Ernie Jaseckas Named Association of Legal Administrators’ NextGen Leader Award Recipient
Tuesday, June 23, 2020
The Chicago Chapter extends its congratulations to Ernie Jaseckas, recipient of the Association of Legal Administrators’ NextGen Leader Award. This national award recognizes new members who embody the essence of the ALA Code of Ethics through their accomplishments, their leadership qualities and the impact they are making on their legal organization, the legal industry and the Association..
Ernie is the Executive Director of Robbins, Salomon & Patt, Ltd, and has been a Chapter member since May 2017. While Ernie has benefited tremendously from the education and connections he has made since joining our Chapter, he has also made significant contributions to our Chapter and membership in his short time.
Ernie’s most recent position was in the healthcare sector at different levels, including COO and CEO, for orthopedic/physical therapy practices. Prior to that, he was a CFO for a division of a commercial finance company based in the United Kingdom. By profession, Ernie is a CPA and has transitioned into opportunities outside of spending all of his time in Accounting. While Ernie has had significant success in his professional life, he faced obstacles when landing his job at Robbins Salomon as it is admittedly not easy to transition to a law firm management role.
Ernie has embraced all that ALA offers in order to pursue personal and professional excellence. Being the lucky recipient of a mentoring relationship with a longtime Chapter member and leader, Ernie quickly met a broad range of members and learned that networking with these individuals would serve him well. Not only did it enable him to grow his professional network, but it provided him with access to years of law firm and ALA experience that would prove beneficial and instrumental in his success at his firm.
Recognizing that growing a viable and strong network is a two-way street, Ernie was an avid contributor. We in the legal community gain tremendous insight when we learn how those outside our environment have been successful and gain exposure to their industries’ best practices.
Ernie quickly learned that the more you give to ALA by becoming involved and furthering your engagement with fellow members, the more benefits you receive. A regular attendee and participant at our Executive Director/CEO Roundtable meetings, he offers as much knowledge and information as he receives from these lively interactions. In addition to attending Chapter educational sessions and formal networking events, Ernie has volunteered his time to work on behalf of our Association. He was a very involved member of our bi-annual educational conference committee in 2019, providing insight into educational content and commenting on attendee experiences that would make a difference particularly to first-time attendees.
Because of his management experience in other professional service companies, while regularly attending ALA Chicago network events, Ernie has also become an alternative voice of best practices to consider from outside our field of practice. At social events, like many of us, Ernie originally found himself within a small circle, but through some more senior members introducing him and elaborating on his expansive non-legal background he expanded his circle and through volunteering to assist on meeting registration has cemented his relationships.
Ernie acknowledges the positive effect his involvement in ALA has had on his professional development and has appreciated the opportunity to develop a network and gain knowledge from educational opportunities ALA offers. But he’s not done! Ernie is creating a program that will bring together members new to the legal industry or have less than five years experience - or anyone who wishes to expand their networking/mentorship opportunities - to share knowledge and experiences.
To further the foundation and benefits of the group, we will invite Past Presidents and other longtime members of our Chapter to share their experience with this group - our “Under 5” special interest group. Ernie appreciates the importance of having a mentor who is not just assigned to you, but one with whom you share common interests and can create a true and lasting bond. With that in mind, members will not be assigned a mentor; rather, we will see what develops among the participants and encourage self-identification. While COVID-19 postponed our roll-out of Ernie’s program, we remain committed to introducing Under 5 this year and appreciate Ernie’s commitment to do so.
Giving back to the Chapter and to other members is one of the core tenants of our Association. Promoting the awareness of ALA and the benefits it provides to others is a testament to Ernie’s commitment and strong attributes as a member. The Chicago Chapter looks forward to seeing Ernie’s Under 5 group take off in the support of others. We appreciate his continued involvement and contribution to the success of our Chapter and, when he is available for additional responsibilities, we will welcome him in Chapter leadership roles.
While Ernie will not receive his award and moment on stage this year, he will look for all of us in the audience at next year’s ALA National Conference in Chicago! Congratulations, Ernie!