Administrator's Advantage
The Conference Issue
June 18, 2019 | Volume 3
Mary Ann Rojas is recognized with
Greater Chicago Chapter Outstanding Volunteer Award
The Greater Chicago Chapter presented Mary Ann Rojas, CLM , with the GCC Outstanding Volunteer Award at the May 23 rd Bi-Monthly Luncheon, in recognition of her amazing leadership of the Chicago CLM Study Group over many years. Recipients of this award are those individuals who have invested an extraordinary amount of time and energy on a particular project or program that has a long-lasting impact on the Chapter and its members. In March of this year, the Greater Chicago Chapter Board voted unanimously present this award to Mary Ann. A few weeks later, we all learned that the national ALA Board decided to give Mary Ann its Outstanding Association Volunteer Award , which was announced at the 2019 ALA National Conference in Grapevine, Texas, in April. Mary Ann’s commitment, efforts, and dedication in service to others is truly a model to which others should aspire!

Mary Ann developed our Chicago CLM Study Group into a robust formal program, and in 2017 expanded its reach beyond Chicago to include people from other ALA chapters who also faced steep challenges in preparing for the CLM exam. She invested an incredible amount of energy in building into an outstanding educational program with a broad, national reach!  Read More
President's Message
Cultivate Connections. 
Grow Your Career.

Welcome to a new year for the Greater Chicago Chapter! We have a lot planned for you as an ALA member, all revolving around our core member benefits of offering valuable networking opportunities, enriching educational programming and useful industry data.  All of this helps us perform better in our roles to help our individual firms succeed.

But first, thank you! – Members of the Greater Chicago Chapter and our Business Partners – and those from other chapters around the country – have been such great contacts and fountains of information for me over the course of my membership. I could not imagine my career without them and the other valuable resources we have through our membership in ALA. I am tremendously grateful and fortunate for all the support received and friendships formed. And I know I’m not alone – the relationships forged over the years in ALA are truly special. 

Take advantage of your membership – As I hope you’ve already discovered, the more you use your ALA member benefits, the more valuable they become. Attend our bi-monthly luncheons, participate in our revamped monthly Small/Mid-Sized Office educational programs, get on the list serve to ask and respond to member inquiries, and plan to join us at networking events – don’t miss our annual Summer Soiree on July 10 at the Ivy Room. Better yet, join a committee! Our chapter relies on our members’ volunteerism and commitment to the organization. This is your organization and I encourage each of you to participate in it as actively as your time permits. 

New newsletter – We are excited to bring you our new digital newsletter!  The Administrator’s Advantage has kept our Chapter and Business Partners informed and educated for over 30 years. Our new format promises to maintain that legacy while moving us forward with interactive, on demand content. We have a few other surprises in store for you this year…stay tuned!
What I Learned at the ALA National Conference:
Synopses of the Conference from Scholarship Recipients
Texas sized fun at the National Conference!

Welcome to our Incoming
2019 - 2020 Board Members!
Laura Sears, CLM, GCC ALA President
Ken Koehn, CLM, CPA, CMA Vice President, President-Elect
Mary Ann Rojas, CLM Vice President-Elect
Jose Cheesman, CLM Secretary
Hector Sierra, Treasurer
Michael Motyka, Past President, Historian
Patricia Carey, Large Firm Director
Kat Denk, Membership Director
Suzanne Florez, CLM, Special Events Director
Michelle Howe, PHR, Communications, Website Director
Barb Javorcic, CLM, Survey Director
Betsy Kopczynski, Newsletter Director
Rita Nielsen, CLM, SPHE, SHRM-CP, CLM Director
Anna Sorensen. BP Relations Director
Patricia Winter, CLM, PHR, SHRM-CP, Professional Development Director
GCC Members, CLM Study Group participants from other Chapters, and our Business Partners gather at Chill prior to the start of the 2019 Annual Conference in Grapevine, Texas.  
Did You Know?
Our Chapter was the host for the 1999 ALA Conference in Chicago
Blast from the Past!
GCC Chapter members connect in Denver at the 2000 ALA Conference.
Bi-Monthly Recap:
Business Continuity - Moving Beyond Succession
Planning with a Client-Centric Approach

By Holly Barocio and Tasneem Khokha

Recently, ALA and LMA Midwest hosted a joint program focused on business continuity best practices. Here are highlights from the presentation.

What Clients Want and What Firms Should Want
Clients are sending the SOS on succession planning. With 10,000 Baby Boomers retiring each day, clients are tackling generational changes in leadership within their own organizations. In turn, they’ve become increasingly interested in the succession plan with their law firms as well. They want to know how firms are planning for the future, and they want to have a say in the path to get there.

Furthermore, clients’ interest in these matters is driven not just by their long-term concerns about retiring relationship partners, but also by their short-term concerns about quality and continuity of service. Clients are likening the contingency planning they expect in working with outside counsel to how they plan for a cyber breach or natural disaster. In the event of the worst-case scenario—my lawyer gets hit by a bus—can we continue business as usual? Can another lawyer pick up where my relationship partner left off?

The clear answer to these client concerns is a more team-oriented approach to how law firms serve clients, and Heidi Gardner’s research provides valuable data to bolster the case for better teaming and collaboration. Gardner’s data shows that teams help to safeguard clients from seeking new counsel when an attorney leaves a firm, and that teams provide better solutions to a client’s complex business and legal problems when they work collaboratively. High-functioning teams allow clients to have access to the best experts; they allow firms to provide a macro perspective that spans practices; and they create an ease of doing business together because they share information vertically and horizontally. Plus, cohesive law firm teams are more profitable, generate more revenue, and create more opportunities for new work with existing clients.

Despite all this, firms continue to struggle with solving the succession planning problem. Why?
Tasneem Khokha
Holly Barocio
Chicago Catholic Charities
Refugees Resettlement Program   Receives Donation
Chicago Catholic Charities Refugees Resettlement Program were the recipients of a $10,000 donation , which were the net proceeds from this year’s Iron Chef Kitchen Wars Charity Event. The GRAND check was presented at the May Bi-Monthly luncheon. A big Thank You to our Members, Member Firms, Business Partners and all who attended that made this donation possible!
Welcome New Members!
Karolyn Bobo | Goldberg Kohn

Lindley French

Melanie Harrison | Amin Talati Upadhye, LLP

Celeste Herrera | K&L Gates

Ashley Kessler | Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Lori McGrath | Jones Day

Arielle Sheppard-Potts | Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila LLP

Jennifer Teran | DLA Piper LLP

Francis Zeiger | Foley & Lardner
Members on the Move:
Maria Black is now at Ogletree Deakins
Legal Levity | Your Festival Guide to Summer
2018 - 2019 Financial Audit
The audit for the Fiscal Year April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019 is now complete. Financial statements for the twelve-month period ending March 31, 2019 have been reviewed. View Certificate
Legal Levity | Starved Rock State Park

Less than two hours southwest of Chicago, on the south bank of the Illinois River, lies Starved Rock, the state’s first state park. If it were a National Park, it would be the 15th most visited in the country. So get in your car, and find your part of the park to enjoy.

The Lodge
The heart of the park is the Works Progress Administration Lodge with its great hall, rustic rooms and great flagstone porch with views of the Illinois River Valley and the Starved Rock bluff that rises 125 feet over the river. Call well in advance to get a reservation there or in one of the cabins, or at least stop by for lunch or a drink on the porch.

The Overlooks
Starting from the Lodge or from the parking lot and visitors center near the river you can hike up to one of the bluff overlooks. The tallest is the namesake Starved Rock or hike a little further east along the river to Lovers Leap or Eagle’s Bluff. As the name hints, all the bluffs are good places to see bald eagles. While you might see an eagle any time of year, they’ll often be concentrated here by the dam in mid-winter. Often an even better viewing location is across the river by the dam visitor center.

The River
Between the bluffs and continuing further east you can hike along the banks of the Illinois River. You’ll cross some of the streams that run out of the canyons, see fern filled coves, bushes with wrens, warblers, nuthatches or cedar waxwings flitting about, and look out on the river with pelicans, herons, ducks and mergansers. Listen for the Pileated, Downy or Hairy woodpeckers drilling holes in the trees hanging over the water or rising up to the bluffs. If you’re lucky, you might see deer, raccoons, fox, or beaver, or more likely muskrats, chipmunks, or rabbits.

Canyons and Waterfalls
The stars of the park, however, are the 18 canyons that generally run north to south as the streams that carved the canyons flow into the river. Starting at the east end of the park is my favorite canyon for fall and spring hikes—Illinois Canyon. It is the widest canyon with colorful verticals walls. In the spring, it is filled with bluebells and other wildflowers, and the autumn colors stand out against the tall canyon walls. Be prepared to cross the stream two or three times before you get to the end of the canyon with a large pool of water with a tiny waterfall that fills the pool.
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