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Regular membership in the Houston Chapter of ALA is open to any individual employed full-time in the management of legal organizations. One must first join ALA International before becoming eligible to join the Houston Chapter. Other levels of membership include associate and life members as defined in the Bylaws.

The basic requirements for regular membership in both the Houston Chapter and ALA International include the following:

  • Full-time legal administrators or support managers employed in a private law firm, legal service clinic, corporate legal department, university legal department, governmental legal agency, court system, charitable legal agency or some other organization engaged primarily in the practice of law.

  • Practicing lawyers with principal management responsibility in their legal organization.
     
  • Consultants to the Legal Industry. A consultant is defined as an individual who does not provide goods, furniture, equipment, supplies, materials, software, technology, insurance, or legal industry services directly or through his/her company; or causes to be provided through a workforce of employees, or is employed by such an entity; AND the individual meets one or more of the following criteria:
     
    1. an individual who is a recognized subject-matter expert within the legal community;
    2. an individual whose primary service generally involves the sale of intellectual property, expert advice, coaching or assessment to legal organizations and who engages with multiple and changing clients;
    3. an individual who performs ongoing day-to-day administrative functions for one or more companies or firms which would otherwise qualify the individual for Regular ALA membership despite who employs them, including a business partner;
    4. an individual who is self-employed as a contractor or operating a self-owned business and performing day-to-day administrative roles for one or more companies or firms, which would otherwise render the person eligible for Regular ALA membership if an employer/employee relationship existed.
       
    A consultant membership is bestowed upon an individual, not a company, and employees of business partner-eligible companies are not considered consultants and are not eligible for consultant membership, unless: a) the individual is performing day-to-day administrative functions at a remote or third party location; or b) the individual is employed as a legal administrator in the corporate legal department of the business organization.
Both the Houston Chapter and the ALA International tailor educational programs and skills training specifically for administrators involved in the legal profession in addition to providing a supportive environment.
You are encouraged to visit the ALA International website at www.alanet.org to receive more information about the Association's Annual Conference and Exposition, Regional Conferences, teleseminars, Professional Certification for Legal Administrators, employment opportunities, benefit programs for members and the new on-line skills training program.

For more information please e-mail Wendy Crane.

 
 
 

ALA Houston Chapter Membership Application

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the ALA Houston Chapter Membership Application.

Complete the application and mail to the
Houston ALA Chapter Manager, Wendy Crane 
7819 N. Dominion Falls Lane, Humble, TX 77396

ALA International Membership Application

Click above to obtain a .pdf version of
the ALA International Membership Application.

ALA Houston Chapter Membership Brochure