About the ALA Maryland Chapter

The Maryland Chapter of the ALA was chartered in 1972 and currently has approximately 100 members representing about 40 top law firms and several large corporations in the fields of insurance, banking, investing, and real estate.

The ALA Maryland Chapter website is designed to provide useful information to current and prospective ALA members, lawyers, legal industry service providers, and those interested in the legal management profession. The profession of legal administration was created to support and enhance the practice of law for progressive legal departments and law firms.

The availability of high caliber administrative support frees attorneys from the task of management and allows them to devote time to providing quality legal services. Administrator responsibilities encompass finance, technology, human resources, marketing, facilities and other related management functions. Driven by constant innovations in technology, new developments in the law, and ever-changing economic considerations, the role of the legal administrator has continued to expand. The Association of Legal Administrators (ALA) places a continual emphasis on offering its members education, training and support to meet the challenges of their profession.

Education is Our Priority

Education is the heart of the ALA. The ALA international and local organizations provide members with high-quality education on legal management and technical issues, diverse forums for idea exchanges, and networking. The Association attracts both local and nationally known speakers. In addition to monthly meetings, seminars and roundtables, the ALA Maryland Chapter sponsors several major events each year. The Managing Partners’ Dinner, held each November, provides the opportunity for chief counsel of law departments, managing partners of law firms, and their administrators to discuss current issues in the legal industry. The Chapter also hosts a Business Partner Event each year, during which administrators and business partners network and explore ways in which they can improve their working relationships.

We are Part of Region 2

The ALA is represented in more than 5 countries. In the United States, membership is split over 6 regions, based on location. The Maryland Chapter is proud to be part of Region 2.

For more information about ALA Regions and a complete listing of ALA Chapters and Regions, or to find your local Chapter, consult the ALA Chapter Information page.

Chapter Objectives

All chapters are expected to meet or exceed these objectives which are intended to strengthen the ability of chapters to take effective, collaborative action to improve the quality of management in legal services organizations; promote and enhance the competence and professionalism of legal administrators and other members of the legal management team; and represent professional legal management and managers in the legal community and to the community at large.

Download our Chapter Objectives to learn more about how chapters are urged to assess their progress, on an ongoing basis, in achieving our goals.

National Association of Legal Administrators

The Association of Legal Administrators (ALA) was formed in 1971 to provide support to professionals involved in the management of law firms, corporate legal departments and government legal agencies. ALA provides educational opportunities and services to more than 10,000 members representing more than 5,300 employers in 21 countries. ALA is structured into six regions with more than 100 chapters in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada and New Zealand.

ALA’s mission is to improve the quality of management in legal services organizations; promote and enhance the competence and professionalism of legal administrators and all members of the management team. The association’s members are law office administrators who manage such areas as finance, human resources, systems and technology, facilities, marketing and practice development.

To learn more about the many resources and programs provided by the International ALA, please visit their website at www.alanet.org.