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Services provided by lawyers are directly affected by the quality of management within a law firm.  Members of our association are responsible for every aspect of law office management by overseeing the following (see specific demographics):

  • General Management: manage day to day operations; identify and communicate operational policies & procedure; evaluate fiscal soundness and stability of office; make staffing decisions; identify, create and manage strategic plans.
  • Human Resource Management: supervise and counsel support staff; develop and administer performance management system; ensure law office's compliance with employment laws; recommend, communicate, and administer insurance benefit packages and retirement plans; develop and administer compensation structure; develop/maintain job descriptions
  • Financial Management:  administer/oversee all accounting functions; develop, update, and monitor law office's budgets; analyze law office's financial condition; establish/monitor internal financial controls; manage billing, collections and billable hours, administer payroll;
  • Facilities Management:  review, negotiate, and monitor service contracts and major purchases/leases; evaluate vendor services; analyze space planning needs and plan and execute law office moves; manage office services; develop and administer records management
  • Client Services & Marketing: provide guidelines for employees' role in client relations; implement and monitor marketing plan; analyze existing client base and desired client markets; collect and analyze information regarding client satisfaction.
  • Technology: develop, implement, and update an overall technology plan for the law office as well as internal policies; identify specialized training needs and implement programs; plan, develop and manage hardware and software systems and budget to support technology needs

The AALA’s mission is Inspire Excellence in the Business of Law. In order to do this, AALA provides to its members and their firms immediate access to a wealth of information, guidance and assistance through:

  • Monthly Chapter Meetings with world renowned speakers and timely topics (e.g. City of Atlanta Professional Tax issue, Healthcare Reform)
  • Smaller round table discussions regarding specific issues in order to learn from others’ experiences
  • Peer Consulting and Mentor Programs
  • Timely and in-depth articles
  • National and Regional Educational Conferences
  • Business Partnerships with vendors that offer legal services and products

Although legal administration jobs are often unique, the commonalities, in terms of responsibilities and competencies, are substantial.  AALA provides the bridge between these commonalities and enhanced business management of law offices.

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