ALA Faces Member and Chapter News

Anniversaries, Awards and Appointments May 2019


Congrats to These “Unsung Legal Heroes”

Three ALA members were named 2019 Excellence in Law honorees by The Daily Record of Western New York. These members — all of whom belong to the Western and Central New York Chapter and work in Rochester — are now officially considered “Unsung Legal Heroes”:

  • Patrick Michael Burke, Office Manager at Barclay Damon, LLP
  • Clara E. Onderdonk, Office Manager at Ernstrom & Dreste, LLP
  • Brenda Lee Rivera, Office Administrator at Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc.

That particular category honors staff members who help lawyers achieve success. Congratulations! We’ll let their chapter officers speak for us: “It’s nice to be recognized and you all deserve it!” says Chapter President Katrina Connelly. “This is big for the Rochester region,” says Bill Davis, the chapter’s Membership Officer.


flowersWe’re saddened to pass along the news from her firm that ALA member Margaret “Marji” Cameron Loukas passed away in March. She worked for nearly 22 years at Steptoe & Johnson LLP in Washington, D.C. — her career culminated with the role of Senior Director of Human Resources. She was an 18-year member of the Association and belonged to the Capital Chapter. Our thoughts are with her family, friends and colleagues. Donations in her honor may be made to Helping Haitian Angels.