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President's Message - February 2020

Monday, February 17, 2020   (0 Comments)
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I hope your 2020 is off to a rousing and successful start and that all of you have renewed your membership with ALA national and the Chicago Chapter!  Many of you had to justify your continued membership. 

This time of year is always a good time to consider the value of an ALA membership, along with strategies to ensure our respective firms understand what ALA membership contributes to their success (and ours!).  It’s worth the effort to remember – and remind – both ourselves and our firms that membership in ALA gives us:

  • The ability to remain aware of everything that is going on in the legal industry, such as best practices, new technology, why we need it, what problems are being faced, trends, staffing issues…
  • Access to 50+ chapter educational and networking activities – and that’s just this year.  There’s something for everyone, and our Chapter events are included in the cost of your dues…
  • Subscriptions to The Administrator’s Advantage newsletter and national’s Legal Management magazine that offer timely articles on an array of topics affecting our firms…
  • Online communities and our listserves that provide answers to our questions practically instantly…
  • Ready access to peers in Chicago and around the world to help guide us.  We can contact anyone from ALA at any time and ask a question, seek advice or commiserate… 
  • Instant feedback on who is using what product or service – ask an ALA member for their insights…
  • Connections with our colleagues that provide us with the ability to reflect and re-energize outside of work…
  • Business partners who are ready to support us and our firms with information regarding their products and services…
  • Opportunities for volunteer leadership that provides us with added experience and exposure to new people, leadership training and organizational dividends that pay off in our careers…
  • Chapter and national websites that provide us with information and tools we can use to manage our firms…
  • The Annual Conference & Expo that features nearly 100 educational sessions focusing on legal industry trends and developments, unparalleled networking opportunities and a 3-day expo…
  • Specialized conferences planned by national that will enhance your legal management intelligence…

We know that you will return from a meeting, event or conference with new information and ideas to implement.  Share those with your management team and firm leadership so they know the value that you have gained from being a part of ALA. 

We have a busy and high-value March in store and hope you will make plans to attend one or all of our planned events!  Check out the website to find out more about our Small/Mid-Size/Local Office Group’s Winter Business Partner Fair, Annual Charity Event and Law Firm Leaders Event. 

Further your connections with our legal community, learn about products and services offered by our Business Partners, and benefit from cutting edge education! 

Laura T. Sears, CLM
Gould & Ratner LLP
312-899-1660
president@alachicago.org