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Certification Committee

Description: The Committee serves to review, revise, and manage the Certification Program. Its primary responsibilities include revising test items, writing new test items, working with the testing contractor to evaluate and improve the assessment process, working with the professional staff in overseeing the administration of the program, and recommending needed changes in prerequisite and recertification requirements, subject to the approval of the Board of Directors.

Committee Size: 9

Term: 4 years

Appointments per year: Varies

In-Person Meetings / Expectations: Three per year (annual conference, fall, winter). The Committee also responds to issues in respect of accreditation. Committee members promote and serve as spokespeople for the Program. Committee members will frequently have access to confidential information and materials related to the CLM testing program. As the integrity of the program is of utmost importance, each member is responsible for maintaining test materials in a secure fashion and treating sensitive information confidentially.

Meetings. The Certification Committee generally meets three times per year. One is a half-day meeting at the Annual Conference to orient new committee members and conduct item writer training and assignments. The fall meeting typically focuses on item review and revision and the late winter/early spring meeting is devoted to finalizing and setting the cut score on a new test form. The latter 2 meetings are 13/4 days in length. There is typically a teleconference involving the Certification Committee chair, the ALA staff representative, a HumRRO staff member, and new committee members to introduce the new members to the committee prior to the first committee meeting in the spring.

Assignments. Participation on the Certification Committee requires members to devote their own time between meetings researching and writing test questions. Identifying source materials is as much a part of the process as the creation of new test questions.

Confidentiality. In all respects, confidentiality must be maintained by each committee member. This refers specifically, but not exclusively to the questions, themselves. No member may make or keep copies of test questions. The integrity and security of the test and its various forms must always be maintained through utmost confidentiality. Furthermore, members of the committee are not permitted to know the identification of any candidate for the exam. Only the names of successful CLM candidates will be revealed to the committee. Please also note that information about precise pass scores is not released to the certification committee. Pass rate information, although shared with the committee, is not advertised outside the committee because the relatively small numbers of examinees means that these rates fluctuate across test administrations.

Participation in study activities and products. Because of their unique knowledge of the contents of the CLM examination, committee members are not permitted to be involved in study activities and development of study products (e.g., commercial study guides). This moratorium continues for at least 3 years after a member rotates off the committee.

Call for volunteers: Summer/Fall. Eligibility: New members are solicited from ALA members who have passed the CLM examination. Interested individuals complete an application form. Among the considerations in selection of new members are educational background, experience level, size of firm, areas of expertise, participation in ALA, writing expertise, and geographical location.

Selections made: Winter
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Committee on Diversity and Inclusion

Description: The ALA Committee on Diversity and Inclusion is tasked with providing guidance, education, and resources in support of the ALA Diversity Initiative. Originally begun as a task force in 2003, the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion evolved into a standing committee with a liaison from ALA Headquarters and budget support. The most visible deliverable of the Committee to date is the ALA Diversity Toolkit. Available in print and electronically, the ALA Diversity Toolkit is intended to help legal administrators to develop, plan, and implement a successful diversity program in their workplace. In early 2013, the Committee released for comment the new ALA Diversity and Inclusion Scorecard — Roadmap to Change for Law Office Administrators and ALA Chapter Leaders. The Scorecard should be finalized in mid-2013 and is designed to be a tool to guide firms and administrators along the paths to a successful diversity and inclusion program.

Committee Size: 9

Term: 3 years

Appointments per year: Varies

In-Person Meetings / Expectations: Two per year (annual conference and mid-year meeting in Chicago). Committee members are expected to be in good standing with the Association, attend monthly scheduled committee conference calls, and be available to attend the committee’s annual luncheon meeting as part of the Annual Conference. Each committee member is also assigned to a subcommittee and is expected to act as a contributing member of that subcommittee. Ad hoc and other task forces assignments are given on a volunteer basis, though it is expected that Committee members volunteer for task force assignments equally.

Call for volunteers: Fall/Winter.

Selections made: Winter
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Business Partner Relations Committee

Description: The Committee works to facilitate communication, provide resources for feedback, and to emphasize the interdependence that exists among business partners, ALA members, their employers and the Association at all levels.

Committee Size: 7

Term: 3 years

Appointments per year: Varies

In-Person Meetings / Expectations: Two per year (annual conference, fall). Ability to attend the Annual Conference and fall meeting. Must also be able to participate in at least monthly teleconference meetings.

Eligibility: Preference for those who have served as Chapter Business Partner Relations Chair, Chapter President or Regional Business Partner Relations Officer (formerly Projects Officer). Also valued is having experience as both a member and a business partner. While not required, preference is also given to those who have attended regional and annual conferences and those who demonstrate they can see "the big picture."

Call for volunteers: Fall/Winter.

Selections made: Winter
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Business Partner Advisory Panel

Description: Objectives include helping the Business Partner Relations Committee (BPRC) prepare the business partner education at the ALA Annual Conference; providing suggestions and feedback regarding the exhibit hall at the Annual Conference, regional and specialty conferences; working with the BPRC to enhance the understanding and appreciation of mutually beneficial relationships between members, business partners and ALA; and acting as a sounding board for the BPRC’s efforts to create a best practices environment at all levels of ALA.

Committee Size: 6

Term: 2 years

Appointments per year: Varies

In-Person Meetings / Expectations: Two per year (annual conference, fall). Ability to attend the Annual Conference and fall meeting. Must also be able to participate in at least monthly teleconference meetings. Panel representatives must attend the two face-to-face meetings and be able to participate in monthly teleconference meetings. Special assignments may lead to additional teleconference meetings. Membership in the Association of Legal Administrators is not open to consultants and business partners who are engaged by legal organizations. Therefore, participation on this Business Partner Advisory Panel should not be interpreted to mean membership in ALA. Neither the Association of Legal Administrators nor the Business Partner Relations Committee will endorse any products or services unless the Board of Directors of the Association has granted prior approval.

Eligibility: Four (4) participants will meet the following criteria: The company was an exhibitor (a) At three out of the last five national ALA Annual Conference & Expositions, and (b) At a minimum of two ALA regional or specialty conferences in two out of the last five years. Two (2) of the participants will be selected from (a) An ALA Value in Partnership (VIP)SM Program business partner; and/or (b) A business partner or sponsor who has participated in an ALA event at least once, and who has shown obvious interest in active involvement. Applications will only be accepted from business entities in good standing with the Association. [By way of example only, a business entity may not be on restricted status due to delinquent monies owed to the Association or for violation(s) of the terms of any contract between the business entity and ALA (including any rules violations in connection with exhibiting at Annual or Regional Conferences).] When exhibiting at an ALA event, dismantling or packing-up business partner’s exhibit booth can begin only after the close of the exposition. Any infraction of the dismantling and packing regulations will result in the automatic loss of priority points, will affect future conference booth placement and/or eligibility to exhibit and, at ALA’s sole discretion, may lead to the representative’s removal from the Business Partner Advisory Panel. Preference may be given to applicants who have been members and business partners.

Call for volunteers: Fall/Winter.

Selections made: Winter
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IDEA Awards Committee

Description: The IDEA Awards Committee reviews each IDEA Award submission and makes the decision on which entries will receive IDEA Awards. The Committee members review submissions prior to a full committee meeting, at which time the recipients will be selected. Judging criteria will be determined by the Committee, but should focus on:

  • Innovation
  • Impact and results
  • Creativity and originality
  • Success of project
  • Significance
  • Long-term impact

The Committee may also assist with putting together the narrative and appropriate visuals for the Awards Ceremony that takes place during the Annual Conference.

Committee Size and Term: 5-7 members, which may include one business partner

Term: 3 years — initial terms may be less or more than 3 years to create future staggered terms

Appointments per year: Varies

In-Person Meetings/Expectations:

Meeting. The IDEA Awards Committee meets approximately eight weeks before the Annual Conference to review each IDEA Award submission. The committee meets by telephone conference at least once prior to the meeting, in addition to a follow-up telephone conference after the Annual Conference. If all members of the Committee attend the Annual Conference, the follow-up meeting will take place in person during or at the end of the Annual Conference.

Assignments. Participation on the IDEA Awards Committee requires members prior to the committee meeting to read each IDEA Award submission. The time required depends on the number of submissions and the detail provided. Due to the timing of IDEA Award submissions and the Annual Conference, the time commitment for this Committee is condensed to a short period of time in late winter/early spring.

Call for volunteers: Fall.

Eligibility: Must be a current ALA member or a current ALA-supporting business partner.

Selections made: Winter
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Individuals interested in serving on this committee should complete the application and submit to by no later than October 25, 2013.

 

International Relations Committee

Description: The IRC advises the Board of Directors and represents ALA's interests in matters related to international initiatives, cooperation and affiliations. The committee meets monthly by conference call, and in person at the Annual Conference.

Committee Size: 5-7

Term: 3 years

Appointments per year: Varies

In-Person Meetings / Expectations: One in-person meeting per year (Annual Conference). Monthly conference calls.

Eligibility: Preference for those who live or work outside the United States and/or have knowledge about international matters and customs, possibly through personal experience or employment in a multi-national organization.

Call for volunteers: Winter.

Selections made: Winter
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Professional Development Advisory Committee

Description: The Professional Development Advisory Committee provides direction and recommendations for a broad range of professional development activities that align with ALA's strategic goals. It does this by collaborating with ALA staff to consider market research/needs assessment data and monitor industry trends to develop multi-faceted plans for ALA's professional development programming. Though it guides the educational strategy, the Professional Development Advisory Committee is not directly responsible for developing content, or identifying instructors or speakers for courses or conferences.

Committee Size: 7-9

Term: 3 years - initial terms may be less or more than 3 years to create future staggered terms

Appointments per year: Varies

Committee Member Qualifications: Among the considerations in selecting new members are educational background, experience level and areas of expertise. Consideration is also given to an applicant's experience with education or training, and career development.

Committee Member Selection Process: ALA members, business partners and other individuals who have demonstrated thought leadership are eligible for this committee. Interested individuals complete an application form.

In-Person Meetings / Expectations: Committee members are expected to attend two, half-day, face-to-face committee meetings, participate in monthly conference calls and participate in email discussions, as necessary. One face-to-face meeting is held in Chicago in the first quarter. The other is held in conjunction with ALA's annual conference.

Call for volunteers: Fall/Winter.

Selections made: Winter
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