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History of the ALA


2005: ALA has over 9,000 members , representing more than 20 countries. 2005 marks the 34th anniversary of ALA.

1999: More than 900 ALA members from almost 90 chapters participated in ALA's first Community Challenge Weekend (CCW), held October 1-3. The spirit and intent of this initiative was to underscore the importance of volunteerism and the difference that ALA members can make in the lives of people in their own communities. By all accounts, the CCW was an enormous success and truly did "make a difference".

1996: ALA celebrates its 25th Anniversary. The milestone was recognized through many special events such as the Mardi Gras Extravaganza during the 1996 Educational Conference and Exposition, and a special anniversary issue of ALA News that featured a history of ALA, a tribute to past presidents, and special memories from members. By the end of its 25th year, ALA had more than 7,900 members.

1991: ALA's 20th Annual Educational Conference and Exposition, held in Nashville, Tennessee, draws almost 1,500 registrants and 165 exhibitors from the United States, Canada, and nine other countries.

1979: ALA's 50th chapter is formed, and membership in the Association surpasses the 2,000 mark.

1971: The Association of Legal Administrators (ALA) is formed to provide support to professionals involved in the management of law firms, corporate legal departments and government legal agencies. ALA incorporates in Pennsylvania and is founded by Bradford W. Hildebrandt, Robert I. Weil, and Mary Ann Altman. By June 1971, 100 legal administrators have joined the Association.