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Larry Fujara | Inaugural Recipient of the ALA Chicago Lifetime Achievement Award

Monday, December 23, 2019  
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In recognition of Larry Fujara’s 33 years of outstanding service to the chapter (and counting!), we presented him with the first ever ALA Chicago Lifetime Achievement Award at the November Bi-Monthly Luncheon.  The Board of Directors created this award as a way to recognize chapter members whose commitment to professionalism, dedication to the advancement of the legal management profession, and record of long-term service set the standard for all who aspire to achievement, excellence and success.  It was obvious to all of us that Larry should be the first recipient of this award, which was well earned over more than three decades of exceptional work advancing our profession through mentoring and counseling of others, and by developing new and novel approaches in educational programming and knowledge sharing.  

Larry has a long and distinguished record of service and leadership in the Chapter in a number of different positions and capacities over an extended period of time.  Larry Fujara first joined both the ALA Chicago Chapter and the Law Office Managers Association of Chicago (LOMAC) back in 1987.  

  • In 1988/89, he helped organize the first Chicago Vendor Expo held in Katten Muchin’s conference rooms.  This event has continued ever since, and is now known as the Bi-Annual Conference.

  • In 1989, Larry put together the first annual Chicago Salary Survey.  He has served continually on the Salary Survey Committee since its founding in 1989.

  • In 1990, as President of LOMAC, Larry collaborated with Bruce Weisseg (President of ALA Chicago) to merge the two organizations.  This combination established healthy financial resources and a critical mass of member enthusiasm for the Chicago Chapter that served as the foundation for our sustained success over the past thirty years.

  • In 2002, Larry served as President of ALA Chicago and has been on the Board almost continually through March of this year, with only two short breaks, and has frequently been a member of the Board’s Financial Reserve Committee.

  • He helped formed our Midsize Law Firm group, the first of the many networking groups that now form the basis of much of our member engagement.

Larry Fujara has continually been a source of innovation and creativity throughout his 32 years in the chapter.  He has played a key role in wide range of successful initiatives. Here are some recent examples:

  • The Pop-up Education Sessions, which we put together quickly around fast moving topics of the moment like the MeToo Movement and GDPR.

  • Incorporating business partners more fully into our educational programming, such as our Real Estate Law Office Tours.

  • Panel presentations by law firm and business partner experts, such as our Financial Analytics Panel.

  • And our wildly successful 40th Anniversary Dinner!

Over the years, Larry has made a priority of appreciating and enjoying the company of his fellow chapter members and business partners.  Whether it is sharing a laugh over a drink or answering a question about a work issue, he always makes you feel important. Through those countless personal connections and social interactions Larry has helped forge our incredible ALA Chicago community.

Larry has been an inspiration to us all - his sustained and energetic commitment to excellence and innovation is legendary!  We all look forward to many more years of creativity, collaboration and celebration with Larry!