By Sally Kane
If you are interested in a career in the in the rapidly growing area of professional law practice management or wish to gain information needed for successful law practice, this list of legal management associations is a great place to start. These associations from around the globe provide a wealth of resources from educational conferences, publications, online content, mentoring and networking events to online job banks, industry specific market research, white papers and more.
The American Association of Law Libraries was founded in 1906 to promote and enhance the value of law libraries to the legal and public communities, to foster the profession of law librarianship, and to provide leadership in the field of legal information. Today, with nearly 5,000 members, the Association represents law librarians and related professionals who are affiliated with a wide range of institutions: law firms; law schools; corporate legal departments; courts; and local, state, and federal government agencies.
The American Bar Association Law Practice Management Section (LPM) provides lawyers and other legal professionals with the resources needed for successful law practice management. LPM focuses on providing information and resources in the core areas of the business of practicing law – marketing, management, technology, and finance – necessary to build and maintain successful law practices. Through its offerings on creative marketing, innovative practice management, effective use of the latest technology, and efficient financial management, LPM gives legal professionals the essential tools for sustaining and growing the law practice.
Since its inception in 1971, the Association of Legal Administrators (ALA) has grown to an international organization with nearly 10,000 members in law firms and legal organizations in 30 countries. ALA members manage the business side of the practice of law in private law firms, corporate legal departments, governmental agencies, academic institutes and nonprofit organizations. ALA’s mission is to promote and enhance the competence and professionalism of legal administrators and all members of the management team. ALA provides programs, products and services to its members and the legal profession, including the Certified Legal Manager (CLM) program, educational conferences, publications, online content and networking events.
The Australian Legal Practice Management Association (ALPMA) is the peak Australian body representing managers and lawyers with a law practice management role. ALPMA provides an authoritative voice on issues relevant to law practice management. The Association provides members with an opportunity to share knowledge and resources in the rapidly growing area of professional law firm management, augmenting the existing strengths of state bodies and maximizing the future potential of this growing area of management.
Founded in 1972, the British Columbia Legal Management Association (BCLMA) is a nonprofit organization with more than 108 representatives and 220 affiliates currently representing 107 law firms from across the province. The goal of the BCLMA is to provide individuals with opportunities for skills development, networking and mentoring, all of which benefit the legal profession in British Columbia. BCLMA events include annual spring and winter socials, subsection meetings throughout the year, an educational series, an annual Managing Partners Dinner and a job bank. A discussion board allows everyone to get advice quickly from other legal management professionals who may have been presented with and overcome similar challenges.
Centro de Estudos de Administração de Escritórios de Advocacia, the Law Firm Management Studies Center, is a non-profit organization comprised of professionals dedicated to the management of legal services in law firms and corporate legal departments. Founded in 2003, CEAE, based in Brazil, brings together the heads and partners of law firms, heads of legal departments, legal administrators, consultants, and professors of courses geared toward the field of legal services management. CEAE offers the following Study Committees, set up to foster more in-depth discussion and study of issues that are of interest to members: Financial Management, Legal Department, Human Resources, Information Technology, and Marketing and Strategic Planning.
The International Legal Technology Association is an entity-based professional association comprising almost 1,300 law firms and legal departments (12,500 professionals) from around the globe. Founded more than three decades ago, ILTA began as a users group focused on a single product and has expanded internationally in its breadth and exponentially in its depth. ILTA now provides peer networking opportunities and educational resources to all professional strata in the legal environment. As technology has touched all areas of support to the legal profession, so, too, has ILTA expanded its reach.
The International Paralegal Management Association (IPMA) was founded in 1984 as the Legal Assistant Management Association. It promotes the development, professional standing, and visibility of paralegal management professionals. The IPMA has more than 500 professional members who are directors or managers of paralegal services in law firms, corporate law departments, and governmental agencies throughout North America, with additional members in Europe. Additionally, some 80 companies are sustaining members for legal staffing, court reporting, electronic discovery, translation services, and other service providers to the legal community.
The Legal Marketing Association (LMA) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to serving the needs and maintaining the professional standards of the men and women involved in marketing, business development and sales within the legal profession. One of the principle goals of the LMA is to provide to its members vital and timely information on a wide variety of legal marketing issues so that they may grow professionally as well as personally. LMA members gain access to a wealth of resources including national and regional educational programs, Strategies - The Journal of Legal Marketing, a monthly e-newsletter, the LMA website and online job bank, industry specific market research, white papers, and more.
Founded in 1995 with its headquarters in London, the Managing Partners’ Forum (MPF) is an association for those involved in the management of professional firms throughout the world. The MPF actively campaigns for professional excellence by highlighting issues that stand in the way of effective management. The MPF also encourages firms to appoint management experts to their executive committees, providing survey-based insights and tailored events to enable experts to make valued contributions.
Now known as NALP, The Association for Legal Career Professionals, the original National Association for Law Placement was founded in 1971 in response to a need by law schools and legal employers for a common forum to discuss issues involving placement and recruitment. NALP is now the primary professional association for more than 2,400 individuals who work for law schools, law firms, and other public and private legal employers in a variety of professional roles, including as directors of law school career services offices, directors of law school public service and pro bono offices, directors of law firm recruiting departments, directors of lawyer professional development and training, and directors of law firm diversity initiatives.
Founded in September 1968, The Law Office Management Association (TLOMA) is a not-for-profit organization, run by a volunteer Board of Directors, with more than 410 members from 225+ law firms throughout Southern Ontario, Canada. The association was formed to provide a forum for the exchange of information among individuals who have administrative or management responsibilities in legal organizations. The association provides membership opportunities to private law firms, legal service clinics, corporate legal departments, university legal departments, governmental legal agencies, charitable legal agencies, The Law Society of Upper Canada and other organizations that are engaged primarily in the practice of law.