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Phishing Scams Targeting ALA Chapters

  • Verify the identity of the sender. If the sender’s email address isn’t one you are used to seeing reach out to the individual via phone for verification. 
  • Never access chapter accounts using links sent via e-mail. Links, while convenient, can be problematic. Always access the website of your financial institution directly through your web browser. Similarly, never share account numbers via e-mail. 
  • Check all chapter accounts regularly. Monitoring account activity regularly is the best way to ensure account security.  
  • Act quickly. If you discover your chapter has fallen victim to a scam, contact your financial institution and local authorities immediately. They will be your best resource to address the situation. 


ALA’s legal counsel has recently shared an article that you may find beneficial

Chapters are encouraged to review their policies and procedures for processing financial transactions and adhere to the same at all times. 

As always, do not hesitate to reach out to ALA Headquarters Staff or your Regional Leadership Team with any questions or concerns.

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Survey request from ALA's Board of Directors

We are looking for input on key questions like: Who are we today? What do we want our Association to look like in ten years? Who will be our members? Who won't be our members?

The survey should only take about 5-10 minutes to complete and can be accessed via this link:

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2017 Call for Volunteers

Association of Legal Administrators
Call for Volunteers
Apply for a Committee or Leadership Role Today

As with any association, volunteers are the heart of ALA. It is because of the dedication and expertise of more than 100 volunteer leaders that ALA is able to provide its members with the high-level education, networking opportunities and resources needed to effectively manage law firms.

ALA is looking for ambitious members who are interested in serving on one of its many committees or in a leadership role. Every position has a different level of responsibility and time commitment. Check out the various roles and activities for the standing committees, conference committees and leadership roles.


Self-nomination is not only allowed, it is encouraged! Individuals interested in serving in a volunteer role within ALA should apply by September 8.

NOTE: President-Elect and Director candidates are required to include a completed candidate questionnaire with their application.

Learn how to expedite the application process.



Do you know a member or business partner that may be interested in a volunteer role? Submit their name and contact information by July 31!

Shortly after receipt of your submission ALA will reach out to the individual with information regarding potential volunteer service and encourage submission of an application. 


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Help us Grow our Membership

ALA Midsummer Membership Campaign: Join the ALA for Only $99 and the Golden Gate Chapter for only $40!

If you've been looking for a way to convince a colleague to join or rejoin ALA, here it is: from now through September 15th, new and returning members can join ALA for only $99! Members who join during that time will receive membership through December 31, 2017 — plus, a 60-day additional window to renew in 2018. That’s six months of membership for the lowest rate offered this year! Membership at midyear is regularly $129 to $249.

Forward this email to prospective members - they can use the link below to lock in the $99 rate. Members must use the link below to take advantage of the Midsummer Membership Campaign pricing!

After their international membership has been approved, new and returning ALA members can use this link to apply online for membership with the Golden Gate Chapter at the discounted 3rd Quarter rate of only $40.00 for Regular members or $20 for Non-Profit/Government/Student members. Savings over 75% of our regular membership in recognition of our 40 years as a Chapter of the Association!

For questions regarding the ALA Midsummer Membership Campaign, please email

For questions regarding Golden Gate Chapter Membership, please email our membership Co-Chairs: Kim Coates or Charity Woodward.

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Resolving Sexual Harassment Claims

August 16, 2017
11:45 AM - 1:00 PM

Hanson Bridgett LLP
425 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

The prevention of sexual harassment claims is widely discussed by employment law professionals, but what do you do when a complaint is made or a claim is filed? Angela Rho will discuss the steps to a proper investigation that protects your company and you

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A Business Matters Program - Emerging Technology in Legal

August 23, 2017
11:45 AM - 1:00 PM

Morrison & Foerster LLP
425 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

Come hear about emerging technologies in the field of law

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Quarterly Large Firm Administrator Roundtable

August 29, 2017
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton
4 Embarcader Center, 17th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111

Please join us for an engaging and collaborative discussion on staffing challenges and opportunities large law firms are facing and how they are managing these challenges

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Community Connection Coastal Clean-up

September 16, 2017
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Half Moon Bay - Maverick's Beach

The Silicon Valley Chapter is joining with the East Bay and Golden Gate Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators to donate our time picking up trash and recyclables as part of California Coastal Cleanup Day at a Maverick Beach in Half Moon Bay.

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A Business Matters Program - Cyber Security & Client Audits

October 18, 2017
11:45 AM - 1:00 PM

Hanson Bridgett LLP
425 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

Come hear about cyber security as it pertains to client audits and audit preparation

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Business Partner Profile




What is your title, the name of your firm, and how long have you been there?

Jim Herbst, Business Developer, DFS Green, One Year

How did you find your way into the position you hold with your company?

I have had the pleasure of working with many of the DFS Green employes at a previous company.  I am so happy to be working with such a great team.

What do you love the most about your job?

Working with my clients and prospect.  I also love the fact the DFS Green is an employee owned company so we are all working  together to achieve the same goal of providing our clients with a first rate service. 

How did you come to be a BP of the Chapter?

My colleague Richard Peterson is a proud sponsor of the  Silicon Valley Chapter and has had a multi rewarding relationship with the members. So he suggested that  I reach out to the Golden Gate Chapter. 

What are your hobbies?

Picnics and playing cards with my wife. Going to the beach and dining out.

As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? 

My dad was a car salesman and I alway knew that I wanted to be in sales.

What was the greatest moment of your life?

I have hosted a very large Thanksgiving dinner for over the last 30 years.  Having all my family and friends all together is also a very special day for me.

What's on your playlist?

I have a very large music collections of rock, alternative, reggae, dub, blues, latin, country, indie and classical.

What are you reading right now? What’s your favorite book or character?  Whose your favorite author?

Not much of a reader.

What’s your favorite app? What’s your most used app?

SIRI, I love to ask SIRI questions about news, weather and spelling.

Describe an ideal weekend getaway for you.

A drive up the coast and renting a little cabin by the beach. 

What’s your favorite place outside of California?


Do you collect anything?

Photos of Family and Friends ( I have a 24 hour slide show in my game room with over 5K photos of family and friends).

What is your six-word memoir?

I always tried to live life to it's fullest.

What don’t you have time for that you would like to pursue?

Traveling the world.

What is the best piece of advice anyone has ever given you?

My first sales manager at Hewlett Packard told me when you are in sales everyday you wake up you are unemployed. 

If you had three wishes what would they be?

To have good health and love from my family and friends.

It’s karaoke night.  What song do you choose, and why?

I am only allowed to sing in the shower however if I could sing Ring of Fire by Johnny Cash. 

Martin Scorsese is making a movie of your life.  Which actor will you choose to play you?  Why?

Pierce Bronson, Simply for my wife's benefit.  You know happy wife and all that.

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Cyberchapter Webinar

Webinar: 7 Tips for Trust Worthy Trust Accounting
Tuesday, August 15, 2017


2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (Eastern Time) 
Speaker is Cindy Melfa with Affinity Consulting Group.
The live webinar qualifies for one CLM credit hour. See flyer for details.
Please plan to use Chrome or Firefox. There are known issues with Internet Explorer so we advise against using it. 
There will be a sound test 5 minutes before start time. If you have audio issues while listening over your computer speakers, press F5 to refresh the webpage. If that doesn't work, call in for the audio. If you have audio issues while listening over the phone, try hanging up and calling back to try for a better connection.
Do not share emails from Anymeeting. Doing so may result in that person logging in as you and then you won’t be able to enter the webinar. If you know someone who wants to attend, direct them to our home page. 
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