April 2020 Chapter News
Chapter President
Melissa Hansen

mhansen@shumaker.com

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"What day is it?"  Since I've been working remotely, I ask that question a lot.  I don't know what it is about working from home that blurs the dates on the calendar, but just yesterday, I was sure it was Wednesday, but it was only Tuesday.
 
March came in like a Lion and April is NOT going out like a lamb.  COVID-19 has reshaped life as we know it.  In the past 30 days, we've seen schools closed, concerts canceled, sporting events postponed, vacations canceled, cruise ships stranded, airlines grounded, and sadly, family weddings and precious memories ruined for many. State and local orders were enacted and in turn, major cities became ghost towns.
 
Law firms scrambled to make sure all could work remotely via Citrix or VPN.  Was there enough equipment for those in need?  Would the equipment be secure?  How would we monitor staff working remotely and keep them productive?  Suddenly, we were all thrown into this complex universe of figuring it out...and QUICK!
 
Now, a new "normal" has emerged and with it comes new challenges for dealing with our ever-revolving reality.  Can you imagine if this had happened 20 years ago?  Today, we are so blessed to have technology which allows us to continue servicing our clients and hopefully weather this temporary pandemic.  So, how can you make a difference and provide value to your Firm during this time?  Here are some suggestions:
  • Create solutions;
  • Enhance telecommuting policies that support alternative working environments;
  • Conduct process mapping and streamline once-inefficient practices;
  • Provide online educational and CLE content for your attorneys and staff; and
  • Design and execute a business model that's been adapted for the online environment.
While the March and April programs have been postponed, we plan to pick back up where we left off and continue to provide educational options that are relevant and important to our members and business partners.
 
I wish you all well during this unprecedented time, and we will see you soon!  Remember....wash your hands!


Melissa Hansen, Chapter President

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Stay well!
2020 Business Partner Event
Another Successful Casino Night in the Books!
Our annual casino night is a wonderful way to show our appreciation to our business partners. It is through the support of our business partners that we are able to do more for our members while keeping annual dues low, in addition to the support they show to our firms through their services. 

An event like this does not happen without the hard work and commitment of many people. A HUGE thank you to Gary Hopper for once again managing this big undertaking, as well as the many board members who lent a hand. A big thank you as well to Keith Lindquist for once again volunteering to take professional quality photos for us. To see the night's videos, click here.

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


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