Founded in 1958, the ALA is a charitable and educational non-profit organization with individual and institutional members nationwide.
The mission of the American Lawyers Alliance is to promote understanding of the American legal system through our national network of lawyers’ spouses. The ALA strives to provide a communication network to bring our unique strengths to the preservation and enhancement of the American legal system, and to preserve the integrity of our legal heritage through citizenship education.
Each year the ALA recognizes teachers, concerned citizens, auxiliaries, and individual members who have excelled in their support of our goals.
The ALA works with more than 90 state and local affiliate groups nationwide.
To foster understanding and respect for the American Legal System.
We nurture the rule of law for freedom’s sake.
Message from the President ~ Sue Patterson, Michigan
I am both thrilled to be a part of such an impressive group of women and awed to be serving as the President of the American Lawyers Alliance. All members of the board bring a special talent to the ALA. I am so thankful that those asked to participate did so without hesitation – or at least, not that I knew.
We look forward to the year with a firm commitment to the mission, vision and goals of the ALA. Our activities that support this are growing in recognition. There are increased numbers of applications for our Teacher of the Year award. In August, three exceptional teachers were recognized for their law related education programs which definitely met the ALA mission of promoting the understanding of the American legal system. The ALA Book Project has been as been as fulfilling to the donors as to the recipients. ALA members attending the midyear and annual meeting bring children’s books to donate to a worthy organization in the host city. When the representative of that organization comes to accept the books, no one attending can imagine a more meaningful way to show our goal of reaching out to the community.
We really want all members to feel part of the ALA. Our meetings are productive and fun. We are excited to be meeting in San Diego in February. The ALA is an amazing gathering of warm, witty women dedicated to preserving over fifty years of keeping the spirit of democracy alive across the nation. We actively engage in taking on our world and being a dynamic part of it.