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What's Happening at Headquarters May 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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Miss the Annual Meeting? Stream It Now

On May 6, ALA held its Annual Meeting (virtually!), marking the transition of leadership Association-wide. This event is required by ALA’s bylaws, but just as we did last year, we found ourselves convening by Zoom. This event featured:

  • State of the Association report from Immediate Past President Debra L. Elsbury, CLM
  • Passing of the gavel from Elsbury to 2021-2022 ALA President Michael T. Bumgarner, CLM, CPA, CGMA, plus recognition of outgoing members of the Board of Directors 
  • A town hall featuring Bumgarner, Elsbury, President-Elect Sarah Evenson, JD, MBA, and ALA Executive Director April Campbell, JD, who took turns answering questions from members.

We’d also like to thank the nearly 60 individuals who completed their volunteer service. Their participation on the Board of Directors, the Chapter Resource Team, a committee or a project team played an active role in shaping the Association’s long-term direction and short-term priorities. We salute you!

Right after this meeting, we also digitally announced our 2021 award recipients. These individuals will be recognized at the 2021 Annual Conference & Expo in Austin, Texas, and in the print version of Legal Management, which celebrate  ALA’s 50th Anniversary. Look for that to arrive in your mailbox in July!

To watch the complete recording of the Annual Meeting, click here.

AC21-Austin-TexasSpeaker Preview for ALA’s 2021 Annual Conference & Expo

Gain cutting-edge insights from a variety of experts at the gathering of legal administrators on October 3-6.

Here are a few of the thought-leaders who will share invaluable information and advice to help you and your firm advance:

  • Michael S. Cohen, JD, Partner at Duane Morris LLP
  • Sarah Cowen, Senior Vice President and Investment Counselor at Citi Private Bank
  • Sherry A. Cushman, Vice Chairman and Leader of the Legal Sector Advisory Group at Cushman & Wakefield
  • Amy A. Hunter, Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Caleres
  • Cynthia Thomas, Executive Manager at PLMC Associates
  • Joni Watke, JD, Academy LGBTQ

Be sure to visit for the full list of the returning favorites and new perspectives who have joined the faculty so far.

How to Stop Bullies in the Workplace

ALA’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility Committee is pleased to announce that it now has a fourth educational offering available to chapters and law firms. The How to Stop Bullies in the Workplace presentation provides an opportunity to learn the difference between harassment and bullying. The discussion will touch on the intersectionality among harassment, bullying and racism. Participants will understand the impact on their employees when this behavior is allowed to continue. And they will learn how to recognize, acknowledge and stop bulling in the legal profession. Email [email protected] for more information.