"As a 20 year member of ALA, I can honestly say, ALA was my life line as the firm I am with grew from a very small 10 person firm to its current 85 person firm. Then, I was new to the job, and the people and printed resources were much needed. Not only the members of my chapter were called upon, but from ALA national conferences I was also able to network with the smaller firms that met my needs at that time. As the firm grew, so did my need for new information, particularly as we passed some magic numbers for state and federal benefits. ALA members came to my rescue. Even though I have six department heads and an office manager that now report to me and are responsible for some of the day to day people issues, I still rely on ALA to meet my needs for information. It is the first source I turn to."
Brenda A. Majewski
Kohn Law Firm S.C.
"ALA membership on both the International and Chapter level has proven to be a wonderful opportunity for me. The educational programs, opportunities to network with colleagues and business partners, and endless resources are invaluable. My advice to everyone is take full advantage of all that ALA membership has to offer."
Samantha N. Allard
Center for Medicare Advocacy, Inc.
"At a time of specialization when most are focusing more and more on less and less, legal administrators need to learn more and more about ….more and more. From changes in ethics, HR regulations, drugs in the workplace, greening of the office, mobile lawyers and e-billing, ALA provides the structure and resources for me to learn, share and teach. Through its outreach philosophy and the Foundation, ALA provides me with an additional measure of pride in my membership. Because of ALA, I am a better professional; my workplace and my community are better places to work and live."
William F. Donehoo, CLM, CPA
Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell LLP
"The ALA Job Bank is Alston + Bird's top choice in helping to recruit top notch legal professionals. The online posting is easy to use and resumes start arriving within days."
Michael G. Stephens, PHR
Alston + Bird LLP
"The CLM designation has given me renewed confidence in both my personal and professional capabilities. While sitting for the exam was challenging, it was well worth the effort. Having the CLM designation shows extraordinary dedication and commitment to the profession – something that employers look for. "
Fred Esposito, Jr., CLM
Meyer Suozzi English & Klein, PC
"Listing our open positions with ALA has always provided Legal Resource Group with another excellent way to contact potential candidates."
Bob Lang, Partner
Legal Resource Group, LLC
"ALA’s Management Solutions program is one of, it not the, strongest program that the Association offers to its members. I have used the program many times and I am always impressed with the response time and the appropriateness of the information provided. It is a great way to share with your firm that ALA truly is The Source of Legal Management Information & Knowledge."
Carolyn M. Sutton
"All ten of the ALA Annual Educational Conferences that I have attended presented me with opportunities to learn new skills, to see the latest trends and gadgets in the legal market, to meet new friends and to rekindle old relationships. This year, I decided to give a little bit back to ALA by volunteering to introduce one of their wonderful educational session speakers to the ALA attendees. It felt great to be more than just a participant this year (even if it meant working outside my comfort zone) and to actually play a very tiny part in the ALA Annual Educational Conference experience. I would encourage everyone to “Walk the Walk and Talk the Talk” by volunteering and earning a Session Manager ribbon! "
Fran Puntillo CLM
Weiner Lesniak, LLP
"I have been a Session Manager at ALA every year except one since 1999 (I skipped the year I was Chapter President). It has been a fabulous experience for me. It gives me the opportunity to get to know other ALA members from around the country, and I always enjoy meeting and chatting with the speaker before and after each session. I benefit significantly from ALA - both personally and professionally, and being a Session Manager is a small way I can give back to ALA - while having a ton of fun. "
Laura Broomell, CLM
Greene Espel, PLLP
"I’m proud to have earned the CLM designation and, for me, it has made a difference in my career by providing prospective employers with a certain degree of assurance that I have the knowledge base to perform the essential duties of a legal administrator. The CLM is quite specific to our industry, and it has provided me personal satisfaction and a sense of accomplishment in a profession which has a wide range of educational credentials and experience.
Patricia Lane, CLM
McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP
"I am just thrilled that I accomplished one of my long standing goals to become a CLM. I have had this on my mind to do since 1998 – always looking into it preparing to study, etc. I have spent the past two years studying, reading, etc and my entire summer vacation and Labor Day weekend was spent in a cottage on the Cape just reading, walking, studying and praying!
The title of CLM has already resulted in a boost in my esteem and new respect in my firm where I have been for the past 12 years! The support I have received from my ALA peers has been just great – as I would expect nothing less from them.
I can’t tell you how delighted I am! Thank you."
Joanne Schnare, CLM
Kopelman and Paige, PC