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. Meet the current Board of Trustees.
Help the Foundation Raise Funds for the Susan L. French Scholarship Fund
The Foundation of the Association of Legal Administrators has been administering and raising funds for the Susan L. French Emerging Leaders 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 2013 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.
Recently, the Foundation received a very generous donation from incoming President-Elect James L. Cornell, III, of $1,000. His firm, Graves Dougherty Hearon & Moody, PC in Austin, then matched his contribution and donated another $1,000. Read more.
Raffle Added to This Year's Silent Auction
We will be adding an electronic raffle to the Silent Auction. Tickets are $25 each or three for $50. Enter for your chance to win an airline voucher for two round-trip tickets anywhere in the Continental United States AND a three-night stay ― including breakfast for two ― at ANY Gaylord Resort & Convention Center. The package has a total value of $825 and the winner will be sent a W-2G form. The travel package expires May 2019. Read more about this year's auction.
Watch this space! You'll be able to view and bid on items starting April 16.
2018 Brezina Memorial Session Speaker: Elizabeth Birch
While heading the Human Rights Campaign, Birch oversaw construction of the organization’s headquarters building in Washington, D.C. The award-winning building features an Equality Center, Media Center and Green Roof. Birch will examine the effect of changing demographics on the U.S. workforce, the increase of client demand for diverse legal teams, and the power of the law firm administrative role in the future. This year's Annual Conference & Expo takes place in beautiful National Harbor, Maryland, May 3-6. Get more information here.
The Susan L. French Emerging Leader Scholarship Fund
The Susan L. 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.
Administrative Pro Bono Program
The Administrative Pro Bono Program matches the needs of legal services organizations (LSOs) with the skills and expertise of our members, business partners
David W. Brezina Memorial Sessions at the Annual Conference
David W. Brezina served as ALA President from 1996 to 1997. His career in legal administration spanned more than 20 years. In 1996, Dave was involved in a tragic bicycling accident resulting in paralysis and quadriplegia. Even as he fought this disability, he served his term as President with distinction and vigor. At the time of his death in 1999, Dave was serving as a Trustee of the Foundation. A memorial fund was created in his honor to further the educational and charitable work of the Foundation. Each year at the Annual Conference, the Foundation sponsors an education session in David's honor. Read more.
Past Grants & Publications
Review the past projects that were accomplished, in part, through funding provided by the Foundation. The end result or "product" is available to other chapters, law firms and other legal organizations; individual ALA members; academic institutions; or other groups.
In the past, the Foundation has helped leaders in the legal community marshal resources to create opportunities that support and improve the profession and practice of law. Check out the publication initiatives the Foundation has supported.
Who We Are
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 37th year, the Foundation is undergoing a strategic evaluation of the mission, goals
Read more about the Foundation's history, purpose and goals.
Read more about the Foundation's history, purpose and goals.
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
8700 W. Bryn Mawr Ave.
Chicago, IL 60631
In addition, at the Association’s Annual Conference, the Foundation hosts its major fundraiser, a Silent Auction. Read more about the 2018 Silent Auction in National Harbor, Maryland!
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