This month, we spotlight below, many of the widely recognized dates in January that observe diverse groups, cultures, and causes throughout the world:

Entire Month of January - Poverty in America Awareness Month - A month-long initiative to raise awareness and call attention to the growth of poverty in America. For over 130 years America has been fighting to end poverty by creating unique programs and organizations to help promote equity and opportunity for all.

January 1st - New Year's Day - Also simply called New Year or New Year's, this day is observed on the 1st of January, the first day of the year on the modern Gregorian calendar as well as the Julian calendar. In pre-Christian Rome under the Julian calendar, the day was dedicated to Janus, god of gateways and beginnings, for whom January is also named.

January 18th - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - Celebrated on the third Monday in January, Martin Luther King Day is a national holiday that honors the United States' most famous civil-rights activist, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  He continued fighting for civil rights and against poverty until an assassin's bullet ended his life on April 4, 1968.

Supporting Article:  https://abcnews.go.com/US/mlk-day-2020-civil-rights-icons-legacy/story?id=68335202  

January 27th - International Holocaust Remembrance Day - The United Nations General Assembly designated January 27 - the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau - as International Holocaust Remembrance Day.  On this day of commemoration, the UN urges every member state to honor the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust and millions of other victims of Nazism while continuing to develop educational programs to help prevent future genocides.

Supporting Article:  https://encyclopedia.ushmm.org/content/en/article/international-holocaust-remembrance-day



The ALA’s Diversity & Inclusion Initiative aims to increase awareness of and sensitivity to the differences among our workforce and to advance the concept of inclusiveness and acceptance. ALA’s goal is to increase diversity and inclusion in the Association, in the legal management community and in all legal service organizations. To that end, the ALA’s mission is to provide each Member with the tools and resources required to be a leader in meeting ALA’s goal.  

The Philadelphia Chapter is committed to leading the way with diversity initiatives through leadership, education, advancement and development. Please take a moment to review our Mission Statement below.

Chapter Diversity & Inclusion Mission Statement

The Philadelphia Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators is comprised of a diverse group of administrative professionals, including, but certainly not limited to, Executive Directors, CFOs, Firm Administrators, Office Managers, and Facility Managers from private law firms, corporate and university legal departments, and government entities.  Our mission is to advocate for a more diverse membership and to expand the retention and promotion of diversity and inclusion in our own firms.  We further our mission through the collection and dissemination of information to the members of the Philadelphia ALA, our respective firms, and our Business Partners.

Chapter D & I Chair

Jack Caulk, The MCS Group [email protected]