March 2018 Print

President's Report

“If your actions inspire others to dream more,
learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader”

- John Quincy Adams



As the new board year begins, I am honored to serve in the capacity of President once again.  When speaking to Chapter members around the country, several have voiced their jealousy of my two-year stint. 

I want to congratulate the 2018-2019 Board Members!  I look forward to working with you this term year.

As leaders in the legal industry, there isn’t much that remains specific to our office or firm.  Bill rates rise, technology changes, HR rules/laws are modified and become more confusing for us.  The current trends of how we do business depend greatly on our clients’ needs, but overall, from one law firm to another, we work the same.  The one change we consistently encounter is people.

Traditionalists, Baby Boomers, Gen X, Millennials (aka Gen Y), iGen (aka Gen Z)

We have worked with some, if not all, of the above groups.  I have sat through hours of seminars on how to manage various generations and I have learned what motivates each.  But, collectively what does every generation need?  To be heard.  There is an extensive list of articles that speak to this subtopic and I have to agree.  We are heard, however, only if we speak.

Throughout the year, I encourage you to speak to the Board.  Bring questions or comments and give us an opportunity to build answers.  I view the members and the Business Partners as the broader team and with your input, we can serve the needs of our legal community together.  I also look forward to working with you.

Shirley Laboy, President



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A warm welcome to our new and re-joining members Jennifer Tran (O'Melveny & Myers), Kevin Lee (San Jose City Attorney's Office), Bianca Carrillo (Haynes Beffel & Wolfeld), b (Strategy Law), Stacy Griner (Davis Polk & Wardwell), and Lisa Peterson (Hanson Crawford Crum). Shirley Laboy and I will be reaching out to them soon to set up a welcome lunch. In the meantime, we look forward to seeing them at our upcoming events.

Having recently finished our annual recruiting campaign, we are holding strong at 70 members. I am happy to note that the few members who didn’t renew reported that they were either retiring or moving out of state and although we hate to see them go, there’s not much we can do to keep them. We’re just glad we’re not losing members because we aren’t meeting their needs. Of course, we don’t want to rest on our laurels: if there’s something that you’d like to see the Chapter do (or something we should stop!), please do not hesitate to reach out to me or any member of the Board.

A hard copy of our Membership Directory was mailed out in October. If for some reason you didn’t receive yours, please let me know and I’ll pop one in the mail for you. Alternatively, for the half of our membership who prefer to access it online, it is always available to you via the Member Area of our website (

Hope to see you all at an event soon!

Heather Larrick

Heather Larrick,
Director - Membership 

Member News

Jean Newfield, a long time chapter member and former ALA SVC board member is retiring from White and Case at the end of April. We thank her for her service and her friendship and wish her well on the journey ahead.

ALA SVC member, Debbie Piker Sanders, CLM will be stepping in for Region 6 Director, Shaun Morrison, who is stepping down from her position on the ALA Board of Directors. Debbie is a long time member of the ALA Silicon Valley Chapter Board and most recently served as Chair of the Certification Committee and oversaw the development of the new Study Guide for the CLM Exam



Why ALA? ι Silicon Valley Chapter

Video by ALASVC Gigabyte Sponsor Michael Crocker, Rezi Media


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Gigabyte Level Business Partners





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Member Outreach


Jim Karkas, Chair
Community Connection and Member Outreach

A great time was had by all at the ALA Silicon Valley Chapter Winter Networking event held at Steins Beer Garden in Mountain View on 2/21. Twenty-plus members and business partners enjoyed great food, drink, and collegiality.

We also held a drawing for two $50 gift cards to Flemings Steakhouse won by Husam Hammad (yes, our chapter veteran who seems to win everything) and Kevin Lee (our rookie member in our group - welcome). Congrats to them both!

Look for more future social and community outreach events to come.



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Business Partner Feature Article


Why Video Matters

and How Your Firm Can Start Today


Next time you’re walking down the street, take a look around you for a second…how many people are looking down with their eyes glued to their phones?

Our attention jumps from the desktop computer to laptops, iPads, cell phones, TV screens, and even to eye-glasses. (Okay, maybe not glasses yet; nice try, Google).

While it’s definitely important for your firm’s content strategy to be optimized for Google, YouTube (a video platform) is the world’s second largest search engine.

Does your marketing strategy include a video?

HubSpot Research found that 54% of consumers want to see videos from brands they support in comparison to email newsletters. Video was also found to be the most memorable content type (43%) compared to text (18%) and images (36%).

Here are some stats that put things into perspective…

  • Over 500 million people are watching video on Facebook every day. 
  • Internet video traffic will be over 80% of all consumer internet traffic in 4 years.

Increased engagement on multiple social media platforms plays a huge part in the growth of video… so how can you get started?

Well, good news. Video production has become vastly more accessible today than any other time in the past. Costs are much lower and your phones can film high-quality crisp content.

Like any marketing strategy, you need to define objectives and goals.

  • Do you want to generate more leads?
  • Do want to use video to increase conversions on a specific landing page?
  • Do you want to increase engagement and time spent on your website?

Video can play a major role in any of these objectives. It all depends on where your audience or prospective client is at in their journey and the messaging you want your firm to communicate in their stage of that journey.

Maybe somebody, via word-of-mouth, is considering your firm's services. They go to your website and want to learn more about your services. A brand video could be a great opportunity to showcase and highlight what you do. Brand videos highlight your organization’s high-level vision, mission, and services.

Testimonial videos are another great way to enhance your organization’s brand perception. It not only builds trust with your target audience but also highlights how your services solve the viewer’s specific problem. Do you have any loyal customers who would be happy to be featured as a case study? They are your best advocates.

There are many other video content types you should consider like event recaps, educational content, expert interviews, live video capture, and more.

If you and the team are ready to implement video into your overall marketing strategy, here are the top 7 questions you must answer before you press record:

  1. Who is your target audience?
  2. What is the goal?
  3. Where is the video going to be shared?
  4. When is the due date?
  5. What is the budget?
  6. What are the resources/creative requirements needed?
  7. What are the key performance indicators that correspond with your video goals?
Sit down with your marketing team today and think about video content that you can produce to help you accomplish your marketing objectives.

The tools are in your pocket and when you create valuable content that educates, helps, or interests your audience, you will win.

I hope this inspires you to get started!

Don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you or your team needs help getting started.

Thanks for your time,

Michael Crocker

Rezi Media is a Gigabyte-level sponsor of ALA Silicon Valley Chapter and has produced several videos for the chapter, including "Why ALA?", "Coastal Cleanup Day," and "Ellie Krug recap." They can be viewed on our YouTube channel

 You Tube: ALA Silicon Valley Chapter


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Diversity & Inclusion

Knowledge of cultural and religious holidays and celebrations may enhance your workplace diversity & inclusion efforts.

Here are some upcoming events:

April is Celebrate Diversity Month, started in 2004 to recognize and honor the diversity surrounding us all. By celebrating differences and similarities during this month, organizers hope that people will get a deeper understanding of each other.

April is Autism Awareness Month, established to raise awareness about the developmental disorder that affects children’s normal development of social and communication skills.

April 1: Easter, a holiday celebrated by Christians to recognize Jesus’s return from death after the crucifixion.

April 2: World Autism Awareness Day, created to raise awareness of the developmental disorder around the globe.

April 13: Lailat-al-Miraj, a Muslim holiday that commemorates the Prophet Muhammad's night time journey from Mecca to the 'Farthest Mosque' in Jerusalem where he ascended to heaven, was purified, and given the instruction for Muslims to pray five times daily. Note that in the Muslim calander, a holiday begins on the sunset of the previous day, so observing Muslims will celebrate Lailat al Miraj on the sunset of Saturday, the 22nd of April.

April 14: Vaisakhi (also spelled Baisakhi), the celebration the founding of the Sikh community as the Khalsa (community of the initiated) and the birth of the Khalsa.

April 20-May 2: The Festival of Ridvan, a holiday celebrated by those of the Baha’i Faith, commemorating the 12 days when Baha'u'llah, the prophet-founder, resided in a garden called Ridvan (Paradise) and publicly proclaimed His mission as God’s messenger for this age.

April 22: Earth Day promotes peace and sustainability of planet Earth. Events are held globally to show support of environmental protection of the earth.

April 23 (Evening) - April 24 (Evening): Holocaust Remembrance Day, a time to “mourn the loss of lives, celebrate those who saved them, honor those who survived, and contemplate the obligations of the living”- former President Barack Obama.

April 24: Armenian Martyrs’ Day recognizes the genocide of approximately 1.5 million Armenians between 1915 and 1923 in Turkey.

April 27: the Day of Silence, during which students take a daylong vow of silence to protest the actual silencing of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students and their straight allies due to bias and harassment.

May is Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in the United States. The month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks on the project were Chinese immigrants.

May is also Older Americans Month, established in 1963 to honor the legacies and contributions of older Americans and to support them as they enter their next stage of life.

In addition, May is Jewish American Heritage Month, which recognizes the diverse contributions of the Jewish people to American culture.

May 1: Lailat al Bara’a, also known as Barat, or Night of Forgiveness, an Islamic holiday during which practitioners of the faith seek forgiveness for sins.

May 5: Cinco de Mayo, a Mexican holiday commemorating the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867). This day celebrates Mexican culture and heritage, including parades and mariachi music performances.

May 15 (sunset)-June 15: Ramadan, an Islamic holiday marked by fasting, praise, prayer and devotion to Islam.

May 17: International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, a global celebration of sexual-orientation and gender diversities.

May 20: Pentecost, the celebration of the giving of the 10 Commandments by God at Mount Sinai.

May 21: World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, a day set aside by the United Nations as an opportunity to deepen our understanding of the values of cultural diversity and to learn to live together better.

May 28: Memorial Day in the United States, a federal holiday established to honor military veterans who died in wars fought by American forces.

May 29: Buddha Day (Vesak or Visakha Puja), a Buddhist festival that marks Gautama Buddha's birth, enlightenment and death. It falls on the day of the full moon in May and it is a gazetted holiday in India.

June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month, established to recognize the impact that gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals have had on the world. LGBT groups celebrate this special time with pride parades, picnics, parties, memorials for those lost to hate crimes and HIV/AIDS, and other group gatherings. The last Sunday in June is Gay Pride Day.

June 10: Lailat-al-Qadir, the holiest night of the year for Muslims traditionally celebrated on the 27th day of Ramadan. It is known as the “Night of Power,” and commemorates the night that the Quran was first revealed to the Prophet Muhammad.

June 14: Flag Day in the United States, observed to celebrate the history and symbolism of the American flag.

June 15: Eid-al-Fitr, the first day of the Islamic month of Shawwal, marking the end of Ramadan. Many Muslims attend communal prayers, listen to a khutba (sermon) and give zakat al-fitr (charity in the form of food) during Eid al-Fitr.

June 15: Native American Citizenship Day, commemorating the day in 1924 when the United States Congress passed legislation recognizing the citizenship of Native Americans.

June 16: the Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev, observed by members of the Sikh faith. Guru Arjan Dev was the fifth Sikh guru and the first Sikh martyr.

June 19: Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day. It is observed as a public holiday in 14 U.S. states. This celebration honors the day in 1865 when slaves in Texas and Louisiana finally heard they were free, two months after the end of the Civil War. June 19, therefore, became the day of emancipation for thousands of Black Americans.

June 24: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Pride Day in the United States. It celebrates the Stonewall Riots on June 28, 1969.


Jannelly Sussman, Chair - Diversity & Inclusion Committee

























Recruiting Tips to Increase Diversity in Your Law Firm

I think we can all agree that a culturally diverse workforce is a positive thing! Not only can diversity give your law firm a competitive advantage, but it also fosters the sharing of differing points of  view and improves employee morale. Studies show that diverse teams make better decisions. Diverse firms also have an expanded talent pool from which to fish – a critical factor in the Silicon Valley. And diverse firms look more like their diverse clients, so client service is more effective.

Here are a few tips that may help you in recruiting for diversity.

•      Become active in local organizations that promote diversity in the legal community -- for example: CMCP (California Minority Counsel Program), Santa Clara County Bar Association’s Diversity Committee, LaRaza Lawyers, Santa Clara County Black Lawyers Association, Asian American Bar Association, South Asian Bar Association, LGBT Bar Association

  • Participate in diversity career fairs – typically organized by law schools and diversity organizations
  • Host receptions at/for universities with larger populations of diverse students
  • Seek out to mentor junior college and university students who are thinking of a future in law
  • Participate in bar association, law school, and other mentor programs designed for law students – for example, Bay Area Minority Summer Clerkship Program
  • Emphasize the importance of diversity when working with placement firms – provide recruiters with your firm’s diversity & inclusion policies
  • Post job openings with minority bar associations
  • See to it that employees who participate as interviewers are well trained -- for example, “Don’t seek to replicate yourself in hiring”
  • Incentivize your current employees to refer candidates; make sure everyone understands the firm’s diversity goals 

Grace Carr Lee
Executive Director,
Hoge Fenton
(Past Chair - Diversity & Inclusion Committee) 



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Certification (CLM)

Make 2018 the year you will earn your Certified Legal Manager (CLM)® certification!

Debbie Piker Sanders

Chair, ALA Certification Comm. (national)

 The CLM study guide is available now!

The Study Guide for the CLM Exam, Practice Questions, Preparation, and Reviews provides comprehensive information relating to the four functional areas covered in the exam (financial management, human resources management, legal industry/business management, and operations).

Authored by ALA subject-matter experts, the study guide is designed as a self-assessment tool for your own focused study plan or as a resource for your study group.

Even if you are not interested in studying for the CLM (yet), this guide provides a practical overview of a portion of the competencies of legal administrators that are part of the exam as part of the larger set of  65 competencies or Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs) identified in ALA'S practice analysis study as being required for exemplary day-to-day performance in the profession.

For more information, visit

Coming Soon! CLM Information Session 

The Chapter will have an informational session about ALA'S CLM program and exam development, along with an opportunity to ask questions and begin the journey to achieve CLM certification. This is also a chance to see if other members are interested in putting together a study group.


CLM: Where To Start?

  • The CLM exam covers nine management areas in four functional categories which are detailed in a content outline of the body of knowledge. Review the CLM Body of Knowledge and assess your knowledge in these areas:
    • Financial Management:
      • General Accounting (14%)
      • Financial Information and Analysis (17%)
    • Human Resources Management:
      • Employee Selection and Promotion (9%)
      • Performance Management and Compensation (19%)
      • Organizational Development (5%)
    • Legal Industry/Business Management
      • Business Development, Insurance, Planning (11%)
      • ABA Model Rules, Professional Liability, Trends, Records Management (8%)
    • Operations Management
      • Technology/Automation Management (5%)
      • Operations (12%)
  • Shore up your knowledge from articles and reference materials. There is no single reference manual for our profession -- our job responsibilities are wide-ranging and involve several functional areas. A representative list of text resources that expound on the exam's body of knowledge is provided in the CLM application packet. A few of the main publications can be purchased in ALA's Legal Management e-Store. Study guide coming soon in Q1 2018! 
  • Visit the ALA online community, CLM Study Tools & Discussion at where several chapter study groups have shared their curriculum using the Body of Knowledge as a guide, which may help jump-start your own study plan. Study group review materials are also available through ALA Great Chicago Chapter and the Cyber Chapter.
  • All candidates must complete, within the 24 months preceding the date of application, at least 2 hours of application coursework in each of five (5) management categories. Application coursework is different than the content of the exam. Application coursework covers five management categories that are not easily tested in a multiple choice exam format such as writing and communications skills, self-management, information technology, and organizational development. Download the worksheet and begin recording your coursework here. 
  • Go for it! Complete the online application, pay the fee of $529 for members, upload your education worksheet, sign the Code of Professional Conduct.... and just take the test

No matter what stage of your career, studying for the CLM is a great way to expand your knowledge and dedication to our profession. 

For more information about Certification, visit


Heather Larrick, CLM, SPHR

Debbie Sanders, CLM

Thea Wagner, CLM

Spring exam

The application deadline is March 14, 2018, for the May 14 exam. 

Fall exam

The application deadline is Sept 5, 2018, for the Nov 5 exam.


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Professional Development

Upcoming Education Sessions

April 19, 2018 - WilmerHale
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Allan Wildstein & Jim Karkas 
Session Title: Legal Management Roundtable Discussion

May 17, 2018 - Sidley Austin LLP
4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Session Title: ROUNDTABLE - Journey through the ALA Annual Conference – Laying the Course for the Future

June 21, 2018 - Choice of two locations
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Speaker: David Mann, consultant to The Other Bar
Session Title: Substance Abuse in the Legal Profession: Prevention, Detection, and Treatment

Do you have a topic to suggest? Please contact Shelley Strong, Director - Professional Development

Shelley Strong
Director-Professional Development



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Annual Conference

Navigate Our Future Together

Join us for the 2018 Annual Conference & Expo 
in National Harbor, Maryland!

Thursday, May 3 to Sunday, May 6, 2018

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center

Keynote: John Quinones, ABC News correspondent and host of the television show, What Would You Do?


Preconference Workshop:

Legal Lean Sigma® and Project Management Yellow Belt Certification Course


Find more event details, visit

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Regional Conferences & Specialty Conferences


Regional Conferences
East (Regions 1, 2 & 3)

September 13-15, 2018
Palmer House Hilton
Chicago, IL

West (Regions 4, 5 & 6)
October 18-20, 2018
Hilton Austin
Austin, TX

Specialty Conferences 

Chapter Leadership Institute
July 19-21, 2018
Grand Hyatt Denver, Denver, CO

IP Conference for Legal Professionals 
September 27-28, 2018
The Capital Hilton Washington, DC

Finance Workshop for Legal Professionals
September 12-13, 
Palmer House Hilton

Chicago, Illinois

October 17-18, 2018
Hilton Austin

Austin, Texas

Law Firm Management Essentials Certificate Program
September 12-13, 2018
Palmer House Hilton
Chicago, Illinios


Register today at and join your chapter for these high-caliber educational events. 

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Community Service

ALASVC enthusiastically supports the Association's Community Connection, a global outreach effort to assist the volunteer organizations in our own neighborhoods, participating every year since inception.



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ALA News & Resources


Your ALA membership provides numerous valuable benefits, including robust webinars. For more information about upcoming webinars offered, visit

Learn more about ALA resources.

Visit our news feed on the ALA Silicon Valley Chapter website.

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Job Bank

ALA Members (all) and Business Partners of the ALA Silicon Valley Chapter may post available job openings in a legal-related field.

Job listings must include contact information to reply to a listing. The Chapter does not collect applications. Job listings are posted for 3 months unless an alternative expiration or extension date is requested.

To view current opportunities or submit a job listing, click here.

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Sponsor Spotlight

Experts Dedicated to the Business of Law

Consulting – Accounting/Tax – Accounting & Billing Outsourcing

Using innovative technologies & services enabling individuals to work smarter

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One Legal is the #1 rated physical and electronic court filing service in the U.S., and an all-in-one solution for professionals also in need of service of process, court research and retrieval, and more. File in any California State Court, paper or electronic, via a single login. 

Robert Half Legal is a premier provider of experienced project and full-time professionals for law firms and corporate legal departments.  The company also offers managed review and e-discovery services.  

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Social Media: Join the Conversation

Stay Connected With Your Silicon Valley Chapter Colleagues



Website  For the latest announcements and up-to-the-minute information on events, be sure to visit often! The website is a great resource to help you locate other members, contact our business partners, and update your own contact information.

Member Area Login:  The default ID is your email address on file. Select “forgot password” to reset your password if you do not have it. Please contact if you have trouble logging into the Member Area of the website. 

Discussion Groups  Consistently rated the best benefit of ALASVC membership is the ability to seek advice and “therapy” from fellow members.  Even if you are not able to participate in the monthly educational lunches on a regular basis, you can still be an active chapter member by joining the conversation in the chapter’s discussion groups!

  • [NEW] Facebook:The Chapter will be sharing information about the Chapter and the Association, including video and photos of events. To find our page, search @ALA Silicon Valley Chapter.
  • [NEW] YouTube: The Chapter will share fun and informative videos about our Chapter and the legal management profession. To find our channel, search ALA Silicon Valley Chapter.
  • LinkedIn (for members and business partners): As thought-leaders in the business of law, our members and business partners are in the trenches of the latest legal management trends and issues. Please share interesting articles, ideas, expertise, and concepts with your fellow members and business partners on our chapter’s LinkedIn page! Instructions and guidelines for participation in the group can be found on the LinkedIn Group Guidelines* page. To find our page, search "Association of Legal Administrators - Silicon Valley Chapter."
  • Discussion Group (for ALASVC members-only). Need a high-end caterer? Looking for ride-sharing options? Need advice about remote access? Find this valuable information and more in the chapter's members-only discussion group through YahooGroups.  You will need your own (free) Yahoo account to join the private ala-svc group, which includes access to all of the discussion archives. Instructions and guidelines for participation in the group can be found on the Discussion Group Guidelines* page.

  • ALA Online Communities (for ALA members-only):  Beyond our Chapter, another resource for seeking information from fellow ALA members around the country can be found in the new online communities. Visit, select Communities in the top-center tab, and log in or go to  In the Shared Interest Groups, you can access topics on Diversity Issues, Financial Issues, Human Resources, Information Technology (includes Privacy & Data Security), Intellectual Property (IP), Nonprofit / Public Interest Legal Professionals, Personal Injury Plaintiff, and Certified Legal Managers. Our chapter has its own group as well, which we are currently using to submit board meeting minutes. To find the Silicon Valley Chapter Group, go to Communities and select Chapters. 

    *Please take care to adhere to antitrust guidelines related to rates and pricing, and please refrain from sharing messages outside the discussion group without the author’s express permission.

     Questions? Contact Debbie Sanders, Director - Website

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Address Changes

Help us keep your member record up-to-date by contacting both ALA Headquarters and the Silicon Valley Chapter if you have a change in name, employer, address, phone number, email address, professional designation, or job title. 

  1. To update your ALA Headquarters membership record, log in to your profile at and update your profile under My Account, or go to

  2. To update your Silicon Valley Chapter membership record, log in to your profile at and update your profile in the Member Area, or go to Your default log-in is your membership ID. You can select Forgot Password to change your password. 

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Chapter Board & Committees


Chapter President:  Shirley Laboy
Office Manager  •  Sidley Austin LLP

President-Elect:  Jocelyn Abisia
Office Administrator  •  Cooley LLP

reasurer:  Lisa Hild

Secretarial Services & Operations Group Manager  •  Skadden, Arps, Meagher & Flom LLP

Secretary:  Sylvia Iraheta
Office Coordinator  • O'Melveny & Myers LLP
Director - Communications:  
Thea Wagner, CLM

Executive Assistant/Office Manager  •  Singularity 

Director - Membership:  Heather Larrick, CLM, SPHR
Bay Area Office Administrator  •  Thoits Law

- Professional Development
and Law Association Outreach: 
Shelley Strong
Office Administrator  •  Littler Mendelson PC

Director - Website: 
Deborah Piker Sanders, CLM

Business Manager / Controller  •  Rehon & Roberts APC




Community Connection/Member Outreach Chair: James P. Karkas
Senior Firm Administrator   •  Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP

Diversity & Inclusion: Jannelly D. Sussman
Operations Manager   •  Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP

Newsletter Editor: Christie Ernst
Office Manager   •  Fish & Richardson PC

Please contact any member of the Board of Directors if you are interested in a chapter leadership opportunity, no matter how small. It's a great way to get more involved with - and get more value from - our chapter!


On behalf of the Silicon Valley Chapter and its members, 
thank you for volunteering and keeping our chapter flourishing.

CELEBRATING 36 YEARS  •  •  1982 - 2018




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Editorial Policy

"The Download" is a publication for members of the Silicon Valley Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators to provide information for the education and benefit of legal administrators. The Editor welcomes articles, letters, suggestions, and comments.  Opinions expressed in this newsletter do not necessarily reflect the opinions of ALA SVC or its members. Reprinting of any portion of this newsletter by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or any information storage and retrieval system, is prohibited without the express permission of both the Editor and the author.

Christie Ernst
Newsletter Editor


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About Us

ALA Mission Statement

ALA is the undisputed leader for the business of law, focused on the delivery of cutting-edge management and leadership products and services to the global legal community.

We identify and provide solutions to the most strategic and operational challenges our members and customers face today, while we prepare them for the opportunities and challenges of tomorrow.


The Silicon Valley Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators was formed in 1982 with members in the South Bay area from Salinas to San Mateo. The Chapter has a strong presence within the community, as well as active representation at the Association of Legal Administrators regional and national levels.

The Silicon Valley Chapter advances the mission of ALA to be the undisputed leader in the business of law by leading and inspiring excellence through the pursuit and exchange of knowledge to elevate the legal management profession in organizations and to the community at large.

Please contact any member of the Board of Directors if you are interested in a chapter leadership opportunity, no matter how small.  It's a great way to get more involved with -- and get more value from -- our chapter!

ALA Silicon Valley Chapter:

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