ALA Members Approved the Proposed Governance Change

ALA ALIGNED - Voting Members Approve Bylaw Amendment

On January 24, the ALA Board of Directors unanimously approved a proposed bylaw amendment to change the organization's governance structure. The Board believes this new structure will align the Association with a stronger focus on organizational strategy, increase volunteer opportunities and provide dedicated chapter support.

The official voting process began on February 4 and closed at 11:59 p.m. Central on February 24. All Regular Members of the Association were encouraged to review the information provided on the ALA website, participate in one of the two Town Hall sessions and cast their vote.

The new bylaws can now be found on the ALA website.

In the coming months, ALA headquarters staff will be working to update all references and resources to reflect the new governance structure.

Ongoing feedback and questions are encouraged to ensure clarity, visibility, and transparency by sending those thoughts to BoardOfDirectors@alanet.org.

 

 

 


 

ALASVC Announces Incoming 2019-20 Board

Election Results - Your 2019 ALASVC Leadership Team

 

It is with great pleasure that we announce
the incoming Board of Directors and Committee Chairs
of the Association of Legal Administrators - Silicon Valley Chapter
for the term March 2019 - February 2020

 

 

2019-2020 BOARD OF DIRECTORS 

Chapter President:  Jocelyn Abisia
Director of Administration  •  Cooley LLP
jabisia@cooley.com

President-Elect:  Shelley Strong
Office Administrator  •  Littler Mendelson LLP
ShStrong@littler.com

Immediate Past-President:  Shirley Laboy
Office Manager  •  Sidley Austin LLP
slaboy@sidley.com

Secretary:  Jannelly D. Sussman
Operations Manager  •  WilmerHale
jannelly.sussman@wilmerhale.com

Treasurer:  Lisa Hild
Administrative Operations Manager •  Skadden, Arps, Meagher & FLom LLP
lisa.hild@skadden.com
 
Director - Membership:  James P. Karkas
Senior Firm Administrator  •  Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
jkarkas@kilpatricktownsend.com

Director - Professional Development: Heather Larrick, CLM, SPHR, PHRca
Executive Director  •  Thoits Law
HLarrick@thoits.com

Director - Communications and Website: Deborah Piker Sanders, CLM
Administrator/Controller  •  Rehon & Roberts APC
dsanders@rehonroberts.com


 

2019-2020 COMMITTEE CHAIRS 

Community Connection/Member Outreach Chair: Sylvia Iraheta
Office Coordinator •  O'Melveny & Myers LLP
siraheta@omm.com

Communications and Website:  Thea Wagner, CLM
IP Paralegal  •  Hoge, Fenton, Jones & Appel Inc.
thea.wagner@hogefenton.com

Diversity & Inclusion: Kevin Lee
Legal Support Manager/Senior Legal Analyst •  San Jose City Attorney's Office
Kevin.Lee@sanjoseca.gov

Newsletter Editor: Christie Ernst
Office Manager  •  Fish & Richardson PC
cernst@fr.com

 

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.

ALA Silicon Valley Chapter 2019 Nominating Committee
Shirley Laboy, Jocelyn Abisia, and Sally Downing

 

 

 


 

Proposed Governance Change

PROPOSED GOVERNANCE STRUCTURE CHANGE


ALA President April Campbell recently announced a proposed change to ALA's governance structure.

Detailed information on the proposed changes, the bylaws amendment process and in-depth FAQs with answers can be found here.

Members are encouraged to review the redlined version of the bylaws and the FAQs about the reasons behind the proposed amendments.

To learn more about the proposed changes and answer your questions, listen to recordings of the two Town Hall sessions — led by ALA President, April Campbell.

If you have other comments and questions, or requests for more information, please send a message to BoardOfDirectors@alanet.org

A secure, electronic ballot will be distributed to all regular members on February 4, 2019. Voting will remain open until midnight Central Standard Time on February 24, 2019. Regular members may only vote once and may not change their ballot once cast. Results of the vote will be announced to the membership on February 28, 2019.

Legal Management Magazine (Feb 2019) - Inside Look on the Proposed Bylaw Changes

 


 

Renew Your ALASVC Membership Today! Expires Jan 31

2019 ALA Silicon Valley Chapter Membership

 

Please take a moment to renew your ALA Silicon Valley Chapter membership for 2019.

Chapter membership is concurrent with your Association membership from January 1 through December 31. Renewals are due by January 31, 2019.

Your chapter membership keeps you connected to the local legal management industry and equips you with knowledge and information you need to stay competitive and current in our profession.

The Silicon Valley Chapter offers many benefits, and your dues go directly to the delivery of these benefits:

  • Ability to participate on the Chapter listserve (where participating members can seek or provide advice from their local colleagues);
  • Attendance at our monthly “Lunch and Learn” educational sessions at no cost;
  • Attendance at our quarterly networking events at no cost
  • Scholarships to both Annual and Fall Conferences through raffles and our PowerPoints participation program;
  • Attendance at our annual holiday party at no cost;
  • High-quality paid speakers for our educational sessions; and
  • Access to industry professionals through our outstanding Business Partner program.

ALA Silicon Valley Chapter is committed to being a member-driven organization, delivering outstanding value and benefits as the leader in the business of law.

Your Chapter Board spoke with a videographer about what it means to be a part of ALA. View our video here:

 

Why ALA | Silicon Valley Chapter from Michael Crocker on Vimeo.

Thank you for supporting the ALA Silicon Valley Chapter. We look forward to serving you in the coming year.

ALA Silicon Valley Chapter
Board of Directors

 


 

Read the latest edition of The Download, the newsletter of the ALA Silicon Valley Chapter

In this edition, ALA Silicon Valley Chapter celebrated our year and friendship at the annual holiday luncheon and encourages members to check out the Association's new fall events

Read here


 

 


 

What do you need from your ALA membership?

Monday, October 15, is the deadline to contribute to the Member Needs Assessment Survey!

Completing the confidential survey should take less than 25 minutes. We know your time is valuable — so is your input!

Please complete the survey so that your voice is heard.

Thank you in advance for helping ALA move forward.

Prize Drawing: If you complete the survey and provide optional contact information, you'll be entered into a prize drawing. Winners will be notified in November.

 


 

2019 Compensation & Benefits Survey - ORDER TODAY

Available Now. Order the 2019 Compensation & Benefits Survey

The final reports are now available for the 2018 Compensation and Benefits Survey and the 2018 Large Firm Key Staff Compensation Survey.

This year's general survey features base salary, benefits and total compensation data for 58 individual management positions, plus associate attorneys, legal assistants/paralegals and legal secretaries/administrative assistants. Demographic information allows readers to contextualize the data by organizational size, organizational type, education, region, metropolitan area and more.

The report's data was compiled from numbers provided for 10,254 legal management professionals, 7,852 legal assistants/paralegals and 16,233 legal secretaries/administrative assistants from across the United States.

 

 


 

ALA Silicon Valley Chapter - Business Partner Kickoff

The 2018-2019 Chapter’s Business Partner kickoff event is scheduled for June 7th.  In advance of the next Business Partner year, I want to encourage you to forward any potential Business Partner information to me. 

The support we receive from our Business Partners allows the Chapter to bring robust educational and networking sessions to you, our chapter members.  If you have been approached or can think of someone who would benefit from access to approximately 70 chapter members, please let me know before May 25th.

Sincerely,

Shirley Laboy
Chapter President (slaboy@sidley.com)

 


 

ALASVC Announces Incoming 2018-19 Board

Election Results - Your 2018 ALASVC Leadership Team

 

It is with great pleasure that we announce
the incoming Board of Directors and Committee Chairs
of the Association of Legal Administrators - Silicon Valley Chapter
for the term March 2018 - February 2019

 

 

2018-2019 BOARD OF DIRECTORS 

Chapter President:  Shirley Laboy
Office Manager  •  Sidley Austin LLP
slaboy@sidley.com

President-Elect:  Jocelyn Abisia
Office Administrator  •  Cooley LLP
jabisia@cooley.com

Secretary:  Sylvia Iraheta
Office Coordinator •  O'Melveny & Myers LLP
siraheta@omm.com

Treasurer:  Lisa Hild
Secretarial Services & Operations Group Manager  •  Skadden, Arps, Meagher & FLom LLP
lisa.hild@skadden.com
 
Director - Communications:  Thea Wagner, CLM
Executive Assistant/Office Manager  •  Singularity LLP
twagner@ipsingularity.com

Director - Membership:  Heather Larrick, CLM, SPHR, PHRca
Executive Director  •  Thoits Law
HLarrick@thoits.com

Director - Professional Development: Shelley Strong
Office Administrator  •  Littler Mendelson LLP
ShStrong@littler.com

Director - Website: Deborah Piker Sanders, CLM
Administrator/Controller  •  Rehon & Roberts APC
dsanders@rehonroberts.com


 

2018-2019 COMMITTEE CHAIRS 

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

Diversity & Inclusion: Jannelly D. Sussman
Operations Manager  •  Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
jannelly.sussman@wilmerhale.com

Newsletter Editor: Christie Ernst
Office Manager  •  Fish & Richardson PC
cernst@fr.com

 

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.

ALA Silicon Valley Chapter 2017 Nominating Committee
Shirley Laboy, Jean Newfield, and Annette Ross

 

 

 


 

A New CLM Study Guide is Available Now!

ALA has just released a brand-new study guide for individuals interested in earning their CLM certification.

In pdf format, the guide includes chapters covering financial management, human resources management, legal industry/business management and operations management.

Each chapter has additional resources and practice quizzes.

Special group pricing is available! Get it from the Legal Management e-Store: alanet.org/bookstore 


Don't forget to apply to take the test. The deadline for the May 14 exam is March 14! alanet.org/clm

The Study Guide for the CLM Exam Practice Questions, Preparation and Reviews was designed to help you prepare effectively to earn the prestigious Certified Legal Manager (CLM)® credential.

The study guide presents comprehensive information relating to the four functional areas covered in the exam, along with review questions and a 100-item practice exam.  

Features of this resource include:

  • A focus on real-world issues faced by legal managers
  • The CLM Content Outline of the Body of Knowledge (also known as the test blueprint)
  • Review questions and answers for each subject area
  • A practice exam that follows the test blueprint
  • A comprehensive list of terms and definitions
  • Tips for creating a personalized study plan
  • Tips for preparing for an online exam                                                  

Use the Study Guide for the CLM Exam Practice Questions, Preparation, and Reviews as a compliment and guide to your individual preparation or as a resource for your study group.

Member $159.00
Nonmember $259.00

If you have any questions about the CLM program, contact Danielle Christian, ALA Associate Manager, Certification and Education, or visit alanet.org/clm.

 


 

To My Fellow ALA Silicon Valley Chapter Peeps!

Now is the time to start your journey to CLM certification! This updated study guide will help you assess your readiness for the exam and develop a study plan.

I know you can do it! 

I'm very proud of the hard work from all of the people involved in developing this Study Guide from the ALA Certification Committee, to ALA Board's support, to the authors, reviewers, editors, professional development and production staff. It's been a team effort of love and a long time coming.

Let me know if you have any questions.

You can also reach out to our two other Chapter CLMs, Thea Wagner and Heather Larrick.

All my best,

-Debbie Sanders
Chair, ALA Certification Committee
Rehon & Roberts APC

 #alaclm #justtakethetest

 


 

 


 

Message from the Chapter President: Virtual Seminars

 


You asked and we listened!

We understand the challenges of traveling throughout the Bay Area and want to continue to provide exceptional information and resources to more of our members. To better serve you, we are video conferencing the February educational session for our South Bay Members and Business Partners.

On February 15, our Business Partner, Armanino LLP will review aspects of the new tax reform and how it may impact your firm. The live session will be held at O’Melveny & Myers LLP in Menlo Park and the virtual session will occur, simultaneously, at Hoge Fenton in San Jose.  Look for a registration e-mail shortly.

We will work to continue this method of delivering future sessions and I hope this will encourage more of you to attend.

Best,

Shirley Laboy
President, ALASVC

 

 


 

ALASVC on Facebook!

   

ALA Silicon Valley Chapter
is pleased to announce
our new page on
Facebook

We will be sharing information about the Chapter and the Association, including video and photos of events.

Join your ALA SVC Board members in sharing knowledge and inspiration to elevate the legal management profession.

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.

Building our community through social media will strengthen our network and provide an additional resource for communication and growth.

Like and follow us today!

We encourage you to share your professional experiences
... and even your shenanigans.
 

See you soon on social media!

Best,

Shirley Laboy
President
ALA Silicon Valley Chapter