ALANYC depends on the Chapter members that volunteer to serve on our committees to bring about its many initiatives and signature events. Leveraging their real-world experience, our committee members strive to bring timely programming to our members.
Each year, ALA recognizes chapters for outstanding achievements in a number of areas. The awards presentation, conducted at the ALA Annual National Educational Conference & Exposition in the spring, is one of the highlights of the conference.
The ALANYC Awards Committee is responsible for preparing the chapter’s submissions for judging in the contest. On an annual basis, the committee reviews the submissions and eligibility criteria established by ALA, works with the Chapter President to select areas in which the chapter wishes to compete, and then works with the chairs and co-chairs of the various committees to prepare and polish submissions and supporting materials and exhibits.
The New York City Chapter has been the proud recipient of many awards throughout the years and continues to compete on an annual basis.
Jennifer Brown, Chair
Business Partner Advisory Council (BPAC)
The products and services offered by our Business Partners are vital to our firms’ operations. Their sponsorship of the ALANYC enables our Chapter to fund and achieve many of its goals, which includes educational programs and sessions on industry trends, dynamic speakers at Chapter luncheons, the award winning New York, New York newsletter, a website which facilitates Chapter communication, scholarships to National and Regional Conferences, among other core Chapter objectives. The relationships we build with our Business Partners are important to our success and can genuinely improve the bottom-line at our firms. The Chapter established the BPAC to further enhance our partnership with our valued Business Partners.
Business Partner Relations Committee
ALANYC offers a sponsorship program to provide vendor business partners an opportunity to support the chapter and its educational goals through financial support, advertising in the chapter newsletter and donating services. The Business Partner Committee works closely with sponsors to select a means of support consistent with their needs and to provide appropriate recognition among our members for the sponsors’ contributions.
We encourage our members to consider our sponsors when making purchasing decisions. Many of our programs would not be possible without the financial support of sponsors.
ALANYC invites its members to join the committee in its role as a liaison with the Business Partners for renewals, payments, attending events, questions, understanding the program and facilitating introductions to other members.
Tina Carter, Chair
The Communications Committee is focused on raising the chapter’s visibility in the legal community and related industries through communication campaigns, sponsorships with peer organizations and alliances with local bar associations.
ALANYC invites its members who are social media savvy to help improve our social media presence and assist in other communications including compiling our award winning digital newsletter and writing/editing articles. Members are also invited to contact the committee chair with ideas and suggestions on communication opportunities.
Shahily Negron-Falcon, Chair
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Francine Lahm, Chair
Diversity & Inclusion Committee
The Diversity & Inclusion Committee is responsible for developing programs throughout the year that promote diversity both within the chapter and at each of the chapter’s member firms.
ALANYC invites its members to join the committee to help plan and develop panel discussions, educational programming and other events dedicated to the topic of diversity and inclusion.
Education Programming Committee
The Education Committee is responsible for identifying topics, giving careful consideration to ALA’s core competencies for legal administrators. The committee seeks quality speakers, assists the Events Committee in finding appropriate venues, and has oversight responsibility for the promotion and execution of the session.
ALANYC invites its members to join the committee to help plan and implement all educational programming in our five core areas: Communications, Human Resources, Law Firm Operations, Finance and legal Industry topics. Members are also invited to contact the committee chair with ideas and suggestions for topics.
Janine Nedd, Chair
Events & Community Services Committee
The Community Services arm of the committee selects not-for-profit organizations within our local community to be the beneficiaries of our fund raising efforts. The committee plans events and fundraisers on behalf of these worthy organizations. The beneficiaries of our fundraisers provide a myriad of services to people in need – causes have ranged from victims of domestic and sexual abuse to training guide dogs for the benefit of the GuideDog Foundation for the Blind, Inc.
All of our efforts are assisted and supported by our Chapter members, Sponsor Partners, families and friends. We continue to encourage everyone’s support! Please contact the committee to volunteer your services, recommend charities or to donate raffle prizes or services.
The Events arm of the committee focuses on hosting social events and luncheon programs throughout the year. Luncheons are designed to facilitate network among our members and business partners and provide topical programming in a variety of forms including roundtables, panel discussions and guest speakers.
ALANYC invites its members to join the committee to support overall fundraising efforts and planning and coordinating annual ALANYC signature events. Members are also invited to contact the committee chair with ideas and suggestions for topics.
Lucy Shyti, Chair
Membership, Leadership & Retention Committee
This committee is responsible for recruiting new members from law firms, corporate legal departments, schools, government agencies and bar associations for both ALANYC and ALA National.
The committee is driven to engage not only new members, but the chapter’s existing passive members by raising awareness of the value of chapter membership. Our goal is for our members to have ongoing, meaningful, involvement in chapter sponsored events, education programs and social networking opportunities.
ALANYC invites its members to join the committee to assist in recruiting new members to join the ALA and the New York City Chapter, and support existing members in rediscovering the benefits of membership.
Suzanne Idise, Chair
The Immediate Past President of the chapter chairs this committee and is charged with the responsibility of identifying qualified candidates to run for the Board of Directors. The committee is comprised of at least two other past presidents and chapter members at large who reach out to the membership to solicit nominations and oversee the election process.
Nellie Lefteratos, Chair
The Symposium Committee is responsible for planning and executing the New York City Chapter’s Symposium held each Fall. The Symposium, an all-day educational program, includes an exhibit hall to highlight products and services offered by some of our key sponsors.
In close collaboration with our Educational Programming Committee, the committee plans the education topics and recruits qualified speakers. The committee also works to select a venue and works with the Business Partners Committee to meet the needs of our exhibitors.
ALANYC invites its members to join the committee who can help drive the planning and execution of this event including identifying topics and speaker commitments and ensuring that content meets criteria for applicable CLM credits. Members are also invited to contact the committee chair with ideas and suggestions for topics.
Rose Jaworecki, Chair
Website & Governance Committee
The chapter maintains a website that contains information about chapter events, including educational sessions, CLM study sessions, luncheons, news, policies, and other valuable resources as well, hosting archives of our newsletter, boilerplate forms, and other tools. The website continues to be a growing source of member communication.
Meredith Lonner, Chair
Douglas Gibson, Chair
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