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2009 Small Bar Conference
With guest speakers Karl Emerson, Bob Harris, and Ed McMillan
June 26-27
Philadelphia Bar Assn.
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Have you reached analysis paralysis because you're too resource-constrained to truly push the envelope? Are you spinning your wheels thinking outside the box in hopes of reaching the synergy of a win-win situation?

Come to the Fourth Annual Small Bar Conference, hosted by the National Association of Bar Executives, where 'substance' is the only buzzword, 'networking' is our business and 'cost-effectiveness' is the standard. The agenda of this conference will include discussions and handout materials on:

  • Board Governance and Strategic Direction
  • IT on a shoestring
  • Member communications
  • Finance and non-dues revenue
Attendees will be executives like you - tasked with achieving the impossible on a daily basis. This year's conference will take place at the Philadelphia Bar Association in downtown Philadelphia. Plan to arrive Thursday evening. We will meet all day Friday, June 26, and conclude with lunch on Saturday, June 27.

Robert C. "Bob" Harris has 20 years experience with associations. His seminars are interactive, focused on core-knowledge and member needs. He utilizes case studies, trends and headlines board orientation, training, strategic planning, staff training and consulting. He is called the "Martha Stewart" of association management.

Ed McMillan is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Association Executive and has spent his entire career in not-for-profit financial management, having served as the Controller of the national office of Associated Builders and Contractors and as the Finance and Membership Director of the American Correctional Association. Ed now concentrates on speaking, writing and consulting on financial management topics. He has authored 5 books on not-for-profit financial management.

Karl E. Emerson serves as of counsel in the Business Department at Montgomery McCracken. Mr. Emerson provides legal counsel and advice to nonprofit organizations. Prior to joining Montgomery McCracken, Mr. Emerson served as Director of the Pennsylvania Bureau of Charitable Organizations where he was responsible for administering and enforcing Pennsylvania's charitable solicitation law. Mr. Emerson has published more than 40 articles in various state and national publications and is the author of "State Charitable Solicitation Statutes", a chapter in Civic Research Institute's Complete Guide To Nonprofit Organizations.

We have secured a block of rooms at the Doubletree Hotel, 237 South Broad Street. Our meetings will be less than one mile away at the Philadelphia Bar Association. The group rate is $155.00 plus tax. Please identify yourself as part of the NABE Small Bar Conference to receive this rate. Call 215-893-1600 or visit the Doubletree's Web site before the May 29, 2009 deadline! Reference group code NBE.

Registration is only $99, and includes meals, materials and a networking reception. The registration deadline is May 29, 2009!

NABE thanks the following sponsors for their support of the 2009 Small Bar Conference:


Affiniscape/Law Firm Merchant Account

Intus Technologies


NABE Administration & Finance Section
NABE Communications Section
NABE Information Technology Section


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