2015 ALA Conference & Expo

Cheers to a Successful 2015 Annual Conference

A big thank-you to the 2,000 attendees and exhibitors at the Annual Conference & Expo in Nashville, Tennessee. We hope you walked away with plenty of ideas to inspire, innovate and lead you to excellence at your law office.

Were you unable to attend this year’s ALA Conference & Expo? Or are you looking to relive some of the fun you had? We’ve got you covered! See a day-by-day recap of the conference as told by attendees’ tweets: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. (no login required)

A Few of the Highlights

ALA Announces 2015-2016 Board of Directors

During Tuesday’s Association Lunch, the 2015-2016 ALA Board of Directors took office. See your new Board of Directors.

ALA Members Get Their 60 Seconds of Fame

We asked participants to use their personality, unique ideas and creativity to produce a video testimonial telling us why they value their ALA membership or relationship - and you voted for your favorite! The 60 Seconds of Fame Video Contest winner, the Greater Phoenix Valley of the Sun Chapter, was announced last week at Annual Conference. View the video.

Outstanding Association Volunteer Awards

Each year the Board of Directors identifies members who have made significant contributions to the association. The first of these awards went to Steve Dempsey of Sidley Austin in Washington, D.C. Dempsey joined ALA in 1994 and has held many positions over the years at both the chapter and international levels, serving as chapter president in both Washington D.C and Dallas, chair of several committees, and as a board member.

The second Outstanding Association Volunteer Award went to Luci Hamilton of Global Law Practice in Beverly Hills, California. Her work with the Brazilian legal community was the driving force for the Professional Legal Management Global Summit — Brazil and Beyond. The event is helping to shape the future of Brazil’s judicial process and broadening the association’s global reach.

Spirit of ALA Award

The Spirit of ALA Award recognizes individuals for unique achievement in leadership, commitment and dedication. It is not an annual award but is the association’s highest honor, only given to those whose leadership and contributions are extraordinary, as rare as the individuals who receive them.

The 2015 Spirit of ALA recipients are Steve Wingert of Nesso Strategies and Karen Griggs, CLM, of Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice, who have served ALA tirelessly at the chapter level, through committee service, as regional leaders and on the Board of Directors.

Quest Award

The Quest Award recognizes a new member of the association for their conviction, dedication and relentless pursuit of personal and professional excellence. This year’s Quest Award winner is Summer Jurrells of Bickerstaff Heath Delgado Acosta LLP in Austin, Texas. When Jurrells joined the association in 2013, she immediately agreed to serve on her chapter’s Community Relations Committee, and the following year, she served on the Education and Programs Committee and as co-chair on the Communications Committee.

IDEA Awards

ALA’s IDEA Awards program, now in its second year, seeks to recognize initiatives that model innovation, development, engagement and advancement in the legal community. Awards are presented to ALA chapters, committees, regions, individuals, firms or organizations (including business partners) that create unique and innovative programs, services and events.

  • ALA's Puget Sound Chapter won for brokering a coalition of the Pacific Northwest Legal Community, which created alignment, synergy and opportunities for cross-promotion and education among legal organizations in that metro area.
  • The 2014 Business of Law Conference Planning Committee saw the need to deliver meaningful information in quick bursts by multiple experts, which led to the BOLD (Business of Law Discussion) Bites educational forum.
  • Gensler created a pop-up legal workplace of the future exhibit, having responded to shifting work patterns and employee expectations in today’s law firms.
  • ALA’s Greater Los Angeles Chapter saw an opportunity to transform their annual holiday luncheon into a networking opportunity uniquely suited to their audience.
  • ALA’s Boston Chapter combined innovation and education with fun and interaction, turning a standard educational luncheon seminar into a game show.
  • Sidley Austin LLP created a program designed to introduce diverse law students to private practice, particularly in large law firms.

Complete details regarding ALA's IDEA Awards program can be found at

Evaluation Raffle Winners

Congratulations the following evaluation raffle winners!

The following each won a $100 ALA Bucks Gift Card for completing session evaluations:

Jennifer Mansfield, CLM, Blacker Sammis & Blacker, PC

Cindy Yoesting, CLM, Hall Maines Lugrin, PC

Gloria Hernandez, CLM,  Burlington & Rockenbach, PA

Beth Fowler, CLM, Robbins Russell Englert Orseck Untereiner & Sauber, LLP

​Frank Macharoni, CLM, Pickrel Schaeffer & Ebeling Co., LPA

Tracy Clark, CLM, MBA, Bowman and Brooke LLP

The following won an iPad Mini for completing the Overall Conference Evaluation:

Stacey Ransleben, CLM, Thompson & Horton, LLP

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