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.
In 2017, the Trustees voted to sharpen the Foundation’s focus to three areas:
- Grant Susan French Emerging Leadership Scholarships for Chapter Leadership Institute attendance to applicants who demonstrate a passion for and the attributes needed to pursue leadership roles in ALA and the legal management profession;
- Sponsorship and selection of the Brezina Session speaker at our annual ALA Conference; and
- Foster and promote active engagement by ALA members in providing pro bono administrative services, resources and training to legal services organizations.
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.
One exciting outcome of the Trustees' planning is the development of a new Pro Bono Program that will match our member’s expertise and experience with local Legal Services Organizations. Please check back for more information on this initiative.
The following links provide a complete listing of the many projects and initiatives the Foundation has sponsored: