February 2018 Print

President's Report

Are you trying to fit 31 days of work into the 28 days of February?  It's hard!  Look to the ALA to help you (and your firm) operate more efficiently.  At the international level, the ALA offers numerous benefits to members, including webinars, online communities, and whitepapers.  At the Virginia Statewide Conference, you'll attend top-notch educational sessions (like the Excel session offered this year).  At the local level, the Richmond Chapter programs address a range of topics, from human resources to financial and IT issues.  And, of course, you have the opportunity to learn from our business partners and your peers at other law firms.

Don't miss the FREE Virginia Statewide Conference, March 16-17! See more details in this newsletter. 

I look forward to seeing you often in 2018!

Nancy J. Pugh

President, Richmond ALA


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Member Meeting

Meeting/Event Information

2018 March Member Meeting

March 28, 2018
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
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Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond Dining Room
701 E. Byrd Street
Richmond, VA 23219

Technology and the Business of Law: Surviving the Legal Market Disruptions that Challenge Traditional Business Models

Law firms of almost every size must change the way they conduct business or they will face serious challenges in the future. One big driver of this disruption is technology. Technology has created legal service delivery alternatives that can be qualitatively better, more efficient and costs clients less than the same services delivered from traditional firms. Given this, the questions are… Will the traditional law firm survive? If so, how must these firms reinvent themselves to counter the ways technology is changing client thinking, behavior, cost control strategies, outsourcing, matter management and billing practices? Mr. Butler’s presentation will review the current challenges facing traditional law firms, explain how improving law firm productivity using technology is imperative, review what actions firms might take to develop competitive advantages, identify which cultural and behavioral changes firm’s need to make and, lastly, speak to how firms must view the role of technology differently if they are to bring about change.

Speaker:  Frank Butler is the founder and CEO of Proxios, a company he founded in 1999. Proxios is a high-touch, people oriented service that, depending on customer needs, can take responsibility for delivering the entire range of IT functions and, where appropriate, apply proven organizational development and coaching techniques to improve the effectiveness of customer staff, so customers can realize the highest value, strategic outcomes from technology. Proxios works with clients on a national basis in many different vertical markets and has been especially successful working with small and large law firms. Prior to forming Proxios Mr. Butler was the founder and President of Information Technologies, an IT consulting company specializing in consulting and software development exclusively for the legal market. This company quickly grew and was 461 on Inc. Magazine’s list of the 500 fastest growing companies. Mr. Butler received his undergraduate degree from University of Richmond, has his Masters from the University of New Hampshire and received his Certificate in Information Systems from Virginia Commonwealth University.


Meeting Sponsor: 




$0.00 Member Ticket

$35.00 Business Partner and Guest Ticket

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Virginia Statewide Conference




Attendance at the retreat (including meals and beverages) is free for Virginia ALA members.  In addition, the Richmond ALA will pay for Friday night's lodging at The Main for Richmond ALA members!  Here's the link to register:  https://hrala.com/retreat/member/

Questions?  Contact Michael Keatts at Michael.Keatts@bowmanandbrooke.com.


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CLM Study Guide

A New Study Guide for the CLM Exam

ALA is proud and excited to announce the release of the Study Guide for the CLM Exam. The book covers various areas of interest including finance, HR, operations, and the legal industry. There are practice quizzes included for every chapter as well as resources like a “Terms You Should Know” section.


The deadline to apply for the spring exam is March 14. Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to further your career.




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