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Business Partner Solutions Series. ALA Means Business: Misperceptions on the Title and Role of the Legal Administrator

Thursday, March 8, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm EST  
Host: ALA Legal Marketplace
By: Katie Bryant, CLM, Executive Director, Udall Shumway and Debra Elsbury, CLM, Firm Administrator, Threlkeld Stevenson

As law firms work to be nimble, strategic and positioned for growth, the role of Administrator continues to evolve into a critical stakeholder for firm success. Often, business partners have a misconception about the insight these Legal Management Professionals provide to their organization, and as a result, miss opportunities for new relationships.

Join ALA members for a panel discussion on what their day-to-day looks like, how they approach consensus for budget decisions, and how legal business partners can be resources for their organization’s clients.

In this webcast:

  • Learn more about the ALA Annual Conference Attendee demographics.
  • Understand how these Legal Management Professionals are involved with operations, profitability, finance, and of course, business partner sourcing.
  • Get to know more about the challenges Legal Management Professionals face, from decision making to prioritizing business partner requirements.
  • Gain ideas on how your team can be a resource to the myriad of responsibilities they have.


Who should attend:

  • Exhibitors participating at the ALA Annual Conference
  • Business partners (service and solution providers) working in the legal industry 


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Katie Bryant, CLM
Katie Bryant, CLM

Executive Director, Udall Shumway

Katie J. Bryant is the Executive Director for Udall Shumway PLC. Katie has been employed by the firm from 2000-2005 and 2010 to present. She has been actively working in the legal field since 1998.

Katie holds a B.S. degree in Accounting with a minor in Marketing, both from University of Minnesota, Moorhead. She was a controller for an industrial distributorship for three years. After which she spent two years as a project manager for Omega Legal Systems installing and training time and billing software throughout the United States.

Katie is an active member of the Association of Legal Administrators both locally and internationally. Katie is currently serving on the Board of Directors for the International Association of Legal Administrators. She has held numerous other positions at the International level and with the local chapter including Greater Phoenix Valley of the Sun President from 2005-2006. Katie earned her CLM (Certificate of Legal Management) in May of 2006.

Debra Elsbury, CLM
Debra Elsbury, CLM

Firm Administrator, Threlkeld Stevenson

Debbie began working for Brent Threlkeld in 1995 and has served in the position of Firm Administrator since 2000.

She attended Marian College and very proudly earned her Certified Legal Manager (CLM) certification in November 2009.

Debbie is very involved with the Association of Legal Administrators (ALA). She has been a member of the local chapter since 2003 and served on the Chapter Board in several capacities. Currently she is serving on the ALA Board of Directors as the Region 3 Director.

Debbie and her husband, Mark, are the proud parents of 3 and grandparents of 8. They live on a grain and livestock farm, mainly raising corn, soybeans, Katahdin sheep and a few chickens. All of which keep the family busy.


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