Past Grants

The following projects are a sample of  the projects that were accomplished, in part, through funding provided by the Foundation. These projects support the efforts of legal administrators and promote the legal management profession. The end result or "product" is available to other chapters, law firms and other legal organizations; individual ALA members; academic institutions; or other groups.

Legal Services Organizations
Legal Services Organizations (LSO) provide free or reduced-fee legal services for low-income individuals and families; many focus on particular groups such as veterans, the working poor, immigrants or the disabled. LSOs provide a range of services. The Foundation has been developing a program aimed at leveraging the skills and resources of our members and business partners. The objective of the program is to match the depth of expertise in areas such as HR, IT, finance and general management with the needs of our peers at LSOs. Read more about this initiative. 

Lagos Visiting Scholars Program
With a grant from the Foundation of ALA, the Association was able to team with the Lagos Business School in Nigeria to launch a higher education curriculum for Nigerian Legal Practitioners. Along with one ALA staff member, five visiting U.S. scholars participated in the launch of ALA's first co-branded international legal administration higher education curriculum.

Supervisor's Manual for St. Louis Internship Program (SLIP)
Gateway Chapter 1997
SLIP was a community-based collaborative effort to prepare high-school students with financial needs for the future through economic opportunities and education (especially summer employment). This manual was designed as a how-to guide for supervisors of high-school students. In addition to this being a resource for law firms, this manual is useful to chapters wanting to form their own chapter-wide internship program:

Project LEAP, Phase I, II, III
San Diego Chapter 2001, 2001, 2009
Project LEAP is a three-part project working with students interested in the legal profession. The first phase of the program includes a DVD of high school students interviewing employees in the legal profession, while producing videos to be voted upon in their high school class. The second phase of the project included the creation of a worksheet to accompany the DVD. The third phase of the program covers the areas of community service, the visibility of legal careers and a template for other chapter internships and a website where other ALA chapters could direct students as a resource. This product is recommended to chapters to use with junior and senior high school presentations, counselors and career fairs. Learn more here.

Innovative Paralegal Studies Lab
Knoxville Chapter 2006
Joint project between Chapter and Pellissippi State Technical Community College Foundation for establishing an "innovative paralegal studies lab" on the college campus.

CLM in a Flash (Updated to an App in 2016)
Valley of the Sun Chapter 2006
CLM in a Flash is a deck of more than 500 study cards specifically designed to help prepare for the Certified Legal Manager (CLM) exam. Each flash card includes a "term," definition and corresponding resource. Individual ALA members can purchase them through the ALA Legal Management eStore for their own use, and chapters can provide them to members studying for the CLM exam or participating in chapter-organized CLM study groups:

Online Legal Administrative Assistant Certificate Program
First State Chapter 2006
Online course component of Legal Administrative Assistant Certificate Program in partnership with Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia.

Roadmap to Leadership Success Women's Symposium
Austin-Central Texas Chapter 2007
The ALA Austin Chapter partnered with the Travis County Women Lawyers Association to host a luncheon themed, "Roadmap to Leadership Success - Advancing and Retaining Women Attorneys in Today's Law Firms."

Talk Logic
Rochester Chapter 2008
The "Talk Logic" project was designed to teach reasoning and public speaking skills to urban high school students. Through a partnership with the Academy of Law, Justice and Government at John Marshall High School, the Rochester Chapter developed a series of workshops and group sessions in a variety of areas in law, communication, public presentation and personal development. Six students were selected to participate in the four-month program. During the first phase of the project, students participated in educational sessions where topics included interviewing techniques, resume development, and office etiquette. During this phase of the project, students participated in several activities that were designed to develop and educate them including a moot court program. The next phase of the project involved training in public speaking in a series of workshops coordinated with a local Toastmasters group. During this time each student selected a topic, developed a 10-minute presentation and presented it to Chapter members, faculty from the school and family members. At the end of the program, students participated in the five-day National Youth Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C.:

Best Practices in Legal Management: A Comprehensive Guide
New York Chapter 2009
The Foundation awarded a grant to the New York Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators to support Best Practices in Legal Management: A Comprehensive Guide, which was written in conjunction with the New York Bar Association. The book features contributions from numerous law firm managers and provides a blueprint for running a successful law practice. Topics in the book include strategic and organizational planning, business development, legal practice management, and financial management:

Law Firms are More than Lawsuits & Lawyers
Indiana Chapter 2010
The program, "Law Firms are More than Lawsuits & Lawyers," is a partnership with Indianapolis Public School's Shortridge Magnet High School for Law and Public Policy and is designed to guide students toward a career in the legal profession and offer them the tools necessary to develop a variety of skills that will help them be successful, productive citizens, regardless of their ultimate career choice. Through this program students will participate in on-site lunch-and-learn opportunities where they will be discussing topics such as confidentiality and ethics in the workplace, an overview of how firms work from a financial perspective and discussions on professional behavior and conflict resolution. Students participating in this program will also have an opportunity to have a paid internship with a law firm in Indianapolis: