|The Middle Tennessee Chapter Association of Legal Administrators began forming in the spring of 1979 when a handful of administrators, soon to be MTALA charter members, met to discuss local law firm salaries and benefits. Doug Berry, one of those participating in the discussion, stated that he had belonged to the Dallas, Texas, chapter of ALA and planted the seed that would become the MTALA. On November 28, 1979, eight energetic and determined law firm administrators held an organizational meeting in Nashville, Tennessee, to form our chapter. An application for charter was made to the National ALA, who notified members that a meeting was to be held January 20, 1980 to review the application. Nearly a year after the initial discussions had taken place, the National ALA approved our Charter and the MTALA was officially chartered at a special meeting on April 17, 1980.
The MTALA has certainly grown over the years. Starting with an initial membership of 8, the chapter has grown to over 40 members today. More importantly than numbers, the support provided legal administrators in the middle Tennessee and south-central Kentucky area has grown as well. Chapter leaders have provided the vision to take chapter functions from monthly speaker luncheons to include numerous resources to members and the profession. Those include: co-hosting an annual state-wide retreat held in conjunction with the Memphis, Knoxville and Chattanooga chapters since 2001; hosting a vendor retreat; hosting the 1991 ALA Annual Educational Conference and Exposition held at the Opryland Hotel; providing a $250.00 scholarship to Nashville Tech for a graduating high school student interested in legal secretarial work and a $250.00 scholarship to a 2nd year Nashville Tech student from 1990-1993; presenting several educational seminars; compiling a support staff salary survey since 1981; participating in annual community challenge projects along with the national association since 1999; and supporting the ALA Annual Educational conference and Exposition by paying the registration fee for a first time attendee since 1999. In 2007, the MTALA hosted the Region 2&3 Annual Conference on September 28-29 at the Opryland Resort & Convention Center.