The New Jersey Association of Legal Administrators (NJALA), founded in 1967, was established by a small group of legal administrators in an effort to assist each other in the management of their respective law firms. The organization’s first president was Joan Stern who is now a consultant with Hildebrandt, Inc., which was founded by another NJALA past president, Brad Hildebrandt. Today, membership has grown to over 150 legal administrators.
The New Jersey Association of Legal Administrators is dedicated to the continued improvement of law office operations through monthly educational programs, the publication of a quarterly newsletter and, perhaps most importantly, by encouraging “networking” with other administrators. The NJALA newsletter has been recognized as one of the most outstanding newsletters in the International ALA. The Association also publishes an Annual Equipment Survey, Membership Handbook and a Salary Survey of support, administrative and professional staff. A referral service is available to administrator-members and their firms.
The New Jersey Association of Legal Administrators has the distinguished honor of having been the impetus for the formation of the International Association of Legal Administrators headquartered in Lincolnshire, Illinois. The International ALA has had many New Jersey members working in numerous positions, such as President, Regional Directors, Coordinators, and Representatives. Many of our members have served as speakers at the annual educational conferences and on special committees.
The American Bar Association and the New Jersey State Bar Association offer associate membership to legal administrators in recognition of the contributions we make to our firms.
We urge all NJALA members to become active, involved members by attending our regularly scheduled monthly meetings as well as our educational seminars.