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What's Happening at Headquarters June 2021

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.

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Open for Participation: The 2021 Compensation and Benefits Survey

The 2021 Compensation and Benefits Survey and its companion, the 2021 Large Firm Key Staff Compensation Survey, are now open for participation. These surveys provide comprehensive information on law firm salaries, benefits, staffing ratios and turnover. Your participation is crucial to making the report a success. The deadline is July 14.

ALA has switched to a new platform to hopefully make participation more user-friendly. Although every participant will need to create a new account through this platform, we expect the process of filling out the survey to be smoother than in previous years. For example, respondents can now do an Excel upload in order to submit data.



2021 Annual Conference & Expo Agenda Preview

Download the agenda preview for ALA’s 2021 Annual Conference & Expo! Here is a taste of the thought-provoking presentations, interactive discussions and in-depth sessions you’ll experience in Austin, Texas:

  • Default or Defined: What We Can Do to Positively Influence Culture in Our Law Firms
  • From Frazzled to Focused: Techniques on Productivity and Efficiency
  • Navigating the 2021 Workplace: An Employment Law Update
  • The Data Breach Epidemic: What Every Administrator Needs to Know Today
  • What Legal Management Professionals Should Know About Litigation Financing

The full program is coming soon, so stay tuned. Get ready for celebration, education and networking October 3–6! To register or for more information, visit, call 1-888-593-7243 or email [email protected]. Please quote your registration code: B00-690-690CX11.

Free for ALA Members: The Successful Firm Project

ALA is working in collaboration with The Successful Firm Project to provide a new approach for you and your team to learn, share and improve practice development. ALA members and their entire firms can take advantage of a complimentary subscription. It’s a great supplement to your other member benefits. 

This professional network of law firm leaders, subject matter coaches and solution providers is collaborating on what makes firms successful. Participants are looking for creative ways to improve the business health of their firms today and in the future. The Successful Firm Project will provide a point of access for law firm leaders to connect and collaborate by sharing new ideas and best practices. Benefits include:

  • Peer-to-peer Huddles throughout the year
  • Live Playbook webcasts throughout the year
  • Personalized dashboard and tools
  • Content for successful firms

The next Huddle takes place June 15, and the next Playbook webcast is on July 13. Subscribe to get access! 

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Register for the 2021 Chapter Leadership Institute

Calling all chapter leaders and Chapter Resource Team members! Are you signed up yet for this year’s Chapter Leadership Institute, taking place in person this July in St. Louis, Missouri? The schedule overview is available, so read up on the unique opportunities you could have to learn about and strengthen your leadership role, share ideas and experiences with colleagues and expand your network. For planning purposes, ALA will host a Welcome Reception on Thursday evening, July 15. CLI will officially get underway Friday morning, July 16, and conclude Saturday evening, July 17, around 4 p.m. Join your peers to learn all the nuances of managing a chapter, and network to learn best practices from your peers in various chapters in ALA. Registration closes July 6; read the FAQs for info about the worry-free cancellation policy and COVID-19 safety measures.  

Register Now for Law Firm Accounting Course

The registration period for FM 1: Law Firm Accounting will come to a close on July 9. The interactive six-week course will then commence on July 13, teaching participants new financial management skills and tools while delivering continuing education credits.

ALA’s web-based courses delve deeply into their subject in a classroom-style format — all conveniently online. By completing both FM 1 and FM 2: Financial Information and Analysis, participants can put themselves on track to earn a Legal Management Finance Specialist Certificate that will enhance their résumé and show managers or potential employers that they’ve gone the distance. If that’s the route you’re interested in, consider the two-course package.