Membership

How to Join ALA

For a copy of the Northern Virginia Chapter membership brochure, please click here. To join, go to the bottom of this page and fill out the two membership forms. One is for the National Association and the other one is for the local chapter.

All members of the Northern Virginia Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators are members of the Association of Legal Administrators (ALA), headquartered in Lincolnshire, Illinois.

Benefits of ALA Membership 

MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS

The Association of Legal Administrators (ALA) is committed to developing the legal management profession and the professional expertise of its members. As a member of ALA you will experience that commitment through:

EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCES

Annual Conference & Exposition - Featuring 100 educational sessions focusing on legal industry trends and developments, unparalleled networking opportunities and a three-day Exposition, the Annual Conference brings together more than 3,000 legal management professionals, business partners and experts from around the world

Regional Conferences, Retreats and Specialized Programs - ALA's educational opportunities include a wide range of retreats and specialized programs that will enhance your legal management intelligence, including broad-based conferences,plus specialty track events focused on specific areas including Intellectual Property, Human Resources, Large Firm Administrators, Finance, and Law Firm Management Essentials.

ALA Webinars give members, lawyers and their staff the opportunity to gain knowledge and insight into a range of law office management and personal development topics, 24/7/365 on their own schedules

Business of Law eLearning Center Specialized courses offered on demand to fit your busy schedule. Choose from flexible options, ask questions from online instructor, and collaborate with fellow students

PUBLICATIONS

Legal Management, your award-winning educational magazine, provides insights from legal industry thought leaders, trends and knowledge to keep you ahead of everything that impacts the professional environment

Legal Management Talk podcast, delivering 15- to 20-minute episodes that feature event speakers, Legal Management authors and ALA leaders

CAREER CENTER / JOB BANK

Visit ALA's Career Center and Job Bank for information and resources available to job seekers and employers

NETWORK WITH PEERS

New! Join your member-exclusive Online Community. Networking and peer-to-peer learning are the top benefits of membership. Make connections and communicate with like-minded members around topics of special interest

Join a Chapter and connect locally or in cyberspace

RESEARCH

ALA Compensation and Benefits Survey offers key data on the unique management positions in law firms – essential to creating a competitive compensation and benefits package. ALA member participants SAVE with most favorable rate on the resulting data

DIRECTORIES ONLINE

Find colleagues in your state, or chapter leadership, suppliers or a peer expert – it’s all there in ALA Directories online

DIVERSITY TOOLS AND RESOURCES

Check out the ALA Diversity Resources, a robust collection of resources including the new Law Firm Scorecard to measure and implement best practices in diversity and inclusion

EXCLUSIVE MEMBER DISCOUNTS ON MANAGEMENT RESOURCES

ALA’s Value in Partnership (VIP)SM Program provides discounts and special benefits exclusively to members

The Legal Management eStore offers a collection of books and informative resources prepared by experts, all designed to increase productivity and profitability

CERTIFICATION

Certified Legal Manager (CLM)SM Credential demonstrates mastery of the competencies needed to apply leadership and gain recognition beyond the law office. The certification assessment involves educational and experience requirements and passing an examination that tests knowledge of 56 key competencies

VOLUNTEER TO LEAD ALA

Lend your talent to ALA Governance and develop your leadership potential

CHARITABLE FOUNDATION

The Foundation of the Association of Legal Administrators is an education and research affiliate of ALA dedicated to supporting activities that serve legal management and our communities

To find out how you can take advantage of the opportunities ALA provides, or to receive more information about ALA's programs, services and resources, please call ALA Headquarters at 847-267-1252. If you prefer, you may contact ALA by fax at 847-267-1329 or by e-mail. We look forward to hearing from you!

To Apply for Membership in the Association of Legal Administrators, please fill out the two Application forms below. One is for National Membership and the other is for Local Chapter Membership.

1) National ALA Membership:

Individuals interested in joining the Association of Legal Administrators (ALA) who meet the criteria for membership are welcome to complete and submit an Application For Membership. An electronic form is provided online at www.alanet.org. (Membership criteria appears in the application form.) There are two ways to apply for membership-- Hard Copy or Online. To apply for membership visit the website (www.alanet.org) here.

For answers to specific questions and/or for more detailed information, please call ALA at 847-267-1252 or e-mail your specific request.

2) Local ALA Membership--Northern Virginia Chapter

The Northern Virginia Chapter serves its members by providing a forum for improving the quality of their profession and that of their law firms through the exchange of information and by providing educational opportunities to administrators and members of their firms.

Individuals interested in joining the ALA Northern Virginia Chapter who have met the criteria for membership (membership criteria appears on the application form) and are members of ALA National are welcome to join. Click on the application, complete the form, print it and mail it with a check for chapter dues to Benjamin S. Sotelo, Firm Administrator, Vaughan, Fincher & Sotelo, PC, 8609 Westwood Center Drive, Suite 400, Vienna, VA 22182.

Please note that this print version of the form is a PDF file and requires Adobe Acrobat Reader to be on your computer in order for you to read it. Click on the link below to download a free copy of Acrobat Reader, if you don't already have it. 

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