A Message From Our President

I would like the thank the Philadelphia Chapter of the ALA for allowing me to serve as President for the 2020-2022 term.  Our new Board of Directors features some new faces as well as the return of many loyal leaders.  All are proud to be serving the Philadelphia Chapter and join me in our dedication to our membership. 

The Philadelphia Chapter was founded in 1975 with a handful of Legal Administrators who wanted to create an organization through which they could share industry knowledge as well as offer a peer network to exchange advice, guidance and friendship.  Now, our Chapter consists not only of approximately 200 members from small, mid-size, large firms and in-house legal departments from the Greater Philadelphia and surrounding areas, but we have over 50 Business Partners who offer industry insight and keep us on task with new trends.  Quite an accomplishment!

Our Chapter has received many accolades and awards including the National Idea Award and the National Presidents’ Award of Excellence.  We have increased our visibility in the community by chairing book drives for The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, organizing holiday toy drives for the Center for Child Advocates and volunteering at, and making monetary donations to, the Gift of Life Family House.  The new Board and I will continue to strive to further our accomplishments and continue our involvement in the community.

While times have certainly changed and although the world looks different, we will continue our many traditions.  We will come back from this pandemic stronger.  We will take this opportunity to see what changes we can instill in our association and in the legal field.  As Albert Einstein said, “If you always do what you always did, you will always get what you always got.”  Our Board is committed to thinking outside the box to continue to grow the Chapter and support its members.

Our Education Committee is on task with scheduling outstanding education sessions, most of which will be offered virtually to allow everyone the opportunity to attend from their desks or homes; 

Our Technology & Communications Committees are going to be busy keeping us all up to date in these changing times by managing our website and social media presence;

Our Business Partner Committee will continue to offer fun and exciting networking events;

Our Membership Committee will continue to strengthen our Ambassador Program and will create a new Ad-Hoc Committee, which will give our members an excellent opportunity to be involved without making a year-long commitment; and

Our Diversity Committee will continue to celebrate diversity in our Chapter.

These are challenging times and we remain dedicated to offering our members new opportunities to connect with others.  There is strength and solace in sharing our passion and right now, more than ever, we need to support each other. 

If you have any questions about how to get involved, please feel free to contact any Board member or me.  Please visit our website and calendar of events often.

Thank you again for allowing me to serve as your President.  I look forward to seeing you in person.  In the meantime, please stay safe and healthy and remember that we are here to help.

Kathy Remetta

 


 

 

    Kathy Remetta, Philadelphia Chapter President 

    Weir & Partners, LLP
    Email: [email protected]