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What's Happening at Headquarters July/August 2022


Congratulations to the Recipients of the Susan L. French Emerging Leaders Fellowship Initiative!

Last month, the Foundation of ALA named Julie Cooney, Office Services Supervisor at Shuffield Lowman & Wilson, P.A., and Lesley Hakes, SHRM-CP, Human Resources Coordinator at Lewis Rice LLC, the recipients of the Susan L. French Program. 

The fellowship program was developed to assist up to two ALA members annually who have a strong desire to enhance their personal and professional leadership skills. The first year of this two-year fellowship program provides a registration and travel stipend to ALA’s Chapter Leadership Institute; a personalized series of leadership-focused coaching sessions with Judy Hissong, CLM, PCC, a distinguished leadership consultant; as well as other leadership mentoring and course curriculum. Program participants will have an assigned mentor for the first year and will be expected to assume a mentorship role to a future fellowship recipient in the second year of their fellowship.

Kudos to the Spring 2022 CLM Recipients!

Congratulations are also in order for the five administrators who passed this spring’s CLM exam and are now Certified Legal Managers:

  • Lori Christine Dodge, CLM, SHRM-CP, CPP, Accounting Manager at Ross Scalise Law Group in Austin, Texas
  • Kari Fougner, CLM, Operations Manager at Brotman Law in San Diego, California
  • Alicia W. Lewis, CLM, Firm Administrator at Anderson Jones, PLLC, in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Katie Tullis, CLM, Executive Director at Beck Redden LLP in Houston, Texas
  • Kristin R. Wolf, CLM, Office Manager at Benjamin L. England & Associates, LLC, in Glen Burnie, Maryland

Obtaining CLM certification shows great initiative and dedication to the profession and demonstrates the mastery of a highly proficient legal administrator. Learn more about pursuing your own CLM certification. 

Be On the Lookout for the Legal Management Print Issue!

The annual print issue of Legal Management will be arriving in a mailbox near you this month! Inside the wellness-themed edition, look for articles about how mental health and wellness can be incorporated into your firm’s culture, as well as how to reduce the role of alcohol in firm events. We also asked ALA members and business partners to share their wellness tips; we hope you’ll take some inspiration from them.

Save the Date: Annual Conference 2023

Registration is open for ALA’s 2023 Annual Conference & Expo, to be held May 7-10 in Seattle, Washington! Sign up now for the chance to connect with your peers and learn from presenters and exhibitors. Come see why members love to attend year after year!

ALA Roundtable: Implementing a Legal Assistant Pool

Are you wondering how to set up a legal assistant pool at your firm? Register here for ALA’s Roundtable on July 22 at 12 p.m. Central, where experts will discuss how to design a system that best serves your firm’s attorneys. 

And for more tips on legal assistant pooling, check out or March cover story, 8 Tips for Creating Effective Modern Legal Assistant Pools