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Welcome to the Sarasota • Manatee Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators.

The Sarasota-Manatee Chapter has surpassed our 30th year. Our Members’ participation, professionalism and enthusiasm has been the absolute key to our success. We are a small but mighty Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators. We pride ourselves on our individual and collective work ethic, our desire for continuing education and our ability to make a difference in the community. In 2016, this Chapter received the Distinguished Service Award from the Sarasota County Bar Association – and we couldn’t be prouder to be the recipients.

The SMCALA supports the mission of the Association of Legal Administrators, which organization was founded in 1971.

The Chapter’s focus is always on education for our members and community involvement as a Chapter. We are very fortunate to have strong business partner relationships and participation in our various charitable projects. Every year our chapter adopts underprivileged families during the holiday season, as well as other projects throughout the year (such as participation in the coastal cleanup weekend, painting walking bridges at Southeast Guide Dogs and a walk to end human trafficking). One of our committees began an internship program with the local technical colleges to assist with the curriculum of the Legal Assistant Programs. This has been an outstanding committee.

We encourage our members to attend ALA conferences.  We also have educational sessions during some of our monthly meetings.  

Our membership benefits include:

  • Teleseminar educational programs
  • Access to Member’s Only Section of ALA’s website (www.alanet.org)
  • Access to Member’s Only privileges on ALA’s Legal Management Resource Center website (thesource.alanet.org)
  • Subscription to ALA’s free electronic publication: ALA Currents
  • Periodicals: ALA News, Legal Management and ALA News International
  • Certified Legal Manager (CLM) program opportunity
  • Business relationships with ALA Business Partners

We invite you to explore our website for additional information on member firms, our current events calendar, links to other sites and information on how to apply for membership. I strongly encourage you to contact me or any of our Chapter members to learn more about the benefits of membership.


Janet M. Danziger
Chapter President
jdanziger@grimesgoebel.com