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Virtual Conference Registration & Portal Login

To register, click on the video. If you have registered, please click on the video to start the session on the day of the Virtual Conference (Wednesday, May 25).

Be a part of the future! Based on member feedback and on-demand education trends, ALA is excited to provide a pilot virtual conference experience – FREE for the 2016 Annual Conference & Expo!

As a virtual attendee, you will be able to watch and chat live during sessions from the comfort of your home or office. Three of our highly anticipated sessions on Wednesday, May 25, will be a part of this virtual event. You will also be able to interact with speakers, business partners and other attendees.

  • Virtual Conference access will be FREE to any member or nonmember.
  • The three session recordings will be FREE to those who attend Annual Conference in-person.
  • The three session recordings will be available for purchase to anyone who did not attend the conference.

If you registered to physically attend Annual Conference in Los Angeles, you will automatically have access to the virtual component. You will be emailed login credentials prior to the event.  

Purchase the video recordings:

Video recordings of the three Virtual Conference sessions will be available for purchase on Thursday, May 26. Starting Thursday, click on the same registration/login link above and it will take you back to the portal and prompt you to please purchase one of the options below to gain access. Your access to online stream the recordings will be available until May 2017.

  • On-demand Package (3) Recordings (Member): $309
  • On-demand Individual Recordings (Member): $109
  • On-demand Package (3) Recordings (Nonmember): $359
  • On-demand Individual Recordings (Nonmember ):  $129

If you have not yet attended an Annual Conference but are interested in seeing what the buzz is all about, the virtual conference is for you.

HR31: Problematic Partners: Handling Underperformance and Misbehaviors

  Sharon Abrahams 

 Dr. Sharon Abrahams   Joseph Altonji    

Wednesday, May 25  7:45 AM - 9:00 AM
Pacific Time

No matter the size, every firm has their problem partners. Call them naughty, negative or ne'er-do-wells, they are a nightmare to rehabilitate. Join this interactive session for best practices in creating a process that manages partner performance and behaviors in a way that supports partner rehabilitation and addresses performance issues in a positive and effective manner. Examine what is behind poor performance or misbehavior, how to clarify partner objectives, establish accountability and learn the keys to implementing a specific plan and timetable for managing underperformers or improving behavior.

HR31 Objectives and Credits

Objectives:

  • Identify how to use coaching and career transitioning to solve underperformance issues
  • Determine how to handle partners that behave badly through critical conversations
  • Explain how to identify when bad behavior becomes misconduct and what to do about it
  • Examine what you can't do or say when dealing with underperformers and misbehavior
  • Discuss what to document during the improvement process

Audience: Attendees at all levels will benefit from this session. No advance preparation is required.

  • 75 Minutes
  • Audience: Basic
  • Session Category: HR
  • SHRM (Format Category: Instructor-led E-Learning):
        Learning & Development (75 minutes)
  • HRCI (Format Category: Passive Learning Activity):
        General Credit (1 Credit)
  • CLM: Communication Skills (75 minutes)
  • CLE (Format Category: Participatory,
    Electronic Education)
    :

        Law Practice Management (75 minutes)

Dr. Sharon Meit Abrahams is a premier legal talent expert, with more than 25 years of experience in communication skills, management development and leadership training. Abrahams has conducted seminars for the ABA, NALP, ALI-ABA, Harvard, Yale, Northwestern and Duke Law Schools. She is a prolific writer, publishing articles and books related to professional development. Her most recent book, 100 Plus Pointers on Business Development, is published by the American Bar Association.

 

Joseph Altonji is a founding Principal of LawVision Group and has spent more than 30 years consulting to law firms and their leaders both in the United States and internationally. Prior to launching the LawVision Group, he spent 22 years with Hildebrandt Baker Robbins, and its predecessor firm, Hildebrandt International, as a strategist and senior Managing Director. Altonji is an author and frequent speaker on topics related to law firm strategy, governance, compensation and economic performance.

 

LI33: The Changing Role of the Legal Secretary

Jennifer Hill

 Jennifer Hill    

Wednesday, May 25  1:15 PM - 2:15 PM
Pacific Time

The role of the large law firm legal secretary has changed significantly over the past five years. Join this session to focus on the evolution of the legal secretary role in firms today. You'll also learn what is happening in the legal industry as a result of this evolution. We will discuss what is working and what is not, and we will examine the challenges firms are facing in implementing these changes. Bring back strategies and ideas for making the transition as easy and uncomplicated as possible to your firm.

LI33 Objectives and Credits

Objectives:

  • Examine how the evolution of the legal secretary will impact all law firms
  • Identify the pros and cons of new secretarial models
  • Determine how to overcome common obstacles when implementing new secretarial models
  • Apply new strategies for properly utilizing legal secretaries

Audience: Attendees should have a working knowledge of the legal industry. No advance preparation is required.

  • 60 Minutes
  • Audience: Intermediate
  • Session Category: LI
  • CLM: Legal Industry (60 minutes)
  • CLE (Format Category: Participatory,
    Electronic Education)
    :

        Law Practice Management (60 minutes)

Jennifer Hill began recruiting in 2003 and has recruited for top tier law firms and corporations throughout California. Since 2008, she has been interviewed on both American radio stations and the BBC, as well as appearing on FOX, NBC, ABC and various other television shows as an expert in the field of recruiting and job hunting. Additionally, she has been a featured speaker for groups such as the Los Angeles Paralegal Association, Legal Secretaries Incorporated, and the Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators, and has been invited to speak at law firms, such as Sidley Austin, Katten Muchin and Paul Hastings.

 

OM32: De-Mystifying Data Breaches and Information Security Compliance

James Harrison

 James Harrison    

Wednesday, May 25  3:00 PM - 4:15 PM
Pacific Time

Stolen confidential and personal information is the new currency of the global criminal underground. The private and sensitive information handled by attorneys makes every law firm an ideal target for data thieves and cyber-criminals. The accidental exposure or theft of your client's information can have devastating financial and other consequences to your firm, regardless of size or type of practice. Join this important session to get the basics about how data breaches happen. Learn the top 10 best practices your firm should follow to prevent a breach, and find out what you as an administrator can do to help your firm get – and stay – compliant with federal and state data privacy laws.

Note: Attendees will receive a scorecard takeaway that allows each attendee to score his/her firm on how it currently measures on the "Prevent, Protect and Preserve" compliance scale.

OM32 Objectives and Credits

Objectives:

  • Identify real world data security threats specifically related to law firms
  • Discuss what vital steps you need to take to fortify your firm and establish a plan for breach response
  • Score your firm on information and data security and breach compliance

Audience: Attendees should have at least three years of experience in the legal industry. No advanced preparation is required.

  • 75 Minutes
  • Audience: Intermediate
  • Session Category: OM
  • SHRM (Format Category: Instructor-led E-Learning):
        Risk Management (75 minutes)
  • HRCI (Format Category: Passive Learning Activity):
        General Credit (75 minutes)
  • CLM: Information Technology (75 minutes)
  • CLE (Format Category: Participatory,
    Electronic Education)
    :

        Law Practice Management (75 minutes)

James Harrison is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of INVISUS, a cyber-security and identity theft risk management company. He is the creator of the InfoSafe data breach compliance program as well as several other cyber-security and identity theft protection programs on the market today. Harrison is a leading expert in cyber-security, identity theft and data breach protection. He has trained and spoken to several major industry trade groups about critical security issues and best practices.