Public Announcements


AZ Chapter Happenings - March 2019

ALA ARIZONA Chapter Happenings

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In this issue:

Upcoming Chapter Events
Announcing 2019 Presidents' Award of Excellence
Announcing our 2019-2020 New Board of Directors
Announcing our 2019 ALA Annual Conference & Expo Scholarship Winners
Chapter Social & Business Partner Appreciation Date Change 
Business Partner Brag

 Upcoming Events

Cyber Chapter of ALA FREE Webinar
Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Topic: Excel: Beyond the Basics
Presented By: Douglas Gibson, Director of Informatin at Chaffetz Lindsey, LLP and Robert Gelb, President of Chelsea Office Systems, Inc
Please register here by March 18, 2019

Education Specialty Series Lunch
Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Topic: Modern Office Collaboration Using Microsoft Teams and Office 365
Presented By: Dave Kinsey, Total Networks
Location: Davis Miles McGuire Gardner PLLC
40 E. Rio Salado Parkway Suite 425
Tempe, AZ 85281
Please register here by March 19, 2019
Sponsored By: Keyser and Wells Fargo National Bank
Catered By: Conceptually Social

Chapter Education Lunch
Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - 11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Topic: Spotlight on Ethics
Presented By: Lynda Shely, Shely Law Firm 
Location: Universtiy Club Phoenix
39 East Monte Vista Road
Phoenix, AZ  85004
Please register here by March 22, 2019
Sponsored By:  Pacific Office Automation
*Board Meeting to Follow


The Arizona Chapter has received the 2019 Presidents' Award of Excellence.  Congratulations to Sonji LeBlanc for all your hard work during your 2018-2019 term.  This is very well deserved!
This award recognized chapters for their efforts in effective chapter leadership and establishes both mandatory and recommended annual chapter performance standards.
It encourages 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.


We are pleased to annouce the Arizona Chapter’s 2019-2020 Board of Directors for the term starting April 1, 2019:



Immediate Past President

Sonji Le Blanc, DLA Piper


Katie Bryant, Udall Shumway PLC

President Elect

Jerri S. Buchtel, Frazer Ryan Goldberg & Arnold, LLP

Vice President

Sharon Williams, Gammage & Burnham


Dana Marinaro, Jones, Skelton & Hochuli, PLC


Carrie Valenzuela, Meagher & Geer, P.L.L.P.

Director at Large

David Hansen, Jennings Strouss & Salmon PLC

Director at Large

Teresie Zmyslinski, Jennings Strouss & Salmon PLC

Director at Large

Sarah Dunne, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law - ASU

Director at Large

Tina Vanderpool, Gammage & Burnham

We are thrilled to have four Past President’s on our slate (Sonji Le Blanc, Katie Bryant, Jerri S. Buchtel and Sharon Williams), along with several prior board members (Dana Marinaro, Carrie Valenzuela, David Hansen, Teresie Zmyslinski and Sarah Dunne). Tina Vanderpool, who joined the Arizona Chapter in November 2017, is an active member of the Chapter and will be new to the board.

The nominating committee was grateful to have received an extraordinarily strong pool of qualified candidates who were willing to serve.


Congratulations to Linda Nunez and Cynthia Webler who won this year's scholarships to the 2019 ALA Annual Conference & Expo to be held in Grapevine, Texas April 14-17, 2019. Scholarships are made possible in part by:

Arizona Office Technologies
Pacific Office Automation

Chapter Social & Business Partner Appreciation Date Change 

Date change! 
Our annual Chapter Social & Business Partner Appreciation Event has changed from April 11, 2019 to:

Wednesday, June 19, 2019
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Diamondbacks - Home Run Porch
Chase Field
Phooenix, AZ

Join your fellow ALA members and business partners at a Diamondbacks game in a semi-private locaton called the Home Run Porch, which overlooks the outfield on the centerfield concourse.
Wear your favoite Diamondbacks gear and come early to socialize and grab some food and beverges from your favorite location within the park. Your ticket will include money towards your purchase.
The game starts at 6:40 p.m. against the Colorado, Rockies.

business Partner Brag

Our Arizona Chapter of ALA attributes a great deal of our success to our wonderful Business Partners. THANKS for all you do!