Awards & Recognition
As the undisputed leader of the business of law, ALA members and chapters are encouraged to strive for excellence. In order to recognize those efforts, ALA has launched the IDEA (innovation, development, engagement and advancement) Awards. ALA chapters, committees, regions, individuals, firms, business partners and organizations are eligible award recipients who will be selected based upon their development of unique and innovative programs, services and events that improve our ALA chapters and/or legal communities. ALA IDEA Awards recognize new practices that deliver great value and transformational impact through innovative achievement. Questions can be directed to email@example.com.
DEADLINE: January 12, 2018
Elevate ALA Award
The Elevate ALA Award will recognize up to three chapters whose efforts in Professional Development, Networking and Visibility demonstrate advancement in the areas of educational content, member-to-member and member-to-business partner relationships, and ALA's prominence in the legal community. Questions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
DEADLINE: January 12, 2018.
Presidents' Award of Excellence
This award, named in honor of ALA’s Past Presidents, recognizes chapters for their efforts in effective chapter leadership. Members of your Regional Leadership Team and ALA Headquarters Staff are available to assist at any time.
2017 Presidents' Award Recipients
Use these guidelines as a checklist to chart your chapter’s progress beginning January 1, 2017 through February 28, 2018.
DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 28, 2018
The Quest Award recognizes a new member who is involved in a number of Association activities and demonstrates conviction, dedication and relentless pursuit of personal and professional excellence. Chapter Presidents are given the opportunity to nominate one eligible member from a list provided by ALA. Entries will be reviewed by a panel of judges and the winner will be announced at the Annual Conference. View complete Quest Award Guidelines 2018.
Earn the WE PARTICIPATE Seal
Chapters, law firms and legal departments may earn the WE PARTICIPATE Seal for utilizing the Association of Legal Administrators Diversity and Inclusion Scorecard — Roadmap to Change. This tool is a self-assessment to gauge trends and best practices among legal workplaces and ALA Chapters committed to advancing diversity and inclusion. Use of the Scorecard is recommended and included in the Presidents' Award of Excellence.
Participation in the scorecard is voluntary. There is no cost to participate, and everyone is welcome. Simply download the Scorecard and utilize it in your law firm, legal department and chapter. Notify the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion that you are using the Scorecard by emailing email@example.com, and earn the Seal of Participation for your website.
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Spirit of ALA Award
Congratulations to Steven M. Morris, CLM, SPHR of Allen Matkins Leck Gamble in San Francisco, California.
Presented to those whose commitment to professionalism, dedication to the advancement of law firm administration and record of long-term service to the Association of Legal Administrators sets the standard for all who aspire to achievement, excellence and success.
While many ALA members contribute tremendous amounts of time and effort to the growth of the profession of law firm administration and the success of ALA, recipients of The Spirit of ALA Award are those individuals who have in their careers demonstrated all of the following in extraordinary, consistent and significant measure.
- An unswerving commitment to professionalism. This is defined through a career exemplifying the highest standards of personal conduct; a record of fairness, equality and courage in dealing with employees, lawyers and other legal management professionals; and a clear recognition by one’s peers as being a model for others and a standard-setter in the profession.
- Exceptional dedication to the advancement of law firm administration as demonstrated by teaching and writing activities; mentoring and counseling of others; participation in activities promoting the credibility of the profession; community and civic service; development of new approaches and techniques; or other activities contributing to the knowledge, skills and abilities of individual legal management professionals and/or to the profession as a whole.
- A record of service to the Association of Legal Administrators that far exceeds normal expectations, and also provides a model and inspiration for participation and involvement by others. Such a record will be demonstrated by successful leadership and service (a) over an extended period of time in (b) a number of different positions or capacities at (c) various local, regional, national or international levels.
Outstanding Association Volunteer Award
Congratulations to Janine Book of Pepper Hamilton LLP in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Paul Farnsworth of Woods Oviatt Gilman LLP in Rochester, New York.
View the complete list of previous recipients.
This award is named for and honors ALA Founders Mary Ann Altman, Bradford W. Hildebrandt and Robert I. Weil. It is presented to select individuals for their exceptional contributions to the legal management profession.
- 2017: Donald S. Akins
- 2010: John J. Michalik
- 2007: Robert S. Yegge
- 2006: Mary Ann Altman, Bradford W. Hildebrandt, Robert I. Weil (founding recipients)