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What's Happening at Headquarters January 2024

Our New White Paper Explores the Benefits and Risks Generative AI Brings to Law Firms

Artificial intelligence (AI) in general and “generative AI” (GAI) in particular, such as Open AI’s ChatGPT and DALL-E, received extraordinary media coverage over the past few years and specifically during the last few months of 2023. GEN-AI can provide many benefits to law firms; however, it also can create risks.

Our latest white paper, Generative Artificial Intelligence: Benefits and Risks to Law Firms, provides you with a fundamental, nontechnical, informative discussion of AI and GEN-AI concepts. It investigates the relationship between ethics and the rapidly (and sometimes unchecked) evolving world of GEN-AI. Finally, it identifies specific GEN-AI benefits and risks relevant to law firms when using GEN-AI in their activities and improve and elevate the reader’s overall AI literacy.


Register by February 9 to Save on Annual Conference & Expo 

Take advantage of early bird pricing for ALA’s 2024 Annual Conference & Expo in Aurora, Colorado! Don’t miss the chance to hear from engaging speakers on all the latest legal trends, meet exhibitors that have the business solutions your firm needs, and network with ALA colleagues new and old.

Book by February 9 to save $200 on your registration. Click here to preview the presentations and get ready to Discover the Difference that will help you, your firm and your team stay competitive in today’s rapidly evolving legal landscape. Join us May 19-22

Join the Discussion on Hiring and Retention of Legal Support Staff

As firms struggle to recruit legal support staff, hiring and retention will remain top of mind for firms in 2024. Is your firm doing anything unique or innovative around this topic? From professional development options to flex arrangements, we want to discuss what firms are implementing to make careers in legal support a viable option. Join members of ALA’s Professional Development Advisory Committee (PDAC) Jennifer Trippett, Senior Manager of Professional & Staff Development at Steptoe & Johnson PLLC, and Cynthia Thomas, Regional Administrator at Offit Kurman, as they lead a discussion on themes looming large in this area. Register now for this ALA Roundtable on January 19 at noon Central by visiting

Learn About the Basics of Running a Chapter

Save the date for 2024 Essentials of Chapter Leadership, taking place March 26 through March 28. This three-day virtual training event will provide incoming chapter leaders with basic instruction on chapter management, as well as information on the importance of adhering to essential financial and legal responsibilities. This event is open to all members, so be sure to attend if you want to learn about these topics, even if you’re not yet slated to be a chapter leader.