Community Connection

In addition to the many networking and educational opportunities provided by the ALA - Oregon Chapter, members, along with Business Partners, family, and friends of the Chapter get together periodically to connect through service projects to benefit other organizations within the communities where we work.

Some of the ways we contribute are:

Oregon Food Bank – Chapter members, business partners, friends and family members periodically get together for an evening of volunteering at the Oregon Food Bank.

Children’s Book Bank – Book drives are sometimes organized to collect children’s books for Portland-based non-profit dedicated to improving the literacy and reading skills of children in need.

Foundation for Association of Legal Administrators – The Chapter annually contributes to the Foundation auction held each year at the annual international conference.  The purpose of the Foundation is to support grass roots efforts within the Association to improve the profession of legal management.

Collaborative Efforts with Other Organizations – The Chapter seeks out ways to collaborate with other organizations for mutually beneficial goals.  Some of the organizations we have partnered with in the past include the Legal Marketing Association, paralegal and legal assistant training programs in Portland, the Cyber Chapter of the ALA.

The Susan French Emerging Leader Scholarship Fund - was established by GLJ Benefit Consultants in memory of former ALA President Susan L. French. The fund was established in recognition of Susan’s commitment to professionalism, dedication to the advancement of law firm administration, development of future leaders and record of long-term service to the Association of Legal Administrators.  Legal managers in need of assistance for professional development through the Association of Legal Administrators can apply for a scholarship through the fund.  Deadlines for application are February, June and December.  More information may be found at