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ALA

Membership


WHAT IS THE ASSOCIATION OF LEGAL ADMINISTRATORS?

The Association of Legal Administrators (ALA) is an international organization made up of over 8,000 legal administrators and support managers. Local ALA chapters are divided into six geographic regions. The Columbus Chapter is a part of Region 3 (which has approximately 1,300 ALA members).

A majority of ALA members work in private law offices, but corporate and government law offices, public interest nonprofit organizations and college/university offices are also represented. More than half of all ALA members work in an office that have 1-75 attorneys. A little over 21% of members work in offices with 75 or more attorneys. ALA members work in the areas of principal administration, as well as management areas of human resources, finance, facilities, systems, marketing, and practice management.

ALA is committed to developing the legal management profession and the professional expertise of its members. The Columbus Chapter welcomes anyone who fits ALA's eligibility criteria to join today! Read on to see if you are eligible to become a member...


AM I ELIGIBLE TO BECOME A MEMBER OF ALA?

According to the Association of Legal Administrators, in order to become a regular member of the Columbus Chapter, you must be a "full-time legal administrator or support manager employed in a private law firm, legal service clinic, corporate legal department, university legal department, governmental legal agency, court system, charitable legal agency or some other organization engaged primarily in the practice of law."

Visit the international organization's Join ALA! site for other membership classifications and eligibility criteria including international affiliate membership and associate membership. Please note that membership is not open to vendors or consultants.


HOW DO I APPLY FOR MEMBERSHIP?

Here are two simple ways to apply for membership to the Columbus Chapter of ALA:

1. Contact our Treasurer
The Columbus Chapter Treasurer, Debbie Durbin, is more than happy to answer any questions you might have about becoming a member of ALA. Debbie can also forward applications to you. Her contact information is as follows:

Debbie Durbin
Fisher & Phillips
ddurbin@laborlawyers.com


Apply Online!

Both the local and international organization applications are available online in PDF format and require Adobe Acrobat Reader to be installed on your computer. If you don't have the Reader, click the Adobe icon below to download it for free.

For your convenience, you may send both applications with dues to Michele Martin.

*Association of Legal Administrators Application for Membership
*Columbus Chapter Application