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40th Anniversary Celebration

A Memorable Night!

On November 9, the Chapter celebrated its 40th anniversary and what a celebration it was!   We had a great turnout, including 17 of our Past Presidents, and we gathered in a lovely conference room at Morrison & Foerster to honor the Chapter’s four-decade history.   In 1977, the Golden Gate Chapter was chartered and Ken Nelson was the founding President of the Chapter and Beverlee Johnson served as Vice President that year.  In 1979, John Moore was elected to the National Board of Directors of the association and a vibrant and dynamic local chapter was underway.    By 1987, the Golden Gate Chapter had grown to 120 members and the Chapter had become a leader in the Bay Area legal community.  Many educational programs were developed.  An eight-week course entitled “An Introduction to Law Office Administration” was launched and sponsored by the Association of Legal Administrators and the Golden Gate Chapter.  That year the Chapter also co-sponsored a one day seminar for Legal Assistants.  The Chapter was gaining national recognition for its exemplary programming.  By the 1990’s, the Chapter had grown to 375 members and was one of the largest chapters of the ALA.  This reflected the dedication of the Chapter Leaders to law firm management education.  As one Chapter Leader noted:  “I view participation in ALA as an investment not only in my future, but also in the future of the field of law firm administration and in ALA.”  Donna Copeland, Golden Gate Chapter President – 1988.    The Chapter gained international recognition when three of its members were elected International Presidents – John Moore in 1981-82;  Beverlee Johnson in 1985-86 and Nancy Siegel in 1990-91.   Over the next two decades, the Chapter continued to be innovative in seeking ways to engage its members and continues with that tradition today!   To commemorate the evening, we had Resplendent Photography take pictures, and also set up her fun photo booth for everyone’s enjoyment.  We also put together a special video presentation to celebrate the Chapter’s rich history these past four decades and together with my colleague from Reed Smith, Matthew Gardner, we had a great time collaborating on the video. Congratulations Golden Gate Chapter!              

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New ALA Business Partner Website

ALA has launched a new Business Partner website resources is now linked to our Chapter BP page at Subscribe to the monthly ALA Business Partner Newsletter, find out about the VIP program and more!

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Employment Law Update - 2018

December 06, 2017
8:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Hanson Bridgett LLP
425 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

The Golden Gate Chapter Human Resources Section presents Employment Law Update 2018

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2017 Holiday Luncheon

December 14, 2017
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Omni San Francisco
500 California Street
San Francisco, CA 94104

Please join us at the Omni for the 2017 Holiday Luncheon

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Quarterly Large Firm Administrator Roundtable

January 23, 2018
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton
4 Embarcader Center, 17th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111

Please join us for an engaging, collaborative discussion on technology challenges and opportunities large law firms are facing

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CLM Recertification

How to Get Your CLM Recertification Credits

ALA offers myriad online opportunities for CLMs to obtain their recertification requirements before the November 30 deadline. Whether it's live or on-demand education, ALA has what you need:

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Save the Date for ALA's Annual Conference!

AC18 Save the Date

Save the date! ALA's 2018 Annual Conference & Expo will be docked in National Harbor, Maryland, from Thursday, May 3, to Sunday, May 6. From the keynote address to the grand finale and the educational sessions to the Idea Exchanges, it all takes place at the waterfront Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center.

Registration opens in early December, so make sure to set a calendar reminder to reserve your spot.

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Business Partner Profile

MEET KELLY MILKS, CIC, CRM, RPLU of ahern insurance brokers


What is your title, the name of your firm, and how long have you been there?

Vice President 10 years and counting!

How did you find your way into the position that you hold?

I reached out to Brian Ahern because I admired him as a competitor! 

What do you love the most about your job?

No day is the same. Providing admins with solutions is what I love doing. It's not just "placing" insurance, that's the simple part. Finding ways to avoid risk or reduce it for the various issues that come up keeps me on my toes. 

How did you come to be a BP of the Golden Gate Chapter

An admin that moved to BP asked me to participate in a panel discussion and the rest is history! 

What are your hobbies? 

Gardening, reading and camping at the beach. 

What was the greatest moment of your life?

Marrying my dear husband. Took me a few try's on marriage, but third time was it!  

What's on your playlist?

Everything from Rap to Opera.

What are you reading right now? What’s your favorite book or character?  Whose your favorite author?

Sandra Brown novel, no particular favorite, anything well written that I can immerse myself in.  

What is your favorite app?

Does Macy's or Bloomingdales count?

Describe an ideal weekend getaway for you. 

Toyhauler at Emma woods beach with the back down listening to and watching the waves. NO cell phone or computer!!!!

What’s your favorite place outside of California?

Hawaii, any island!  

Do you collect anything?

Memories, that's it!

What is your six-word memoir?

Love unconditionally, live consciously each day. 

What don’t you have time for that you would like to pursue?


What is the best piece of advice anyone has ever given you?

To listen and observe because sometimes it is what is NOT spoken that is meaningful. - My dad.

If you had three wishes what would they be?

Winning the mega millions!

True happiness for all of my children's lives

The elimination of the disease of addiction. 

It’s karaoke night.  What song do you choose, and why?

Girls just wanna have fun.  'Cause girls just wanna have fun!  


Martin Scorsese is making a movie of your life.  Which actor will you choose to play you?  Why?

Cameron Diaz.  She's funny, a little out there and gorgeous!

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ALA Identity Survey

ALA Identity Survey

We need your help in defining the Association’s identity.  Please take a moment to respond to this short survey as we value your input.  Please respond by November 30, 2017.  Thanks so much! 

Annie Lathram, GGALA Chapter President


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BASF Seeking Volunteers to Help Fire Victims

BASF needs attorneys to offer brief advice, and help completing forms (large FEMA benefits application or insurance forms). Vlunteers will also likely to be needed to help staff clinics in those counties focused on FEMA benefits.  Click here for more information.

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Patent Docket Specialist

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Employment Litigation Paralegal

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