June 2018 Print

Member Outreach


Jim Karkas, Chair
Community Connection and Member Outreach

Please Join Us For A

Summer Networking
& Business Partner Appreciation Event

S.J. Giants vs. Stockton Ports

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Gates open at 6:00 p.m. - Game Time 7:00 p.m.

Municipal Stadium in San Jose - Martinelli's VIP deck

Please join ALA SVC as we welcome our 2018-19 business partners and have fun with our colleagues while we cheer on the San Jose Giants.

It will be a great evening with friends, watching our homegrown team on the VIP deck, eating BBQ, having a drink or two, and watching BASEBALL.


Go Giants!




Community Connection – Silicon Valley Pride18
Join ALASVC in the 2018 LGBTQ Parade and Festival in San José

August 26, 2018, 10 AM – 12 PM



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Gigabyte Level Business Partners


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A warm welcome to our new member Stella Delvy of Shearman and Sterling, we look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events.

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Hope to see you all at an event soon!

- Heather

Heather Larrick

Heather Larrick,
Director - Membership 


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Business Partners

To kick off our next 2018-19 business partner sponsorship season, the Chapter hosted a casual reception on June 7th for potential business partners to meet with the Chapter's Board of Directors and answer questions about the Association of Legal Administrators and our Silicon Valley Chapter.

We are looking forward to continuing our valued partnerships, which allow us to serve chapter members with the best education, networking, products, and services.

If you know someone with a great service or product for the legal industry who may be interested in sponsoring ALA Silicon Valley, please contact Chapter President, Shirley Laboy.

More information about becoming an ALASVC Business Partner.

Business Partner Directory 2017-18



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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.

GIVING BACK...ALA SVC Shines With Volunteerism:

A small but powerful group of ALA Silicon Valley Chapter members, business partners, and family/friends volunteered their time at Sacred Heart Community Services on Saturday morning, June 16th.

Sacred Heart is dedicated to bringing the community together to address poverty in Silicon Valley. About 11 volunteers stepped up to help out with sorting food bags, preparing produce, and helping out with donated clothing.

Thanks to all who came out...I was told that we (other volunteers as well) put together over a 1,000 bags of food on this day....simply put, WELL DONE!




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Diversity & Inclusion


How June became LGBTQ Pride Month

June brings a sense of excitement as we gather with loved ones to celebrate LGBTQ Pride month. It’s a good time to remember that a mere 49 years ago being part of or affiliating with the LGBTQ community was illegal in 49 states. June is a reminder that the Pride Parade is a march for human rights of a marginalized community, not just a celebration.

In the 60’s the few establishments known to have LGBTQ clientele were often raided, shut down and patrons arrested. On June 28th of 1969 the cops went in for a routine bust of the mafia owned gay club called the Stonewall Inn. Mind you they had just raided it the past Tuesday, but this night was not routine. This night patrons decided these raids were unjust and resisted arrest. Before the cops knew it, hundreds of people from the local LGBTQ community came out into the streets and began to protest. The protests continued through July 1st with the crowds growing. Even activists from other marginalized communities joined in. This historical act of defiance became known as “The Stonewall Riots”, a pivotal moment for gay liberation in America.

On the one-year anniversary of The Stonewall Riots major cities throughout the country; New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco marched in the streets to bring awareness to and promote LGBTQ equality. This tradition became known as the Pride Parade, cities all over the world continue to march for the human rights of the LGBTQ community. In the words of the great Martin Luther King, Jr., "We cannot walk alone. And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall march ahead. We cannot turn back."

SAVE THE DATE:  If you’re part of this community or an LGBTQ ally and want to join ALA SVC in the Silicon Valley Pride Parade on August 26th, make sure to sign up when the invitation comes out early August.

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

Here are some upcoming events:


July 1: Canada Day or Fête du Canada is a Canadian federal holiday that celebrates the 1867 enactment of the Constitution Act, which established the three former British colonies of Canada, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick, as a united nation called Canada.

July 4th: Independence Day (also known as the Fourth of July), a United States federal holiday that celebrates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. The original thirteen American colonies declared independence from Britain, and established themselves as a new nation known as the United States of America.

July 9: The Martyrdom of the Bab, Baha’is observe the anniversary of the Bab’s execution in Tabriz, Iran, in 1850.

July 11: World Population Day, an observance established in 1989 by the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme. The annual event is designed to raise awareness of global population issues.

July 14th: Bastille Day, a French federal holiday that commemorates the Storming of the Bastille, a fortress-prison in Paris which held political prisoners who had displeased the French nobility. The Storming of the Bastille, which took place on July 14, 1789, was regarded as a turning point of the French Revolution. Celebrations are held throughout France.

July 18: Nelson Mandela International Day, launched in recognition of Nelson Mandela’s birthday on July 18, 2009 via unanimous decision of the UN General Assembly. It was inspired by a call Nelson Mandela made a year earlier, for the next generation to take on the burden of leadership in addressing the world’s social injustices when he said “It is in your hands now”. It is more than a celebration of “Madiba’s” life and legacy. It is a global movement to honor his life’s work and act to change the world for the better.

July 21-22: Tisha B'Av, a fast in commemoration of the destruction of two very holy and sacred temples of Judaism destroyed by the Babylonians (in 586 B.C.E) and Romans (in 70 E.C). At the of Tisha B’Av, after very select passages from the Torah are read and understood, netilat yadayim, or the washing of the hands, is performed.

July 23: The birthday of Haile Selassie I, the former Emperor of Ethiopia, who the Rastafarians consider to be their Savior.

July 24: Pioneer Day, observed by the Mormons to commemorate the arrival in 1847 of the first Latter Day Saints pioneer in Salt Lake Valley.

July 26: Disability Independence Day, celebrating the anniversary of the 1990 signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

July 28: Asalha Puja Day or Dharma Day is a celebration of Buddha’s first teachings.

July 30: International Day of Friendship, proclaimed in 2011 by the UN General Assembly with the idea that friendship between peoples, countries, cultures and individuals can inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities.


August 6: Transfiguration, a holiday recognized by Orthodox Christians to celebrate when Jesus communed with Moses and Elijah on Mount Tabor. To celebrate, adherents have a feast.

August 17: Marcus Garvey Day, which celebrates the birthday of the Jamaican politician and activist who is revered by Rastafarians. Garvey is credited with starting the Back to Africa movement, which encouraged those of African descent to return to the land of their ancestors during and after slavery in North America.

August 21-25: Eid Al-Adha an Islamic festival to commemorate the willingness of Ibrahim (also known as Abraham) to follow Allah's (God's) command to sacrifice his son Ishmael. Muslims around the world observe this event.

August 23: International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and the anniversary of the uprising in Santo Domingo (today Haiti and the Dominican Republic) that initiated the abolition of slavery in the Caribbean.

August 25: Hungry Ghost Festival, a Chinese holiday where street, market, and temple ceremonies take place to honor dead ancestors and appease other spirits.

August 25: Raksha Bandhan, a Hindu holiday commemorating the loving kinship between a brother and a sister. Raksha means protection in Hindi, and symbolizes the longing a sister has to be protected by her brother. During the celebration, a sister ties a string around her brother’s (or brother-figure’s) wrist, and asks him to protect her. The brother usually gives the sister a gift and agrees to protect her for life.

August 26: Women’s Equality Day, which commemorates the August 26, 1920 certification of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution that gave women the right to vote. Congresswoman Bella Abzug first introduced a proclamation for Women’s Equality Day in 1971. Since that time, every president has published a proclamation recognizing August 26 as Women’s Equality Day.


From September 15th to October 15th is Hispanic Heritage Month. This month corresponds with Mexican Independence Day,which is celebrated on September 16, and recognizes the revolution in 1810 that ended Spanish dictatorship.

September 2: Krishna Janmashtami, a Hindu celebration of Lord Vishnu’s most powerful human incarnations, Krishna, the god of love and compassion. Celebrations include praying and fasting.

September 3: Labor Day in the United States. Labor Day honors the contribution that laborers have made to the country and is observed on the first Monday of September.

September 6 (Sunrise): Paryushana Parva, a Jain festival lasting about 8-10 days, and is observed through meditation and fasting. Its main focus is spiritual upliftment, pursuit of salvation and gaining a deeper understanding of the religion.

September 9-11: Rosh-Hashanah, the Jewish New Year celebration, marking the creation of the world.

September 11: The Ethiopian New Year. Rastafarians celebrate the New Year on this date and believe that Ethiopia is their spiritual home.

September 12: Celebration of Ganesha, a Hindu holiday lasting around 10 days, where the elephant-headed Hindu God is praised and given offerings.

September 15 – October 15: Hispanic Heritage Month. This month corresponds with Mexican Independence Day,which is celebrated on September 16, and recognizes the revolution in 1810 that ended Spanish dictatorship.

September 18-19: Yom Kippur, the holiest day on the Jewish calendar, a day of atonement marked by fasting and ceremonial repentance.

September 20-21: Ashura, an Islamic holiday commemorating the day Noah left the ark and the day Allah saved Moses from the Egyptians.

September 23-30: Sukkot, a seven day Jewish festival giving thanks for the fall harvest.

September 28: Teacher’s Day in Taiwan. This day is used to honor teachers’ contributions to their students and to society in general. People often express their gratitude to their teachers by paying them a visit or sending them a card. This date was chosen to commemorate the birth of Confucius, the model master educator in ancient China.

September 30-October 2: Shemini Atzeret, a Jewish holiday also known as “The Eighth (Day) of Assembly” takes place the day after the Sukkot festival, where gratitude for the fall harvest is deeply internalized.


Jannelly Sussman, Chair - Diversity & Inclusion Committee






















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Certification (CLM)


Heather Larrick, CLM, SPHR

Debbie Sanders, CLM

Thea Wagner, CLM

Fall exam

The application deadline is
September 5, 2018 
for the November 5th exam

Spring exam

The application deadline is 
March 2019
for the May 2019 exam.


Application and Information

Study Guide


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Professional Development

Upcoming Education Sessions

SEMINAR: Challenging the Culture of Cruelty: Understanding and Defeating Race and Class Inequity in America

August 09, 2018
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM

Sidley Austin LLP
1001 Page Mill Road, Building 1
Palo Alto, CA 94304

A seminar presented by Tim Wise, author of Under the Affluence: Shaming the Poor, Praising the Rich and Jeopardizing the Future of America.

Leadership Seminar: Working With Non-U.S. Attorneys & Clients: Recognizing the Impact of Cultural Differences

September 20, 2018
4:30 PM to 7:30 PM

O'Melveny & Myers LLP
2765 Sand Hill Road
Menlo Park, CA 94025

A seminar presented by Lanie Denslow, author of World Wise: What to Know Before You Go.


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

Shelley Strong
Director-Professional Development


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Regional Conferences & Specialty Conferences

ALA SVC will be in Austin, Texas!

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, 2018
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 alanet.org/events and join your chapter for these high-caliber educational events. 

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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 alanet.org/webinars.

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


Adams & Martin Group is recognized as the very best in the legal staffing industry at recruiting and placing legal secretaries, paralegals, attorneys and support positions in all practice areas at law firms and corporate legal departments.

Our promise is “We love to create remarkable experiences every person, every time.”

We are a video production team that Produces video marketing campaigns with High-level Entrepreneurs and Service-Based businesses

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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 alasvc.org 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 webmaster@alasvc.org 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 alanet.org, select Communities in the top-center tab, and log in or go to community.alanet.org.  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 alanet.org and update your profile under My Account, or go to http://www.alanet.org/myaccount/default.aspx#MemberInfo

  2. To update your Silicon Valley Chapter membership record, log in to your profile at alasvc.org and update your profile in the Member Area, or go to http://www.alasvc.org/members.php. 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  •  alasvc.org  •  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:  alasvc.org

ALA Headquarters:  alanet.org

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