The Foundation of the Association of Legal Administrators was formed by the ALA Board of Directors in 1981. Since that time, the Foundation’s mission and goals have focused on the development of education programs, research on the changing legal workplace and increasing awareness of the value of legal management professionals. Meet the current Board of Trustees.

Latest News

Announcing the Susan L. French Fellowship Recipients 
This year, the Foundation of the Association of Legal Administrators revamped the Susan L. French Emerging Leader Fellowship Program. The Foundation Trustees are pleased to announce this year's recipients: Jessica Beyer, CLM, Office Manager at DeWitt LLP in Brookfield, Wisconsin; and Emily Spehar, Office Manager at Fox Galvin, LLC, in St. Louis, Missouri.

Jessica and Emily will receive registration and travel to ALA's 2019 Chapter Leadership Institute and enrollment in the interactive online series Elevate Your Professional Presence — plus a bonus presentation module presented by Judy Hissong, CLM. If all program requirements are met throughout the yearlong program, a complimentary registration and travel stipend for the 2020 Annual Conference & Expo may be extended to them.

Congratulations to Jessica and Emily! 

    Foundation Initiatives 

    The Susan L. French Emerging Leader Fellowship Program
    The Susan L. French Emerging Leader Scholarship Fund was established by GLJ Benefit Consultants in memory of former ALA President Susan L. French. The fund was established in 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 ALA.

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

    Both of these opportunities include expectations of full engagement and participation by the fellowship recipient. If all program requirements are met, a complimentary registration and travel stipend to ALA’s 2020 Annual Conference & Expo may be extended to recipients. Program participants will be assigned a Foundation Trustee mentor, and also expected to assume a mentorship role for future fellowship recipients. Learn more about this program and how to apply. Please note: The application for 2019 is now closed. 

    Student Internship and Visibility 
    In 2019, the Foundation is focused on students as the future of our profession. With this in mind, we are developing a student scholarship focused on students furthering their education in the legal field. 

    David W. Brezina Memorial Sessions 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.

    At the time of death, David served as the Director of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP, in Denver. To mark its 50th anniversary this year, the firm has made a video that includes a tribute to David. We invite you all to watch to learn more about this extraordinary individual. 

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    The Foundation of the Association of Legal Administrators is the charitable affiliate of ALA. Through Annual Conference speaker sponsorships, the Susan French 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 to the Foundation

    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.

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

    Complete the Foundation Donation Form and send it to:

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

    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. 

    Questions? Contact Us:
    foundation@alanet.org
    847-267-1252