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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

2018 Susan L. French Emerging Scholarship Recipients 
Congratulations to our 2018 Susan L. French Emerging Leader Scholarship recipients. These rising leaders in legal management received $1,000 toward July’s Chapter Leadership Institute from the Foundation of the Association of Legal Administrators. Congrats to all!

  • Audrey Fillion — Downeast Chapter
  • Michelle Jephcott, ACP — Knoxville Chapter
  • Melissa Kandel — Memphis Chapter
  • Seleste King — Tulsa Chapter
  • Suzanne Koch — Iowa Chapter
  • Leann Miljus — Southwest Florida Chapter
  • Amanda Moellendick — Northern Virginia Chapter
  • Erica Nunez — New Mexico Chapter
  • Rachel Pinney — Houston Chapter
  • Ann Thompson, CLM — Orange County Chapter

Foundation Donates $500 to Human Rights Campaign
This year's Brezina Memorial Session Speaker is Elizabeth Birch, the former President and Executive Director of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). To honor her, the Foundation donated $500 to the HRC, which is the largest national largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer civil rights organization. Read more about Birch's background and her upcoming session at this year's Annual Conference & Expo. 

Northwest Ohio Chapter Honors New Trustee with Donation
At the April Chapter meeting, the Northwest Ohio Chapter surprised current Chapter President Kyle A. Weigand by increasing their donation to the Foundation in honor of his service. Kyle, who is the Firm Administrator for Thacker Robinson Zinz LPA in Cleveland, begins his four-year term as a Foundation Trustee next week at the Annual Conference & Expo in National Harbor, Maryland. In the past, the chapter has donated $125 to the silent auction to support the Foundation's efforts. But this year, they upped it to $500. "They put in an impromptu vote, and it was unanimous," says Kyle. "I'm proud of my little chapter!" 

We'd like to thank all the chapters who have donated to this year's auction, which is now open! View and bid on items here.

Challenge Extended:
Help the Foundation Raise Funds for the Susan L. French Scholarship Fund

The Foundation of the Association of Legal Administrators has been administering and raising funds for the Susan L. French Emerging Leaders Scholarship Fund.  The Susan 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 2013 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 the Association of Legal Administrators.

Recently, the Foundation received a very generous donation from incoming President-Elect James L. Cornell, III, of $1,000. His firm, Graves Dougherty Hearon & Moody, PC in Austin, then matched his contribution and donated another $1,000. Read more.

Foundation Initiatives 

Susan French Koran 2009-2010

The Susan L. French Emerging Leader Scholarship Fund
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 the Association of Legal Administrators.

The scholarship fund will assist ALA members who want to develop their leadership skills through ALA's Chapter Leadership Institute.

The application process is currently under review but will be available in early 2019. Watch for more details soon! In the meantime, check out the list of 2017 Scholarship Recipients.

Administrative Pro Bono Program
The Administrative Pro Bono Program matches the needs of legal services organizations (LSOs) with the skills and expertise of our members, business partners and firms. Participants can offer HR, financial, IT, marketing and other expertise that these organizations need. The Foundation is in the early stages of the planning process and would like to understand better the level of interest from our members to assist in determining how we should structure the program. Sign up to receive more information. 

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. 

Past Grants & Publications
Review the past projects that were accomplished, in part, through funding provided by the Foundation. The end result or "product" is available to other chapters, law firms and other legal organizations; individual ALA members; academic institutions; or other groups.

In the past, the Foundation has helped leaders in the legal community marshal resources to create opportunities that support and improve the profession and practice of law. Check out the publication initiatives the Foundation has supported.

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The Foundation of the Association of Legal Administrators is the charitable affiliate of ALA. Through grant making, Annual Conference speaker sponsorships, scholarship programs and outreach to nonprofit legal service organizations, we support efforts both within the Association and our communities to improve the profession of legal management. 

Now in its 37th year, the Foundation is undergoing a strategic evaluation of the mission, goals and programs that will help to sustain the organization and continue to be relevant to ALA members and other legal organizations it will support and partner with into the future. To date, the Foundation has invested over a quarter million dollars in grants, programs and sponsorships aligned with the Foundation's mission and goals. Projects the Foundation has supported have spanned the globe and include a visiting scholars program with the Lagos Business School in Nigeria, grassroots local efforts to improve the legal talent pipeline and print publication of best practices books.

Read more about the Foundation's history, purpose 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. 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 110S
8700 W. Bryn Mawr Ave.
Chicago, IL 60631

In addition, at the Association’s Annual Conference, the Foundation hosts its major fundraiser, a Silent Auction. Read more about the 2018 Silent Auction in National Harbor, Maryland!

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