The Foundation of the Association of Legal Administrators is the charitable affiliate of ALA. Through grant making, Annual Conference speaker sponsorships, scholarship programs and outreach to nonprofit legal service organizations, we support  efforts both within the Association and our communities to improve the profession of legal management.

Now in its 36th year, the Foundation is undergoing a strategic evaluation of the mission, goals and programs that will help to sustain the organization and continue to be relevant to ALA members and other legal organizations it will support and partner with into the future. One exciting outcome of the Trustees' planning is the development of a new Pro Bono Program that will match our member’s expertise and experience with local Legal Services Organizations. Please check back for more information on this initiative.

The following pages will give you a historical view of the Foundation’s history and focus over the past 3+ decades. Please check in often to keep in touch with our updates on new programs and initiatives.

The following resources were made available through the efforts of the Foundation of ALA:



Past Grants

Administrative Pro Bono Program

The Board of Trustees of the Foundation of the Association of Legal Administrators is pleased to offer the following current initiatives:

#BizLaw in a Flash Mobile App for Continuing Education

The development of this tool was made possible through a grant from the Foundation of ALA to the Arizona Chapter. With the #BizLaw in a Flash app, any legal management professional can strengthen their understanding and learn new terminology in the four core functional areas of Finance, Human Resources, Operations, and Legal Industry by using the app’s flashcard format. It can also be a valuable study tool for those preparing for the Certified Legal Manager (CLM)SM exam. The app is available in Google Play and the Apple App Store

The Susan French Emerging Leader Scholarship Fund

The Susan French Emerging Leader Scholarship Fund was established by GLJ Benefit Consultants in memory of former ALA President Susan L. French. The fund was established in recognition of Susan's commitment to professionalism, dedication to the advancement of law firm administration, development of future leaders and record of long-term service to the Association of Legal Administrators.

The scholarship fund will assist ALA members who want to develop their leadership skills through ALA's Chapter Leadership Institute. Please review The Susan French Emerging Leader Scholarship Fund Application for more information.

Please read more from our 2017 Scholarship Recipients.

Legal Services Corporation (LSC) Project

This initiative took place from 2010 to 2016 and was started by the Foundation to pay Association dues to those working in legal management positions in nonprofit organizations providing legal services to the working poor. The Foundation provided these free memberships to an important segment of our profession — those who serve the working poor and do not have funds to cover ALA membership — with the valuable resources, networking and education they need to enhance their professional development. The project also provided our members, whether chapter members or independent members, the opportunity to participate in Pro Bono activities similar to those in which attorneys volunteer. The Foundation looks forward to revisiting and further developing this program over the next year. Please check back frequently to see updates on how you can be involved in this initiative.

Make a Gift to the Foundation

The Mission of the Foundation is supported by personal, chapter and corporate contributions, testamentary gifts, and fundraising efforts such as the Foundation Silent Auction at the ALA Annual Conference. Contributions to the Foundation are tax deductible and can be made in honor of a specific individual or chapter.

Your continued support helps us to continue to deliver on the important initiatives of the Foundation and the Trustees are thankful for each dollar donated.

Click here to make a monetary contribution online using a credit card.

Complete the Foundation Donation Form and send it to:

The Foundation of ALA
Suite 110S
8700 W. Bryn Mawr Ave.
Chicago, IL 60631

For questions or more information, please contact foundation@alanet.org.

In addition, at the Association’s Annual Conference, the Foundation hosts its major fundraiser, a Silent Auction. To contribute an item to the Silent Auction please bring it to the convention center.

History, Purpose and Goals

The Foundation of the Association of Legal Administrators was formed by the ALA Board of Directors in 1981.  Since that time, the Foundation’s mission and goals have focused on the development of education programs, research on the changing legal workplace and increasing awareness of the value of legal management professionals.  For a complete listing of the many projects and initiatives the Foundation has sponsored see List of Foundation Projects and Initiatives.

In 2017, the Trustees voted to sharpen the Foundation’s focus to three areas:

  • Grant Susan French Emerging Leadership Scholarships for Chapter Leadership Institute attendance to applicants who demonstrate a passion for and the attributes needed to pursue leadership roles in ALA and the legal management profession;
  • Sponsorship and selection of the Brezina Session speaker at our annual ALA Conference; and
  • Foster and promote active engagement by ALA members in providing pro bono administrative services, resources and training to legal services organizations.

To date, the Foundation has invested over a quarter million dollars in grants, programs and sponsorships aligned with the Foundation's mission and goals. Projects the Foundation has supported have spanned the globe and include a visiting scholars program with the Lagos Business School in Nigeria, grassroots local efforts to improve the legal talent pipeline and print publication of best practices books.