Information/ Resources

ALA Currents
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ALA Currents is a twice-monthly newsletter of management trends and innovations provided exclusively to all members of the Association of Legal Administrators. Delivered to you via e-mail directly to your desktop or from Members Only section at, ALA Currents provides the most timely information in the marketplace pertaining to legal management.

ALA Logo Products
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Need the perfect gift for speakers, guests, leaders completing service - or just to say thank you? Demonstrate your pride in ALA with these logo products.

ALA Management Encyclopedia (ALAME)
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The ALA Management EncyclopediaSM was specifically developed for legal administrators, managing partners, or anyone who needs concrete information on legal management issues. Now available as an online resource for all ALA members, the Encyclopedia is filled with answers to your questions on financial management, marketing, strategic planning, human resources and more. The Encyclopedia is a powerful tool that turns theory into practical tips and provides suggestions you can implement to get results.

ALA Bookstore
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The Association of Legal Administrators continues to focus on bringing the most current, useful and comprehensive resources to you — information on business topics that can be of essential help to you.

ALA Management Solutions
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ALA Management SolutionsSM is a free, full -time information resource and reference service just for members of ALA. This service brings you customized information to meet your specific needs. You receive exactly the information you need when you need it most.

ALA News
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ALA News, is a bimonthly magazine that features vital information about the ALA’s programs, events, goals and objectives. This member's only, news magazine is published in alternating months opposite the Association’s scholarly journal, Legal Management. View/download the featured articles of the current issue of ALA News or review past issues.

ALA Value in Partnership (VIP) Program

A line of member benefits, providing an array of resources and services from nationally known companies. ALA members, their employers and their families have the opportunity to enjoy the savings of special benefits these programs provide. To secure your benefits, identify yourself as an ALA member and provide ALA's customer number/code. In some instances, you may also be required to present your current ALA Membership Card. The information provided is for the exclusive use and convenience of ALA's members. This information may not be distributed or reproduced in any manner or used for other than the intended purposes.


ALA's Web site is waiting for you, with news, resources, idea sharing and much more - accessible 24/7 and at your convenience. Register for events, ask your peers for advice, read up on topics of interest - it's all waiting for you. Just point and click!

Annual Conference

The Association of Legal Administrators (ALA) Annual Conference & Exposition is the legal management profession’s most comprehensive event of its kind. Featuring dynamic and relevant education presented by recognized leaders in their field, the ALA Annual Conference will enhance your knowledge, develop your management skills, and enable you to achieve greater personal and professional growth.

Burton Awards

The Burton Awards, perhaps the most distinguished awards program in the legal profession, was established in 1999, and is dedicated principally to rewarding effective legal writing. The program honors partners and managers in law firms, as well as law school students who use plain, clear and concise language and avoid archaic, stilted legalese. ALA is a proud sponsor.

Business Partner Resources

The right products and services are key to successful legal administration. This section of ALA's Web site provides links to consultants, suppliers, manufacturers, service providers and training organizations. If you're looking for a vendor, start your search here!

A Business Skills Curriculum for Law Firm Associates (BSC)

When they enter your law office, young lawyers may not be equipped to understand the business and day-to-day operations of the practice. This resource guide and curriculum planning tool details the critical business, management and supervisory skills that law firm associates need to be successful contributors to their firms. Complete with disk, this curriculum guide provides learning objectives and key resources to launch and conduct a successful associate training program. Author: Stephen Chitwood, Anita Gottlieb and Evelyn Gaye Mara.

Buyer's Guide

The Membership Resource Directory was enhanced to include a listing of vendors to the legal industry.

Certified Legal Manager Program (CLM)

Becoming a Certified Legal Manager gives an administrator the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of the body of knowledge necessary for successful performance in managing a law firm or office. Add to your professional credentials and achieve public recognition of your proficiency!

Community Connection Program

ALA is pleased to announce a new name for its popular community service program. Beginning in 2012, Community Challenge Weekend will now be known as Community Connection. Although the name is changing, the mission remains the same: to encourage ALA chapters, its members, firms, vendors, relatives and friends to come together to contribute time, energy and resources toward improving their own communities.

Compensation & Benefits Survey

ALA conducts the only national-level survey capturing salary and benefits data for more than 20 legal management and support positions. This comprehensive product includes a management summary with charts and graphs, and over 200 pages of specific data broken out by geographic location, firm size, years of experience, education, number of employees supervised, and more.

Diversity Initiative

One of ALA’s goals is to increase diversity in the Association, in the legal management community and in all legal service organizations.
As a result, ALA launched the ALA Diversity Initiative - designed to increase awareness of and sensitivity to the differences among our workforce and to advance the concepts of inclusiveness and acceptance. To meet these goals ALA has created leadership panels, educational venues and programs.

Essential Competencies for Legal Administrators (ECLA)

Are you new to legal management? Or are you a functional specialist - perhaps an accounting or HR manager - who wants to move into a principal administrator role? This three-day course is perfect for those who need to build expertise in managing a law firm or legal department. Upcoming dates coming soon.

The Extraordinary Law Firm Initiative

The Extraordinary Law Firm Initiative is built upon a very special purpose - the premise that ALA can improve its members' return on their investments in the Association by helping them bring more value to their employing organizations and empowering them to make their organizations great places to work for everyone who works there. A tall order indeed - and one we have been building upon each year through our publications, educational offerings, and expert guidance.

Foundation of the Association of Legal Administrators (FALA)

The Foundation of the Association of Legal Administrators (FALA) is the charitable, educational and research affiliate of ALA. Through grant-making, programs and sponsorship, we support grassroots efforts within the Association to improve the profession of legal management.

Intellectual Property (IP) Retreat

Intellectual property firms have many specialized and detailed administrative and support requirements. This retreat concentrates on emerging trends, providing an in-depth analysis of the hot areas in IP management.

Job Bank / Career Center

Looking for a new position? Need to replace a valued member of your leadership team? Use ALA 's redesigned Career Center to post your own résume, or advertise an open position in your organization. Postings are fully searchable and run for six weeks. Low, low cost for ALA members and member firms.

Large Firm Principal Administrators Retreat

This annual retreat provides the principal administrator in a law firm (with 100 or more lawyers in all locations) an opportunity to learn how to handle the challenges and demands of running a large organization. The retreat’s highly focused educational program addresses some of the unique challenges and issues facing large law firms today. In addition, ample time is offered for idea exchanges where attendees can discuss a wide range of topics of interest to law firm leaders.

Law Firm Financial Management Conference & Exposition

With its enriching content and thoughtful analyses of information critical to all who are involved in law firm financial management, the Law Firm Financial Management Conference & Exposition is specifically tailored for small- to medium-sized firm principal administrators who have a significant role and responsibility in the firm’s finances and accounting. It is relevant to controllers, accounting managers, and branch office managers from these firms, including administrators relatively new to the legal industry. This Conference provides the necessary education for the future success and profitability of your firm, and is the preeminent platform for your personal and professional growth in the finance arena.

Law Firm Profitability Enhancement Program
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Learn how to control costs, target your firm's financial strengths and increase profitability with a quick and easy cost-accounting tool. This program is a live, interactive webcast; you'll listen by phone and view via the Internet. If you're in a small or mid-size firm, or are new to law firm accounting, this is the program for you!

(The Journal of the Associationof Legal Administrators)

Legal Management, the Association of Legal Administrators' bimonthly educational magazine, features scholarly and "how-to" articles on issues of vital importance to law firm managers, legal administrators, and managing partners. With a circulation of nearly 15,000 legal professionals, including approximately 10,000 ALA members and many of their managing partners, the journal has themed issues covering hot topics in all areas of law firm management.

Legal Management Resource Center (LMRC)

Do you have a legal management problem, question or issue that you need to resolve? The Legal Management Resource Center (LMRC) is designed to immediately provide the information you need or to quickly direct you to other resources, most on the Internet, where the knowledge you seek can be found. If you need quick personal assistance, ALA members can use the ALA's Management SolutionsSM Reference Desk, where our expert group of researchers will help you find the answer to your legal management question.


Are you a chapter leader? The administrator in a corporate or governmental office? The principal administrator in a firm of 100+ lawyers? A Vendor Relations Chair? Then you should participate in one of ALA's special-interest listserves (Chapter Presidents, Corporate/ Government, LFA Caucus or Vendor Relations). These listserves provide a venue for exchanging ideas, solving problems,
sharing solutions and discussing issues unique to group.

Online Discussion Forums

The Association of Legal Administrators' (ALA) Discussion Forums are your home for the latest ALA news and for ongoing member idea and information exchanges.
The Forums feature discussion of specific areas and components of law firm administration, as well as an Open Forum for discussion of general issues not covered by another Forum. Discussion in the Forums is intended to be restricted to matters within the specific subject area; please respect these restrictions and the interests of ALA members who turn to these areas for discussion of those subjects.

Peer Consulting
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Got a question? Phone a friend! One of the greatest information resources ALA provides is a network of expertise - those who willingly share their accumulated knowledge, wisdom and experience with others. Your fellow administrators - and ALA members - can be the best source of help. Find a friendly expert quickly through the Peer Consulting Directory.

Regional Conferences

Regional conferences are mini-versions of ALA's Annual Conference, complete with valuable education sessions and vendor exhibits. Networking opportunities abound! Closer to home, less time away from the office and fewer travel costs - do you need any other reason to attend?


Sit in your office, conference room or even your own home and "attend" these 2-hour seminars via phone and Internet links. Subject-matter experts cover a variety of management and personal development topics. One fee allows an unlimited number of participants at your location. As part of our educational mission, the Association of Legal Administrators produces high-quality interactive ALA Webinars serving the informational needs of the legal administrator community. Many Webinars have been approved for HRCI recertification credits.

200 Ways to Make Your Law Firm an Extraorinary Place to Work

ALA asked, and you answered: What do you do to stand out as an employer? What makes your staff and attorneys want to come to work every day? From food fests to a "respectful work-place" policy, you're sure to find something in this new book that will help you make your own law firm an extraordinary place to work!