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What’s Happening at Headquarters November/December 2019


Renew Your MembershipThe time has come to renew your ALA membership for the January 1-December 31, 2020, term. Current members should have received an email with a personalized auto-login link that will direct them to where they can securely pay their dues online.

To show our gratitude for your continued membership, if you renew before January 1, 2020, you’ll receive one complimentary webinar of your choice, valued at $109! Renewing members will receive email instructions on how to redeem this special reward. The 2020 webinar schedule is up, so you can browse it to choose which webinar will get your free registration.


The last time we covered the Legal Management Resource Hub, it covered four topic areas: human resources, financial management, the C-suite and law firm management essentials. Now, however, you’ll also find portals to relevant education and resources for the rest of ALA’s main knowledge areas: communications managementthe legal industry/business management and operations management/IT.

In search of a solution to a particular problem? Want to inform yourself about an area of legal management that you’re less familiar with? Studying for the Certified Legal Manager (CLM)® exam? Recently promoted to firm administrator, executive director or chief operating officer? All of these are good reasons to visit the portals, which tend to contain the following:

  • Bundles of Annual Conference session recordings from 2019 and 2018
  • Links to relevant continuing education courses
  • Links to relevant webinars
  • Links to relevant Legal Management articles
  • Links to relevant Legal Management Talk podcast episodes


at_ala_awardsThe Board of Directors has made several enhancements to the awards program for 2020. Now, instead of disparate project teams and the Board itself deciding on the recipients, a single volunteer body will determine who receives the following awards:

  • Elevate ALA Award
  • IDEA Awards
  • NextGen Leader Award (formerly the Quest Award)
  • Outstanding Association Volunteer Award
  • Spirit of ALA Award

The Board has also retired the Founders Award and made slight changes to the submission criteria for certain awards. Award submissions will be accepted through January 2, except for Presidents’ Award of Excellence entries, which are due February 29. Recipients will be announced at the Association Awards Gala at the 2020 Annual Conference & Expo. Questions may be directed to [email protected].