The Association of Legal Administrators (ALA) is a nonprofit organization with nearly 9,000 members worldwide, representing more than 30 countries. ALA is dedicated and focused on the development and delivery of programs and products that will provide high-quality, competency-based education to members of the legal management community. The association aims to improve and strengthen the flow of information to and from the members by enhancing the services and benefits available to them. Members of the international association receive networking and peer-to-peer learning opportunities, make connections and communicate with like-minded members around topics of special interest. By growing a network, members can share tools and resources, crowdsource ideas and more. With an ALA membership, innovative education resources such as a monthly digital educational magazine, podcasts, and a job bank are available. ALA also offers its members a robust collection of diversity-related resources including the new Law Firm Scorecard to measure and implement best practices in diversity and inclusion.

In addition to discounts offered on educational programming, research, business products and more, members are given an opportunity to connect and build relationships with vendors supporting the legal community. Business partner relationships are important connections and give members exposure to the resources so they can conduct their jobs, plan for the future, and build knowledge about products, changes and trends.

ALA is divided into six regions. The Oregon Chapter is a part of Region Five, and serves members in Oregon and Southwestern Washington. Currently, the Oregon Chapter has over 115 members.

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Membership Criteria

If you are an administrator or manager of a legal services organization and your responsibilities include human resources, finance, facilities, technology, marketing, or other systems or services, you are eligible for membership in ALA and the Oregon Chapter. Associate membership is available to Bar Association executives, practicing lawyers with an interest in law firm administration and management, retired regular members who are not otherwise employed, full-time teachers, and full-time students at institutions of higher learning. Membership is not open to vendors.

Membership in ALA and the Oregon Chapter is on an individual and group basis. If you change firms, your membership will move with you (assuming you remain in the field of legal administration) regardless of whether you or your firm paid your dues.

You must be a member of ALA in order to be a member of the Oregon Chapter. ALA annual dues are $419; pro-rated dues are also available if you join mid-year. Visit for more information about joining ALA.

Benefits of ALA Membership

Membership in the international association provides the following benefits:

Educational benefits including the Annual Conference and Exposition, regional conferences, retreats and specialized programs, and ALA webinars. Follow new developments online at

Products and Services including Legal Management; a membership and peer consulting directory with listings of 9,000 members; a Career Resources Kit; ALA Management Connections, a job bank with listings from throughout the country; and ALA News, a bi-monthly member magazine.

Member discounts on a collection of informative resources prepared by experts, all designed to increase productivity, profitability, and quality of services. See the ALA Bookstore for more information.

Value in Partnership (VIP) Program which offers discounted rates on an array of resources and services from nationally known companies.

Vendor Directory. Search for a legal vendor by category.

ALA Management Solutions is a service offered by professional staff at ALA headquarters who provide assistance in locating resources and references for your management questions.

CLE/CPE credit is offered for selected programs.

Certified Legal Manager (CLM) offers professional recognition to those members who pass a rigorous exam testing core areas of knowledge identified as essential to the effective performance of a principal administrator.

Networking at the local, regional, national, and international levels occurs during conference attendance, by participation in various ALA volunteer committees, and by participation in the discussion forums on the ALA and Cyber Chapter web sites.

Chapter and leadership support is provided at workshops held to educate chapter leaders, at idea exchanges, and at educational conferences.

Benefits of Oregon Chapter Membership

In addition to your international membership, a Chapter membership in Oregon provides opportunities for personal and professional growth via a variety of programs, publications, resources, and networking activities. A list of member benefits are listed below:

Educational meetings provide an opportunity to network with other members and guests from a broad spectrum of different-sized law firms and management functions. These meetings generally feature guest speakers presenting topics regarding human resources, financial management, technology, facilities management, marketing, recruiting and emerging leadership.

Emerging Law Firm Leaders is a section that focuses specifically on the needs of our members who are new to or working toward law firm leadership roles, or new to the legal industry.   There are also opportunities to connect with seasoned law firm professionals through our Peer Connection Program.

Chapter Retreat is typically in the fall of each year and is held at a conveniently located resort. The Retreat provides an opportunity for our members across the state to come together for high-quality educational offerings, business partner connections and networking and fun!

Literature, Lunch & Leadership is an opportunity for our members to read a publication and share thought providing ideas and opinions.

Annual compensation and benefits survey presents salary data for thirty benchmark positions broken down by four different firm sizes. In addition, separate salary data is presented for various geographical areas including the Portland Metropolitan area; Clark County, Washington; and Lane, Deschutes and Marion Counties, Oregon. The survey also includes information on benefits including insurance, retirement plans, paid leaves, and other perks.

Bi-annual directory of products and services is a report reflecting the equipment, hardware, software, and services in use by law firms in this area. This report is invaluable to administrators when contemplating a purchase or upgrade.

Membership directory lists pertinent data on all members, including firm size, and is included as part of membership. The directory is available only to members on the Chapter website.

Law Firm Leaders Event provides an opportunity for our firms' leaders to socialize with each other and hear a speaker discuss a topic of civic or management interest.

Job bank provides an opportunity for members or prospective members to learn about positions that are available and for law firms or law departments with openings to be filled with quality candidates.

Community service occurs on various occasions throughout the year and provides members an opportunity to give back to the community.

Scholarships are awarded each year to the National Conference or other conferences organized by ALA National.

Leadership development enhances the leadership skills of members by involvement on chapter committees and service as elected officers who volunteer at the local, regional, and national levels.

ALA webinars are offered to members either in their own firms or at an Oregon Chapter member's hosting firm. Topics cover a broad spectrum of law firm management issues.

Chapter Bylaws are provided for more information.

Oregon Chapter Membership Application

If you wish to join the Oregon Chapter, click here to get to the Oregon Chapter online membership application or contact the Chapter Membership Director, Lacey Gillet, at [email protected].