Initiatives

ALANYC works with members, business partners and local organizations on initiatives to support our community, create social impact, promote inclusion and healthy living and champion environmental awareness.

Upcoming Events

Annual Attorney Luncheon March 12, 2019 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. SECOND 849 6th Avenue (Between 29th and 30th Street) New York, NY 10001 Keynote: Joseph K. West, Esq. Partner and Chief Diversity Officer, Duane Morris LLP Register here.

Diversity and Inclusion

One of ALA’s goals is to increase diversity in the Association, the legal management community and legal service organizations. The ALA Diversity & Inclusion Initiative is designed to increase awareness of and sensitivity to the differences among our workforce and to advance the concepts of inclusiveness and acceptance. To meet these goals ALA has created leadership panels, educational presentations and programs. The New York City Chapter is committed to leading the way with diversity initiatives through leadership, education, advancement and development.

ALANYC Diversity Mission Statement
The New York City Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators (ALANYC) is comprised of
a diverse group of administrative professionals, including Managing Partners, Executive
Directors, Firm Administrators, Office Managers, and Facility Managers from private law
firms, corporate legal departments and government entities in and around the greater
New York City Area. New York City is called the melting pot and its residents reflect a rich diversity of cultural, religious, ethnic, sexual orientation and socio-economic backgrounds. ALANYC embraces this diversity and recognizes that there is great value in the differences of peoples.

ALANYC Diversity Initiative
The ALANYC Diversity & Inclusion Team prides its self in promoting respect, mindfulness and sensitivity. These attributes are used to foster continued growth and education with regard to other cultures and backgrounds as well as any visible or non-visible disabilities. It does not exclude any groups and values individual contributions. ALANYC believes in the power of equality and encourages all to be inclusive and accepting of others. To welcome and celebrate the differences that make us all unique.

Click here for resources on diversity. For our most recent copy of PRISM, our Diversity Initiative newsletter, click here.


Recent Events

Autism Spectrum Disorder-Differently Abled
Wednesday, November 14th, 2018

Discover this untapped Resource and Culture – Autism Spectrum Disorder

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) 1 out of 59 children are affected with some form of Autism Spectrum Disorder. These increasing numbers mean more adults will be entering the workforce with ASD. They seek employment and inclusion in the workforce, housing, education and many other areas. Learn to work with this community. Dispel myths about work ethics, be informed on how to handle this disability and be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

In this panel discussion, moderated by Chapter member, Francine Lahm, you will listen to experts talk about accommodations, resources and services that help with transitions into the workforce and hear first-hand experiences from two of our very own Administrators.

Here are a few of the questions that will be answered during our panel discussion.

What type of accommodations do these applicants need?
How do ADA laws affect the hiring process?
Are there resources available to employers?
In terms of emergency contacts is there any other information we should know?
Is shadowing or coaching necessary in all cases?
Join the Diversity & Inclusion Team in welcoming this abled group into the workforce.

Comments from our recent program:

I couldn’t agree more Sarah! I can remember talking about this idea of a panel back in March and discussing some ideas about this presentation. Thank you to Santa Medina, the D&I Team and LDI Color Toolbox for making this “idea” come to life! This morning’s presentation on Autism Spectrum Disorder-Differently Abled was so inspiring! The panelists from Autism Speaks, Goodwill, Birch Family Services, NYC Division of Human Rights and our very own ALANYC members, Tanya Duprey and Francine Lahm, as moderator, provided such a wealth of information that helps our firms, our communities, our families and frankly us as leaders in our daily jobs!! As you all know, this is a topic very near and dear to my heart. Thank you again!
Rose Jaworecki, Thompson Hine LLP

Thank you to Santa Medina, the D&I Team and LDI Color Toolbox for this morning’s presentation on Autism Spectrum Disorder-Differently Abled. The panelists from Goodwill, Birch Family Services, NYC Division of Human Rights plus ALA members Tanya Duprey and Francine Lahm as moderator were engaging and a wealth of valuable information. The presentation gave all of us concrete information that we can bring to our workplaces to assist us in having a more diverse workforce. Time well spent!
Sarah Gillen, Emergency Skills, Inc.

Thank you all for the kudos and for the incredible D&I Team we have bringing timely issues to the forefront for our membership. I heard from one participant, “I just wanted to send you a quick note, this morning was awesome. I usually enjoy ALA events but this one was one of my favorites. I don’t know that my niece will ever be able to enter the workforce but seeing that there are people out there making it easier for people on the spectrum to do so was amazing. If I can ever be involved with or help you with anything related to Autism please let me know, ALA related or not.” We inspire; we aspire; we are ALANY! Thanks, again to the great panel and for the incredible D&I team, led by Santa Medina, for this wonderful presentation.
Francine Lahm, Director of Human Resources, Mendes & Mount, LLP

The Panelists, experts in their respective fields provided a wealth of useful information and resources available to employers and Legal Administrators to aid us in the hiring process. Surprisingly low cost accommodations can be as simple as changing a light bulb from florescent to incandescent in a work area or providing headphones for noise reduction or providing detailed written or typed instructions. Thank you to all in attendance and to those calling in. Kudos to Tanya Duprey for sharing her first hand experiences and Francine Lahm for doing a wonderful job at moderating the session. Stay tuned. PowerPoint presentations will be available soon.
Santa Medina, Brill & Meisel