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 organization, 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.

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:


Grants and Scholarships 


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

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.

#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

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 all you do.

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 use this form.

Submit a Grant Proposal

The Foundation Grant Program provides funding to ALA chapters or members who develop and complete projects that result in products supporting the efforts of  legal administrators and promote the legal management profession. The end result or "product" will then be available to other chapters, law firms and other  legal organizations, individual ALA members, academic institutions, or other groups.

Please review the complete the Grant Guidelines for more information.

History, Purpose and Goals

The Foundation of the Association of Legal Administrators was formed by the ALA Board of Directors in 1981. The Foundation's mission and goals extend to the development and presentation of educational programs,  and increasing awareness of the value of for profit and not for profit law firm administrators. The Foundation seeks to complement ALA's directives and initiatives of advancing the legal management profession by way of activities and projects. The current stated purposes and goals of the Foundation are to:

  • Sponsor and publish research projects that explore key issues relevant to legal management.
  • Demonstrate the value of professional law office management to the legal community.
  • Present lectures, seminars, discussions and similar endeavors in law office management and administration and related disciplines.
  • Sponsor, present, produce or finance programs to assist ALA members and Chapters who volunteer their management expertise to assist nonprofit law-related 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. The Education page includes programs the Foundation has supported.