The Columbus Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators serves nearly 40 members, a diverse group of managers and decision makers who represent most of the law firms in the greater Central Ohio area. Recognizing the importance of business partners to its membership, the Columbus Chapter, ALA designed a program that promotes the development of partnership opportunities between our firms and the businesses that service our industry and contribute to our success. The comprehensive sponsorship program developed by the Columbus Chapter gives business partners a unique opportunity to meet the people who make decisions in law firms. This program provides the networking opportunities at various social and Chapter-supported events throughout the year which enable business partners to form and develop relationships in the legal industry. It also enables business partners to create name recognition and brand awareness.
The Community Service Committee was established as a means for the Chapter members to give back to one of its biggest supporters, the Greater Columbus community. For the last sevral years Columbus Chapter members and business partners have served dinner at the Ronald McDonald House, a home-away-from-home fro families with seriously ill children at Nationwide Children's Hospital; served dinner at the YWCA Family Center, an emergency shelter for families without homes; and collected money and gift cards during the holidays for the Homeless Families Foundation.
Created in 2001, the Diversity Initiatives Committee established a plan complementing the Columbus Bar Association’s Diversity Initiative. The CBA’s Initiative was formed by a group representing the 20 largest firms in Columbus. These 20 firms all have members in the Columbus Chapter, so the creation of a Chapter Diversity Initiative was a natural step in achieving one of ALA’s goals: to “increase the sensitivity to cultural diversity in the association and in the legal management community.” The Committee will oversee the Chapter’s Diversity Initiative and now includes a Diversity Spotlight in the Chapter’s monthly newsletter.
Business Partner Signature Event
The Business Partner Signature Event Committee organizes an annual event which brings members and business partners together in a relaxed atmosphere to increase networking opportunities (both with business partners and other ALA members) and to facilitate a more complete understanding of one another’s roles in better serving the legal community.
The Membership/Mentoring Committee’s goal is to make becoming a member of the Columbus Chapter as easy as possible. Veteran members welcome new members to the Chapter and encourage them to get involved in different Chapter events. The Committee is also available to answer questions from non-member administrators regarding the Columbus Chapter and ALA and to help potential members with the application process. Many potential members learn about the Chapter through the Membership/Mentoring Committee.
The Newsletter Committee is dedicated to being the primary source of information for members of the Chapter. The newsletter, Columbus Chapter News, is published monthly and includes many items of interest to members, such as announcements, meeting minutes and a recap of the speaker’s presentation at monthly meetings, details of upcoming Chapter and ALA events, educational articles, and the Chapter calendar. The newsletter is distributed to members by e-mail and all newsletters are available on the Chapter’s Web site.
The Partners’ Event Committee plans and organizes the annual luncheon for members and their managing partners, providing a program to enhance the Association of Legal Administrators and to allow partners of member firms and corporate legal departments to become better acquainted with the organization and its goals. Legal administrators who are not yet members are also invited to the luncheon to discover the many benefits of ALA and the Columbus Chapter.
Past Presidents' Council
The Past President's Council is comprised of all current members who have served in the past as a chapter president, and all current board members. Its purpose is to provide leadership, knowledge and history to the chapter, and to spearhead special projects on behalf of the chapter. The Past Presidents' Council meets quarterly and has undertaken such projects as our vendor program and the chapter’s half-day seminar.
The Public Relations Committee exists to spread the word about the Columbus Chapter of ALA to the Greater Columbus Community. Past efforts include press releases announcing the election of Chapter officers, managing social media and community service activities.
The Columbus Chapter Web site (www.alacolumbus.org) was created as a communication tool and a means of gathering and disseminating information to current members. It was also created to reach out to potential members, as well as the Greater Columbus community, to give them an idea of what the ALA and the Columbus Chapter are all about. The Web site contains membership information, announcements, a job bank, links, business partner information, and details on Chapter and ALA events. Another feature of the Web site is the Members Only section, which includes, among other things, the membership directory. Finding out about the Chapter is just a click away.