Tribute Cards Are Here

These days, it’s a rare treat to get a card in the mail. Now the Foundation of ALA can help you brighten someone’s day or honor a loved one’s memory with one of these tribute cards. 

Just select the “In Honor of/In Memory of” option when you donate online or via mail. Fill in the recipient's name and address, so we can send the card right to them. They’ll receive one of these personalized cards acknowledging your donation.

Foundation Initiatives 

The Susan L. French Emerging Leader Fellowship Program

The Susan L. French Emerging Leader Fellowship Fund was established by GLJ Benefit Consultants in memory of former ALA President Susan L. French. The foundation of this program is the recognition of Susan's commitment to professionalism, dedication to the advancement of law firm administration, development of future leaders and record of long-term service to the Association of Legal Administrators.

Susan French Koran 2009-2010The one-year fellowship program provides tuition and a travel stipend to ALA’s 2020 Chapter Leadership Institute and enrollment in the interactive series, Elevate Your Professional Presence Online Program along with a presentation module, presented by Judy Hissong, CLM, President, Nesso Strategies, Inc.

Participation in the program includes the expectation of full engagement by the fellowship recipient. Program participants will be assigned a mentor and will assume a mentorship role for future fellowship recipients. If all program requirements are met, a complimentary registration and travel stipend to ALA’s 2021 Annual Conference & Expo may be extended to recipients.  Learn more about this program. Please note: The application for 2020 has closed.

Student Scholarship and Visibility

The Foundation has focused on students as the future of our profession. With this in mind, we have developed the following initiatives:

  • Scholarships for college students engaged in a non-lawyer legal curriculum
  • A presence at college career fairs
  • Seed money for chapters formulating law firm, legal organization or business partner internships 

David W. Brezina Memorial Session at the Annual Conference

David Brezina 1996-1997David W. Brezina served as ALA President from 1996 to 1997. His career in legal administration spanned more than 20 years. In 1996, Dave was involved in a tragic bicycling accident resulting in paralysis and quadriplegia. Even as he fought this disability, he served his term as President with distinction and vigor. At the time of his death in 1999, Dave was serving as a Trustee of the Foundation. A memorial fund was created in his honor to further the educational and charitable work of the Foundation. Each year at the Annual Conference, the Foundation sponsors an education session in David's honor. Read more.

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The Foundation of the Association of Legal Administrators is the charitable affiliate of ALA. Through sponsorship of the Brezina Memorial Session at ALA’s Annual Conference, the Susan French Emerging Leadership Fellowship Program, and our student scholarship and visibility focus, we support efforts both within the Association and our communities to improve the credibility and visibility of legal management.

Now in its 38th year, the Foundation has invested over a quarter million dollars in grants, programs and sponsorships aligned with the Foundation's mission and goals.


Make a Gift or Send a Tribute Card

The Mission of the Foundation is supported by personal, chapter and corporate contributions, testamentary gifts, and fundraising efforts such as the Foundation Silent Auction at the ALA Annual Conference & Expo. Contributions to the Foundation are tax-deductible and can be made in honor of a specific individual or chapter.

Your continued support helps us to continue to deliver on the important initiatives of the Foundation and the Trustees are thankful for each dollar donated. In addition, at the Association’s Annual Conference, the Foundation hosts its major fundraiser, a Silent Auction. Check back for more details about the 2020 Silent Auction. 

Make a Donation 

Click here to make a monetary contribution online using a credit card.

Or, complete the donation form and mail it with your contribution to:

The Foundation of ALA
8600 W. Bryn Mawr Ave.
Suite 400N
Chicago, IL 60631

Send a Tribute Card

Just seleFoundation-Folded-Card-Front-resized-400ct the “In Honor of/In Memory of” option when you donate online or via mail. Fill in the recipient's name and address, so we can send the card right to them. They’ll receive one of these personalized cards acknowledging your donation.


Questions? Contact Us:
[email protected]