How to Join

Membership in ALA International is a prerequisite to membership in the Sacramento Valley Chapter. Members of the Sacramento Valley Chapter must continue to meet the requirements as set forth in the Association of Legal Administrator’s International Bylaws, and must agree to abide by the ALA Code of Professional Ethics. ALA International membership information may be found at

ALA membership is not issued to organizations and is neither transferable from one individual to another nor refundable.

The Sacramento Valley Chapter’s annual membership dues are $100.00 per year (May to April). Chapter dues include attendance at our 9 regular educational luncheons during the year, with the cost of meals covered in the $100 dues. Special events, such as the Labor Law Seminar, Holiday Party, and Managing Partner Event, are billed separately. If you are involved in legal management and are interested in joining the Sacramento Valley Chapter, ALA, please contact the Membership Chair, Sherrie Cork, or download a Sacramento Valley Chapter membership application at SVALA Membership Application – Fillable Form.

As a member of ALA, you will enjoy knowledge-sharing and networking opportunities (on local, regional, national and international levels), improve professional recognition, gain access to a huge number of substantive educational and reference tools, including workshops, luncheons, webinars, diverse online resources and other opportunities. For more information on the vast array of opportunities offered through ALA membership, please visit

Eligibility Criteria

Who are ALA’s members and prospective members?

Regular Membership:

  • 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.

Associate Membership:

Individuals who are interested in legal administration and management but do not qualify for Regular Membership may apply for Associate Membership if they are:

  • practicing lawyers with an interest in law firm administration and management;
  • individuals engaged in an ongoing employment-type relationship which involves providing continuing management services of the types defined in the bylaws;
  • retired Regular Members of ALA who are not otherwise employed;
  • unemployed legal administrators who have exhausted their eligibility for Regular Membership who are not serving as consultants or vendors and are actively seeking employment as a legal administrator;
  • full-time teachers of business, organizational management, law or law-related disciplines at institutions of higher learning, as well as deans with administrative and management responsibilities at such institutions;
  • full-time students in business, management, law or law-related studies at institutions of higher learning;
  • bar association executives with management responsibilities; and
  • other individuals not specifically excluded from membership who have and demonstrate an interest in the management of law firms and other legal organizations.

ALA encourages diversity in its membership and the profession as a whole. Please note that membership is not open to vendors or consultants. For further information on eligibility criteria, please call ALA at (847) 816-1212!

You may apply online or access a membership application to print and fax by clicking SVALA Membership Application – Renewal 2022-2023

We look forward to meeting you!