October 2019 Chapter News
Chapter President
Melissa Hansen




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Immediate Past President

Vice President
Bar Liaison &
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Membership Chair

Business Partner  Relations

Meetings & Education Chair

IT & Website Chair

Newsletter Chair

Do you ever feel guilty?  Do you feel like there aren't enough hours in the day to accomplish everything you need to get done?  I struggle every single day to keep the balls in the air.  Not only professionally, but personally as well.  Each ball represents an important part of my life.  My family.  My job.  My role as a friend and President of our chapter.  My time volunteering......and the list goes on.  So, how do we strike a balance without dropping a ball?  For me, the short answer is.....I don't.  Sometimes I drop a ball.....or two.  And, on a really, really bad day...maybe three!  And I feel bad about it.  Really bad sometimes.  But, that doesn't make me a failure.  It simply makes me human and I have to remind myself of this all the time.
Striking a balance is difficult at best.  Throughout the years, I've discovered that it requires compromise, sacrifice and last minute adjustments.  I have to be ready to bend and flex with the wind.  And, I've learned that I'm resilient.  Far more resilient than I ever thought I could be.  And guess what?  Sometimes I still can't strike the balance and that's okay.  I think we put way too much pressure on ourselves to be perfect.  Personally, I've found that when I stop trying to be perfect, things organically fall into place.  Most likely, the problem I couldn't solve today will still be there tomorrow, and I'll give it another go with a fresh pair of eyes and a new attitude.
At a recent ALA monthly luncheon, we had a speaker named Maggie Cook.  Maggie was born in an orphanage in Mexico and grew up in poverty.  She faced adversity her entire childhood and on into early adulthood.  At one point, she was even homeless.  Today, she's a very successful business woman and she gave us all some great advice.  She said "We can either let life control us or we can take control of our lives."  So simple and true, right!?  But...sometimes "taking control" also means "letting go."  So, don't get bogged down in the minutiae of life.  Separate the essentials from the non-essentials.  Focus on what's important and let go of the rest.  Once you do this, you can focus your time and energy on the balls that matter.  And don't worry....if one hits the ground, it's likely to bounce right back up into rotation!   After all, that's what balls do, right?

Melissa Hansen, Chapter President

Upcoming Events
ALA Suncoast Chapter Luncheon October 16, 2019
Centre Club

#MeToo in the Work Place
with  Lisa McGlynn

Lisa McGlynn is an associate in the firm's Tampa office. She represents employers in all areas of labor and employment law. She defends employers in state and federal court litigation and arbitration on a wide variety of employment-related claims, including claims arising under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Florida Civil Rights Act, and the Florida Private Whistleblower Act.

Prior Events
August 2019
Joshua Evans Speaks on
Culture of Engagement


September 2019
Magie Cook Speaks on
Mindful Success

Improve Law Firm Profitability
Through Cost Accounting
By Suzette Welling

How are changes in today's climate impacting your law firm profitability? I have seen a lot of changes in the legal industry since 1982. Technology has changed our world significantly, and law firms are slowly catching up to the rest of the business world in many areas. Gone are the days of the large offices, where every attorney has their own secretary, and the firm houses a large library full of books that must be manually updated with those supplements that would arrive on a regular basis, much to our chagrin.

As we have slowly joined the rest of the world in the ways of online research and paperless offices, we are also considering more appropriate ways to look at profitability. This is due, in part, to client demand. Clients no longer accept the idea that they will pay our firms by billable hour, with no budget or foreshadowing of what their final out-of-pocket expense may become. Technology allows for broader communication and stiffer competition, and if we want to remain competitive, we must become more efficient and readily able to consider alternative fee arrangements (AFAs) such as flat fees, risk collar agreements, etc., or at the very least, offer accurate budgets that clients can count on so that they know their worst-case scenario.

While we may have given in to the fact that we must agree to these terms in order to get the work, many firms find themselves no longer profitable as a result. Where they are falling short is in the failure to recognize that, like other businesses, they must have a cost accounting model that allows them to understand what their cost is for producing the client's product before they can agree to a sale price.

Save the Date

October 21-23, 2019
Seattle, WA

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.
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Suncoast Animal League





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