Association of Legal Administrators Announces 2018-19 Board of Directors

National Harbor, MD, May 05, 2018 --( At its Annual Conference & Expo in National Harbor, Maryland this week, the Association of Legal Administrators (ALA) inducted its Board of Directors for 2018-19. Leading the Association and serving as President for 2018-19 is April Campbell, JD, Director of Administration for McCullough Hill Leary, PS in Seattle, Washington. Gary Swisher II, CLM, from Clark Partington in Pensacola, Florida, will continue his service as Past President of the Board.

The following individuals were elected to the 2018-19 Board of Directors:

April Campbell, JD, of McCullough Hill Leary, PS, in Seattle, Washington

James Cornell, III, of Graves Dougherty Hearon & Moody, PC, in Austin, Texas

Past President:
Gary Swisher II, CLM, of Clark Partington in Pensacola, Florida

Region 1 Director:
Joseph Samarco, MBA, of Drinker Biddle & Reath, LLP, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Region 2 Director:
Geoffrey Williams, CLM, MDiv, of Cunningham Bounds, LLC, in Mobile, Alabama

Region 3 Director:
Kimberly Ess of Nilan Johnson Lewis, PA, in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Region 4 Director:
Candace Childress, SHRM-CP, of Blank Rome LLP in Houston, Texas

Region 5 Director:
Lori Hughes of Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP in Portland, Oregon

Region 6 Director:
Deborah Piker Sanders, CLM, of Rehon & Roberts in San Jose, California

At-Large Director:
Michael Bumgarner, CLM, CPA, CGMA, of Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso PLLC in Charleston, West Virginia

At-Large Director:
Debra Elsbury, CLM, of Threlkeld & Associates in Indianapolis, Indiana

At-Large Director:
Brian Gilman, CLM, of Smith Debnam in Raleigh, North Carolina

This year, the new Board and the rest of the Association will continue to make progress in the Strategic Plan and its goal of Elevating ALA for its nearly 8,000 members and 91 chapters. Among the initiatives in progress are measures to expand the reach of the Certified Legal Manager (CLM)® program, which helps legal management professionals demonstrate their mastery of essential legal management skills. ALA will work with existing CLMs to determine what they need from the program and how it has impacted their career; more and more industry peers will become aware of the certification; and early-career managers will gain a pathway to certification. ALA also participated in the Global Legal Hackathon, building a time-capturing tool called Lexi that utilizes the Uniform Process Based Management System (UPBMS) code set; they will continue to promote its use through their partnerships with other associations and consortiums.

About the Association of Legal Administrators (ALA)
ALA is focused on the delivery of cutting-edge management and leadership products and services to the global legal community. It identifies and provides solutions to the most critical strategic and operational challenges its members and customers face today, and prepares them for the opportunities and challenges of tomorrow. For more information on ALA, visit
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Theresa Wojtalewicz