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President's Welcome Message
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Welcome to the Orange County Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators. I am humbled by the opportunity to serve as your President for the 2019-2020 Board Year.


Our Chapter is comprised of members with all different backgrounds and positions within the legal field. Although many of us wear multiple hats within our firms, we also have many members that specialize in HR, IT or other specific focus areas within law firm management. It is our goal as Chapter Leadership to provide a variety of educational, networking, and philanthropic opportunities that are beneficial for all of our members regardless of their title or position. Due to the fact that our members all have unique experience and levels of expertise, the membership offers invaluable access to peer to peer knowledge that is often seen as one of the greatest benefits of being involved with the OC-ALA.

Our Chapter also benefits from wonderful Business Partners that generously underwrite almost all of the programs that we are able to offer. In addition to their financial support of the OC-ALA, the Business Partners offer an array of products and services that can benefit member’s day-to-day firm operations and often offer their expertise in their specific legal industry niche for education sessions throughout the year. The open dialogue between our Members and Business Partners is one of the keys to OC-ALA’s ability to improve member’s skills, create new opportunities for partnerships, and strengthen the legal industry by fostering creative problem solving for issues facing law firms of all sizes.

In the coming year we will continue to offer high level education, great networking opportunities, and several special events including our continued support of Project SELF, a fundraiser event to support a local non-profit, celebrating our 40th Anniversary, and of course ACES 2020.

My goal for this year is to innovate our programming to ensure that we are providing the most beneficial education and networking for all who are involved with OC-ALA. To be a great innovator, you need input from all. Collaboration is the best way to come up with the best possible solutions, so please do not hesitate to reach out to the Board with any suggestions or ideas in an effort to help us continuously improve our Chapter. As with any volunteer organization, you truly do get out of it what you put in to it, so I hope that you decide to become an active member of our Chapter. I will leave you with one final thought. When it comes to the Orange County ALA, the juice is definitely worth the squeeze!

Michael Shuff
President, OC-ALA

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