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The Bridge - July 9, 2018 Print

President's Message

Message from the President

Jennifer Murov

Recently, I was able to participate in a wonderful tradition where past presidents come together over a lunch or a tea and welcome the new president.  Our immediate past president, Annie Lathram, planned a lovely lunch for me where I got to meet some wonderful people and hear about the fabulous things many of them are doing in retirement. 

During the lunch, Annie and I learned from past president, Ilene Sagal about the health struggles of Betsy Glover, a past president who had a large presence in our Chapter and was recently at our 40th Anniversary event back in November. We learned that late last year Betsy had lung cancer which has been treated with radiation and chemotherapy.  Although there doesn’t appear to be any cancer at this time, this particular form of lung cancer releases antibodies into the blood stream that cause ataxia.  The result is double vision, slurred speech, and weakness in the hands and legs.  Therefore, Betsy is currently unable to live independently and is residing in a facility that can take care of her daily needs.  The Chapter is going to make a donation in Betsy’s honor to one of her favorite organizations, the Fromm Institute.  If you would like to send a note to Betsy, you may do so through her sister at the following address: Betsy Glover, c/o Sally McNulty, 45 Normandie Terrace, San Francisco, CA 94115. 

I asked both Suzanne Lawler and Matt Ogden to write some of their favorite memories of Betsy since they have both worked with her and know her well.  Their beautiful tributes follow and as Matt said so well, “Get well soon, Betsy!”

From Suzanne Lawler:

When Lubin Olson (then Stein & Lubin) was looking for a new Firm Administrator in 2006, I was involved in the interview process.  A partner and I spent about an hour chatting with Betsy and, in that short time, I knew she would be perfect for our firm.  Her previous experience was broad and deep, her demeanor was confident and calm, she was warm and funny.

After she had been with the firm for a couple of months, Betsy asked me if I was a member of ALA.  “What is ALA?” I asked.  She explained what it was and what it could offer me, a rather isolated Accounting Manager.  Betsy told me that ALA, and specifically the Golden Gate Chapter, provided excellent education for its members, a pool of Business Partners that offered quality services and products, and networking opportunities that would cast a wide net for me in terms of help with accounting issues.  “But,” she went on to say, “the best thing about ALA is the friends you make.”  She was right on each count, but none more than that last one. 

Betsy encouraged me to not only become a member of the Chapter, but to get involved.  And involved I got.  After two years as Community Connection Chair, I went on to become Treasurer, VP/PE, President, and for the past five years have been Co-Chair on the Business Partner Committee.  Betsy, while not involved on the board during those years, was always eager to hear news of what was going on with the Chapter.  Her comments and advice were sage and perceptive.  The perspective she offered me while I was on the Executive Board was invaluable.  She was a mentor to me in the truest sense.

After retiring in 2013, Betsy traveled extensively and it allowed me to live vicariously through her experiences.  She came back with some wonderful stories and shared a number of them with our members through her articles published in The Bridge.  I looked forward to the Past Presidents’ events and Quarterlies knowing she would be there and we would have a chance to catch up on her world travels.

I am blessed to have been steered to the ALA by Betsy, and for becoming involved with the leadership of our great Chapter, but feel even doubly blessed because Betsy is one of those wonderful friends I made.

From Matt Ogden:

I'm very pleased to share my history with and great admiration for Betsy Glover. 

Betsy has often joked that she hired me three times over the course of my career.  Indeed, she hired me for my first law firm job, as a Records Manager at Long & Levit, in1987 when I was 24 years old.  After five years at L&L I was tempted by what I thought were greener pastures at a large international law firm and accepted another job.  I agonized over giving my notice to Betsy because I felt great loyalty to her for giving me my start in law firms.  I needn't have worried because Betsy, always the professional, told me she wasn't surprised that I would be seeking new opportunities and that she was only surprised that I had not done so earlier.  On my last day she took me to lunch at Harry Denton's and made me promise to keep in touch.  When that job did not turn out to be the opportunity I had imagined it to be, Betsy was there for me to lend moral support and a sympathetic ear and two years later, when my replacement gave notice at Long & Levit, Betsy hired me back.  The records department at L&L now included seven file clerks under my supervision and the promise to automate the tracking of files using the then new technology of bar coding.  Unbeknownst to me, Betsy herself was looking at greener pastures and soon after I was rehired at Long & Levit she left there to be the Administrator for Hancock Rothert & Bunshoft.  Although she would no longer be my supervisor, she knew that she was doing the right thing for me at that stage in my career and she was also doing the right thing for the firm by hiring me, a proven entity.  One year later, when the records manager at Hancock gave his notice, guess whom Betsy hired to replace him?

When she was not hiring me herself, Betsy was always supportive of my career advancement and gladly provided stellar references for me.  I remember once during an early performance review at L&L, Betsy asked me what I envisioned for my career path.  When I did not have a very definitive answer, she said, “Well, I can see you doing my job one day….”  The seed was planted and now, after 19 years of office administration, I can say “thank you” to Betsy for her inspiration.  It could be argued that I have Betsy to thank for my current job at Duane Morris:  Duane Morris merged with the Hancock firm in 2006 and in 2015, when Duane Morris’ San Francisco Office Manager,  Leslye Olson, retired she remembered my connection to the Hancock firm and encouraged me to apply as her replacement!

Betsy, the “Boss” could be tough.  I remember at one of the early Long & Levit holiday parties which was held on a Thursday night my husband, Jack, kidded Betsy and asked her, “You don’t expect that everyone will be at work on time tomorrow, do you?”  She looked him straight in the eyes and said, “You bet I do!”  But the “Boss” could also be extremely compassionate. In the late 1980’s, during the raging AIDS crisis, when Jerry, one of the legal secretaries, fell suddenly ill to the disease, it was Betsy who not only made sure that all his disability and insurance papers were filed, but who also sought out one of the other secretaries to shepherd him through his hospitalization and eventual transition to hospice and, finally, death.  Jerry was estranged from his Texas family and had no one.  Betsy knew that Letha, a single young woman with an inordinate amount of compassion for a 25 year old, would do right by Jerry.  Betsy approved hours of time off from work so that Letha could tend to Jerry’s care, and she was able to convince the Long & Levit partners that this was the right thing to do.

Besides being a mentor at work, Betsy was an ALA mentor too.  I remember early on at Long & Levit hearing about the wonderful professional development offerings and support network provided by something called “ALA.”  When I became a legal administrator in 1999, Betsy made sure that I joined ALA immediately.  Nine years later I followed in her footsteps once again as the Golden Gate Chapter President.  Shortly after I was installed, Betsy called me to have lunch.  I thought it was going to be a social meeting, but Betsy arrived with a yellow legal pad in hand, on which was written a long list of concerns and suggestions from past Chapter Presidents whom Betsy was representing.  I learned that day that ALA Chapter Presidents take their involvement seriously and that Chapter leadership does not end after the President’s one-year term in office!

Many in ALA might be surprised to learn that Betsy, the “Woman” is an outstanding cook (I remember an absolutely delicious osso buco she made for a dinner party held at her  gorgeous mid-century home) and that she has a terrific green thumb (the garden of her Lucas Valley home is amazing!).  Those who have the privilege of knowing Betsy know of her devotion to her late husband, Jim.  I remember her telling me stories about their courtship and I remember how her eyes, actually her entire countenance, lit up when she spoke about him.  She and I would commiserate about the fact that both of our husbands were smokers!  Sadly, Jim was never able to kick his habit.  Friends of Betsy’s also know of her great love for her Labrador Retrievers, her passion for travel and of her staunch support of the Democratic Party!  Betsy’s mentorship and her friendship has been a great gift in my life.  Get well soon, Betsy!

 

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Meeting/Event Information

SPACE PLANNING FOR MILLENIALS

July 11, 2018
11:45 AM - 1:00 PM

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July 12, 2018
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July 17, 2018
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton
4 Embarcader Center, 17th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111
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Join us and other Large Firm Administrators for the opportunity to network and have collaborative discussions on challenges and opportunities that large lawfirms are facing and how they are managing these challenges.

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July 26, 2018
11:45 AM - 1:00 PM

Coblentz, Patch, Duffy & Bass
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July 26, 2018
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

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Eat, drink and connect! We look forward to and catching up with our Business Partners!

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HOW TO REMEMBER NAMES AND WHAT YOU WANT TO SAY WITHOUT USING NOTES

July 31, 2018
11:45 AM - 1:00 PM

Cooley LLP
101 California Street, 5th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111

Join the Leadership & Management Section for a presentation on How to Remember Names and What You Want to Say Without Using Notes.

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS/CHAPTER LEADERSHIP MEETING

August 02, 2018
11:45 AM - 1:15 PM

Reed Smith, LLP
101 Second Street, Suite 1800
San Francisco, CA 94105

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COMMUNITY CONNECTION BUILD-A-BIKE EVENT

August 07, 2018
4:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Perkins Coie LLP
505 Howard Street, Suite 1000
San Francisco, CA 94105
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The Golden Gate Chapter has teamed up with Together We Rise in support of foster children. We are fundraising to purchase bikes, then we will host a bike assembly party on August 7.

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