Andrew Barnes, CEO, Lantern Legal Group
Welcome to our latest ALPMA e-newsletter.
No doubt we are all in the middle of the peak financial year end and contributing to the firm budget process, preparing for the annual review season or doing your best to avoid both!
Things remain very busy at ALPMA. On a day-to-day basis we are gearing up for renewals for memberships and partnerships, settling annual L&D programs and beginning to turn our attention to Summit in a little over three months.
As you will see elsewhere in the newsletter, the Summit program is ready to roll and early bird registrations are open. It has been some years since we have been in Brisbane for Summit, we are very much looking forward to getting back there for another great few days with our ALPMA friends and colleagues.
The ALPMA Board spent two days in a retreat in early May and these turned out to be very rewarding days. We had external presentations about positioning our brand, revisiting our tech platform and the geographical opportunities with our partners in Asia. We had quite in-depth discussions to apply strategic disciplines to our ongoing operations to ensure they are modern and best-practice for a member-based Association such as ours. Such sessions raise as many questions as answers, but importantly it has given a shot of enthusiasm and resolve across the Board. With our mix of new and incumbent directors, and the promise of a further refresh at the AGM (when I step down from the President role) in November we really are buoyed by what the future holds.
The strength of our Association will always be in our member engagement and the quality of our L&D programs, and this generally culminates in a huge Summit, which has grown in numbers year-on-year. To further strengthen and protect the Association moving forward, the Board undertook to rebuild our reserves to a level which provided some comfort in the event of a disaster and to support future infrastructure investments. The Board is confident that we will have reached that level by 30 June thus ticking off a major strategic objective. This achievement, whilst maintaining our commitment to the member offering, is substantial and I thank our many board and committee volunteers and our contractors.
Thanks again for reading our newsletter and I trust the rush to 30 June treats you kindly.
Summit is best when experienced with another colleague! Together, you can cover more sessions, network with more law firms and industry leaders and develop strategies to introduce key learnings from Summit back at the office. You can register additional delegates from the same firm for just $1,050. Register now!
Has your law firm completed an innovative project or initiative over the last 12 months? If so, please set aside ten minutes to complete the simple online nomination for an ALPMA/LexisNexis Thought Leadership Award before 21 July, 2017.
The questions are straightforward, requiring text only responses. You can upload supporting documentation if required to support your nomination. Please contact Angelique Cooper, the Awards Co-ordinator, if you have any questions about the Awards.
Law firms and legal departments are encouraged to self-nominate. Suppliers who have successfully implemented innovative projects at a law firm or legal department may also nominate their client for an Award, provided the client has consented to be nominated prior to the nomination being submitted.Any kind of project or initiative undertaken by an Australasian law firm or legal department is eligible for nomination for an ALPMA/LexisNexis Thought Leadership Award as long as it meets the following criteria:
Join ALPMA in FY18!
If you have leadership or management responsibility within a law firm or legal department in Australasia, then ALPMA is for you! Now is a great time to become part of the close-knit ALPMA community. Join now as an FY18 member and we'll give you the rest of June for free!
If you are already an ALPMA member, make sure you login to the ALPMA website to renew your membership by 18 June for a chance to win a delegate pass to the 2017 ALPMA Summit.
ALPMA membership remains outstanding value for money, at $550 (including GST) for membership from 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018.
Please note that from FY18, we are introducing a simplified membership structure, creating one category of membership for all members. This change reflects our efforts over the last few years to ensure that all members (regardless of where they are based) can access our practice management seminars via the On-Demand Learning Centre, attend our online events, participate in our research program and enjoy the other benefits of membership.
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