January 2018 Print

    President's Report

    I hope you are okay with a message from your past - president  because here I am again. I thought a great topic to share for the new year is our very own local list serve. This is one member benefit is so meaningful to me. My Office Managing partner always likes to know what other Jacksonville offices are doing and we often use that information to set  our bar. The following is a list of examples of requests for information  that came through our list serve in 2017.

     Does anyone have a contractor they would recommend? 

    Quick survey before a 4:00 p.m. meeting today.  If you were to take your annual Westlaw charges and divide by the number of lawyers in your firm, what would the annual cost per lawyer work out to?  This is a great 2017 reminder of our Antitrust Guidelines, which can be found on our website or on the International ALA

    My shareholders would like to know how other firms divided their payroll.  Specifically, are you a weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, or bi-monthly run for your hourly employees?  How do your employee’s seem to like it and is it manageable for you/your firm?   

    We offer four weeks off for staff for maternity leave.  Do you all mind sharing if your firm offers time in the same ballpark?

    We have reached the breaking point with our Comcast phone system and service. Who do you all use?  Are you happy with their response time?

     We are in need of an answering service. If you have a company you use and like, please forward me the business name and contact if you have one.

     I'm looking to build my resource bank, and was curious of the most reliable local courier service vendors.  Got any recommendations?

     Are any of you planning to close early on Friday?

    Has anyone made any decisions on closing offices in preparation for Hurricane Irma?

    I don't know about you but I found our membership brought me a wealth of valuable data. 

    Mary Beth Wimmer

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    Welcome New Members

    Jennifer Amoroso - Florida State College Paralegal Program

    Kimberly Balance - State's Attorney's Office

    Janeena Collins - Cole, Scott & Kissane P. A.

    Henry Farber - Jimerson & Cobb, P.A.

    Bill Hammill -  Driver, Mc Afee, Peek & Hawthrone, P. L.  

    Dawn Marie Henrich - Avera & Smith, LLP

    Matthew Salane - Rogers, Towers, .P.A.

    Jenna Neal - Gunster

    Robin Simmons - Rogers, Towers, P. A.

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    The Tipster

      Pasting Text with Track Changes 

    One of the Word features commonly used by editors is the Track Changes feature. You may have need, from time to time, to copy text from one document to another and retain the change marks in the text being copied. For instance, if the text in the source document has some words struck through and some others highlighted as inserts, you may want the text to appear the same way in the target document.

    Getting the desired results is not a matter of simply cutting and pasting. Here are the explicit steps you should follow to get the desired results:

     1. In the source document, select the text you want to copy.

    2. Make sure that Track Changes is turned off in the source document. (If you don't do this, Word assumes you want to copy the text as if all the changes in the selection were accepted.)

    3. Press Ctrl+C to copy the text to the Clipboard, or Ctrl+X to cut the text.

    4. In the target document, place the insertion point where you want the text inserted.

    5. Make sure that Track Changes is turned off in the target document.

    6. Press Ctrl+V to paste the text from the Clipboard.

    Another handy way to copy the text is to use the spike. Word users are so familiar with using the Clipboard to cut, copy, and paste information that we often forget about the spike. This is an area of Word that acts like a secondary Clipboard, with some significant differences. To use the spike to copy and paste text with Track Changes markings intact, follow these steps:

    1. In the source document, select the text you want to copy.

    2. Press Ctrl+F3. The text is cut from the document and placed on the spike. (If you wanted to copy, not cut, then immediately press Ctrl+Z to undo the cut. The selected text still remains on the spike.)

    3. In the target document, place the insertion point where you want the text inserted.

    4. Make sure that Track Changes is turned off in the target document. 

    5. Press Shift+Ctrl+F3 to clear the spike and insert the spike's text into your document.


    Submitted by Jean Pimental


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    Information Nuggets

    The Jacksonville Chapter of ALA had a top notch program year.  I hope  you made it to some of them if not all. The following is a recap of our monthly meeting programs.

    January’s topic was Form I-9 with Giselle Carson, February’s topic was Step Up CLM Exam Prep with Paula Lawson, CLM, April’s topic was Survival Tools for Law Firms with Judith Equels; May’s topic was Challenges of Current Widespread Zika Epidemic by John Jordan; June’s topic’s was Cutting Edge Leadership – Discovering What it Takes by Chad Sorenson; July’s topic was Ethics by Carla Miller; August’s topic was Financial Statement Reporting/Tax Practices by Darrell Clarkson; October was a round table and November was Managing Client Relations by Judith Equels.


    Great Job Lisa Murphy!


    By Jean Pimental

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    Special Article


    The year in review

    In May, we held our ALA Casino Night. We played blackjack and roulette with our Business Partners. The competition was fierce, everyone came ready to play and fun was had by all!  

    In August, we held our ALA Family Bonanza Event at the Baseball Grounds. We had a great turnout for the Crustacean Nation Jumbo Shrimp night. We ate, cheered and had a great time with our members and Business Partners.

    In Early September, we held our Business Partner Renewal Breakfast. Our Business Partners were treated to breakfast and we outlined our plans for the 2018-2019 year to our Business Partners.

    Also in September, we survived Hurricane Irma. Some of our members had great damage. We did have to reschedule our monthly meeting due to the storm. Things are slowly getting back to normal. This has been a learning experience for most of us and we have tried to support each other as much as possible. Something like this really makes you appreciate your ALA friends. Our members and Board are the best!

    On October 14th, we held our Annual Charity Work Day for The Hubbard House. Members and Business Partners participate in volunteering in whatever capacity that is needed. We love giving back to our community and such a worthwhile cause.

    On October 20th, we held our first Top Golf Managing Partner Event. In addition to us being able to try out our golf abilities with our managing partners, we are holding a Judges Round Table! We are super excited and can’t wait to experience this new Venue.

    On December 14th, we held our Annual Holiday Luncheon where we donate gifts to local children through our adopted charity, The Hubbard House. Also, we hold our White Elephant Gift Exchange that gets pretty exciting when you can steal other gifts!

    by Lisa Murphy

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