The Association of Legal Administrators

The Association of Legal Administrators

Lincolnshire, IL (Law Firm Newswire) May 23, 2014 – The Association of Legal Administrators’ (ALA) IDEA Awards program recognizes new practices that deliver great value and transformational impact to the legal community through innovative achievement. Awards are presented to ALA chapters, committees, regions, individuals, firms, or organizations (including business partners) that create unique and innovative programs, services, and events. Recipients of the inaugural IDEA Awards include:

ALA Regions 1 & 3 Conference Planning Team: “Transgender Insights & Perspectives”
The team convened a panel of transgendered legal professionals to address conference attendees in October 2013. Through a candid and honest dialogue, this project helped raise awareness of the unique challenges faced by members of the transgender community.

ALA Indiana Chapter: “L.I.F.E. Beyond Shortridge”
Life is all about looking ahead to new opportunities. But members of the Indiana Chapter did more than look – they took action. The L.I.F.E. (Leaders in Firms Emerging) project partnered with an inner-city school (Shortridge) to help its students discover new careers in law.

ALA Greater Los Angeles Chapter: “Professional Legal Management Global Summit – Brazil and Beyond”
ALA members spoke before a Brazilian national conference on the United States’ legal management best practices. This single event is shaping the future of Brazil’s judicial process while broadening ALA’s global reach.

ALA New York City Chapter: “Foot in the Door”
The Business Partner Advisory Council of the New York City Chapter had a problem: How could it get a foot in the door with members? The creative solution involved chocolate and incentives that hit the sweet spot with everyone!

Farella Braun + Martel LLP: “Growing the Community – Growing Diversity in the Legal Profession”
By developing two groundbreaking programs, The Diversity Pipeline Internship Program and The Law and Justice Credit Recovery Program, this law firm is helping more students graduate, go to college and explore new career options.

Complete details regarding ALA’s IDEA Awards program can be found at

About the Association of Legal Administrators
ALA is the largest international association providing support, high-quality education and services to professionals involved in the management of law firms, corporate legal departments and government legal agencies. With nearly 10,000 members in 30 countries, ALA represents legal administrators who are leaders and industry experts on legal management issues such as finance, human resources, systems and technology, facilities, marketing and practice management. For more information on the Association, visit About ALA.

Gwen Biasi, CAE
Director of Marketing and Communications
Phone: 847.267.1377

For more information on ALA, visit Association of Legal Administrators 75 Tri-State International, Suite 222 Lincolnshire, IL 60069-4435