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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). 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 give 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 two meetings are typically three days in length. There is a teleconference involving the Certification Committee chair, the ALA staff representative, a certification consultant, 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 items. Identifying source materials is as much a part of the process as the creation of new test items. Item writing can require a significant time commitment.

Confidentiality. In all respects, confidentiality must be maintained by each committee member. This refers specifically, but not exclusively to the test items. 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.

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 three years after a member rotates off the committee.

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.

Call for volunteers: Fall

Selections made: Winter

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Committee on Diversity and Inclusion

Description: The ALA Committee on Diversity and Inclusion is dedicated to providing each ALA member with the tools and resources required to be a leader in meeting ALA’s goal to increase diversity and inclusion in the Association, in the legal management community and in all legal service organizations and is charged with providing guidance, education, and resources in support of the ALA Diversity Initiative. The Committee offers a rich library of diversity and inclusion education and resources to ALA members and chapters, including monthly tip sheets, speakers list, and the ALA Diversity Toolkit to help legal administrators develop, plan, and implement a successful diversity program in the workplace. The Committee’s ALA Diversity & Inclusion Progress Report provides an overview of how it works to help each member manage the many changes occurring throughout the legal profession. The Committee also offers ALA Diversity and Inclusion Scorecards for both Chapters and Law Firms to help benchmark progress and establish best practices. Scorecard participants may earn and display the ‘We Participate’ seal issued by the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion.

Committee Size: 9

Term: 3 years

Appointments per year: Varies

In-Person Meetings / Expectations: Two per year (annual conference and mid-year meeting). 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

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: 10

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:The committee seeks ALA Members and Business Partners who have engaged at the chapter and national levels and understand the strategic plan set forth by ALA.  Preference may be given to members who have served as Chapter Business Partner Relations Chair, Chapter President or Regional Business Partner Relations Officer (formerly Projects Officer).  While not required, preference may also be given to those who have attended and/or exhibited at the regional and annual conferences and to those who demonstrate they can see “the big picture.”

Call for volunteers: Fall

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 recognition. The Committee members review submissions prior to a full committee meeting, at which time the recipients will be selected. Judging criteria is determined by the Committee, and focuses on:

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

Committee Size and Term: 5-8 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.

Assignments. Participation on the IDEA Awards Committee requires members to read each IDEA Award submission prior to the committee meeting. 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: Summer

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

Selections made: Fall

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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: Fall

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

Selections made: Winter

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