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ALA Webinars

Administrator's Role as Coach in a Multi-Generational Workplace
ALA Webinar – 1 hr 30 min
Camille Grabowski
Judith A. Hissong, CLM
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
The administrator who invests the energy in this newest skill set of coaching will reap rewards in personal and professional development, a productive work force, attracting and retaining the best talent, and enhancing business processes.

Alternative Work Arrangements
ALA Webinar - 1 hr 28 min
Jean Foster, Bryan Cave, LLP
Lori A. Johnson, Bryan Cave, LLP
Wednesday, July 15, 2009

The pressure to provide alternate work arrangements for staff and attorneys is strong. But there is much more involved in setting up these arrangements than allowing someone to work from home.

Building a Better Budget
ALA Webinar - 1 hr 54 min
Richard J. Nigon CLM
Sarah K. Taylor
September 17, 2008

Review the reasons budgets are important and will provide participants with the knowledge and tools necessary to prepare better budgets. This program was designed for small to medium sized firm administrators.

Business Interruption/Disaster Recovery: Protect the Technology Part 1
ALA Webinar - 1 hr 38 min
John G. Madden III
Jeff Olejnik
June 18, 2008 

Business Interruption/Disaster Recovery: Protect the Records Part 2
ALA Webinar - 1 hr 58 min
Beth Chiaiese CRM
Pamela Hill
July 23, 2008

This Webinar focuses on issues that involve protecting and recovering a firm's records in the event of a disaster. The speakers will discuss where files are and should be stored and some best practices for storing records and files.  

COBRA Compliance Alert: Retroactive Changes, Immediate Compliance Required
KRM-Partnered Webinar - 1 hr 28 min
Paul M. Hamburger, PC
Thursday, March 26, 2009

The recent economic stimulus package signed into law includes significant changes to COBRA administration -- and provides a short deadline for employers, insurers and third-party administrators to comply. The changes will be numerous, complicated and vexing.  

Communicating Benefits to Reach & Engage Employees
ALA Webinar - 2 hrs
Alison Davis
Wednesday, June 15, 2011

In today’s information-overloaded workplace, you face the challenge of reaching employees with critical communication about pay, benefits, and other HR issues. Participate in this program to learn how to engage employees more effectively and encourage them to take action.

Conflict Resolution: Why Can’t Everybody Just Get Along?
ALA Webinar – 2 hrs
Rachel Schaming
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
The economic environment is challenging and creating stress among our employees, lawyers and staff. Learn how legal administrators can find ways to manage difficult situations and difficult people to create an environment that supports and strengthens agreement among employees.

Della Street is Retiring: Managing the Next Generation of Secretarial Services
ALA Webinar - 2 hr 14 min
Nancy Siegel
November 8, 2006

Learn about the evolving role of the legal secretary and how your firm can implement new strategies to meet the shifting paradigm for managing secretarial services.  

Down But Not Out: How to Motivate Your Employees in This Recession
KRM-Partnered Webinar - 1 hr 27 min
Lee Innocenti, founder and Principal of Performance Strategies, Ltd.
Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Employees are being asked to do more with less in the face of work hour reductions, pay cuts, or layoffs. How do you help your employees remain productive and your managers focused on growing your business? Learn how to respond quickly to declining motivation and plummeting morale with tips from Lee Innocenti, founder and Principal of Performance Strategies, Ltd. 

Electronic Records Management: How to Manage Your ESI in the 21st Century
ALA Webinar - 1 hr 30 min
Dana C. Moore
Wednesday, September 15, 2010

With the explosion of electronic communications - social media sites, twitter, regular "old" e-mail - managing the law firms' electronic records is becoming a significant challenge. If you can begin to address the issues surrounding ESI, you can start to build some processes to more effectively manage ESI in your firm.

Email Management: Strategies for Digging Out of the Email Bog
ALA Webinar - 1 hr 25 min
Honora Wade, Perkins Coie LLP
Rita Alli, Stoel Rivers LLP
Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Explore good practices and technology features designed to enhance your productivity - not bog it down. Learn to identify and prioritize your e-mail with some simple but highly effective tools.  

Employment Law Update
ALA Webinar
February 20, 2008

Ethics in the Wireless World
ALA Webinar - 1 hr
Michael P. Downey, J.D.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Internet communications have opened up an effective and efficient channel for communications – with clients, other attorneys, staff and friends. But with this efficiency come significant risks, including inadvertent breaches of confidentiality, lost e-mail devices, unethical website advertising, social networking and more. Learn to identify the risks and the steps you need to take to protect your firm, and take away ideas for developing your own ethics programs.

Finance for the Non-Financial Administrator
ALA Webinar - 1 hr
Stephen M. Peterson
Wednesday, July 20, 2011

This program will provide you with a basic understanding of the significant drivers of law firm finance and profitability. In addition, the speaker will review key financial statements and how these statements are linked to each other.

Focus on Profitability: Advanced Ratio & Budget Analysis
ALA Webinar - 1 hr 00 min
Richard J. Nigon, CLM
Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Your firm budget is most effective when it is directly tied to business goals, yet fewer than 41% of the organizations surveyed indicated their budgets were tightly aligned. In this program, the speaker will cover a range of advanced budgeting techniques and analytical tools for the experienced legal administrator.

Green Law Firms: Building a Sustainable Future
ALA Webinar - 1 hr 43 min
John S. Kirk CLM
Regina Maciula CLM, SPHR
April 23, 2008

Corporate America is becoming heavily committed to "Going Green," one of the fastest developing trends in the U.S. Learn about the ABA-EPA Law Office Climate Challenge Program and the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED Rating System, and look at strategies to enhance worker productivity, reduce absenteeism, and lower energy and supply costs.  

Health Care Reform: What’s Happening?
ALA Webinar – 1 hr
Peter J. Wertsching
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
There are far-reaching changes to our national health care system with the new health care law that impacts – in some ways significantly – employers and their employees. Join this program for an update on the current health-care reform landscape and its impact on employers.

Help Associates Hit the Ground Running: Create and Orientation Program that Fits Your Firm
ALA Webinar - 1 hr 47 min
Sharon M. Abrahams
Jacqueline G. Meyer
August 15, 2007

Help your new lawyers reach their full potential and the firm achieve its strategic business goals by getting associates off to the right start. Legal administrators are more involved in associate orientation than ever before.  

How the New Health Care Law Will Affect Your Business
KRM-Parnered Webinar - 1 hr 29 min
Kenneth L. Sperling, Global Health Management Leader
Frank McArdle, Director of Washington Research
Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The health-care reform bill has made history. But how will this landmark bill affect you and your business? Get the facts and find out exactly how your business will be affected; what you need to do today; the timeline for compliance in the future and what challenges your company may face down the road.  

Integrating Laterals: Get Those New Partners & Associates Up to Speed
ALA Webinar - 1 hr 53 min
Susan G. Manch
June 20, 2007

Learn how to develop a roadmap with ideas, approaches and alternatives - and pitfalls to avoid - in exercising administrative leadership in the vital role of successfully integrating lateral hires.  

IPlanning the Orderly Succession of Lawyer Managers and Administrators
ALA Webinar - 2 hr 1 min
June 20, 2007 

The Keys to Develop and Implement the Firm's Dreaded Strategic Plan
ALA Webinar - 1 hr 28 min
John Remsen Jr.
Wednesday, June 16, 2010

The evidence is clear. Law firms that develop and implement thoughtful strategic plans outperform those that do not. Over time, they become more cohesive, more profitable and more sustainable institutions. Find the keys to develop and implement a successful strategic plan at you law firm.  

Law Firm Innovation: Will You Lead or Follow?
ALA Webinar - 1 hr 21 min
Gary Mitchell, Managing Director GEM Communications
Catherine Mitchell, One Voice Productions Inc.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010

If you understand that the legal industry is in transformation, if you "get" that your clients are looking for innovation in the way they receive legal services, if you want to take your practice, group or firm to the next level, if you have the courage to consider new options and try new techniques, then this session is for you. Examine the legal horizon and identify and discuss three things you and your firm should be doing now if you want to secure a leadership role in your markets.  

Law Firm Profitability Enhancement--2010
ALA Webinar - 3 hr 30 min
Richard B. Turnbow
Wednesday, August 18, 2010

It's more important than ever to control costs, target your firm's financial strengths and increase profitability. Join this program to acquire a solid understanding of how to confidently determine the most profitable pricing and staffing arrangement. (3 ½ hour program)

Lead Your Office to Become an Extraordinary Place to Work
ALA Webinar - 1 hr 48 min
Cathy Benton
Lynn Carroll
October 17, 2007

Discover ways to transform you office into a remarkable workplace, delivering not only superior client service but also satisfaction for each and every person who is part of that effort.  

Leasing: The Fine Print Implications
ALA Webinar – 1 hr
Mary A. Redmond
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Equipment leasing can have a significant impact on the firm’s finances if the leases are negotiated aggressively. Join this program to examine the fine print in lease contracts and the reasons firms deliberate over the lease vs. buy decision for office and technology equipment.

Lockstep to Levels After the Dust Settled – Unlocked, Unloaded, Successful?
ALA Webinar – 1 hr
Terri Mottershead
Laura Saklad
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
In this program, two industry leaders will discuss the different types of emerging compensation models, why there is not a “one size fits all” approach, how these models are intricately connected to the broader issues of talent management, and conclude with some best practices to support and guide your decision about whether or not your firm should make the move from lockstep to levels.

Managing the "Crowd"-Four Generations in the Law Firm
ALA Webinar - 1 hr 42 min
Paul Nailon Esq.
December 12, 2007

Different values, beliefs and attitudes based on when we were born, plus the cohort events in the world at that time, shape us. What steps can you take, and processes can you create that will help employees understand each other and function as a collegial and effective team.  

Protect Your Firm from Unintentional-Possible Ethical-Billing Practices
ALA Webinar - 2 hr 9 min
April 18, 2007  

Records Management-Finding the Needle in the Haystack and Why it's Important
ALA Webinar - 1 hr 49 min
Dana C. Moore
Wednesday, August 19, 2009

The ability to identify, organize, maintain and access needed information and properly dispose of the rest pays off in cost savings, efficiency, regulatory compliance and reduced litigation risk. This session provided some tips and strategies for storing and maintaining those all-important records.  

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Early Succession Planning
ALA Webinar - 1 hr 34 min
March 19, 2008  

Reinvigorate a Complacent Workforce
KRM-Partnered Webinar - 1 hr 28 min
Morey Stettner
December 4, 2007  

Safe Stress!
ALA Webinar - 1 hr
Judith A. Hissong, CLM
Wednesday, November 16, 2011

This program will explore how successful administrators manage stress in times of change. Discover tools to identify the factors that cause stress and effective coping mechanisms.

The Social Networking Revolution
ALA Webinar - 1 hr 30 min
Ross Fishman
Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Should law firms really be on Facebook? How should law firms use LinkedIn? Should we have a podcast or Wikipedia listing? Isn't Twitter completely … ridiculous? Why should every ALA member have a personal Google Profile? Learn the various Web 2.0 and social networking services and explore ways to manage them in the best interests of your firm.

Speaking of Confidence: An ALA Toolbox
ALA Webinar - 2 hr
Melissa Lewis
David Siler
August 21, 2008  

Stepping Out of the Rubble: Developing a Disaster Recovery Plan that Works
ALA Webinar - 1 hr 27 min
A. Ray Lightell CLM, CPA
Kathryn N. Scourby, Business Continuity Manager, Hunter & Williams LLP
Wednesday, October 21, 2009

In this session, the presenter provided an in-depth look at disaster planning, starting with proper funding, buy-in from the top, and the priorities.  

Strengthen Your Bottom Line with a Well-Built Budget
ALA Webinar - 1 hr 30 min
Stepehn P. Odum, CFO Bricker & Eckler LLP
Sarah K. Taylor, Director of Finance Maslon Edelman Borman & Brand LLP
Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Learn how to build a budget-from the ground up-that can be used as a planning tool and a way to gently force policy decisions. Focus on how to use the budget to identify key information to manage cash flow and analyze how to strengthen the bottom line through increasing revenue rather than cutting costs.  

Technology Update: Where are We Going?
ALA Webinar - 2 hr 4 min
January 16, 2008  

Why Can't Everybody Just Get Along?
ALA Webinar - 1 hr 48 min
Rachel Schaming
March 14, 2007

How do you handle inter-employee disputes - not out and out conflict? Maybe it's just personality differences but you know employees have to work together for the good of the firm. They need to act professionally without the rest of the office knowing there may troubled waters between them.

The Writing Wheel
ALA Webinar – 2 hrs
Elizabeth Strauss Carson, Ph.D.
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Among the many tasks of a legal administrator, you must be able to produce well-written communications quickly and creatively. Join this Webinar to discover the four-stage planning and drafting process that has been successful from classrooms to law offices.

Your Firm's Risk Insurance Needs
ALA Webinar - 1 hr
Jennifer A. Ritman
Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Managing your firm’s risk management, including liability coverage and the mechanics of reporting requirements, is intertwined with creating and strengthening your firm’s ethical culture. Knowing the in’s and out’s of your professional liability policies will help you reduce exposure to claims.