About Us

The Association of Legal Administrators (ALA) was formed in 1971 to provide support to professionals involved in the management of law firms, corporate legal departments and government legal agencies. Headquartered in Lincolnshire, Illinois, the ALA is an international organization with more than 10,000 members representing more than 6,000 employers in 30 countries. Interestingly, almost one-third of its members represent law firms with fewer than 15 attorneys.

ALA is structured into six regions each of which hold an annual educational conference (some regions combine for this conference). The Central Florida Chapter is part of Region 2 and was privileged to host the 2004 Regions 1 & 2 Educational Conference in Orlando. Each region has its own team of officers, including a representative from the ALA Board, who provide resources and support to the chapters in their region.

ALA's mission is to "improve the quality of management in legal service organizations; promote and enhance the competence and professionalism of legal administrators and all members of the management team; and represent professional legal management and managers to the legal community and to the community at large." Today's legal administrators face challenges in a wide array of areas including technology, human resources, finance, facilities, marketing and practice development. This is where ALA comes in, by offering the resources, education, services and information needed to help solve these challenges.

The Association's information packed website, www.alanet.org, provides the legal management team and legal community with news and information about ALA's educational programs and member services, print and online management resources, online educational opportunities and jobs available in legal management. The site also provides links to more than 250 law-related management resources and organizations and vendors in the legal industry.