A Message From Our President

I’m excited about serving another year as your President and I want to thank you for your continued support.  These are exciting times for our Chapter; we have many things to be proud of and many wonderful happenings for the coming year.  Thank you to everyone who came to the luncheon on Wednesday to welcome our 2017-2018 Board of Directors

One of our major initiatives last year was membership growth and retention and to support that initiative, we embarked on a marketing campaign that included the creation of a brochure which was mailed to perspective members in our legal community.  We also created a Membership & Retention Committee that initiated our Ambassador program whereby an ambassador was assigned to both new and existing members alike.  The ambassadors were tasked with learning, first-hand, what the members were getting, or not getting, from the Chapter.  Both of these initiatives received a good deal of “buzz” throughout the Association with many chapters across the country complimenting us and seeking information on how to duplicate our efforts.

We hope that you have all seen our newly created YouTube Channel, which has been a great success.  Watch your fellow members give “tips” on issues we all face such as time management and best practices on collections, just to name a few.  Keep watching and you’ll see Brooks Ryan from DTI, who is also an Executive Director for our Chapter, provide helpful hints to our Business Partners in getting the most out of their Chapter sponsorship. 

We are proud to announce that The Philadelphia Chapter was also recognized by the Association by receiving the 2017 Presidents’ Award of Excellence.  The Presidents’ Award of Excellence is a performance program meant to encourage chapters to take effective and collaborative action in support of ALA’s mission to promote and enhance the competence and professionalism of legal administrators and all members of the legal management team.  Special thanks to Maureen Austin, our President-Elect, in spearheading the initiative and submission of the required documentation.

While we accomplished many achievements this past year, we are still working hard to achieve even more in the years to come.  We are excited about what our Education team has in store for you this year and our Business Partner team is planning great activities and events.  I am happy to say that back by popular demand will be our Managing Partners Luncheon, returning this November.  Our biggest initiative for 2017-2018 is a newly created program -- a full day symposium to take place in Spring 2018 consisting of educational sessions and an exhibit hall, with a theme of “if you can’t travel to a conference, we’ll bring the conference to you.”

So, as you can see we have several initiatives on the horizon and we will need your help!  We would love to have you serve on one of our many committees or help our Section leaders.  So please reach out to me even if you can only give a few hours – all volunteers are welcomed and appreciated.

I look forward to continuing to serve as your President and invite you to contact me at any time to discuss ideas, initiatives or just to chat!





     Marlys Hickman, Philadelphia Chapter President 

     Office Administrator, Fox Rothschild LLP
     email: MHickman@foxrothschild.com