A Community of Peers Who Understand Your Role

A Community of Peers Who Understand Your Role

With colleagues from all areas of legal management, you can find immediate solutions to the challenges you face and learn comprehensive best practices to support your role.

Meet Our Members

Julissa Keene
Membership Leadership & Mentoring Team Leader
Ogletree Deakins

I am honored to serve as your Membership, Leadership and Mentoring Team Leader for the 2018/2019 term. When I first stepped into a management role at a law firm, I needed law firm management assistance stat, but wasn’t sure where to find it.  Thankfully, a colleague suggested membership in the ALA because she was certain I would find like-minded professionals from whom I could learn in ALA.  That tip was a godsend.  Over the years, I have gained valuable friendships, connections and knowledge.  As the legal industry continues to evolve, I can’t think of a better group of people to share experiences with, grow and face challenges with, and celebrate achievements with. From our educational programs, networking and social events we’ve got you covered. But for me, the best benefit of the ALA is that I know there is always someone who will have my back! Join us and we will have your backs too.  

Membership Categories

Regular Membership Criteria

  • 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, investment instruments 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.

Please note: 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.

Associate Membership Criteria

Individuals who are interested in legal management but do not qualify for Regular Membership may apply for Associate Membership if they are:

  • Practicing lawyers with an interest in law firm administration and management;
  • Individuals engaged in an ongoing employment-type relationship which involves providing continuing management services of the types defined in the bylaws;
  • Retired Regular Members of ALA who are not otherwise employed;
  • Unemployed legal administrators who have exhausted their eligibility for Regular Membership who are not serving as consultants or vendors and are actively seeking employment as a legal administrator;
  • Teachers of business, organizational management, law or law-related disciplines at institutions of higher learning, as well as deans with administrative and management responsibilities at such institutions;
  • Part or full-time students in any degree program at accredited institutions of higher learning;
  • Bar association executives with management responsibilities;
  • Other individuals not specifically excluded from membership who have and demonstrate an interest in the management of law firms and other legal organizations.

General Information

All members must adhere to the ALA Non-Solicitation Policy and are subject to the ALA Code of Professional Responsibility.

Policies governing member participation and benefits shall be determined from time to time by the Board or, as delegated by the Board, the Executive Director.

Membership is not open to vendors or business partners. For purposes of membership eligibility, a business partner is generally an individual (or member of an organization) whose primary function is to market or sell products and/or services to members of the legal community. We value our relationship with business partners and vendors, and encourage them to explore the many opportunities available to join forces with ALA.

For further information on eligibility criteria, please contact 646-759-8995 or e-mail info@alanyc.org.

Membership Application

To join the chapter, complete the ALANYC application.
To start your ALA membership, complete the membership application.