IDEA Award 2017 Recipients

As the undisputed leader of the business of law, ALA members and chapters are encouraged to strive for excellence. ALA IDEA Awards are presented to ALA chapters, committees, regions, individuals, firms, or organizations (including business partners) that create 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.


ALA Philadelphia Chapter

You Never Know Who You Are Going to Meet
Contact: Jessica Mazzeo,

Faced with concerns about succession and membership demographics in the future, the Philadelphia Chapter decided to reach out to Millennials by creating a YouTube channel that showcases their members’ relationships and expertise and profiles the chapter in an engaging way. Their tip series, in particular, highlights the knowledge of chapter members across a variety of functional areas.

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ALA New Jersey Chapter

Adopt a Chapter
Contact: Robbin Dolan,

The New Jersey Chapter recognized its good fortune in having a large membership and solid business partners, and it decided to extend an opportunity for “adoption” to a smaller chapter with fewer resources at hand. The adoption is intended to improve the educational opportunities of another chapter, give its members the opportunity to meet regional members, and introduce them to potential business partners. The Central Pennsylvania Chapter was the recipient of New Jersey’s first scholarship ($3,000 to attend an ALA event) and adoption program.

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Chuhak & Tecson, P.C.

Women Helping Women
Contact: Michelle Schadler,

Chuhak & Tecson, P.C., decided to leverage its talented women attorneys to attract clients from women business owners, decision makers, buyers and strategic partners — a market into which the firm had not yet specifically tapped. Their Women Helping Women program had multi-faceted goals: business development, attorney recruiting, uplifting women from all walks of business, enabling nonprofit networking and community betterment. The program has seen outstanding success and benefits to the community.

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