Why Members Value ALA



"I began my journey into office administration while working as a litigation support employee. As a result, ALA was vital to my successful transition. Through ALA I found a mentor, friends, and endless opportunities for education and professional growth. I am proud to participate on my local chapter’s board, and “pay it forward” by introducing others to the association.  Whether you are a novice or an expert, ALA truly has something for everyone."


Megan M. Phelan, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Cook Craig & Francuzenko, PLLC 

"I have been a Session Manager at ALA every year except one since 1999 (I skipped the year I was Chapter President).  It has been a fabulous experience for me.  It gives me the opportunity to get to know other ALA members from around the country, and I always enjoy meeting and chatting with the speaker before and after each session.  I benefit significantly from ALA - both personally and professionally, and being a Session Manager is a small way I can give back to ALA - while having a ton of fun."

Laura Broomell, CLM
Greene Espel, PLLP

"The ALA Job Bank is Alston + Bird's top choice in helping to recruit top notch legal professionals. The online posting is easy to use and resumes start arriving within days."

Michael G. Stephens, PHR
Alston + Bird LLP

"The CLM designation has given me renewed confidence in both my personal and professional capabilities. While sitting for the exam was challenging, it was well worth the effort. Having the CLM designation shows extraordinary dedication and commitment to the profession – something that employers look for. "

Fred Esposito, Jr., CLM
Meyer Suozzi English & Klein, PC

"Listing our open positions with ALA has always provided Legal Resource Group with another excellent way to contact potential candidates."

Bob Lang, Partner
Legal Resource Group, LLC

“Thank you (ALA) so much for coming through once again for me.  I’m so glad that my Firm sees the value of ALA, and the resources the association provides.”

 Patricia L. Barbachem, CLM
Thompson Coburn LLP

"I’m proud to have earned the CLM designation and, for me, it has made a difference in my career by providing prospective employers with a certain degree of assurance that I have the knowledge base to perform the essential duties of a legal administrator. The CLM is quite specific to our industry, and it has provided me personal satisfaction and a sense of accomplishment in a profession which has a wide range of educational credentials and experience."

Patricia Lane, CLM
McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP

"I am just thrilled that I accomplished one of my long standing goals to become a CLM. I have had this on my mind to do since 1998 – always looking into it preparing to study, etc. I have spent the past two years studying, reading, etc. and my entire summer vacation and Labor Day weekend was spent in a cottage on the Cape just reading, walking, studying and praying!

The title of CLM has already resulted in a boost in my esteem and new respect in my firm where I have been for the past 12 years! The support I have received from my ALA peers has been just great – as I would expect nothing less from them.

I can’t tell you how delighted I am! Thank you."

Joanne Schnare, CLM
Kopelman and Paige, PC