Virtual Member Meetups

 
ALA offers ongoing opportunities for member-to-member connections in the virtual space. These meetups had their roots in response to the coronavirus pandemic's effect on in-person events, and have now become popular options in addition to the other ways members communicate, including the exclusive Online Community, optional chapter involvement, and in-person events. There are currently three different formats with varying levels of structure. Learn more about ALA Roundtables, ALA Hangouts and Small Firm Meetups, then register to participate in an upcoming session.
 
ALA virtual events and meetups are another way for legal management professionals to interact, commiserate and share solutions to common problems.
 
Please note: For more chapter-focused sessions, review the Chapter Leader Educational Series. That page features a schedule of upcoming conversations and recordings of past sessions. For sporadic diversity and inclusion discussions, visit DEIA Roundtables and Webinars. That page also has recordings of past meetings.
 

ALA Roundtables

ALA Roundtables are virtual, member-centered discussions providing a forum for members to share knowledge and best practices in our rapidly changing environment. They focus on topics of current impact, predetermined and driven by member need and supported by facilitator input. The sessions have an interactive component and allow for discussion and Q&A. Please send any questions or future topic suggestions to [email protected].
 
They are held on an occasional basis, as topics for discussion arise.
 
You can volunteer to facilitate an ALA Roundtable, too, and select a cofacilitator to assist you if desired. More information is available here.
 

Upcoming ALA Roundtables 

Succession Planning: The Time to Start Planning is Now presented by the FirstFive Community
Friday, December 9, noon Central

Register here for the Zoom link.

This session will cover the importance of planning ahead for expected and unexpected departures from your firm. Brenda Thompson and Danita Jones will look at ways to reduce risk and guide your firm into the future. Start planning now — don’t wait until it’s too late. 

End Your Year With a Bang! How to Keep Employees Engaged Going into 2023
Friday, November 18, noon Central

Video is coming.

Is office morale low or are you battling quiet quitting?  Join Melissa (Missy) Hirst and Jessica VanTroost to discuss how to create effective employee engagement in the workplace so that we can ring in the new year with positive office culture and engaged teams.

 

Most Recent Recording

ALA Education Overview

October 14 , 2022

Learn about all of the educational opportunities provided by ALA as part of your membership. Plus, Lianne Gaunt and Val Williams will discuss some tips for justifying the cost of attending conferences.

Video recordings for the rest of the Roundtables are available below, but members must be logged in to access them.

Past Roundtable Recordings

Please login to view.
 

ALA Hangouts

ALA Hangouts offer another option for communicating member-to-member. Members get together to exchange ideas and solutions and informally chat about timely topics of interest. Each session’s ad hoc agenda is fueled by lively member sharing and interaction. Please join in!
 
They are held on the second Tuesday of each month from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Central. Follow this link to register for ALA Hangouts. You will receive a confirmation with calendar details.
 
You can volunteer to moderate one or more ALA Hangouts. Get more information here, or email [email protected] for details.
 

Upcoming ALA Hangouts

 

  • Tuesday, December 13, at 1 p.m. Central
  • Tuesday, January 10, at 1 p.m. Central
  • Tuesday, February 14, at 1 p.m. Central
  • Tuesday, March 14, at 1 p.m. Central

Recordings

Audio recordings and chat transcripts for Hangouts April 2022 and prior are available in the ALA Online Community’s General Topics Group Resources area.

Video recordings for Hangouts May 2022 and beyond are available in the ALA's Online Community's General Topics Group Events area — you must click "past" to view.  Member login is required to access the recordings.

 

Small Firm Meetups

Small Firm Meetups are an extension of the Small Law Firm group in the Online Community, taking the group’s interactions to a visual level and giving ALA members opportunities to see one another, share information and connect around timely topics related to working in smaller firms.
 
They are held on the first Wednesday of each month from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Central. Follow this link to register for Small Firm Meetups. You will receive a confirmation with calendar details.
 
Join the Small Law Firm Online Community Group to receive notices about upcoming Meetups, topics and special presentations. You will also find audio recordings of past discussions in the Resources area. Email [email protected] if you need assistance with login credentials.
 

Upcoming Small Firm Meetups

    • Wednesday, December 7, at 2 p.m. Central
    • Wednesday, January 4, at 2 p.m. Central
    • Wednesday, February 1, at 2 p.m. Central
    • Wednesday, March 1, at 2 p.m. Central

    Recordings

    Audio recordings and chat transcripts for each Meetup April 2022 and prior are available in the ALA Online Community’s Small Firm Group Resources section.

    Video recordings for each Meetup May 2022 and beyond are available in the ALA's Online Community's  Small Firm Group Events area — you must click "past" to view. 

    Member login is required to access the recordings. Special presentations that are recorded will be shared here, as available.