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The success of every great event depends upon more than one person. Your help is essential. The Chapter consists of several hundred members and in order to provide the wonderful educational programs and events, committees are necessary to assist the Board. There are tasks of all sizes to fit your busy schedule, some activities are one-time events, some are on-going, some occur in different times of the year, some just need a person to make phone calls, write an article, or greet attendees at a registration table. Below are the list of committees and the respective chairperson. Read the descriptions below, contact the chairperson(s) for more information and say “Yes!” to meeting new people, making our Chapter better, and enriching your life! 


Members serving on the Business Partner Committee assist in planning the Chapter's Bi-annual Educational Conference and Business Partner Expo; speak with business partners about sponsorship and advertising opportunities; publicize and promote the Chapter to the legal and business partners community; and obtain business partner sponsorship for educational events. This committee is important to the success of the Chapter as the sponsorships enable funding for speakers, scholarships and other events. Be a part of this committee and learn how valuable our business partners are to the Chapter.
Contact: Anna Sorensen ~ 312.964.3504 ~ ASorensen@stradley.com  


Committee members will assist in the routine maintenance of both the Chapter website and the Chapter's listserv databases. Members also will participate in website initiatives and projects as directed by the Board.
Contact: Michelle Howe ~ 312.569-1804 - michelle.howe@dbr.com


The Diversity and Inclusion Committee strives to foster inclusion by creating an awareness and appreciation for the value of diverse perspectives in all aspects of the legal profession.  This committee is responsible for providing the educational resources, programming and training necessary to support our members in the recruitment, retention and development of a diverse workforce.  Our commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion extends beyond our membership to include our business partners, vendors, and the overall legal community.
Contact: alachicago1977@gmail.com


This committee is responsible for the education of the Chapter. The Professional Development Director works with the Advisors (Operations/Communications, Finance, Human Resources and Legal Industry/Business) to plan the Bi-Monthly Chapter Luncheons and other educational events. Also, every other year, an educational conference is held and this committee is responsible for planning the topics and speakers for that event.  Committee members are asked to assist in determining education topics of interest for our members, identifying motivating and enlightening speakers, planning and coordinating all the logistics for the luncheons and registering and welcoming members to our sessions. This Committee is a great opportunity for someone who enjoys networking, event planning, good food and good people!   

Contact:  Patti Winter ~ 312.863.5006 ~ professionaldevelopment@alachicago.org
Diane Brummel ~ DBrummel@salawus.com
Andrea Gordon ~ AGordon@porterwright.com
Michael Hill ~ MHill@gouldratner.com
Kasia Johnson ~ KJohnson@hmblaw.com
Bill Mech ~
Edith Valdes ~ evaldes@hmblaw.com 


As part of this committee, you will have the opportunity to welcome new members by making a welcome phone call;  greeting them at meetings; sending a welcome email; or introducing them to other members at an event. The committee prepares Member Profiles for the bi-monthly newsletter and assists with various membership drives to increase chapter membership and encourage existing members to renew. 
Contact:  Kat Denk ~ 312.602.5035   ~ Kat.Denk@bclplaw.com
General Inquiries ~ membership@alachicago.org

Doug Conomy ~
Maria Frias-Lopez ~
Tonia Pellegrino ~
Kristi Seaton ~
Drema Woldman ~


This is your opportunity to assist in the preparation of our award winning newsletter! Committee members can write articles; interview members and business partners; take pictures of Chapter meetings, activities and events; assist in editing and proofreading; and ensure that all ALA and Chapter events are advertised. If being involved in getting the latest ALA news out to the membership interests you, this is the committee for you.
Contact:  Betsy Kopczynski ~ 312.499.1475 ~ BKopczynski@ebglaw.com

Sue Burdett ~ 312.755.3146 ~ sburdett@agdglaw.com
Kat Denk ~
312.602.5035  ~ Kat.Denk@bclplaw.com

Maria Frias-Lopez ~ 312.422.9239  ~ mariafrias-lopez@okeefe-law.com
Jane Klenck ~ 312.662.4662  ~ jane.klenck@huschblackwell.com
Ana Parada ~ 312.701.6886 ~ aparada@fvldlaw.com


Committee members assist in the design and review of the Chapter's annual compensation survey, bi-annual benefits survey and any other opinion surveys for members and business partners. They also encourage others to participate in the various surveys, including phone calls, emails, and announcements at meetings.  Surveys are an important way for the Chapter to determine if the needs of the members and business partners are being met. 
Contact: Barb Javorcic ~ 312.474-9533 ~ bjavorcic@marshallip.com