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What's Happening at Headquarters July/August 2023

Energize Your Career: Volunteer with ALA

You can become a future leader of ALA! Here’s how. ALA is seeking volunteers for important leadership roles. Serving in one of these positions provides you with valuable leadership experience and allows you to help guide the future of our organization. Not sure that you are ready, but know someone who is? Good news! You can recommend someone for one of these roles, too.

Nominating Committee — Apply by August 1 

The Nominating Committee is charged with selecting individuals to fill upcoming vacancies on the International Board of Directors and Chapter Resource Team.

2024 Fall Event Planning Committees — Apply by August 1

If event planning is more your thing, we’ve got three opportunities for you:

International Board of Directors, Chapter Resource Team and Foundation Board of Trustees — Apply by September 6

ALA is seeking applicants to fill upcoming vacancies for 2024–2025.

Various ALA Committees — Apply by October 13

ALA is also seeking applicants to fill upcoming committee vacancies for 2024–2025. Plus, there are two new committees this year: the Member Ambassador Committee and the Member Value Committee. Learn more about these opportunities here

Recommend a Colleague Instead

Do you know someone who would be a good fit for one or more of these roles? Submit their name and contact information here. Your references go a long way! Shortly after your recommendation, ALA will reach out to the individual with information regarding potential volunteer service and instructions.

Hear Why Our Members Volunteer

Let some of our members tell you in their own words what volunteering with ALA has meant to them. 

    Our Fall Events Have Something for Every Member

    Fall means back to school — and that includes your education, too! We’ve got something for every member this fall, including:  

    • The Intellectual Property Conference for Legal Management Professionals is the premier IP-focused forum for administrators working in a legal practice setting. Join open discussions, share ideas and problem-solve with your peers in the intellectual property community this September 21–22 at the Omni Parker House Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts. Member rates start at $749. Go to to register, view the agenda and more!

    • Executive Leadership Summit takes a deep dive into forward-thinking topics that will explore new approaches and insights to help you deliver tangible results for your firm. Join ALA and other C-Suite level legal management professionals on September 28-30 at the Hilton San Diego Gaslamp Quarter as we spend two days learning from industry experts, gaining leadership skills and practicing valuable next steps. Visit to register and book your stay.

    • The Legal Management Fundamentals Conference is back for a second year. This is a must-attend program for those in the first five years of their legal management career. Join like-minded peers from across the country for engaging and dynamic sessions led by industry veterans. You’ll walk away with invaluable advice and practical tools and skills that you can apply immediately ― plus, a new network of colleagues! Mark your calendars now for October 13-14 at the Omni Parker House Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts. Visit for more information.

    Congratulations to the 2023 Susan L. French Emerging Leaders Fellowship Recipients!

    The Foundation of ALA has named Ericka Brundage, Legal Assistant Support Manager at Merchant & Gould, PC, and Joanna Hurt, Office Manager at McCarter & English, LLC, the recipients of the Susan L. French Fellowship.

    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, 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.

    Thank you to GLJ Benefit Consultants and Affinity Consulting Group for supporting this program!