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SECTION STATMENTS

San Fernando Valley - Thoughts on Vision and Focus
by Scott Dressler

Thank you to the GLA ALA Board and
our members for the opportunity to serve
another term as the San Fernando Valley
Section Leader of the Chapter. The San Fernando Valley
is one of the largest regions of the chapter, made up of
many law firms, some big and some small as well as a
vast variety of practice areas. Our objective is to bring a
wide variety of education topics to the section members
that not only effect the San Fernando Valley but also
members and their firms throughout the chapter and the
Los Angeles Greater Region.

topics that focus on management styles for legal managers,
promotion by way of elevating staff and attorneys, strategic
planning, and creating positive feedback, just to name a few.
I am excited for the opportunity to expand our knowledge
and leadership on a variety of legal management topics
and to be able to collaborate with some outstanding
management professionals in our chapter. If you have ideas
for future topics you would like to see presented to the SFV
Section as well as the chapter, please don't hesitate to reach
out to me at sdressler@bg.law. n

This year the SFV Section will meet in June, September
and December as well as March of 2019. We will look at

"A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way."
- John C. Maxwell

Multi-Office - Thoughts on Vision and Focus
by Wendy Sweet

I joined the ALA over twenty years ago
and spent approximately 14 years on
the board of GLA ALA in some capacity.
I was recently asked to re-join the board as the MultiOffice Section Chair. I remember attending one of these
section meetings many years ago and was impressed,
if not a little intimidated, by the talent in the room. I was
surrounded by administrators and managers who were
seasoned in the profession of law firm administration. I
knew that I could learn a lot from them, and I did. And,
boy, did my peer network grow, which has been a key to
my personal success. I ultimately moved to a firm where I
had the opportunity to open and manage multiple offices
so, even if you do not currently manage more than one
office or work at a firm that has multiple offices, still
come to our meetings so you can share ideas with those
who do. One way or another it will be worth your while.

As for my plans for the current board year, I want to make
our meetings interactive and practical, and encourage the
exchange of knowledge and experience. After all, we have
hundreds of subject matter experts at our disposal. In our
first section meeting, we discussed the power of meditation
in the workplace to promote mindfulness and focus, which
can result in increased productivity and morale. Our second
section meeting will be held on September 20, 2018 and will
include a panel-led discussion on such topics as assigning
tasks to the appropriate resources ("right-tasking" versus
"right-sizing"), using production/hybrid-level support teams,
and creating a centralized resource center. Cathey Massey,
CEO of LawDocsXpress, will be our moderator for this timely
topic. I hope to see you there and would love to hear from
you if you have ideas for future meetings. n

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