration for Legal Management Professionals
    September 12-13, Palmer House Hilton, Chicago, IL
    October 17-18, Hilton Austin, Austin, TX
  • Law Firm Management Essentials Certificate Program
    September 12-13, Palmer House Hilton, Chicago, IL
  • Legal Lean Sigma® and Project Management White Belt Certification Course
    September 26, The Capital Hilton, Washington, DC
  • Intellectual Property Conference for Legal Professionals
    September 27-28, The Capital Hilton, Washington, DC

Register today at alanet.org/events and join your chapter for these high-caliber educational events.

The PLAA 2018 Annual Compensation Survey Process Begins

The source for the compensation survey data is YOU! We invite you to participate.

You can get the survey results at no cost other than your time to input your law firm’s compensation data. Your participation is so important to this process that we provide the survey results ONLY to those members who participate. If you have not participated in recent years, note that the input process is done online and has been streamlined to minimize the time to input your data.

The accounting firm of Kinol Sharie Leyh & Associates will manage the process for you to input your law firm’s compensation data. Kinol Sharie will compile and produce the survey results to protect the confidentiality of each participating firm and corporation.

To BEGIN the process, please send an e-mail to Mike Wasco at mwasco@kslassociates.com prior to May 15, 2018 to request a password to access the PLAA members’ section of the Kinol Sharie website. Mike will be distributing passwords on May 15, 2018 (one per law firm). You may input your data anytime between May 15, 2018 and June 15, 2018. The results will be available ONLY to those who have submitted their data by 5:00 p.m. on June 15, 2018.

We plan to have the survey results available to all participating members by July 16, 2018.

ONE MORE REASON TO PARTICIPATE: We are offering an added incentive: All members who are issued a password to input their data and who complete the input by the deadline will be entered into a raffle for an Amazon Echo Show and two (2) Amazon Echo Spots!

If you are considering participating in this year’s survey and have related questions, call or e-mail one of the PLAA Compensation Survey Committee members listed below. We will respond to your questions so that you don’t miss this year’s opportunity.

Erika Knowles, Campbell & Levine, LLC (ek@camlev.com), 412-261-0310
Patty Seward, SPHR, CLM, Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote, P.C., (pseward@dmclaw.com), 412-392-5251

For technical support questions once you get started, contact our Kinol Sharie representative, Mike Wasco.

Background on the survey:
For over 25 years, the PLAA has conducted a survey of compensation and benefits of its members’ law firms. The published survey results are an essential tool which provides benchmarks for understanding the market that is covered by the PLAA members. The categories of information have been tailored over the years to address the many questions each of us faces in trying to manage in a competitive market and it is the most relevant compensation survey available in that it includes only the law firms in the Pittsburgh region. For most of us, our Managing Partner often wants to know, “What are the other law firms doing?” If you have not seen the survey results, they include answers on the compensation and benefits for associate attorneys, law clerks, paralegals, legal secretaries, all administrative management positions and non-supervisory support positions. There is also information on average years to partnership, average salary increase, billable hours policies, many employee benefits, etc.

ALA Releases New Study Guide for the CLM Exam

ALA has just released a brand-new study guide for individuals wanting to become a CLM. In pdf format, the guide includes chapters covering financial management, human resources management, legal industry/business management and operations management. Each chapter has additional resources and practice quizzes. Special group pricing is available! Get it from the Legal Management e-Store: alanet.org/bookstore

Click here to view details about this on the ALA’s Facebook page.

Don’t forget to apply to take the test. The deadline for the May 14 exam is March 14! alanet.org/clm

CLM Update During November General Membership Meeting

CLM was the topic at the November General Membership meeting.  Janine Book, Gail Semonian, and Lynn Chiafullo spoke about the benefits of becoming a CLM, as well as the many things PLAA and ALA are doing to assist members in obtaining the designation.  The membership was reminded that PLAA would reimburse any member for the cost of the exam fee if they take and pass the CLM exam.

The new CLM Study Guide is expected to be published in the early part of 2018 and PLAA plans to purchase a few copies for PLAA members to borrow.  This will increase the library of books PLAA has available to members interested in sitting for the CLM exam.  Members should reach out to Lynn Chiafullo to reserve one of the study guides, or any of the other materials PLAA has available.

The meeting then turned to a game of CLM Family Feud.  The willing participants formed 2 teams of 5 and the competition began with various survey questions regarding the different areas of legal management that are included on the CLM exam.  The members of the winning team each won a $10 Starbucks gift card.

Learn More About ALA’s CLM Program

ALA CLM Program:
http://www.alanet.org/education/certification

Benefits of Certification

• Increased knowledge of all areas of legal administration
• Increased value to your organization

Competencies of Legal Administrators

• ALA conducts periodic practice analysis studies which identify the tasks and related knowledge, skills and abilities needed for performance in the legal management field. The latest study was done in 2012.

• Link to 65 competencies:

By order of importance:
http://www.alanet.org/docs/default-source/certification/ksabyimportance.pdf?sfvrsn=2

By subject area:
http://www.alanet.org/docs/default-source/certification/ksabysubject.pdf

CLM Resources

• ALA has a comprehensive list of study resources:
https://www.alanet.org/education/online-learning/legal-management-e-store/-in-estore/estore/products/clm-study-resources

• A new CLM study guide is in development. Subject matter experts are developing specific modules, and ALA has engaged an adult learning and certification expert to assist in completing the study guide.

• ALA eLearning courses and webinars

• Cyber Chapter has a very robust CLM study group. Access to their CLM and education materials is included in the Cyber Chapter membership. Annual membership costs $90.

• Chapter study group – ALA has created a power point presentation on how to develop a chapter study group.

• CLM Online Community group.

• CLM Certification Committee can do presentations (in person or via Webex) to chapters.

Encourage & support chapter members who are interested in the CLM. Chapters can offer scholarships to eLearning courses to study for the exam.

Save the Date!

New CLM

I am pleased to announce that Terri Wood from Dale Woodard Gent Law Firm has passed her CLM test and is now a Certified Legal Manager!  May she be an inspiration to others that may be interested to pursue this achievement as well.

Congratulations to Terri on a job well done!

Greg

Wishing a Fond Farewell to Keith Cameron!

Fellow PLAA members: My final day of employment at Houston Harbaugh will be today, June 15, 2017.  I will “do nothing” until at least the end of July, then I plan to begin doing freelance consulting in law firms. Until I begin consulting I plan to remain active in the PLAA, including continuing as the Compensation Survey Committee chairperson until the 2017 Compensation Survey report is completed in July.  In the meantime, I hope to see you at an upcoming event.  It’s too early for “farewell.”

Keith

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    The source for the compensation survey data is YOU! We invite you to participate. You can get the survey results at no cost other than your time to input your law firm’s compensation data. Your participation is so important to this process that we provide the survey results ONLY to those members who participate. If you have not participated in recent years, note that the input process is done online and has been streamlined to minimize the time to input your data.   View More

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