ALA Is Elevating Your Education Experience!

Using member feedback and industry research, ALA is recasting our content and education strategy to be learning-needs driven. This enables us to deliver education events that align with what our members say they want:

  • New experiences that are forward-thinking and innovative
  • Deep dive, in-depth workshops
  • More diverse education experiences across all our offerings


Learn more about these exciting changes from ALA President April Campbell, JD.


In 2019, ALA is introducing two all-new, in-person event experiences that feature unique educational content at a lower price point and shorter event duration.


C4: The Legal Industry Conference

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Wednesday, September 18–Friday, September 20

Member Early Bird Registration $499 

Boston Park Plaza
50 Park Plaza at Arlington Street
Boston, Massachusetts

Hotel rate $289 + 14.45% tax, per night

C4: The Legal Industry Conference is a one-of-a-kind experience that uses design thinking to create solutions in the legal industry. This event focuses on finance, technology and marketing, finding viable answers for the industry, law firms and departments.

We will open with a Regi-Ception Wednesday 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. We’ve combined registration with a reception, so everyone can pick up their badge, share a beverage and enjoy a bite. This evening is about building relationships and getting to know one another.

Thursday will include an introduction to design thinking, legal design thinking case studies, and an overview of the four challenges we will address. Everyone will split into four separate groups – one for each challenge – and do a deep dive into the questions themselves and how individual teams will develop a solution. Lunch and dinner will be on own Thursday; you’ll have a great opportunity to join colleagues and enjoy the city of Boston.

Friday will kick off with a recap of Thursday and instructions for the teams. All attendees will then break up into small groups of no more than five in a group to discuss and design a solution to their challenge. Each group will choose where they want to go – they have the option to stay in a meeting room, go to any hotel public area like the lobby or a foyer space, or go outside (pending weather). A buffet lunch will be available, so groups can eat on their own schedule. The program will end with each team reporting on their solution to the entire group. We’ll wrap up at 4 p.m. and you’ll have your weekend.

C4 is open to representatives from all sectors of the legal industry and strategic partners of ALA will be invited as well. We will bring together legal management professionals, lawyers, legal technologists, business development and marketing experts, and others to collaboratively develop solutions to legal industry challenges.

Before the C4 event, we'll host a Legal Lean Sigma® and Project Management Yellow Belt Certification Course. It will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, September 17, and 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, September 18. Member registration is $1,799.


ALA Master Class: Leadership for Legal Management Professionals

Monday, October 21–Wednesday, October 23

Member Early Bird Registration $559

Westin Seattle
1900 5th Ave.
Seattle, Washington

Hotel rate $239 + $2 tourism fee + 15.6% tax, per night

The ALA Master Class: Leadership for Legal Management Professionals is all about YOU and YOUR professional growth. This event takes a deep dive into critical personal leadership skills that are vital to an attendee’s career, such as establishing a boardroom presence, handling conflict, difficult conversations and more.

We will open with a Regi-Ception Monday 5 – 7 p.m. We’ve combined registration with a reception, so everyone can pick up their badge, share a beverage and enjoy a bite. This evening is about building relationships and getting to know one another.

Tuesday and Wednesday will focus on learning and developing high-level leadership/management skills essential for success in today’s legal market. The sessions will combine pre-conference exercises, lecture, group discussion and collaboration, case studies, post-conference exercises and other adult learning concepts. 

Lunch and dinner will be on own Tuesday; you’ll have a great opportunity to join colleagues and enjoy the city of Seattle. Wednesday will include a buffet lunch. We’ll end by 4 p.m. Wednesday so you can head home and be ready to start using your new skills in the office on Thursday.

Leadership is open to all ALA members as well as industry nonmembers.



A preconference HR program will be offered on Monday, October 21, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For Advanced Human Resources Administration for Legal Management Professionals, member registration is $699.


So, what does this mean for the Regional Conferences?

While the Regional Legal Management Conferences delivered valuable education, the format and content closely mirrored that of ALA’s Annual Conference & Expo. Members have told us they are looking for new experiences that are forward-thinking and innovative, deep dive in-depth workshops, and more diverse education experiences across all our offerings. So, we’ve replaced our “mini Annual Conferences” with bold, innovative programs to better meet and exceed your needs.

ALA’s education content is focused on what you need to excel at your firm and as an individual in the legal management profession. There is an ALA education experience for you, no matter your time or budget needs.



2019 ALA Professional Development Calendar

January–December:Webinars
March: ALA Summit Webcast Series #2
April 14–17: Annual Conference & Expo
April 18–19: Legal Lean Sigma® Yellow Belt post-conference workshop
July 25–27:  Chapter Leadership Institute*
August 1–3:Large Firm Administrators Retreat
September 17–18:Legal Lean Sigma® and Project Management Yellow Belt Certification Course
September 18–20:C4: The Legal Industry Conference
September 26–27: Intellectual Property Conference
October 21:Advanced Human Resources Administration for Legal Management Professionals
October 21–23:ALA Master Class: Leadership for Legal Management Professionals
November: ALA Summit Webcast Series #3

*Content focused on information and skills for effectively leading an ALA chapter. Ideal participants include Chapter Presidents-Elect, new chapter officers, current chapter officers who have not previously attended CLI and individuals interested in becoming a chapter officer.

We will continue to share details on these new events with you throughout the coming weeks! 

Contact executivedirector@alanet.org with any questions.

Exhibit and Sponsorship Opportunities 

ALA encourages its business partners to get involved at these high-impact ALA events. 

Business Partners interested in sponsorships at The C4 Legal Industry Conference, please click here for more information.  

For Business Partners interested in sponsorships at The ALA Master Class, please click here for more information.  

Questions?