Message From The President

With summer in full swing, I think it’s safe to say this year is flying by! We have accomplished so much in 2017 whether it is signing up more and different business partners in our program, updating our Heritage information each month under the Diversity section of our website, participating in the Pride Parade, having our first social connection of the year at Weber Grill which was an absolute blast, there is so much to talk about. How is the rest of the year shaping up? We are working on a plan to make certain our members understand the value of our Business Partners and our Business Partners realize the value of their partnership with our chapter. Nicole Cornwell wrote in our last issue about the importance of our Business Partners. See the website for her reference June Message from the President.  Midwest Litigation recently wrote an article and included in it is their testimony as to the value of their relationship with ALA.

What is a business partner? One possible definition of a partner is the heavy timbers that strengthen a ship’s deck to support a mast. And that is exactly what a business partnership should seek to accomplish – strength and support.

Midwest Litigation Services and its sister companies, Midwest Trial Services and Aequitas Alternative Dispute Resolution, are proud to call the ALA Gateway Chapter our continued partner. Our shared involvement in the legal and local community both strengthen and support each other and our missions.

The ALA allows us to connect with people in the legal community who are looking for ways to make their cases run more smoothly - Midwest is that solution. We also increase our involvement in the local community through our partnership with ALA. Recently, we worked with the ALA to provide bagged lunches for kids who were visiting incarcerated parents. It is opportunities such as these that allow us to support our community together.

To read the full testimonial,  click here.  Thanks, Midwest Litigation Services!!!

As we continue to work towards diversity in our chapter and firms, our chapter is pleased and honored to receive the “We Participate” seal issued by the Association of Legal Administrators for our commitment to utilize the Diversity Scorecard as we work together to advance crucial objectives in our legal environments.

Although the Annual Conference was in April in Denver, the Regional and Specialty conferences are on the horizon. You can learn more and register for these conferences through the ALA website under Events - ALA International

Regional Legal Management Conference East (Regions 1,2,3)
October 12-14, 2017
Renaissance Nashville - Nashville, TN

Regional Legal Management Conference West (Regions 4,5,6)
September7-9, 2017
Venetian Las Vegas - Las Vegas, NV

Large Firm Principal Administrators Retreat
August 3-5, 2017
Westin Boston Waterfront - Boston, MA

Finance and Law Practice Management Conference for Legal Professionals
August 5-7, 2017
Co-located at the Palmer House Hilton - Chicago, IL

Intellectual Property Conference
October 5-6, 2017
Co-located at the Palmer House Hilton - Chicago, IL

Human Resources Conference for Legal Professionals
October 5-7, 2017
Co-located at the Palmer House Hilton - Chicago, IL

Our July chapter meeting is entitled, "Where Did The Time Go?" with speaker Frederick J. Esposito, Jr, CLM, Executive Director of the regional law firm Rivkin Radler LLP will be presenting on best practices for contemporaneous time entry, prompt billing and timely collections, and how to maximize all three for a more profitable and successful law firm.

July 19, 2017 - 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
16 West - 16th Floor in University Tower Building (across from the Galleria)
1034 S. Brentwood Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63117

We have TWO Exciting Ways to Attend! Join us live at 16 West OR login and watch from your office at ALA Gateway's first live streaming event! This is our first ever live streaming event and we are very excited to try this. Register today! Members of the St. Louis Paralegal Association Board and Committee chairs will be joining us.

On Tuesday, August 15th, we will hold our Annual Business Partner Expo at Union Station at 3:00, with a networking reception beginning at 4:30. In addition, we will hold a Strategic Alliance event – a Diversity Workshop on Unconscious Bias. Our members are invited to attend along with our co-workers in Marketing, IT, Records, as well as paralegals and those within Bar Associations such as Mound City, LGBT and the Asian Bar. This program begins at 1:30. You can register for all of these items at:

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Business Partners -

I also want to remind everyone of the Association’s Antitrust rules which prohibit discussions about pricing, fees and billing. If you are not familiar with these rules, please review!  ALA Antitrust Guide

The 2017 ALA Compensation & Benefits Survey is currently in progress and closes on July 28. Completing the survey helps to keep your firm and company with the most updated information. Start the Survey Today. If you have questions – email

If you are not familiar with ALA’s Strategic Plan, you can learn more about it at ALA Strategic Plan. They are now in Phase II of the Plan and have identified the following goals: 1) Define our Identity, 2) Increase Member and Business Partner Value, 3) Enhance Industry Thought Leadership, 4) Advance Legal Management Professional Development, and 5) Build Community and Engagement. As a chapter, we work towards these goals as well.

Finally, at ALA’s Career Center, you will find information on job banks for both employers and job seekers, information regarding hiring legal management professionals, resources and articles. Whether you are seeking employment or looking to hire others –ALA's Career Center is the place to start.

Have a great rest of the summer! 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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