Class Action - May 2020 Print

VP of Membership's Report

Your WALA Membership
By: Kevin Lawrence, VP of Membership

During this time of increased anxiety and uncertainty, please know your Board is here to help in any way we can. The Board is working hard to ensure the benefits of membership remain stable during these uncertain times. Both the WALA and ALA websites provide a wealth of resources and information. Our educational meetings continue through virtual meetings. And as always, WALA membership provides a wealth of experience and knowledge through its newsletter, members, and business partners. Stay safe and stay healthy my friends!

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VP of Business Partner Relations' Report

Business Partner Meet ‘n Greet with WALA’s New Board of Directors
By: Sue K. Thome-John, VP of Business Partner Relations

WALA’s Diamond, Gold and Silver Level Business Partners will be “Zooming” with the new board of directors on May 14th for a virtual happy hour.  Everyone will bring their drink of choice, show off their quarantine style, and get to know one another.  After all, how often can you actually wear pajama pants to happy hour?!  Cheers!

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Management Resources

Supreme Court Restores Attorney Ghostwriting Rule for Pro Se Litigants - A must read for firms that engage in pro bono work for pro se litigants. The article discusses the history of the ghostwriting rule and recent successful petition to restore the ghostwriting rule after the legislative changes of 2018.

Potential Risks for Attorneys Resulting From COVID-19 - Discussion of risk areas concerning potential increase of malpractice claims, ongoing cases, non-approved freelance work and mental health challenges.

Working from Home? Here’s Your Cybersecurity Checklist - Great refresher of security tips: patching software, testing business continuity and disaster plans, endpoint security and user feedback and awareness.

Marketing In A Pandemic - Robert Ambrogi interview detailing the marketing efforts of McGuireWoods during COVID-19. CMO Joe Calve outlines his firm's changes and plans in response to the pandemic.  Easy listening while out on a walk!

Could Zoom jury trials become the norm during the coronavirus pandemic? - ABA article discussing the possibility of video-conferencing for jury trials and related challenges. 

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ALA's Corner

Annual Conference - Upcoming annual conference & expo.
Career Center - Jobs, articles, and resources. 
Certified Legal Management (CLM)® program - Understand the requirements and benefits of this certification. 
Committee on Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) - Explanation and outline of benefits of the Committee's efforts.
IDEA Award - Suggest ideas to WALA's leadership.
Legal Management - Review the newest content from ALA's Legal Management magazine.
Legal Marketplace - Collection of ALA's business partners.
Online Communities - Collaborate and network with your peers.
UNPACK ALA - Other news and upcoming events.
Webinars & Preconference Workshops - Educational opportunities.

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