Formed in 1971, the Association of Legal Administrators is an international association based in the United States with nearly 10,000 members worldwide, representing more than 30 countries.
The profession of legal administration was created to support and enhance the practice of law. Legal administrators assist attorneys with management and administration allowing them the time to provide quality legal services. Management responsibilities include finance, human resources, facilities, systems and technology, marketing, project management, and practice development.
The Association’s mission is to promote and enhance the competence and professionalism of all members of the legal management team, improve the quality of management in law firms and other legal services organizations, and represent professional legal management and managers in the legal community and to the community at large.
The Silicon Valley Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators is an Internal Revenue Code 501(c)6 non-profit corporation. The chapter has about 100 members in the South Bay Area, from Salinas to San Mateo.
About ALA SVC
The chapter has a strong presence within the community as well as active representation at ALA’s Regional and Association levels, providing high quality education programs and bringing administrators and business partners together in an environment which encourages the exchange of information and ideas.
Code of Professional Ethics
As legal management professionals, members of ALA shall abide by high ethical standards. This ALA Code of Professional Responsibility sets forth standards for the administration of legal management practices. Legal administrators at all levels have a responsibility to uphold and incorporate these standards into their everyday performance. This Code applies to the administration of legal organizations including private firms, corporate legal departments, legal clinics, government agencies and courts.
Responsibilities to the Profession of Legal Management:
- Uphold the ALA Code of Professional Responsibility and the mission of the Association of Legal Administrators;
- Conduct oneself with integrity and project a positive image of the legal management profession;
- Pursue continuing education to maintain a high level of proficiency in management procedures and issues;
- Promote initiatives for civic, economic and social well-being within our communi- ties; and
- Advocate increased diversity in the legal management community and in all legal service organizations.
Responsibilities to the Legal Employer and its Employees:
- Foster an environment that promotes the use and improvement of sound business practices where all employees can develop, contribute and prosper;
- Be truthful and forthright in all forms of professional and organizational communi- cation;
- Report financial information promptly, completely and accurately, and in a manner that facilitates informed decision making;
- Implement policies and procedures to address professional responsibility, business ethics and conduct;
- Establish an appropriate grievance and appeals process tailored to the legal organization’s size and structure; and
- Promote a work environment that does not discriminate, intimidate or allow harassment based on race, color, ethnicity, national origin, gender, age, religion, disability, veteran’s status, marital status, sexual orientation or other legally protected characteristics.
Responsibilities to those Outside the Legal Organization:
- Respect the customs and practices of clients, prospective clients, business partners and the community at large;
- Avoid actual or apparent conflicts of interest and advise all appropriate parties of potential conflicts;
- Refrain from soliciting or accepting any fee, commission, gift, gratuity, discount or loan on behalf of oneself, family or friends, that may influence business decisions;
- Ensure the existence of policies and procedures to provide quality client service;
- Utilize confidential and proprietary information solely for legal practice or management purposes and not to further private interest or personal profit; and
- Support outreach activities that cultivate pro bono assistance and law related public education to meet community needs.
ALA Mission & Goals
The Association of Legal Administrators’ mission is to:
- Promote and enhance the competence and professionalism of all members of the legal management team;
- Improve the quality of management in law firms and other legal service organizations; and
- Represent professional legal management and managers to the legal community and to the community at large.
The Association of Legal Administrators’ goals are to:
- Develop and deliver programs and products that will provide high-quality, competency-based education to members of the legal management team.
- Improve and strengthen the flow of information to and from the members.
- Enhance the services and benefits available to members.
- Increase the visibility and credibility of the Association of Legal Administrators and its members in the legal community through effective marketing and communications, and through partnering efforts with the bar and other law-related associations.
- Retain and recruit members from all components of the legal management team.
- Maintain the Association’s strong economic base.
- Increase diversity in the Association, in the legal management community and in all legal service organizations.
- Promote and continue an organizational structure which clearly and effectively allocates the policy and operational roles and responsibilities of volunteers and staff through Governance Policies that ensure that organizational resources are best-used to achieve the Association’s Mission and Goals.
Link to ALA parent organization ("headquarters"): www.alanet.org