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Business Partner Relations Committee

Description: The Committee works to facilitate communication, provide resources for feedback, and to emphasize the interdependence that exists among business partners, ALA members, their employers and the Association at all levels.

Committee Size: 10

Term: 3 years

Appointments per year: Varies

In-Person Meetings / Expectations: One per year (annual conference). Ability to attend the Annual Conference. Must also be able to participate in at least monthly teleconference meetings.

Eligibility:The committee seeks ALA Members and Business Partners who have engaged at the chapter and national levels and understand the strategic plan set forth by ALA.  Preference may be given to members who have served at the chapter level in that capacity.  While not required, preference may also be given to those who have attended and/or exhibited at the regional and annual conferences and to those who demonstrate they can see “the big picture.”

Call for volunteers: Fall

Selections made: Winter

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Certification Committee

Description: The Committee serves to review, revise, and manage the Certification Program. Its primary responsibilities include revising test items, writing new test items, working with the testing contractor to evaluate and improve the assessment process, working with the professional staff in overseeing the administration of the program, and recommending needed changes in prerequisite and recertification requirements, subject to the approval of the Board of Directors.

Committee Size: 9

Term: 4 years

Appointments per year: Varies

In-Person Meetings / Expectations: Two in-person meetings per year (annual conference and in the fall). and one-day virtal meeting in the winter. Committee members will frequently have access to confidential information and materials related to the CLM testing program. As the integrity of the program is of utmost importance, each member is responsible for maintaining test materials in a secure fashion and treating sensitive information confidentially.

Meetings. The Certification Committee generally meets three times per year. One is a meeting at the Annual Conference to orient new committee members, conduct item writer training, give item writing assignments and complete other exam-related activities. The fall meeting typically focuses on item review and revision and the late winter/early spring meeting is devoted to finalizing a new test form. The fall meeting is typically three days in length. There is a teleconference involving the Certification Committee chair, the ALA staff representative, a certification consultant and new committee members to introduce the new members to the committee prior to the first committee meeting in the spring.

Assignments. Participation on the Certification Committee requires members to devote their own time between meetings researching and writing test items. Identifying source materials is as much a part of the process as the creation of new test items. Item writing can require a significant time commitment.

Confidentiality. In all respects, confidentiality must be maintained by each committee member. This refers specifically, but not exclusively to, the test items. Furthermore, members of the committee are not permitted to know the identification of any candidate for the exam. Only the names of successful CLM candidates will be revealed to the committee.

Participation in study activities and products. Because of their unique knowledge of the contents of the CLM examination, committee members are not permitted to be involved in study activities and development of study products (e.g., commercial study guides). This moratorium continues for at least three years after a member rotates off the committee.

Eligibility: New members are solicited from ALA members who have passed the CLM examination and have completed at least one recertification cycle. Interested individuals complete an application form. Among the considerations in selection of new members are educational background, experience level, size of firm, areas of expertise, previous participation in ALA, writing expertise and geographical location.

Call for volunteers: Fall

Selections made: Winter

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Committee on Diversity and Inclusion

Description: The ALA Committee on Diversity and Inclusion is dedicated to providing members and legal industry stakeholders with tools and resources required to lead and increase diversity and inclusion in the Association, in the legal management community and in all legal service organizations. The Committee is charged with providing guidance, education and resources to members and chapters in support of the ALA Diversity Initiative. The Committee offers an expanding and rich library of diversity and inclusion education and resources, including presentations, brochures, monthly spotlight articles, speakers list and a Diversity Toolkit to help our stakeholders develop, plan, and implement a successful diversity program in the workplace. The Committee also offers ALA Diversity and Inclusion Scorecards for both Chapters and Law Firms to help benchmark progress and establish best practices. Scorecard participants may earn and display the ‘We Participate’ seal issued by the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion.

Committee Size: 9

Term: 3 years

Appointments per year: Varies

In-Person Meetings / Expectations: Attendance is expected at one in-person meeting per year held in conjunction with the member’s attendance at Annual Conference. Committee members will be in good standing with the Association, and possess a keen interest in advancing and developing goals, objectives, education and resources related to diversity and inclusion. Committee members participate in monthly scheduled conference calls, and communicate regularly within the ALA Online Community and by email. Each committee member is assigned and/or volunteers to lead and/or contribute to one or more Committee projects, and it is expected that Committee members volunteer for assignments equally. Support of the candidacy by the employer is highly recommended as there is a time and travel commitment expected. Previous committee or leadership service with ALA, Chapter, Regional or National, is helpful but not required.

Call for volunteers: Fall

Selections made: Winter

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IDEA Awards Committee

Description: The IDEA Awards Committee reviews each IDEA Award submission and makes the decision on which entries will receive recognition. The Committee members review submissions prior to a full committee meeting, at which time the recipients will be selected. Judging criteria is determined by the Committee, and focuses on:

  • Innovation
  • Impact and results
  • Creativity and originality
  • Success of project
  • Significance
  • Long-term impact

Committee Size and Term: 5-8

Term: 3 years

Appointments per year: Varies

In-Person Meetings/Expectations:

Meeting. The IDEA Awards Committee meets approximately eight weeks before the Annual Conference to review each IDEA Award submission. The committee meets by telephone conference at least once prior to the meeting, in addition to a follow-up telephone conference after the Annual Conference.

Assignments. Participation on the IDEA Awards Committee requires members to read each IDEA Award submission prior to the committee meeting. The time required depends on the number of submissions and the detail provided. Due to the timing of IDEA Award submissions and the Annual Conference, the time commitment for this Committee is condensed to a short period of time in late winter/early spring.

Call for volunteers: Summer/Fall

Eligibility: Must be a current ALA member or a current ALA-supporting business partner.

Selections made: Fall/Winter

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International Relations Committee

Description: The IRC advises the Board of Directors and represents ALA's interests in matters related to international initiatives, cooperation and affiliations. The committee meets monthly by conference call, and in person at the Annual Conference.

Committee Size: 5-7

Term: 3 years

Appointments per year: Varies

In-Person Meetings / Expectations: One in-person meeting per year (Annual Conference). Monthly conference calls.

Eligibility: Preference for those who live or work outside the United States and/or have knowledge about international matters and customs, possibly through personal experience or employment in a multinational organization.

Call for volunteers: Fall

Selections made: Winter

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Membership Development Committee

Description: The Membership Development Committee will focus on identification, development and implementation of strategies and tactics to advance ALA goals and objectives related to membership. Membership development is important as a means to govern the organization and achieve its overall mission. It has become more challenging as a result of many factors influencing legal management, and is now more critical in particular for these key reasons: 1) Member retirements outpacing new members, 2) law firm mergers, 3) increased competition, and 4) budget cuts.

Committee Size: 9

Term: Staggered 1, 2 or 3 year terms begin September 1, 2016 and end 2018, 2019 or 2020

Appointments per year: The committee member selection process in the inaugural year consists of an accelerated Call for Volunteers, implemented on June 24, 2016 and ending July 25, 2016, followed by the appointed committee chair and vice chair conducting interviews and due diligence with interested volunteers. After interviews and due diligence, recommendations for committee members and staggered term assignments shall be made to the ALA Board of Directors, including alternates, for consideration at its August 12, 2016 meeting. Upon the Board's approval, appointments shall be made and members informed no later than August 31, 2016. Selected member terms begin immediately, and will expire in 2018, 2019 and 2020 depending on initial staggered term assignments.

In-Person Meetings / Expectations: Attendance is required at the annual committee meeting that coincides with the Annual Conference. Members must be available for monthly and as-needed scheduled committee conference calls. Each committee member is assigned leadership roles for major projects to distribute the workload and it is expected that committee members volunteer for assignments equally.

Recruitment: The Membership Development Committee will work with ALA HQ staff to recommend goals, strategies and objectives for recruitment by analyzing market influences and trends affecting recruitment.

Relations (Retention): The Membership Development Committee will strive to build and strengthen member relations by working with ALA HQ staff to determine and implement new ways to increase member satisfaction by evaluating the benefits of membership in relation to current member needs.

Engagement: The Membership Development Committee will help foster and build ALA spirit and community by working with ALA HQ staff to evaluate and determine membership priorities, value statements and messaging, focusing on articulating the unique value ALA provides within its membership sphere.

Eligibility: Membership on ALA committees is open to any regular member, associate member, business partner, consultant or other interested party whose knowledge, skills and expertise is deemed useful to the work of the committee. Only regular members may serve as chair or chair-elect of committees. A keen interest in membership, commitment to the value of ALA, enjoyment in talking with other members/prospects, good follow-through and strategic vision are required.

Call for volunteers: June 24-July 25, 2016

Selections made: August 31, 2016

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Professional Development Advisory Committee

Description: The Professional Development Advisory Committee provides direction and recommendations for a broad range of professional development activities that align with ALA's strategic goals. It does this by collaborating with ALA staff to consider market research/needs assessment data and monitor industry trends to develop multi-faceted plans for ALA's professional development programming. Though it guides the educational strategy, the Professional Development Advisory Committee is not directly responsible for developing content, or identifying instructors or speakers for courses or conferences.

Committee Size: 7-10

Term: 3 years

Appointments per year: Varies

Committee Member Qualifications: Among the considerations in selecting new members are educational background, experience level and areas of expertise. Consideration is also given to an applicant's experience with education or training, and career development.

Committee Member Selection Process: ALA members, business partners and other individuals who have demonstrated thought leadership are eligible for this committee. Interested individuals complete an application form.

In-Person Meetings / Expectations: Committee members are expected to attend two, half-day, face-to-face committee meetings, participate in monthly conference calls and participate in email discussions, as necessary. One face-to-face meeting is held in Chicago in the first quarter. The other is held in conjunction with ALA's annual conference.

Call for volunteers: Fall

Selections made: Winter

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