Message From The President

Greetings and Happy New Year! What does a happy year look like to you? Would you like to increase your personal well-being, grow professionally, and succeed in your career? Members should join us for our January chapter meeting. In this interactive workshop you'll learn how physical, emotional, financial and social wellbeing are related, and you’ll gain essential information and practice skill-building activities for adapting well to life changes, transitions and challenging circumstances. In addition, CLE credit will be applicable. Our speaker and facilitator is Connie Fisher, the Director of Mental Health Promotion for Mental Health America of Eastern Missouri. The meeting is on January 17th at The Simon Law Firm. Click here to register now.

Are you looking to develop professionally? The ALA and Gateway chapter are a great place to grow and develop your career path. Through our education, resources and leadership opportunities, you can quickly find success. The more you engage with our chapter, the more opportunities you will have to grow professionally. Contact me or Nikki Cornwell if you are looking to become more involved.

Another way to grow professionally is to become a Certified Legal Manager. If you haven’t heard, Kara Brostron of Lashly & Baer is our latest CLM, passing the exam this past November. In addition, Kara has been appointed to serve as a Regional Representative for Region 3 of the ALA. Congratulations, Kara! Our chapter is now offering scholarships to assist with eLearning courses and the CLM exam. Let us know if you are interested.

One last item to mention which will help you succeed in your career is ALA’s 2018 Annual Conference & Expo taking place Thursday, May 3 to Sunday, May 6 in National Harbor, Maryland at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center. Registration is open and several from our chapter plan to attend. Click here to learn more, register today and join your chapter for this high-caliber educational event and Navigate Our Future Together.

Business Partners can also get involved with the Annual Conference; let us know if you are interested in attending and having potential access to many ALA members. We would love to see you there!

Business Partner Renewal is on-going with a la care opportunities available. Click here to renew today and let us know if you need assistance or any further information.

It’s time to renew your ALA 2018 and Gateway Memberships. To renew your Gateway Membership, just login to the website under Member Area and click on Dues Renewal. Or click here! You should have received an email on December 4th to renew.

ALA Journey – Our Membership Committee has created the ALA Journey wherein you can earn points for participating in a variety of events. The more activities that you participate in, the more points you earn. Once you earn 100 points, your name will be entered for a chance to win the Grand Prize, A Journey Around St. Louis. You will need one of our passports to participate; they were distributed at the holiday party. We will continue with further distribution soon. Below is the program:


Gather points as you journey through ALA events throughout the year. Earning points is easy. All you need to do is participate, volunteer and make new friends. There are many ways to earn points. Below is an outline of how points will be earned and calculated.

Three Points
Attend Monthly Educational Meetings
Join a Committee
Write an article for the Chapter Newsletter
Volunteer and/or Attend Charity Event (i.e. Let’s Start Events)
Attend Social Events
Participate in Annual Salary Survey

Five Points
Attend Business Partner Expo
Attend Law Leader Event
Mentor – Attend an Event with your Mentee
Attend Business Partner Appreciation Event
Attend WLA Breakfast and Donate an Item
Attend Diversity Pridefest Parade

Ten Points
Meet with a Business Partner
Bring in a New Business Partner
Bring in a New Member
Attend Annual or Regional Conference

Earn 50 points and you will receive a $10 Visa Gift Card. Earn 75 points and you will receive a $25 Visa Gift Card. Earn 100 points and you will receive a $100 Visa Gift Card and be entered to win the ultimate prize of “The Journey of St. Louis, the Gateway City” (which may include a combination of a night in a hotel, tickets to a sporting event or other entertainment event, plus dinner).

The beginning to the year is a good time to remember the ALA’s Code of Professional Responsibility. Please click here to review at your earliest convenience. Thank you.

Our Business Partner Appreciation and Orientation is scheduled for February 21st at Thompson Coburn. We will have a highly sought after speaker, Michael Cohen, a labor and employment lawyer with the Duane Morris firm in Philadelphia. Michael will be speaking on the topic of sexual harassment. As I mentioned at the holiday party, if you are not talking about this at your company, you need to attend! Registration will open soon.

Keep in mind our Mission Statement:

The Mission of the Association of Legal Administrators, Gateway Chapter is to:

  • Promote and enhance the competence and professionalism of all members of the legal management team.
  • Improve the quality of management in law firms and other legal service organizations.
  • Represent professional legal management and managers to the legal community and to the community at large.

Our Primary Goals are to:

  • Develop and deliver programs and products that will provide high-quality, competency-based education to members of the legal management team.
  • Improve and strengthen the flow of information to and from the members.
  • Enhance the services and benefits available to members.
  • Increase the visibility and credibility of the Association of Legal Administrators and its members in the legal community through effective marketing and communications, and through partnering efforts with the bar and other law-related associations.
  • Retain and recruit members from all components of the legal management team.
  • Maintain the Association's strong economic base.
  • Increase diversity in the Association, in the legal management community and in all legal service organizations.

I hope to see all of you at our next meeting or soon after. If you have any questions regarding the ALA or our chapter, please contact me or any of our board members. You can find all of our contact information on our website. ALA Gateway Chapter Board of Directors.

Brenda Deertz, 2017-18 ALA Gateway President

Senior HR Administrator
100 S. Fourth Street, Suite 1000 St. Louis, MO 63102

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