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Managing the business affairs of today's law firm requires special expertise. Among other things, the professional administrator must deal with fast-paced technological changes, management trends that contradict age-old practices, and fundamental changes in the way the practice of law is structured and conducted.

For immediate solutions to the challenges you face day after day, you need the Association of Legal Administrators (ALA) and the Atlanta Chapter (AALA). Membership with ALA is required to become a member of AALA and membership eligibility is determined by ALA. If you have not joined ALA, please do so now.  Join ALA.

Please note that membership is not open to vendors or consultants. For further information on eligibility criteria, please call AALA at 888-533-9937 or email today!

Who are AALA's members and prospective members?

Regular Membership:

  • Full-time legal administrators or support managers 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.

  • Practicing lawyers with principal management responsibility in their legal organization.
  • Consultants to the Legal Industry. A consultant is defined as an individual who does not provide goods, furniture, equipment, supplies, materials, software, technology, insurance, or legal industry services directly or through his/her company; or causes to be provided through a workforce of employees, or is employed by such an entity; AND the individual meets one or more of the following criteria:
    • an individual who is a recognized subject-matter expert within the legal community;
    • an individual whose primary service generally involves the sale of intellectual property, expert advice, coaching or assessment to legal organizations and who engages with multiple and changing clients;
    • an individual who performs ongoing day-to-day administrative functions for one or more companies or firms which would otherwise qualify the individual for Regular ALA membership despite who employs them, including a business partner;
    • an individual who is self-employed as a contractor or operating a self-owned business and performing day-to-day administrative roles for one or more companies or firms, which would otherwise render the person eligible for Regular ALA membership if an employer/employee relationship existed.

A consultant membership is bestowed upon an individual, not a company, and employees of business partner-eligible companies are not considered consultants and are not eligible for consultant membership, unless: a) the individual is performing day-to-day administrative functions at a remote or third party location; or b) the individual is employed as a legal administrator in the corporate legal department of the business organization.

Policies governing the participation and the benefits accruing to Associate Members shall be determined from time to time by the Board.

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