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Dealing More Effectively with
Members of Different Generations

Tuesday, May 10 , 2016
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

The City Club
850 Euclid Avenue #200
Cleveland, OH 44114

The Association of Legal Administrators and Legal Marketing Association will be joining forces for a novel treatment of a subject that is relevant to each of us: “Dealing More Effectively with Members of Different Generations”.

What will make this event unusual for us is that it will feature very short presentations by members of both organizations, followed (time permitting) by a panel discussion.

Do you have something to contribute?  If you would like to be considered for inclusion among the presenters or as a panelist, please let us know! Welcome subjects for presentations could include any of the following:

  • Describe a program or project that you or your firm created that was successful in its approach to dealing effectively with different generations.
  • Explain a particularly helpful or interesting bit of information or research on the subject
  • Successful approaches to management, communications, and/or coaching
  • Provide a review of a recent publication on the subject that you found helpful
  • Go the opposite direction and talk about challenges that you’ve encountered and what you think you’ve learned from them
  • Be creative! Any presentation that informs the way our members see this subject are of interest for this event.

We will try to accommodate as many would-be presenters and panelists as possible, but may be forced to limit based on time or other factors.

Presentations will follow a format inspired by PechaKucha events, which are community events that feature 20 slides automatically advancing every 20 seconds – to ensure a concise and lively dissemination of information.  Our format will likely be adjusted to 15 slides because our subject matter is less visual.  We will make a final determination on format once we know what presentations are being offered.

ALA members please contact: Nicole Burnside nburnside@brouse.com | LMA members please contact: David S. Bailey dbailey@jonesday.com


Trent Boerner (2016/17 President) and the Board thanks
Jeanne Gombeda for serving as 2015/16 President. 


Doris Budin, CLM, receives recognition at the
March 2016 Cleveland Chapter meeting for her countless years serving the
Cleveland Chapter of ALA in many positions, including President,
as well as the National level. The Board is honored to make
Doris a Lifetime Member of the Cleveland Chapter as Doris retires as
Office Administrator from Taft, Stettinius & Hollister. We wish Doris well.

 Annual Holiday Member and
Business Partner Celebration

The Cleveland Chapter recognized
Stephanie Cruz (15 years) and Kyle Weigand (5 years)
for their tenure in the Cleveland Chapter.
We appreciate their service and dedication to the Chapter.


The ALA Cleveland Chapter members and Business Partners had a great time at this year's Cocktails and Connections at Merwin's Wharf.  They enjoyed cocktails and appetizers while watching the boats and ships go by under the bridges.  Everyone had a great time reconnecting.  Thanks to everyone that attended. 


Collaboration efforts between
ALA Cleveland and LMA Ohio

Collaborative efforts between the
Cleveland Association of Legal Administrators (ALA)
and the Legal Marketing Association Ohio Chapter (LMAO)
continue into the summer months.

For the last several years, the ALA Cleveland Chapter and LMA Ohio have coordinated efforts on an annual program and participated in social events and informal gatherings. The goal of the collaborative effort is to provide members of
each organization and the Ohio legal community relevant programs and
networking opportunities that add value for all participants.

Pictured right to left: ALA Cleveland Chapter President Amy Avon and
LMA Ohio board members Dorenda Swanson, Lance Godard and Mark Elliott
recently participated in a golf outing to share ideas and
foster the relationship between the two organizations.



The ALA Cleveland Chapter members and Business Partners enjoyed appetizers and cocktails on a wonderful, sunny Cleveland evening at The Greenhouse Tavern rooftop bar.


Pictured top right, (l to r) Kyle Weigand, Chapter President Amy Avon, Treasurer Marie Chomyk and Past President Kris Oliveri attended the 2014 ALA National Conference in Toronto. They enjoyed various learning sessions, vendor displays and many dinners.  The hit of the conference was the REO Speedwagon concert, compliments of the Business Partners. Everyone had a great time networking and rekindling old relationships. 


The Cleveland Chapter of ALA was joined by members of LMA for ALA’s May 2014 Law Firm Leadership Breakfast.  Sally Schmidt (right), President of Schmidt Marketing moderated a marketing panel of DOM’s from multiple sized Cleveland area law firms.  From left to right are Jonathan J. Mattson, Chief Marketing and Business Development Officer, Tucker Ellis LLP; Linda Moss, Director of Business Development, BakerHostetler; Jeanne Kostelnik, Client Services Director, Gallagher Sharp; and Thomas Smanik, Chief Marketing Officer, Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP.


The Cleveland Chapter of ALA hosted the ALA Region 1 & 3 Conference.  It was a team effort from planning to volunteering to assisting with registrations, meals, business partner sessions as well as manning the hospitality table, which was a big hit.  Conference attendees could register for a drawing for an IPad and gift cards.  Thanks to everyone for the donations to the Cleveland Socks initiative.  We filled three large moving boxes with socks for three organizations.  We collected a total of 1,320 socks—351 mens, 395 womens and 574 kids—plus an additional 54 pairs by the Cleveland Chapter. In addition, ALA donated more than $600 on behalf of the conference speakers. WE MADE CLEVELAND ROCK.


Be sure to visit our Business Partner section now for important information. 
We appreciate our Business Partners
and value the support and
expertise they provide to the Chapter as well as to our firms.



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