Bar News - March 18, 2015
Bar Governance: Board Offers Feedback on Leadership Projects
By: Kristen Senz
The future of the legal profession is the focus of an invite-only symposium that participants in the NH Bar Association Leadership Academy are planning for May 11 at the NH Bar Center.
Three groups of Leadership Academy participants have selected specific challenges that they believe will be significant for lawyers and the bar association in the future and have begun researching solutions that will form the basis for their presentations at the symposium. The groups presented their ideas to the NH Bar Association Board of Governors at its Feb. 26 meeting to solicit the feedback of the board members.
One group that is focusing on technology asked board members and other meeting attendees to take a quick survey on their smartphones. The answers revealed a range in degrees of acceptance of various types of hardware and software.
Also at the meeting, the NHBA Board of Governors unanimously adopted a new strategic plan for the association. The 2014-2017 NHBA Strategic Plan highlights four goal areas for the organization and sets forth criteria that association staff and leadership can use to measure whether proposed programs or activities help fulfill the strategic goals.
A Strategic Initiative Group worked with NH Bar Association leadership and a facilitator from the ABA’s Division for Bar Services for more than a year of preparatory work that included surveying members, leadership and staff, and conducting focus groups, visioning sessions and planning meetings.
Recently, Cotton Cleveland of Mather Associates Inc. assisted the Bar Association management group and a “strategic direction” Board committee as they developed a framework to ensure the plan is used as a governance and management guide. NHBA Executive Director Jeannine McCoy noted: “This is a tool to help keep our thinking strategic and our efforts relevant; we don’t want it to end up as a bookend!”
More information on the plan, process and people who shaped it will appear in the April issue of Bar News.