ALA Faces Member and Chapter News

Anniversaries, Awards and Appointments June 2021

Members on the Move


Jeffrey Patrick Downes, a member of the Minnesota Chapter, is now Firm Administrator at Fisher Bren & Sheridan LLP in Minneapolis, Minnesota.


Jacqueline A. Johnson, a member of the Capital Chapter, is now Office Administrator at Akerman LLP in Washington, D.C.


Lupe Andrea Mendoza, a member of the Greater Los Angeles Chapter, is now Human Resources Manager at Wolf Rifkin Shapiro Schulman & Rabkin, LLP, in Los Angeles, California.

Congratulations to a Super Volunteer

ALA member Suzanne Hartness was recently honored as a finalist for the 2021 Mary Catherine Strobel Volunteer Awards by Hands On Nashville, an organization that seeks to meet community needs by connecting the willing to volunteer opportunities. She was recognized in the Direct Service: Capacity-Building Volunteer category for her work with the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands. She took the initiative in event planning, fundraising, development and outreach efforts to grow the nonprofit, enlisting the support of the Middle Tennessee Chapter of ALA and its members’ firms.

Hartness is the Chief Operating Officer of Gullett Sanford Robinson & Martin, PLLC, in Nashville. She also serves as the Education Representative for the Middle Tennessee Chapter.

Honoring a Past ALA President

ALA was saddened to recently learn of the passing of Norma Lee Jefferson, who served as ALA’s first female President from 1978 to 1979. Norma died in May 2017 at the age of 85. She worked for more than 30 years in legal administration for three Chicago law firms: Sonnenschein, Wilson & McIlvaine and Much Shelist. Our thoughts are with her family, friends and past colleagues.