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What's Happening at Headquarters March 2020

There’s always a lot going on at ALA headquarters in Chicago. Here’s a snapshot of what’s in store for the coming weeks.


ALA Coronavirus Update

The Association is currently following the status of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) as well as recommended practices regarding travel and large gatherings that may affect events like the 2020 Annual Conference & Expo. As of now, ALA’s conference preparations will continue to go forward. Please know that we will monitor the direction provided by public health officials and will respond accordingly.

As a resource for ALA members and the legal management community, we have launched this webpage that includes links to information and resources that can help you make fact-based decisions about topics like workplace preparation, transmission prevention and business continuity. If you have any additional questions about Annual Conference, please email [email protected]. Other questions can be directed to [email protected].



Real ID Deadline Is Approaching

You’ve likely been reading snippets or seeing signs in airports about needing a Real ID to travel later this fall. It’s true — whether you’re planning to travel by air for fun, for work or to one of ALA’s many educational offerings, you’ll eventually need to have one on hand. Starting October 1, 2020, if you’re planning to travel through any airport nationwide, you’ll need a Real ID-compliant driver’s license. Other forms of ID, such as a valid passport, will also be acceptable.

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Enter the 60 Seconds of Fame! Contest

The deadline to enter the annual 60 Seconds of Fame! contest is April 10. Members and business partners are encouraged to share how much they value ALA and the relationships they’ve gained from it — in video form. For inspiration, view submissions from previous years on ALA’s YouTube channel.

Online voting will open May 3 and close May 5. The winning entry will be announced May 6 at the Association Awards Gala at the 2020 Annual Conference & Expo in Salt Lake City.

Catch Up with Legal Management Talk

New episodes have been added to the Legal Management Talk podcast feed! Many of them feature interviews with speakers who will be appearing at the 2020 Annual Conference & Expo. Check out:

  • Adding Apps to Your Toolkit with Anna Cates Williams, JD, MBA
  • Succession Planning for Administrative Managers with Cynthia Thomas
  • Supporting Associates into Becoming Rainmakers with Stephanie Hanna
  • You can listen to the episodes on

You can listen to the episodes on ALA’s website or via BlogTalkRadio or Apple Podcasts. Subscribe so that you never miss a new episode in the future.