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2007 Member Survey Results
Earlier this summer NTLA sent out a survey to our members via fax and email. The return rate was outstanding. With so many of our members returning the survey, we gained excellent insight on your interests, wants and needs.
• As it has been in the past, roughly two-thirds of our members hail from southern Nevada, with the other third from the north or rural areas. A small percentage are from out of state.
• Nearly 50% of our members have been in practice for over 16 years. In order to attract and maintain a solid membership base, we have begun to actively recruit members who have been in practice 5-15 years.
• It will come as no surprise to you that the majority of you practice personal injury law. A large number also practice business law. While "business" is a broad category, it does show how diverse the majority of our members' practices are.
• Workers' compensation and domestic law were the next largest practice areas.
Most of you receive your information about NTLA via the Advocate or email and most of you want to continue to receive your information through these venues. For the technology lovers, you will be able to read the Advocate online in a .pdf format by the end of the year. However, we will continue to produce a print version of this publication as long as it is in demand.
Your opinions on our main areas of member services were some of the most important information we gleaned from the survey.
• It seems that regardless of length of practice or where you live, almost all of you feel the most important service NTLA provides is government affairs and lobbying. To keep you better informed in that arena, we are launching a government affairs column in the Advocate to be published at least three times each year.
• Additionally, you find that "nuts and bolts" trial lawyer CLE is a key member benefit. We will keep up our aggressive, trial lawyer specific schedule and boost the number of our events in the north. Look for an occasional, in depth, all day seminar as well.
• The third most important service is keeping you informed of national issues and trends. Another Advocate column, ‘Trend Watch', will be launched to help keep you up to date on the latest national information from the American Association for Justice (AAJ) and other national groups.
• Our networking and social events received ratings of "extremely positive" or "extremely negative" responses. We are hosting a Happy Hour at Triple George Grill in Las Vegas on September 6 to meet the needs of the "extremely positive" group.
Finally, many of the services you would like to see us offer are things we already provide. While it seems we do not need to reinvent the wheel, we certainly need to do a better job of explaining many of our programs and keeping you informed of our communications plan and technological services. You will be seeing much more information about these as the year progresses. Thanks to each of you who took the time to return the survey and help NTLA keep moving forward.