Mission Statement

PSALA – Leading and inspiring innovation in the legal workplace through the pursuit and exchange of professional knowledge.


  • Develop and deliver programs and products that will provide high quality, competency-based education to members of the legal management team.
  • Provide opportunities for Chapter members to develop and enhance their leadership and organizational skills through participation in Board, committee and section positions.
  • Improve and strengthen the flow of information, through various levels of governing bodies, to and from the members.
  • Strengthen the Chapter's economic base in order to enhance the services and benefits available to members.
  • Implement an organizational structure, which allocates the policy and operational roles and responsibilities of volunteers to assure that organizational resources are used effectively to achieve the Chapter's goals.
  • Increase the visibility and credibility of the Association of Legal Administrators and its members in the legal community through effective marketing and communications and through liaisons with bar and other law-related associations at the local, state, and national levels.
  • Retain and recruit members from all components of the legal management team.
  • Provide opportunities for Chapter members to create and develop a network of resources within the local legal community.
  • Increase sensitivity to cultural diversity within the Chapter and in the legal management community.

Chapter Objectives

For many years, the traits of an "ideal" chapter of ALA were discussed among chapter and Association leaders. The following performance objectives were crafted from those discussions and have been officially adopted by the ALA Board of Directors.

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. Chapters are urged to assess their progress, on an ongoing basis, in achieving the objectives outlined below:

  1. The chapter provides, on a regular basis, quality educational opportunities (beyond routine networking and/or social events) for its members and individuals of the legal management team. On a regular basis, the chapter will provide a Chapter Education Summary of all its educational programs and presenters to the Regional Education Officer.
  2. The chapter creates an awareness among its members of the Association's mission statement, goals and Code of Ethics, and highlights the activities of all levels of the organization. This awareness can be developed through written communication (e.g., newsletter, minutes, etc.) which are provided to members on a regular basis and during chapter meetings or events.
  3. The chapter strives to enhance the visibility and credibility of the profession and the Association through activities such as community service projects and alliances with bar associations and other law-related professional associations.
  4. The chapter creates a workable structure to maximize its efficiency which focuses on member involvement and capitalizes on the interests, enthusiasm and expertise of its members.
  5. The chapter maintains a continuous recruitment effort to attract a diversity of new members to the Association.
  6. The chapter's president and/or president-elect participate(s) in at least one ALA leadership training session each year. To facilitate effective leadership training opportunities, all chapters will install officers in April of each year.
  7. The chapter has a regional council representative who attends council meetings and provides reports of each meeting to the members of the chapter.
  8. The chapter obtains tax exempt status and files annual tax returns, where appropriate and as indicated by pertinent regulatory bodies. The chapter also maintains procedures for ensuring that annual filings and renewals are made with appropriate agencies. In addition to any insurance coverage the chapter may secure, the chapter takes appropriate action (such as by incorporation) to ensure the personal assets of its members are protected.
  9. The chapter's treasury is not commingled with employer or personal funds and the chapter maintains appropriate internal controls to ensure financial security. The chapter maintains procedures for regular, periodic review of books, accounts and records by chapter officers (other than the treasurer or other officer with primary financial responsibilities) and/or by outside, independent auditors.
  10. The chapter adheres to and abides by its own bylaws. In addition, the chapter seeks and obtains Headquarters' approval of proposed amendments to chapter bylaws prior to a vote by members to make them effective.
  11. All compensation/economic survey questionnaires are reviewed and approved by Headquarters prior to dissemination. The chapter is responsible for creating and maintaining awareness of antitrust issues, including those published in ALA's Antitrust Guide.
  12. The chapter uses the ALA logo and other Association symbols pursuant to guidelines provided by Headquarters.
  13. Immediately following the chapter's election of officers, the chapter president (or designee) provides ALA Headquarters with a list of the individuals who will assume chapter office as of April. Within 45 days of taking office, the chapter president updates and returns the chapter's Chapter Profile to ALA Headquarters. Semiannually, chapters will review and return chapter member verification reports to ALA Headquarters.
  14. The chapter will, at all times, ensure that all members of the chapter are members of ALA. On an annual basis, the chapter president will submit a timely statement certifying compliance with this bylaw provision.

Chapter Bylaws

Our chapter bylaws, as amended in March 2014 can be found here.

Code of Ethics

The legal profession and business must adhere to high ethical standards to maintain public trust. This ALA Code of Professional Ethics sets forth guidelines or standards for the ethical administration of legal practices - private firms, legal clinics, corporate legal departments, governmental agencies and the courts.

Legal administrators at all levels must become familiar with these standards and incorporate them into their everyday performance. They should also study and comply with all ethical guidelines of bar associations and law societies which apply in their own jurisdictions. Furthermore, they must take the lead in communicating relevant standards to staff personnel who may be less familiar than lawyers with the ethical guidelines of bar associations and law societies, and in communicating appropriate policies and procedures to lawyers.

Principles and Rules of Conduct


 The professional legal administrator shall:

  •      Be open and honest in all relationships with attorneys, employees and others.
  •      Never compromise the reputation or good of the legal practice by dishonest or illegal behavior.


 The professional legal administrator shall:

  •      Avoid actual or apparent conflicts of interest.  Advise all appropriate parties of any potential conflicts.
  •      Never engage in activities that would prejudice the ethical performance of job responsibilities.
  •      Refuse any gift, favor or hospitality that would influence or appear to influence actions, unless such item is fully disclosed to and approved by management.
  •      Never solicit or accept any personal or family fee, commission, gift, gratuity, discount or loan for performing job duties or providing services to existing or potential clients.
  •      Pursue and promote fair and equitable employment practices and oppose discrimination which is based upon gender, age, race, religious creed, national origin, sexual orientation, physical disability, marital, parental or veteran status.
  •      Endeavor to foster a work environment founded on respect and dignity and free of sexual harassment. 


 The professional legal administrator shall:

  •      Communicate all information fairly and objectively.
  •      Fully disclose all known information that would be material to a particular management or financial decision.
  •      Fully disclose all relevant information required for an intended user to understand management reports, employee communications, business recommendations and comments.


  The professional legal administrator shall:

  •      Maintain an appropriate level of professional competence and enhance existing skills through ongoing professional education programs, peer group associations and self-training.
  •      Recognize and communicate professional limitations or other constraints that would preclude responsible judgment or successful performance of an activity.
  •      Ensure that delegated tasks are responsibly assigned and competently performed.
  •      Make every effort to ensure that subordinates have necessary skills and levels of competence.


 The professional legal administrator shall:

  •      Ensure that all personal political activities are separated from the legal practice.
  •      Never make investments, which would benefit from inside knowledge of the legal practice or its clients.
  •      Exercise prudence and restraint in personal financial affairs, including speculative investment and margin accounts, in order to avoid debts and other financial obligations which could compromise independence and professional judgment.

Professional Responsibility

 The professional legal administrator shall:

  •      Promulgate a positive image of the legal practice to its clients and potential clients; attorneys and staff personnel; bankers, consultants and vendors; the press; governmental agencies; the legal community; and all other relevant audiences.
  •      Exercise reasonable diligence in gathering business data and information from internal and external sources and in reporting that information in a manner, which facilitates informed decision-making.


The professional legal administrator shall:

  •      Never disclose confidential information acquired in the course of employment, whether or not still employed by that legal practice, except when legally obligated to do so.
  •      Inform subordinates that confidentiality or information acquired in the course of their work is essential, and monitor their activities to ensure that confidentiality is maintained.
  •      Ensure that all confidential and proprietary information acquired in the course of duty is used solely for legal practice purposes, is not provided to unauthorized persons, and is not used for the purpose of furthering a private interest or making a personal profit.


The professional legal administrator shall:

  •      Perform business duties in good faith in a manner believed to be in the best interests of the legal practice.
  •      Perform duties only within assigned authority.
  •      Accomplish assigned tasks in a timely manner.
  •      Promote and monitor guidelines for practice development and marketing activities to ensure that those activities are appropriate for the legal practice and conform with applicable professional guidelines.
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