April 2021

Table of Contents


  • Legal Industry/Business Management

    By Kylie Ora Lobell

    Succession planning can be a touchy subject for firms, but lateral hires can be integral to making it run more smoothly.

  • Human Resources Management

    By Erin Brereton

    Unprecedented workplace changes affected summer associate programs nationwide last year. Find out how the industry reacted — and what this year’s efforts may look like.

  • Operations Management

    By Mark Brewer

    As more clients dictate e-billing processes, legal organizations of all sizes will need to get acquainted with outside counsel guidelines.



ALA Faces Member and Chapter News

Anniversaries, Awards and Appointments April 2021

Members on the Move


Rafael Araujo, a member of the Houston Chapter, is now Chief Operating Officer of Hanna Brophy MacLean McAleer & Jensen, LLP, in Oakland, California.

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Nancy Audi (not pictured), a member of the Albany Chapter, is now Office Manager/Accounting at Herzog Law Firm, PC, in Albany, New York.


Catherine A. Egan, a member of the Boston Chapter, is now Director of Office Services and Facilities at Hemenway & Barnes LLP in Boston, Massachusetts.


Kit Fong, a member of the New York City Chapter, is now Director of Administration for Northern California at Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP in San Francisco, California.


Kathy J. Pline, a member of the Wisconsin Chapter, is now Vice President of Operations at DeWitt LLP in Madison, Wisconsin.


Stacy L. Shaw, an independent member, is now Manager of IP Operations at Polsinelli in Washington, D.C.


Sharing Our Condolences

  • Longtime ALA member Sharon L. Grealey passed away in February at the age of 54. She first joined ALA in 1997 and was also a member of the Raleigh Durham Chapter. She worked as a Legal Administrator at Wilson Ratledge PLLC in Raleigh, North Carolina. Previously, she spent nearly 25 years at Brooks, Stevens & Pope, P.A. Contributions in her memory can be made to the SPCA of Wake County and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Our thoughts are with her family, friends and former colleagues.
  • ALA recently received the news that member Susan Williams passed away in September at the age of 48. She spent 10 years as the Firm Administrator for Cherry, Edgar & Smith, P.A., in West Palm Beach, Florida. Donations in her memory can be made to the American Cancer Society. Our sympathies are with those who knew her.