ALA Faces Member and Chapter News

Anniversaries, Awards and Appointments January 2022

Congratulations to the 2022-2023 ALA Board of Directors & Chapter Resource Team

The ALA Board of Directors is responsible for establishing the vision, mission and goals of the Association as well as setting its strategic direction.

Members of the Chapter Resource Team (CRT) assist in the development of creative strategies that promote and educate members on the policies, programs and initiatives of ALA, including providing support and resources to chapters and their leaders. In addition to serving as mentors to chapters, team members serve as subject matter experts and they are interested in the further development of their own leadership skills.

The members that make up these groups are held in the highest regard and have been entrusted to guide ALA and the legal management profession into the future. Please join us in congratulating this extraordinary group of legal management professionals! These individuals will officially take office in May in Kissimmee, Florida, at the Annual Conference & Expo. Read the full list here


Members on the Move


Christina M. Cassidy, PHR, a member of the New Jersey Chapter, is now Director of HR at Nukk-Freeman & Cera, PC, in Chatham, New Jersey.


Claudia I. Fleischer, a member of the Calgary Chapter, is now Director of Accounting at Carbert Waite LLP in Calgary, Alberta.


Brenda L. Higley, a member of the Puget Sound Chapter, is now Litigation Paralegal Manager at Perkins Coie LLP in Seattle, Washington.


Shirley Laboy, a member of the Atlanta Chapter, is now Director of Administration at Bondurant Mixson & Elmore, LLP, in Atlanta, Georgia.


Mary L. Laschansky, a member of the Minnesota Chapter, is now Office Manager at Carlson Caspers Vandenburgh & Lindquist PA in Minneapolis, Minnesota.


William D. McCall, a member of the First State Chapter, is now Administrative Manager at Freeman Mathis & Gary, LLP, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


Terri J. Oppelt, CLM, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, a member of the Greater Los Angeles Chapter, is now Director of Operations at Johnson Shapiro Slewett & Kole LLP.


Gail Reysa, a member of the Greater Los Angeles Chapter, is now Executive Director at Hahn & Hahn, LLP, in Pasadena, California.


Jennifay J. Richardson, a member of the Tulsa Chapter, is now Office Manager at McAfee & Taft in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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Edna G. Rosen, CLM, (not pictured), a member of the South Florida Chapter, is now Banking and Trust Manager at Akerman LLP in Maitland, Florida.


Derek J. Ryan, a member of the Golden Gate Chapter, is now Executive Director at Joseph Saveri Law Firm in San Francisco, California.


Ralijah Sampson, a member of the Atlanta Chapter, is now Firm Administrator at Hegwood Law Group in Houston, Texas.


Deborah J. Smith, an independent member, is now Executive Director at Golenbock Eiseman Assor Bell & Peskoe LLP in New York, New York.


Morgan L. Smith, an independent member, is now Chief Legal Talent Officer at Frost Brown Todd LLC in Indianapolis, Indiana.


Cathi VanFleet, a member of the Mile High Chapter, is now Firm Manager at Fisher & Suhr PC in Denver, Colorado.

At ALA-Lillies-CondolencesSending Our Condolences

ALA is saddened to report that member David J. Federline has passed away at the age of 60. A certified public accountant, he joined Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC, as Chief Financial Officer in 2000 — and was once named “CFO of the Year” by the Pittsburgh Business Times. Before that, he served as the Controller of Kirkpatrick & Lockhart LLP (now K&L Gates) for more than 10 years. David was also a member of the Pittsburgh Chapter. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Knights of Columbus. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues.