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    News from the VBA

    As you already know Teri Corsones will become your Executive Director on Monday May 16th.  Bob Paolini will remain with the VBA as Government Relations Coordinator for at least two years. But that’s not the only change here at the VBA. Jennifer Emens-Butler has stepped down as President and from the Board to replace our Director of Education and Communication Kevin Ryan. Kevin has departed the VBA to accept the position of Executive Director of the Monroe County Bar Association in Rochester, NY. Jennifer will join the Bar staff on June 16th. Michael Kennedy is president-elect.  He will serve as interim president for the remainder of Jennifer’s term.  He will assume the presidency at the annual meeting in October. Thank you for your continued support of the VBA.

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    Why Advertising Fails

    It's Not You, It's Me. "Lawyers love advertising because it's all about lawyers," says Jared Correia. The only problem is what that looks like to the rest of the world. "Lawyers have been conditioned to believe that successful marketing means broadcasting superiority," says Jared. "To a point, it's helpful to show that you're good at what you do; but continually attempting to avenge yourself as best is necessarily a losing game."

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    Social Media Facepalms

    It's just too easy to fire off a single misguided tweet before bedtime - and wake to find your ruined reputation has gone viral. "Using social media incorrectly or ineffectively can be just as damaging to your professional reputation as a disciplinary action, "says Dan Lear.

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    What Makes You Stronger?

    Resileince is the ability to bounce back - to move through stress and adversity to come out stronger than you were before, says Shawn Healy, licensed clinical psychologist with Massachusetts Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers, Inc. People are not "born resilient"; it's not a personality traint that some have and others do not. Anyone can become more resilient. Today, Shawn recommends three good places to start building yourself up.

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    Harness Their Power

    Millennials are the largest age group in the workforce. Twenty percent of laawyers are millennials, born between 1980 and 2000. And that figure is even higher for in-house lawyers. No getting around it: You are going to be working with (and for) millennials for the rest of your career. Read on for 8 practical tips to help you better connect and communicate with the under-36-year-olds in your world.

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    How Long Do We Need to Keep Closed Files?

    As a risk manager, Mark Bassingthwaighte says he's asked this question more than any other. The answer to this question isn't a simple one; but it is manageable and it begins with determining when any given file can be destroyed.

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    Finding Passion to Find Balance

    When your work is your passion, you truly feel as if you are in the client's shoes. Their wins are your wins; their losses are also your losses. And that can be exhilarating...and devastating. Today's article tackles tough questions about balancing passion with professional responsibility, and your own well-being.

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    Working from Home?

    The number of lawyers with virtual practices has more than doubled since 2011, according to thelatest statistics from the ABA's Legal Technology Survey Report. And why not? You no longer need to be tethered to a traditional office - you can work from anywhere (wearing anything). And why suffer with traffic issues when you can meet with colleagues and clients from teh comfort of your patio? But working on a virtual team also comes with challenges. Isolation, lack of trust, and miscommunication can really get you down. Read about 4 specific things you can put into place to keep things together, even when you're far apart.

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    Oh, I See What You're Saying!

    Face it, you're negotiating all the time - and not just with opposing counsel. You negotiate with your clients, your partners, your staff...even at home. You want to create a feeling of connection with the person you're communicating with and body language is one of the best ways to create that feeling. Try these three simple techniques and you'll find that you get to agreement much more easily.

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    Beware of Vanity Statistics

    A successful law firm sets hard short- and long-term goals and usses solid information to monitor and manage progress along the way. Unfortunately, some firms end up tracking numbers that have nothing to do with their actual growth. Read how to set yourself up to measure exactly what you are trying to grow.