IDEA Award 2016 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 Committee on Diversity  and Inclusion

60 Tips in 75 Minutes on Diversity and Inclusion
Contact: Sarah Clark,

The "60 Tips in 75 Minutes" presentation was created to provide a  better understanding of the dimensions of diversity; to educate members about  updating current policies within their firms; to teach best practices for  hiring; to provide resources; and to explain why all of this is so important.  As of November 2015, the committee has presented to 22 ALA chapters, with  numerous other speaking engagements scheduled for 2016 and a Cyber Chapter  webinar.

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Armstrong Teasdale

Passport to a Higher Profile
Contact: Gail Appleson,

Armstrong Teasdale saw an opportunity to increase the level of interaction  between young associates and firm leadership, in order to help them elevate  their status in the firm and get on the partnership track. Their program  enabled associates to meet six key lawyers outside their practice area for  lunch or a beverage, improving morale and increasing internal referrals and  cross-selling opportunities.

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ALA Greater Phoenix-Valley  of the Sun Chapter

Business Partner Internship Program
Contact: Gina Sanfillippo,

With the bylaw amendment allowing college students to join ALA came an idea to  create a six-week internship program where students would be paired with  business partners and member law firms to gain working knowledge of the  business of law. The chapter recruited students from Arizona State University’s  Undergraduate Law Association, as well as business students at the university.  The chapter received 79 submissions for 25 spots in the program!

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Skadden, Arps, Slate,  Meagher & Flom LLP

Skadden Chicago 30 Acts of Giving
Contact: Kerry Mansfield,

Skadden Chicago’s "30 Acts of Giving" took a new approach to public  service by organizing a series of projects that together made a greater impact  than any single project might, raising over $165,000 and contributing more than  1,500 hours of service. The series of pro bono service and fundraising  initiatives addressed poverty, hunger, health, diversity, education, veterans’  care, the environment and the arts.

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ALA Greater Los Angeles  Chapter

Sharks Rank
Contact: Jean Jewell,

The Greater Los Angeles Chapter sought to develop a unique interactive learning  experience in a short, dynamic format based on current reality TV shows. In  their workshop "Sharks Rank," legal management professionals present  a Challenge Project and a solution to that challenge to a panel of three law  firm industry experts, or Sharks. All attendees benefit from the insights  expressed by the three participants and the audience.

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