Founded in 1974, the Boston Chapter has approximately 200 Members comprised of Administrators and Legal Managers from firms of all sizes in the private, corporate and government sectors. The Boston Chapter ALA is committed to providing Members with unique educational and networking opportunities to help them enhance their skills both personally and professionally. Our Chapter's success is driven by an active and vibrant membership. We encourage Members to take advantage of our many educational and networking opportunities, and to join a committee to realize the full benefits of the ALA.
Membership includes a variety of educational and networking opportunities:
Educational Luncheons: Held at various locations in and around the Financial District, beginning with half an hour of networking, followed by catered lunch, a brief discussion of any Chapter business, then a featured speaker. Typically held from 12 to 2 on the second Thursday of each month, September through June. Free to Members, $75 guest fee
Educational Webinars: Offered by ALA International, featuring experts on the latest best practices and trends in the legal profession. You may purchase these webinars to watch in your office, or attend a Chapter viewing for free. Typically held the third week of each month, with viewings in Boston on Wednesday, and Worcester on Thursday. Free to Members and guests
Member Roundtables: A great opportunity for attendees to pose questions for their fellow Members regarding topics of interest. Lunch is provided. Typically held from 12 to 1 the third Tuesday of each month. Alternating Roundtable topics include, Small Firm, Human Resources, Finance and Information Technology. Free, Members only
Community Outreach: The Chapter is committed to making a difference in our community by fundraising and volunteering time at several local charities. Past events have included volunteering at the Greater Boston Food Bank and the New England Center for Homeless Veterans, and collecting holiday gifts for families in need through several community organizations. Click here to learn more about this program. Free to Members and Business Partners, guests welcome
Member only Message Boards: The Message Boards are a forum on the Chapter website which allows Members to share information and best practices with one another. They provide a great opportunity to pose questions that crop up on a daily basis to see how other firms have addressed an issue, or if others have recommendations of vendors, etc. Click here for the Antitrust guidelines.
Conference Scholarships: Each year, the Chapter awards a number of educational scholarships to ALA conferences around the country, in an effort to make these events available to Members who might otherwise not be able to attend. Some scholarships are awarded after an application process, and others are raffled off at various Chapter events. Free, Members only
Committees: Volunteering to serve on one of the Chapter’s committees – Business Partners, Community Outreach & Events, Education & Member Development, or Member Recruitment & Relations – provides a wonderful opportunity to work more closely with other Members, get to know one another, and help shape the future of the Chapter. Priceless opportunity open to Members only
New Member Mentors: New Chapter Members are paired with veteran ALA Members who will serve as their Mentor to assist them in becoming more familiar with other ALA Members and the resources that the organization has to offer. Free, Members only
Networking: Member/Business Partner Socials: Held several times per year at a Boston venue, these provide wonderful opportunities for Members to mingle with one another and with our Business Partner sponsors. Meet new Business Partners and reconnect with some you may already work with. Free, Members and Business Partners
Most Members agree that the most valuable benefit your membership in the Boston Chapter provides is the opportunity for you to meet other legal administrators who encounter the same types of issues you see every day, and will serve as an invaluable resource to you (and may also become good friends!). Don’t hesitate to reach out to any Board member if you have any questions. That’s what we’re here for!