Bar Foundations hold the Key to adding Value & Relevance to Association Memberships
Profound changes are happening in the practice of law. The number of trials is diminishing as mediation becomes more popular. As attorneys and law firms become more focused on national and international practices, bar associations are experiencing a turning point in their struggle to continue to give value and stay relevant to their member attorneys. They are always looking for ways to maintain and grow membership and provide new and better services and sources of revenue.
Being a member of the National Conference of Bar Foundations for over ten years, I have witnessed enormous growth among our bar foundations. There are more educational, pro bono and community programs, fundraisers and projects than ever before. All of these programs need volunteer attorneys!
Bar foundations are perfectly poised to bring that added value to membership and engagement in the bar and can provide opportunities to association members to help them contribute in some meaningful way to our communities. This is the very work that is being done today through our foundations! Not everyone will want to serve in the same way. Variety is important and there is no shortage of ways to help.
Here are some examples that provide value to bar members:
Bar foundations and associations need to combine efforts to build meaningful relationships with our attorney volunteers and donors, who are also for the most part, our bar association members. Here are some ideas to consider:
"Synergy" literally means increased effectiveness that results when two or more people or businesses work together. It could not be more appropriate in describing how bar associations and foundations are coming together for the greater good. Both organizations can benefit from each other and our members will be able to give back to the community in distinct ways that are right for them and produce value and relevance for our organizations.
Lorrie K. Albert, Esq