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History of LAALRA

On February 1, 1979, recruiters from 16 Los Angeles law firms decided to gather for lunch at the V.I.P. Palace to meet each other for the first time in person. The law firms included in that initial meeting were: Cox, Castle & Nicholson; Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher; Irell & Manella; Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue; Latham & Watkins; Lillick McHose & Charles; Loeb & Loeb; Manatt, Phelps, Rothenberg & Tunney; McCutchen, Black, Verleger & Shea; McKenna & Fitting; Mitchell, Silberberg & Knupp; O'Melveny & Myers; Paul, Hastings, Jonofsky & Walker; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton; Tuttle & Taylor; and Wyman, Bautzer, Roghman & Kuchel. As a result of that successful luncheon and others in the following months, Los Angeles Area Legal Recruitment Administrators was formed as an official non-profit organization comprised of recruiters from Los Angeles area law firms.

The Los Angeles Legal Recruiting Administrators realized the benefit of sharing ideas and information with each other that the meetings continued on a fairly informal, but regular basis, until 1980 when the Los Angeles Legal Recruiting Administrators proposed and passed formal bylaws by which they became recognized as a professional, non-profit, service organization consisting of legal recruitment administrators in law firms of various sizes in the Los Angeles area.

In recognition of the importance of both law school career services professionals and government legal recruiters' participation in the legal recruiting field, LAALRA amended its bylaws in 1999 to include these organizations as voting members. Accordingly, LAALRA changed its name to Los Angeles Area Legal Recruitment Association to reflect all of its new members.

Since its formation in 1979, LAALRA has continued to provide its members with the opportunity to enhance their professional education and meet colleagues throughout the Southern California area. Members have a forum to exchange ideas and discuss new ways of developing and implementing successful recruitment and placement programs as well as a means for law firms, government agencies and law schools to better communicate about their respective expectations and needs. Meetings, held at law firms, law schools and local hotels, are held every other month and primarily address specific on-the-job issues and the ever changing recruitment process encountered by recruitment administrators and career services offices.

Committees are appointed to research issues and report their findings at LAALRA meetings. In some instances, LAALRA communicates such findings to the National Association for Law Placement (NALP). Members discuss their solutions to common problems and share their ideas and resources. LAALRA flourishes as an organization through the spirit of cooperation and mutual support of its members. Each member is encouraged to contribute to, and benefit from, the efforts of this very special network.

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