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The Bridge - April 16, 2018 Print

Thank You to Our Business Partner, Adams & Martin Group

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Chapter Leadership Institute (CLI)

Chapter Leader Institute Attendance for Potential New Chapter Leader

 The CLI conference is a wonderful way to learn about chapter leadership and if you are:

 *       A potential future chapter leader (willing to consider leadership on the Executive Committee)

*       Can travel between July 19 - 21 to Denver

*       Have an interest in learning more about how chapters are run

 Please submit your name and a sentence or two on why you want to attend and send to JMurov@mofo.com.   Names will be put in a drawing at the May Board meeting on May 10th and one winner will be chosen for a Passport to CLI.

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Articles

 

Docketing Clerks Reduce The Risk Of Malpractice Claims
By Daniel W. Hager | Corporate Counsel | AHERN Insurance Brokerage

 Missing litigation and other deadlines remains one of the leading causes of claims against law firms.  Such claims become malpractice cases in which often the only disputed issues are causation and the amount of damages, since breach of the standard of care will likely be established per se by missing the deadline.  A strong, effective calendaring system is thus one of the single most essential tools for reducing the risk and expense of claims (and their impact on insurance rates). 

An important component of any effective calendar system is using a designated Docketing Clerk to oversee and run this critical component of the firm’s risk management efforts.

The benefits of using a Docketing Clerk are many:

  • It helps centralize the system, providing more consistent, regular, and accurate calendaring, as well as consistency in providing regular ticklers/reminders; 
  • It identifies the person responsible for the overall system, including tracking its correct use by everyone at the firm, that all critical calendaring data is being regularly entered and backed up, and that the latest version of the firm’s calendaring software is in use;
  • It provides an in-house expert in calendar issues and calendaring software, someone who gets regular training in the field to keep abreast of litigation and other deadlines, calendaring best practices, and calendaring technology; 
  • It provides all attorneys and staff with a go-to person for any calendar-related questions; 
  • It frees up time of attorneys and staff that would otherwise be spent in calendaring functions for which the Docketing Clerk is made responsible; 
  • It provides the firm with a person to provide regular training to attorneys and staff on calendaring generally, on the firm’s own calendar policies and procedures, and someone who can provide regular recommendations for improving the firm’s system; 
  • It is a positive risk management factor to E&O carriers evaluating the firm for malpractice coverage. Since missed deadlines so often lead to claims, carriers generally want to know details of a firm’s calendaring system. Using a Docketing Clerk to oversee and run the system is a positive indicator that the firm is serious about having the most effective system possible to reduce its risk of claims.  Strong risk management policies and procedures reduce the incidence of claims and, thus, have a positive effect on premiums.

 

A firm’s calendar system is critically important to reducing the risk of claims.  It is an extremely detail-oriented system, involving a large number of matters and every lawyer and many staff members.  Dates and deadlines are constantly changing.  It is inherently susceptible to errors that can morph into potentially serious claims.  Having a designated, trained Docketing Clerk can greatly strengthen the firm’s system by centralizing responsibility and creating an in-house expert and resource, thereby reducing exposure for the firm.

**No portion of this article is intended to constitute legal advice. Be sure to perform independent research and analysis. Any views expressed are those of the author only.

 For more information on how AHERN can assist your firm, please contact:

Kelley L. Milks, CIC, CRM, RPLU | Vice President
Email: kmilks@aherninsurance.com
Direct: (858) 514-7127
Web: AhernInsurance.com

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Diversity and Inclusion Corner

UNIFIED UNDER "COMPASSION" 

Dear Friends:

Many Ripple readers have taken my Gray Area Thinking® training and participated in “The Identity Game” where audience members stand by signs representing various personal self-identities, such as “Race” “Education” “Gender” and “Not Good Enough/Failure.”

Until recently, I’ve used only sixteen signs and a standard set of prompts that I never varied. However, within the last month, I’ve added three new signs—“Family” “Veteran” and “Compassion”—along with several new prompts including, “The Identity that I want to be known for.”

With these additions, I’m finding that game participants are flocking to “Family” for several of my standard prompts, particularly “The Identity that I struggle with the most on a day to day basis.” 

 Most remarkable (and quite unexpected) has been reactions to “The Identity that I want to be known for”: incredibly, upwards of 95% of participants make a bee-line to stand under “Compassion.” Frankly, it’s been a sight to behold with most of the room signifying that of all the identities in the room (which include such pride points as “Race” “Vocation” “Education” and the like), it is compassion for which people want to be known.

 Stop for a moment and think about this: compassion—an identity and value all wrapped up in one—is what’s unifying people in the room. Red and blue people. Young and senior-ish people. Men and women. You name it, nearly everyone in the room wants to stand under that one sign.

 And isn’t that the answer for our divided America? If we can agree on wanting to be known as compassionate humans, isn’t that the pathway through all the “crap” that we presently face?

 I certainly think so. I said as much to the 60+ people who participated in The Identity Game when I presented to the New Jersey Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators and where nearly everyone stood under “Compassion.” In return, I received a round of applause that caused my heart to swell.

We can get past all that divides us. I just know it. Along with recognizing our commonalities, we need to untether our empathetic hearts so that compassion shows up day after day, time after time, regardless of how we group and label humans.

You can do that! I can too.

ellie

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Meeting/Event Information

SECTION LEADERS ORIENTATION MEETING

April 19, 2018
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Morrison & Foerster LLP
425 Market Street, 33rd Flr.
San Francisco, CA 94105

Section Leaders Orientation Meeting

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D&I ROUND TABLE: DIVERSITY IS THE END GAME. HOW DO WE GET THERE?

April 24, 2018
11:45 AM - 1:00 PM

Mintz Levin
44 Montgomery Street, 36th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94104

For our first Diversity Round Table and Brown Bag Lunch of 2018, we will watch Verna Williams' short TED Talk - "How to overcome our biases? Walk boldly toward them" and discuss.

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EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING

April 26, 2018
11:45 AM - 1:30 PM

Morrison & Foerster LLP
425 Market Street, 33rd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105

Board Meeting

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2018 ALA VIRTUAL CONFERENCE

May 04, 2018
7:30 AM - 2:45 PM

Reed Smith, LLP
101 Second Street, Suite 1800
San Francisco, CA 94105
http://www.reedsmith.com

Not able to attend this year's ALA National Conference in Maryland? Come join us for three sessions broadcasted live from the ALA Annual Conference & Expo on Friday, May 4th.

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SF-MARIN FOOD BANK - COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS

May 08, 2018
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

SF- Marin Food Bank
900 Pennsylvania Avenue
San Francisco, CA 
https://www.sfmfoodbank.org/

Join members of the Golden Gate ALA at the SF-Marin Food Bank for a two-hour warehouse shift, sorting, inspecting and repackaging thousands of pounds of food to help feed our community.

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BUSINESS PARTNER APPRECIATION LUNCH

May 17, 2018
11:45 AM - 1:30 PM

Roy's Restaurant
575 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
https://www.roysrestaurant.com/SanFrancisco

Join us to celebrate the 2018-2019 Business Partners

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Thank You to Our Business Partners, Nelson, Element and HGA

Element Professional Staffing is one of the
premier staffing and search firms on the
West Coast in the areas of Legal,
Administrative, Finance, Marketing and Technology.
Steve Gomez (steve@elementstaffing.com) 
Phone: (415) 857-4520
Shareen Fanburg (shareen@elementstaffing.com)
Phone: (415) 215-2432
www.elementstaffing.com

 

Hammel, Green and Abrahamson, Inc.

Nationally ranked, full-service architecture, engineering and planning firm.
Andrea Tobias (atobias@hga.com
Phone: (415) 846-2804
www.hga.com

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ALA's Annual Conference May 3-6, 2018 - Registration Still Open

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Food From The Bar

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Thank You to Our Business Partners, Pathways, The Agency and Vendor Direct Solutions

The Agency provides comprehensive recruiting
services for legal organizations in Los Angeles,
Orange County, the Bay Area, and Las Vegas.
Larisa Villa
Phone: (415) 230-3800 ext. 120
www.theagencyla.net

 

VDS provides our clients with innovative approaches
to information management but we never lose sight
of the fundamental requirements of day to day service delivery.
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Phone: (415) 603-0497
www.vendordirectsolutions.com

 

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