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Richmond ALA marks the Big 4-Oh

The Richmond chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators is celebrating a big birthday this month – the chapter is turning 40.

At their monthly luncheon yesterday, the group was proud to note that they were the very first ALA chapter to be chartered, in March 1972 (there were four chapters founded that year…Richmond was at the front of the line, though).

And the group has just topped more than 50 members, another cause for horn-tooting and applause.

The Richmond ALA elected new officers for 2012-2013 at the meeting. They are:

President, Ann Roberts Caudle, Spotts Fain PC
President-Elect, Pamela Frazier, DurretteCrump PLC
Vice President, Barbara Allen-Smith, Duane, Hauck & Gravatt PC
Treasurer, Maryann C. Hartzell, CowanGates PC
Secretary, Jill Shugart, Meyer, Goergen & Marrs
Immediate Past President, Sherri W. Sledd, Parcell & Webb PC
Communications Officer, Michael E. Keatts, Bowman and Brooke LLP
Business Partner Liaison, Mary Ellen Cleveland, ThompsonMcMullan

Members also noted the success of the statewide retreat earlier this year at Kingsmill. There are four ALA chapters in the state and they combine for this program. In addition to Richmond, the ALA has chapters in Northern Virginia, Hampton Roads and Western Virginia.

Yet one more point of pride: Richmond had the most members attend the retreat, chapter leaders said.

- Paul Fletcher

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