Five Organizations All Attorneys Should Know About

//Five Organizations All Attorneys Should Know About

If you are looking to further your career, a smart place to start is joining a professional organization. These organizations can help you enhance your network and find useful industry resources, and they often host valuable events and conferences. All the national organizations have local chapters that are easy to plug into and offer immediate networking opportunities. If you are looking for a place to build meaningful connections, take a look at a few big organizations that should be on your 2015 networking agenda.

  1. American Bar Association: One of the world’s largest voluntary professional organizations, the ABA is an organization helping lawyers enrich their careers. Being part of their association offers many benefits such as practice speciality groups, leadership opportunities, public service initiatives, CLE courses and discounts on brand-name products and services.
  2. Association of Corporate Counsel: The ACC serves the professional needs of in-house counsel and is the premier source for information, networking opportunities and education. There are many benefits including access to their award winning journal, education materials and member e-groups you can join.
  3. National Association of Women Lawyers: This organization serves as an educational forum and active voice for the concerns of women in the legal profession. NAWL supports and advances the interests of women in law. If you are a woman in law looking to advance and prosper in your career, consider joining NAWL’s network of professionals.
  4. National Federation of Paralegal Associations: The NFPA is an issues-driven, policy-oriented professional association with over 50 member associations across the United States. Being a member includes discounts on their annual convention rates and a subscription to their magazine. The NFPA annual convention is comprised mainly of a democratic process of discussion, and debate to address issues that local associations have raised.
  5. More specialized organizations: There are many organizations out there that are focused on specific practice areas, areas of interest or backgrounds. This website is a great starting point to find your perfect networking match.

By |December 24th, 2014|

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For years, Josh has helped lawyers become more organized, productive, and profitable. A trained litigator, Josh came to Smokeball from a large east-coast law firm where his practice focused on franchise, insurance, marine, and general litigation. His work with Smokeball, and his continued passion for what he does each day, is driven by a desire to help lawyers and their staff do better in every way. Knowing well the stress and strain put on today’s legal professional, he regularly focuses on improving work and life in the law. He has traveled the country working with and learning from lawyers and their staff. Josh speaks regularly to bar associations about successful law firm practices and other legal topics. Recent notable engagements have been with the Chicago Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, and the Missouri Bar’s Solo and Small Firm Conference. In addition to his work at Smokeball, Josh serves on the Writing Resource Center staff at The John Marshall Law School. Besides legal technology, his research interests include judicial decision-making, jury decision-making and psychology, and legal writing. He has written and overseen research exploring causal effects of sex/gender on federal appellate court decision-making, and assisted with research for a forthcoming textbook on judicial decision-making. Additionally, Josh sits on the Board of Directors of Chicago-based Community Activism Law Alliance and on the Board of Directors of Chicago Fringe Opera Company. Josh holds his J.D., cum laude, from Washington University in St. Louis, where he served as a Senior Editor of the Wash. U. Law Review, held the prestigious Thompson Coburn Research Fellowship, served as Research Assistant to then-Vice-Dean (now Chancellor) Andrew D. Martin, and clerked at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. He holds a B.A. in Political Science and a B.M. in Music Performance with Honors Scholar distinction from the University of Connecticut, making him a Huskies basketball fan through and through. Follow Josh’s activity on LinkedIn, and keep up with new articles on the Smokeball Blog.