November MemberCOnnect

Education REGISTER TODAY for the Thursday, November 16th luncheon entitled “The New Fiduciary World: Managing 401(k) Plan Risk & Identifying Opportunities” with Matthew Eickman, Qualified Plan Advisors. The DOL has expanded the definition of "Fiduciary" and 401(k) fee litigation continues to ramp up. Join in an interactive discussion about the ways in which employers may turn those risks into opportunities, by improving their fiduciary processes, plan design features, and participant outcomes. This luncheon is officially sponsored by HUB International.

Future Education Luncheons also available for registration on include:


Artificial Intelligence: What it Means for Legal Space and Your Role in legal Marketing

Elonide Semmens

(Collaborating with LMA)


Business Writing Blitz: Tackling Grammar, Punctuation

Shana Andrus, Zoe Training


Survey Committee The MHC ALA 2017 Annual Compensation & Benefits survey will be released and available for purchase on November 8, 2017. Stay tuned for an email with more information from the Survey Committee coming soon.

Communications Committee

Got the new MHALA Mobile App?? 
Thanks to the hard work of our Communications Committee led by Chair Amy Kempster and Co-Chair Grover Brittain we are now mobile!!  Get it today from the App Store by searching for “Mile High ALA.”  Once downloaded, login with your normal website login.  You can see all the latest Chapter news, register for events, search for that much needed Business Partner, and more!

Membership / Professional Development

Save the Date for the
Mile High Chapter ALA Annual Holiday Party
December 7, 2017
The Palm Restaurant– in the Downtown Westin
1672 Lawrence Street
Denver, CO 80202
11:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Gary Harrop Award Winner

 Please join me in congratulating Susan Gamel as this year’s Gary Harrop Award Winner!

For those of you who do not know, Gary Harrop was an active member of this chapter for close to 20 years. He served the MHC in virtually every capacity and was also active at the national level. Many of the programs we have in place today are due in some part to the efforts of Gary Harrop. He was a great leader for our chapter and a wonderful administrator at Issacson Rosenbaum P.C. Gary embodied what we strive for in our members; he was a great example for us all.

In honor of Gary, the Mile High Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators created an annual $2500 scholarship to be used to attend the National Conference. This scholarship will be presented each year to a member in good standing that meets the following criteria: 1) The recipient must be an active member of at least one chapter committee; and, 2) The recipient must attend at least 25% of chapter functions each year. All eligible member names will be submitted in a drawing to be held each year at the annual Chapter Educational Retreat. 

Susan served as an Officer and has been active on many committees for over twenty years.  In fact, this year alone she served as the Co-Chair of the Awards Committee and also served on the Business Partner/Expo Committee, Education Committee and Membership Committee. 

We wish Susan the best in her new position of Director of Administration for Thompson Coburn in St.. Louis.  She will be missed at our regular events but she plans to remain a Mile High Chapter member.  Congrats, Susan!

New Members  We are pleased to announce we have several new Mile High Chapter members that recently joined us:

Marlene Brown, Denver City Attorney’s Office
Julie Johnson, Dorsey & Whitney
Dennis Mapes, Spencer Fane
Jan McMinn, Knight Nicastro, LLC
Patricia Odom, Denver City Attorney’s Office
Sherrie Perry, Student
Tiffany Ramaekers, City and County of Denver
Marva Seiwald, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck
Meredith Taylor, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, PC 

Please join us in welcoming Marlene, Julie, Dennis, Jan, Patricia, Sherrie, Tiffany, Marva and Meredith to the Chapter!

Awards Committee  The Awards Committee is always looking for new ideas for the IDEA Awards.  Do you or someone you know have a unique program, service or event that improves the legal community and advances the business of law?  Then consider entering an IDEA Award submission!  Although the deadline is January 12, 2018, we encourage everyone to submit nominations before the end of the year so you have time to gather the information.  An entry form can be found at  For more information, please contact Chair Nancy Gonzalez at

International ALA Certificates & Certifications:

Did you know International offers programs to obtain Legal Management Specialist Certificates in Finance or HR?  Earning ALA’s Legal Management Specialist Certificates will increase your professional standing by demonstrating your knowledge and capabilities in one of the most crucial areas of law firm management.

Interested in becoming a Certified Legal Manager (CLM)?  Regardless of the stage in your career, certification adds a valuable dimension to your professional development.  ALA's Certified Legal Manager (CLM)SM program provides the opportunity to demonstrate you have mastered the knowledge, skills, and abilities to operate at a high level of expertise in the field of legal management.  For more information, download the Information and Application Packet from ALA’s Web site at

Tami Lawley
Mile High ALA

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