ALA Today: The Virtual Conference

June 25, 2020
7:45 AM to 1:15 PM
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ALA Today:
The Virtual Conference

The Attendee Experience
June 25, 2020 7:45 AM –1:15 PM PACIFIC

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The Virtual Conference is presented by the Foundation of the Association of Legal Administrators. Learn more about the Foundation’s mission and how you can help them improve the credibility and visibility of legal management.

Keynote Speaker: Danelle Umstead

Blind Professional Skier and Three-Time Paralympic Medalist. She shares her remarkable story of losing her vision, losing her mother, and discovering her life’s passion. Through skiing, she found healing, her husband, and a lifetime of high-speed adventure.

Living the Impossible

In Danelle Umstead’s session, she shares her remarkable story, delivered with powerful storytelling, touching on overcoming adversity, teamwork, communication and elite performance.


  • Illustrate how to overcome adversity.
  • Develop teamwork tactics.
  • Apply creativity and problem-solving tactics.

Concurrent Sessions

Promoting Mental Health in the Workplace
Speaker: Dr. Nance Roy, Chief Clinical Office of the Jed Foundation and Assistant Clinical Professor at the Yale School of Medicine, Dept. of Psychiatry 


  • Demonstrate the impact of emotional well-being on job performance.
  • Outline the comprehensive approach to supporting mental health in the workplace.
  • Identify concrete strategies for developing a culture of caring and compassion in the workplace considering the current pandemic.

Viral Change: The Evolution of Law Firms in a Post COVID-19 World
Speaker: Blane Prescott, Consultant and the Managing Shareholder of MesaFive, LLC, a strategy and management consulting firm


  • To understand the midterm and long-term changes that are likely to impact the legal profession.
  • To understand why these trends will accelerate now, and how law firms can adapt to them.
  • To understand the client priorities that are motivating these trends.

Leadership in the Next Normal
Speaker: Jennifer Hill, President of JHill’s Staffing Services, a Division of Marcum Search LLC


  • What did leadership mean in the 1970s, in the early 2000s and what does leadership mean now during COVID-19?
  • What makes a great leader and how to foster leadership in an organization
  • What are the biggest challenges for leaders post COVID-19?
  • What are the biggest opportunities for leaders post COVID-19?
  • How to adapt to changes as a leader and empower teams regarding mass change

Law Firm Space: Strategies for Redesigning Your Office
Speakers: Erik Hodgetts, AIA, LEED AP, Principal of IA Interior Architects; Russell Manthy, Principal, IA Interior Architects; and Mark Santiago, CMC, CPA, Consultant


  • Learn how the COVID-19 pandemic could affect the design of space in both the short and longer term.
  • Discuss how to plan for an administrative support space that can support a 6-1 or greater attorney to secretarial ratio.
  • Identify strategies to reduce space utilization by 15 to 25%
  • Discuss how meeting and teaming space is evolving in law firms.
  • Create strategies to minimize the cost of space for administrative support staff, including housing them in less costly buildings or markets.

And More!

ALA Today: The Virtual Conference

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ALA Today: The Virtual Conference