December 2017 Print

President's Report

From the Richmond Association of Legal Administrators, I send best wishes to you and your loved ones for the holiday season!  I hope that you are spending time with friends and family, reflecting on 2017 and planning for 2018. 

Please note these special topics included in this newsletter:

  • Our 2017 Volunteer of the Year:  Michelle Andino.
  • At our January member meeting, we will give 2 scholarships to the 2018 ALA Annual Conference and Expo in Maryland.  You must be present to win!
  • Don't forget to register for the Virginia Statewide Conference.

I look forward to seeing you next year!

Nancy J. Pugh

President, Richmond ALA


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Volunteer of the Year


The Richmond ALA is very proud to announce that Michelle Andino, Firm Administrator for Moran Reeves Conn, is our 2017 Volunteer of the Year!  Michelle was recognized at our Holiday Luncheon at Lemaire at the Jefferson Hotel on December 7th.  Michelle has distinguished herself in 2017 by participating in many meetings and Business Partner events, and also by her excellent and tireless service on the Salary/Benefits Survey Committee (be on the lookout for the survey in mid-2018).  As the Volunteer of the Year, Michelle received a gift card as a token of our appreciation for her service.  Please congratulate Michelle when you see her!


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Annual Convention Scholarship Drawing!


At our January 25th member meeting, we will draw 2 scholarships to the 2018 ALA Annual Conference and Expo!  Each scholarship will be $2500, to cover registration and lodging!  You must be present to win! 



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Member Meeting

Meeting/Event Information

2018 January Member Meeting

January 25, 2018
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
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Hunton & Williams
951 E. Byrd Street, 20th Floor
Richmond, VA 23219


Where Does Your Law Firm Stand in the Client's Mind?

Big River President and CEO Fred Moore will discuss how understanding your culture and values will help you market your firm and create relationships built on trust. Fred will examine why credibility matters and the importance of being who you are. Attendees will leave the presentation with actionable tips they can use to build an authentic brand. Fred founded Big River in 2001 as a place to incubate his "people believe people" philosophy. Big River focuses on creating memorable and innovative brand experiences and has a growing list of national and regional clients including MoonPie, The Virginia Lottery, Sotherly, kaléo, Lumber Liquidators and sweetFrog.  We will cohost this meeting with the Legal Marketing Association. 







$0.00 Member Ticket

$35.00 Business Partner and Guest Ticket

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Virginia Statewide Conference




Attendance at the retreat (including meals and beverages) is free for Virginia ALA members.  In addition, the Richmond ALA will pay for Friday night's lodging at The Main for Richmond ALA members!  Here's the link to register:

Questions?  Contact Michael Keatts at


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ALA Diversity Initiative

ALA Diversity Initiative Offers Valuable Resources - Check Them Out!

Check Out ALA Diversity and Inclusion Resources Here:



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