These are challenging times for bar associations. Membership is down. Many younger lawyers are uninterested in joining voluntary bar associations. Over the next five years, the United States will begin losing more lawyers than it produces, which will in turn mean fewer potential bar association members. To adjust to this new environment and grow, it is imperative that bar associations address these sobering issues in a systematic and effective manner. The best way to survive and thrive in an uncertain future is through use of a strategic plan. This article examines why a strategic plan is essential for bar associations, discusses what kinds of impediments there are to engaging in strategic planning, and offers a model for an effective strategic planning process that focuses on tactics, rather than goals.
Mary Jo Barrett of Center for Contextual Change and David Tabak of Tabak Nonprofit Strategies explore how compassion fatigue can affect a rabbi's ability to serve his or her congregation. Based on surveys completed by rabbis and synagogue presidents, this article provides the causes of compassion fatigue and offers practical solutions to minimize its effects.