March 2019 Print

Letter from the President

Well… it is that time again ALREADY to start transitioning to a new and exciting year with ALA Gateway and a new Board!  I can’t believe how fast my Presidency went by.  It has truly been a rewarding and most of all a learning experience.  I am so lucky that I had the opportunity to lead this amazing Chapter side-by-side with awesome people. 

I am looking forward to some amazing events that are coming up soon, starting with the ALA Annual Conference and Expo next month.  This year’s Annual Conference is taking place April 14th – 17th in Grapevine, Texas.  The Gateway Chapter has an exciting 18 members attending Conference this year.  This year’s conference will bring 70 educational sessions, 12 different Idea Exchanges, 17 hours of networking and more than 150 Business Partners and Solutions. 

While you are at Conference expanding your knowledge, please make sure to take some time to get to know our Business Partners.  Not only do Business Partners make our Association possible, they provide us with services and solutions to our daily challenges.  Anything from providing office supplies up to providing practice management solutions.  You can find solutions to all your challenges and a complete list of the 2019 Exhibitors at all the upcoming conferences here,

If the National Conference is not an option for you this year, you have many other educational opportunities throughout the year, specifically the specialized conferences, webinars and preconference workshops listed below:

Specialized Conferences & Preconference Workshops


  • Workplace Internal Investigations: A Novel Approach – March 7th
  • Summit Series #2, Episode 1, Risk Mitigation – March 8th
  • Pay Equity in Law Firms: Using Data to Identify and Address Potential Issues – March 12th
  • How Well is Your Financial Wellness? Where Long-Term Care Fits In – March 12th
  • And many more can be found at

The Gateway Chapter has been busy the past few months.  In December, the Gateway Chapter hosted our Annual Holiday Party where members, along with our Business Partners competed in an Ugly Sweater Contest.  We had outstanding participation and a lot of fun networking and showing off our ugly sweaters. 

And just a little over a week ago, we hosted one of our favorite events of the year, the Business Partner Appreciation event.  This year the event was held at Pieces where we played board games and enjoyed some valuable time appreciating and networking with our Business Partners. 

Also, during the Business Partner Appreciation event we voted on our incoming slate of Officers.  I can’t wait to see what our new Officers and Board have in store for us in 2019! 

President, Julie Logan
President-Elect, Dawn Gaskill
Vice President, Jill O’Connell
Secretary, Lori Hanlon
Treasurer, Kara Brostron, CLM
Past President, Nikki Cornwell

If you’re curious about the bunny ears, the Board and Committee Chairs wore them at our Annual Business Partner Appreciation event to promote and remind everyone of our upcoming Annual Gateway Chapter Bunny Hop that benefits local children’s charities by providing them with 2600 Easter baskets filled with goodies.  Please save the date of March 29th for this rewarding event!   

I wish everyone a Happy Spring and look forward to seeing you at an upcoming ALA event in the very near future. 

Nikki Cornwell
2018-19 ALA Gateway President

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Spotlight Member

Our Member Spotlight is dedicated to our 2018 ALA Journey Passport Winner, Cathy Nuxoll, who earned a total of 145 points in the program last year.  Thank you so much Cathy for your dedication and active participation in our Chapter!

A huge thank you to our Business Partners who contributed to the grand prize package for our winner.  Magnolia Hotels provided a free hotel stay and Office Essentials provided two Cardinals tickets.  The Gateway Chapter rounded out the grand prize with two $100 gift cards for dinner and extra spending money. 

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Calendar of Events

ALA Gateway Installation of Officers, Plus “Hope for the Best, Plan for the Worst – Is Your Firm Ready for What’s Next?”

March 20, 2019
12:00 PM to 1:15 PM

16 West - 16th Floor
1034 S. Brentwood Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63117

We’ve all heard the phrase, and it’s never been more important than in your own law firm. Succession Planning can be overwhelming and intimidating, but planning and preparing can be the key to making transitions seamless and straightforward. Join Affinity Partner Debbie Foster as she shares her insights on Succession Planning and what comes next.

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Annual Operation Bunny Hop

March 29, 2019
12:30 PM to 6:00 PM

Sandberg, Phoenix & von Gontard, P.C. - 8th Floor
600 Washington Avenue
Saint Louis, MO 63101

Save the Date for ALA Gateway's Annual Operation Bunny Hop where we'll create over 2,000 Easter Baskets for under-privileged children.  To make a donation, click here.

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Education: Celebrate Earth Day in April!

April 10, 2019 (Note: 2nd Wednesday in April)
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Armstrong Teasdale
7700 Forsyth Blvd., Suite 1800
Clayton, MO 63105

Save the Date. Details coming soon!

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