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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.

  Kellie Snyder Roncace

Welcome to the First State Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators’ website.

Here you will find a host of information which includes upcoming events (educational and social), helpful member and business partner information, and more!

The Association of Legal Administrators (“ALA”) is an international organization with over 10,000 members representing law firms and corporate legal departments world-wide. The ALA was founded in 1971 to promote and enhance the competence and professionalism of Legal Administrators and all members of the management team. If you’d like to learn more on the parent organization, please visit:

The First State Chapter was established in 1979 and actively supports the mission of the ALA. One of the great benefits of chapter membership is the availability to attend local monthly educational programs which focus on topics specific to the legal industry and/or to enhance skills necessary to manage successful law firms. Additional valuable benefits offered throughout the year to chapter membership include networking opportunities, such as business partner events, leadership events, scholarships to conferences, holiday and summer socials, as well as community outreach projects.

While the First State Chapter of ALA is small, we are mighty! Thanks, largely in part, to the relationships we have built, and continue to build, with our loyal Business Partners. Through Business Partner connections, our membership has access to the finest services needed for operating a successful law firm, and our Business Partners gain exposure to the finest legal administrative staff! Sponsorship packages are available to Business Partners who are looking to build business relationships with the added bonus of enjoying our calendar of social-networking and community events throughout the year! Please be sure to revisit the Business Partner section of this website often, as we continue to grow throughout the year. All of our Business Partners offer a wide range of services and we are grateful for their support.

If you are considering the “why” for joining our chapter, please contact one of our Board or Committee members with any questions you may have, and/or if you would like to attend one of our monthly meetings to catch a sneak peek. Speaking on behalf of the Executive Board, we will warmly welcome you to the First State Chapter and look forward to sharing our valuable resources, and are equally excited to learn from you as well. Our members, past and present, will agree that joining the First State Chapter of ALA has been a tremendous asset in the personal and professional growth for each of them.

The long-time success of the First State Chapter is a testament to the members who have had so much to offer, and willingly shared it. As for yours truly, upon feeling welcomed into this chapter several years ago, I was encouraged to delicately dip my toes in the proverbial waters, only to find that I became comfortable enough to jump in with both feet! To our current members, and to our future members, it is my hope that you too will dip your toes in ... the water feels great!!

Fondly ~


Kellie Snyder-Roncace

First State Chapter President



CONGRATULATIONS to Sherry Perna on her promotion to Executive Director at Morris James LLP effective April 1, 2017!  In her new role, Sherry will oversee the administrative and business operations of the Firm. Sherry has 16 years of experience in legal management and administration, most recently as the Chief Financial Officer at Morris James LLP.  Sherry holds an undergraduate degree in Accounting from Richard Stockton State College of New Jersey and a Master’s in Business Administration from Wilmington University. She is a Certified Legal Manager, having earned her CLM from the Association of Legal Administrators in 2010.  Sherry was the President of the Association of Legal Administrators First State Chapter from 2015 to 2016 and has held various other Board positions as well as being Chair of the Business Partner Committee previously. Sherry is excited to take on this challenging role at Morris James


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On Monday, June 12th, the First State Chapter ALA joined by their Business Partners enjoyed networking at a social held at V&M Bistro in North Wilmington.  After a nice time socializing, the crowd moved across the road to Exodus Escape Room.  For many, it was their first experience at an escape room.  Fortunately, there were some folks who had previously experienced an escape room and had some tips for the newbies.  One group was immediately locked up in cells and handcuffed to others – the groups were split with half members and half business partners.  What a great way to network - handcuffed together!  Our groups made it to the very end and were just minutes shy of figuring out the last clues to escape but a fun time was had by all.    

This annual business partner event is always combined with an effort to raise funds for a charitable organization.  This year, the decision to raise funds was made right at the time that Corporal Stephen Ballard was tragically gunned down here in New Castle County.  Both members and business partners donated funds to the Delaware State Troopers Association memorial fund for the family of fallen Corporal Stephen Ballard.  We were proud to have raised and donated a total of $7,400

Escape Room 1  


Click here to see the photos from the 2017 Easter Party/Egg Hunt at St. Michael's