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What's Happening at Headquarters April 2020

There’s always a lot going on at ALA headquarters in Chicago. Here’s a snapshot of what’s in store for the coming weeks.

April 2020-At ALAFree Coronavirus Resources 

ALA is here for you during an uncertain time. Our coronavirus response webpage was recently revamped to make it easier to browse, and now it has even more resources than ever. Don’t miss the following:

  • Three free webinars about COVID-19-related topics
  • New ALA Roundtables and ALA Hangouts, which are virtual meetings designed to bring members together and share what’s been working for their organizations
  • COVID-19 discussion topic in the member-exclusive Online Community
  • Legal Management articles and Legal Management Talk podcast episodes
  • Helpful articles, videos and other resources from around the web — curated by ALA staff

The Silent Auction Will Not Take Place This Year

The Foundation of the Association of Legal Administrators will not be able to host its annual Silent Auction this year. The Board of Trustees explored many possibilities, including hosting the auction online. Unfortunately, the state of Illinois — where ALA and the Foundation are headquartered — has been under a stay-at-home order since March 21. As a result, no packages have been able to be received or processed. We also know that many of you are facing similar orders in your states, making it difficult to donate items and have them shipped.

This decision was not taken lightly, as the auction is the major fundraiser for the Foundation. The Board understands that there is a lot of economic uncertainty at this time, but if you are still interested in supporting their mission, you can make a donation to the Foundation or send a Tribute Card to honor someone.

For those who have already donated an item, the Foundation hopes you will support its goal of holding onto these items for use in the 2021 Silent Auction to help make ALA’s 50th anniversary celebration even bigger! If you have not received an email confirmation that ALA headquarters has received your item, rest assured we have been in touch with all major shipping companies to hold our packages until we are able to return to the office. Please reach out to [email protected] with any questions.


Apply for the Susan French Fellowship

The Susan L. French Emerging Leader Fellowship Program was developed toApril 2020-At ALA-Scholarship assist up to two ALA members annually who have a strong desire to enhance their personal and professional leadership skills. The one-year fellowship program provides a full scholarship to ALA’s 2020 Chapter Leadership Institute and a personalized series of leadership-focused coaching sessions with Judy Hissong, CLM, a distinguished leadership consultant. If they meet all program requirements, the recipients may receive a complimentary registration and travel stipend to ALA’s 2021 Annual Conference & Expo.

Read more about the fellowship here. Applications are due May 13.

Enter the 60 Seconds of Fame Contest

The deadline to enter the annual 60 Seconds of Fame! contest is May 11. Members and business partners are encouraged to share how much they value ALA and the relationships they’ve gained from it — in video form. For inspiration, view submissions from previous years on ALA’s YouTube channel.

Online voting will open May 15 and close May 20. The winning entry will be announced soon afterward.