Welcome to FirstStateALA.org

The website for the First State Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators located in Delaware.

For more information about the Chapter and Association of Legal Administrators, see About ALA.


Thank you for visiting the First State Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators website.  We hope you find the website to be helpful in connecting you with other members for legal administrative support, Business Partners for help in running the different aspects of your Firms, Educational opportunities, and information on how to become involved in your Chapter and your Community.

The First State Chapter was established in 1979 in order to provide educational and networking opportunities to our members along with supporting our local community in various community service endeavors.  Our members consist of business managers of Private Law Firms and Corporate Legal Departments that specialize in overall Firm Administration, Human Resources, Information Systems, Finance, Records, and other areas of law firm operations.

We strive to make sure our Educational Sessions provide you with updates on the latest trends and topics in the legal field that help you continue to move each of your firms forward in running the firms efficiently, effectively, and profitably.  We hope that you find value in this benefit afforded to you through becoming a member of the Chapter, and also to our Business Partners in order to be able to service our members by having updated knowledge of the legal field issues we face daily.  We also hope our Business Partners can use these topics to create ideas in their own companies to create additional success in their businesses.

If you have not already taken the tour of our website, please do not forget to stop by the Business Partner section to see what they have to offer our members.  We hope they can provide each of you with the support you are looking for.  Without our Business Partners, we would not be able to provide you with the services and education afforded in your membership, and we are grateful for their support and the opportunity to work with them.

No matter how much or how little, please consider becoming active in Chapter Leadership, as it is a great opportunity, learning, and growing experience.  You can find information on our Board Positions on the website.

Please do not hesitate to contact me, one of the Board Members or Committee Chairs with any questions, comments, or ideas you may have.  We encourage participation from all levels.

I look forward to a rewarding year.


Sherry Perna, CLM

First State Chapter President

Upcoming Events

Labor & Employment Update
Labor & Employment Update
February 09, 2016
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Era of Lean Learning
Era of Lean Learning
March 15, 2016
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM


ALA First State Chapter Members:  Registration is now open to attend ALA's 2016 Annual Conference & Expo in Los Angeles, California from May 22 - May 25, 2016.  The theme for this year is "Your Roadmap to Modern Resources, Invaluable Connections and Expert Guidance." For further information or to register click here.

Register today at http://www.alanet.org/events/ and join your chapter for these high caliber educational events.

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