President's Message

From our Chapter President, Daniel Simpson

ALA President's Message 2020

Welcome to the New Orleans Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators (ALA)! Please feel free to visit our website, where by just clicking on a link, you can find a wide-range of information regarding our chapter.

Welcome to the New Normal

With everything going on in the world, our daily lives and schedules have been flipped upside down.  Normalcy appears to be dead.  As one of the premier professional organizations in New Orleans, our job is to maintain our mission and support each other as we navigate these rough waters together.  This chapter accomplished this during Hurricane Katrina and we can do it now.  The best thing we can do is to create our own “New Normal”.

Your new leadership team charged with this task is listed below.  With the guidance of all the veteran leaders our organization is blessed to have, the new board is ready to steer our ship.

2020-2021 Board of Directors

President                            Daniel Simpson

President-Elect                 Tricia Hennessey

Past-President                  Vickie Generose

Treasurer                            Stephen Wolf

Secretary                             Gerri Walters

At-Large                               Denise Abadie

At-Large                               Ginnie Blake

The new board will be meeting with the outgoing board this week to finalize the transition of duties and to jointly plan a course and vision for our organization for the foreseeable future.  Even though our April Half Day seminar has been postponed, we will be having our first virtual chapter meeting via Zoom.  The virtual meeting will take place on April 17th at noon and Mr. Gregory Rouchell of Adams & Reese will be presenting on business challenges and implications surrounding COVID-19. 

New Meetings & Events:

  • April 2020 Chapter meeting scheduled for April 17th via Zoom at noon
  • 2021 ALA Annual Conference is April 25-28, 2021 in Chicago, IL


Cancelled or Postponed Events:

  • March 15th Board Installation Lunch at Ruth’s Chris has been postponed.
  • April 17th Half Day Seminar has postponed until Fall 2020.
  • 2020 ALA Annual Conference has been cancelled.
  • May 13th Business Partner Social has been postponed.


Thanks Vickie for serving as President this past year and for Lynn Johnston and Melissa Tokar who are rolling off the board after many years of service.

If you have any comments or suggestions, please feel free to reach out to me and the rest of board.  This is your organization and it is going to take a group effort to successfully navigate these difficult and challenging times.

Daniel Simpson