ALPS In Brief — Episode 40: How to Have a Family and Stay Active in Your Practice

By instituting newer concepts prioritizing work-life balance like flexible hours and an in-house, certified childcare center, one firm has found a way to attract (and keep) great talent that’s often overlooked: new moms who would prefer not to work full time. ALPS Underwriting Manager Leah Gooley and Brooke Barney, a founding member of Barney & [...]

ALPS In Brief — Episode 39: It’s Okay to Hit the Pause Button on Work

A women-owned law firm in Fredericksburg, Virginia committed to accommodating family priorities into their work schedules. When a partner left the firm after her maternity leave and was asked back months later, a potential gap in her malpractice insurance coverage led the firm to ALPS Parental Leave Coverage. ALPS Underwriting Manager and new mom Leah [...]

ALPS In Brief – Episode 38: Empower Your Employees to Make Smart Security Decisions

As an organization or law firm of any size looking to build a cybersecurity plan, your first step should be training your staff — making everyone aware of cybersecurity threats and how to spot them. Mark Bassingthwaighte sits down with Erich Kron of KnowBe4: Security Awareness Training to talk cyber risks threatening your firm and [...]

ALPS In Brief – Episode 37: Don’t Mind Your Own Business

How can we make real changes within the practice of law to lessen the impact of stress on individuals in this profession? In this episode of the ALPS In Brief Podcast, Chris Newbold checks in with Dallas attorney and advocate for wellbeing, Brian Cuban, to discuss the state of lawyer wellbeing now, the lifesaving impact one lawyer [...]

ALPS In Brief – Episode 36: What Lawyers Can Learn from Living on Mars

Featured in the hit Gimlet Media podcast, ‘The Habitat,’ Dr. Tristan Bassingthwaighte, architectural designer, space researcher, and resident of NASA’s yearlong Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS) mission, sits down with his father, ALPS Risk Manager Mark Bassingthwaighte, to discuss the stress factors associated with isolated, confined, and extreme environments and how to create [...]

ALPS In Brief – Episode 35: How to Assess Risk to Your Firm? Assess yourself!

ALPS Risk Manager Mark Bassingthwaighte sits down with Matt Sims, co-founder of Standpoint Decision Support Inc. to discuss risk assessment and some new technology that is helping lawyers maximize billable hours, save time, and reduce risks to their practice. Transcript:   MARK BASSINGTHWAIGHTE: Good morning. It is a beautiful day here in Big Sky Country. [...]

ALPS In Brief – Episode 34: An ABA President’s Hope for the Future

What is the American Bar Association (ABA) doing to ensure there is a national voice for, not just the legal profession, but for vulnerable people and communities that we serve, to make sure that the Constitution is protected? As his term comes to an end, current ABA President Bob Carlson sits down with ALPS Executive [...]

ALPS In Brief – Episode 33: Responding to Violent Threats in the Workplace

Active shootings can happen anywhere, even in law firms. What can attorneys and their staff do to prepare and protect each other in these kinds of scenarios? Mark sits down with active-shooter response expert, retired U.S. army sniper, and Montana-licensed attorney Alain Burrese to discuss law firm safety tactics and active shooter protocol. Transcript:   [...]

ALPS In Brief – Episode 32: Making Your Mark

Trying to establish an advocate or mentor relationship as a woman in law? Andrea Canfield, president of the Anchorage Association of Women Lawyers and fifth-year Corporate Associate at Stoel Rives, offers advice and insights on how to successfully navigate a male-dominated practice group. Transcript: MARK B: Hello. I'm Mark Bassingthwaighte, the Risk Manager with ALPS. [...]

ALPS In Brief – Episode 31: We Have a Problem to Solve – Why Wellness at Work is a Win Win

Ready to make your health a priority in your law practice and daily worklife balance? Lauren Baptiste is partnering with ALPS for a 1-hour wellness webinar on May 15! Sign up now: "Why Making a Personal Wellness Pledge is Good for You and for Business"  We see malpractice claims result from failure to file a [...]

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