January 2020 Chapter News
Chapter President
Melissa Hansen




In This Issue


Immediate Past President

Vice President
Bar Liaison &
Charitable Giving



Membership Chair

Business Partner  Relations

Meetings & Education Chair

IT & Website Chair

Newsletter Chair

Happy New Year! I hope your new year is off to a great start following the busy holiday season.

We had a great turnout for the Suncoast Chapter annual Holiday Luncheon in December. As always, the Board worked to organize a fun event, and many members showed their generosity by contributing raffle prizes that resulted in our chapter providing a donation of $684 to the Academy Prep Center of Tampa. (See their thank you note below.) It is our hope that many area firms will be able to participate in an internship program with the Academy. More info to come on that soon.

As you have likely heard, we are changing venues for our 2020 luncheons. The Board searched for a location that would be easily accessible to our members and also provide parking accommodations that are less challenging. We hope you will like the new venue at Brio

Following up on past discussions regarding a CLM study group, based on the feedback provided by the membership, it was decided to begin the study group in May to prepare for the exam to be held this fall. Feel free to contact any of the Board members for more information.

Have you RSVP'd for the annual Business Partner Showcase? This is a popular event that you don't want to miss! More info below - I hope to see you there!

Melissa Hansen, Chapter President

Upcoming Events

ALA Suncoast Member of the Year
Congratulations to our Member of the Year, Daniel Peracchi!
Daniel serves on the ALA Suncoast Board as Secretary and embodies the essence of what this award stands for: leadership, dedication, commitment, professionalism and collaboration. Daniel has demonstrated exceptional support in all of these areas, and we look forward to having him continue in this role.  Thank you, Daniel!

Prior Events
October 2019
Lisa McGlynn Speaks on
#MeToo in the Work Place

November 2019
Debbie Foster Speaks on
What's Hot in Legal Technology

2019 Holiday Luncheon

The Annual Suncoast Chapter Holiday Luncheon was a huge success.  Your generosity for the raffle was a huge benefit to Academy Prep Center of Tampa. Click here for luncheon photos!

Thank you to our raffle prize donors:

Adams and Reese
The Bank of Tampa
Karen Beasley
Beytin, McLaughlin, et al
Gray Robinson
Harris Hunt & Derr
Lair Services, Inc.
Marlowe McNabb Machnik
Ramey & Kampf
Sessums Black, et al
Stichter Riedel
Suzette Welling

Mental Health Matters
Many firms are rife with stress. Ignoring the problem puts your employees and your firm at risk. 

Attorneys clock 60 to 70 hours per week, sacrificing time for themselves and their families to serve clients' needs and complete cases. They serve high-maintenance clients who command them to be on call 24/7, and do not take enough vacation time or breaks to recover. To keep up with the competition, they often have to work on multiple cases at once, as well as stay on top of the latest technology trends and best practices in the industry.
It's a lifestyle that can take its toll. A 2016 study in the Journal of Addiction Medicine of nearly 13,000 employed and licensed attorneys from 19 states revealed some startling information: Lawyers participate in "problematic drinking" at a rate that is 20.6 percent higher than other populations. About 28 percent of the lawyers reported suffering from severe depression, 23 percent said they were stressed and 19 percent said they had anxiety.
If law firm partners and legal managers want to help their lawyers who are suffering - or stop these issues from occurring in the first place - they can take the following steps: 1. Recognize the Problem; 2. Change the Culture of the Firm; 3. Garner the Support of Human Resources
For more details, please read " Mental Health Matters, " Lobell, Kylie Ora, Legal Management Magazine, Nov/Dec 2018. Copyright ©2018 Association of Legal Administrators. All Rights Reserved.  www.alanet.org

A new benefit -  complimentary for members  - the 
 are conversations with legal management experts sharing some of their latest insights on the industry.
Each one-hour webcast includes two interviews with legal industry authors who will showcase their recently published books.
* Don't forget to support our designated charities *





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