ALA Makes Significant Advances for Legal Operations Standards

ALA is opening the public comment period for the UPBMS v. 2.0 ― the next generation of the common language for legal support operations.

Chicago, IL, April 11, 2019 --( The Association of Legal Administrators (ALA) today announced it is seeking legal industry feedback on the next version of codes intended to standardize how processes within legal support operations are identified, defined and organized. ALA’s Uniform Process Based Management System (UPBMS) is intended to improve understanding of the increasingly varied administrative and operational processes required to support legal operations.

“This significantly improved version of the UPBMS is reflective of the considerable time and energy devoted to this effort by the ALA,” said William Mech, CLM, legal industry consultant and Chair of the ALA’s Standards Review Committee. “Although innovations in the area of legal support operations do not have the same level of visibility as that of legal services, the ALA’s commitment to this and similar efforts will ultimately facilitate significant innovation.”

ALA’s UPBMS sets a foundation of categories and descriptions that provide guidance to legal management professionals, consultants and analysts as they develop or conform process improvement and management analysis tools and techniques that have application across the legal industry.

“As the only universally recognized standard for legal support operations, we know the UPBMS can be used to improve the performance of all organizations delivering legal services,” said Oliver Yandle, JD, CAE, ALA Executive Director. “Our hope is the improved delivery of services will ultimately improve access to legal services for all communities.”

ALA invites legal management professionals to review and comment on Version 2.0 of the UPBMS using a robust peer review portal developed specifically for this important initiative. Starting April 11, review and comment on the UPBMS at:

ALA will hold an in-depth demonstration and briefing for media at its 2019 Annual Conference & Expo in Grapevine, Texas at the Gaylord Texan Convention Center on Tuesday, April 16, from 4-5 p.m. in the Exhibit Hall, Longhorn DEF, in Solutions Hub C* (Business Matters room located within the Exhibit Hall, closest to the UPBMS booth space). Members of the Standards Review Committee will illustrate the value of the UPBMS and discuss current business cases in which the UPBMS code set is already being applied. To learn how to attend the demonstration, please contact Theresa Wojtalewicz at

For more information regarding what the UPBMS entails and how it’s being put to use, check out ALA’s webinars:

- Introduction to the ALA UPBMS Uniform Process Based Management System: 1st Installment
- Uniform Process Based Management System Early Adopters (UPBMS): 2nd Installment

About the Association of Legal Administrators (ALA)
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Theresa Wojtalewicz
ALA's UPBMS is filling a void and providing a standard for classifying legal operations

ALA's UPBMS is filling a void and providing a standard for classifying legal operations

ALA's Uniform Process Based Management System (UPBMS) is a set of codes that was developed to provide a standard framework for defining and classifying legal operations.