December President's Message
PSALA is a resource and community for legal professionals unlike any other in the Pacific Northwest. No other organization combines our depth of knowledge and resources with the fun we share as a group. While we are fortunate to have such a vibrant local chapter, we can’t forget that much of what makes us so successful is the support of ALA International. ALA is our North Star, ensuring that we are providing quality education, networking, and leadership opportunities to our members, all while offering tremendous resources like the Chapter Leadership Institute, Legal Management Magazine, Legal Management Webinars, and a host of online communities to bring together a huge network of legal professionals.
There are two programs I want to highlight because of their tremendous impact on the value proposition for ALA and PSALA Members. The first is the Value in Partnership or VIP Program. Every day we are asked to seek the most cost-effective solutions for our law firms and legal departments, but it can sometimes be hard to know if we are getting the best price. It can often feel like we need to be a huge organization with hundreds of employees to get the best deal. The VIP Program brings to bear the power of ALA’s thousands of members to leverage the best opportunities from nationally known companies in categories like cyber security, technology consulting, office products, and video conferencing. The savings provided by ALA’s VIP program business partners can add up to 70 percent overall — enough to offset the cost of membership.
A second exceptional opportunity is the ALA Legal Marketplace, your one-stop shop for services for your firm or legal department. While we always encourage you to seek solutions from our local Business Partners, there are often times where we have a need that is outside our local core competencies. That’s where the ALA Legal Marketplace becomes such a valuable resource. With the ability to search for service providers from every conceivable category, you can find the right solution for your firm in minutes, not days. Spend some time on the ALA Legal Marketplace, and check out alanet.org for other great ALA International offerings, including the Annual Conference and Expo in National Harbor Maryland in May 2018!