alpma will be closed from 22 December and re-open Monday 8 January. Have a safe, relaxing and enjoyable holiday break!
Reflecting on the last 20+ years as a Member of ALPMA, I can honestly say that if not for ALPMA, my career in the legal profession would not have taken the turns that it did. Immensely positive turns!
I joined ALPMA as a 'newbie' in 2003 after a corporate career and only a brief prior stint in professional services. ALPMA afforded me the education and tools needed to understand, navigate and 'survive' the profession as one of the 'non-professionals' (Ugh!) working in a law firm.
Being a member of ALPMA gave me the opportunities to network, learn and mentor with fellow colleagues in similar management roles in law firms and over the years, many (many!) of those conections have continued - and deepened -- allowing me access into the profession at a level that would not otherwise have been open to me. I am truly humbled to have had, and continue to have, that access -- and to count many of those colleagues as trusted friends.
If you're serious about your career in the legal profession, I cannot recommend ALPMA highly enough. Join! Join in! Attend meetings! Network! Talk to our Sponsor/Partners! Join a Committee! Join the National Board! There are so, so many opportunities to grow once you become involved.
I can honestly say that the more you put in, the more you will get out of it. And, above all, don't be afraid to reach out to your colleagues for advice and support. You'll be glad that you did!