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Local Associations:

The Knoxville Association of Legal Administrators (KALA)
The Knoxville Association of Legal Administrators (KALA) is a chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators (ALA), an organization founded in 1971 to promote and enhance the competence and professionalism of Legal Administrators and all members of the management team. This is an important and noteworthy mission; one that requires solid fundamental skills, an open exchange of ideas, and above all, people that are dedicated to the Law Office Management profession.

The Knoxville Bar Association (KBA)
For lawyers, The Knoxville Bar Association (KBA) is where lawyers come together to build important professional relationships. It's where lawyers just starting out learn the basics from seasoned attorneys. It is one of the few places where advocates and adversaries come together in a spirit of collegiality and common purpose. It is where you will hear judges, regulators, and policy-makers speak candidly to the bar about where the law and the profession are going. It's a place that offers lawyers exposure to the wider legal community and helps them grow into positions of leadership. The KBA is the place where lawyers build extraordinary professional lives and careers. For the public, The Knoxville Bar Association (KBA) is a non-profit professional association that operates several programs in the public interest. There is a Lawyer Referral & Information Service which is operated to make legal services available to individuals who do not have an attorney. LawLine OnLine is a free public service program of the Knoxville Bar Association designed to help members of the community understand the law by means of information in easy-to-understand language. More than 70 different messages are available which help the public understand common legal problems, recognize potential legal problems and understand how the justice system works.

National Associations

American Association of Law Libraries (AALL)
The Association represents law librarians and related professionals who are affiliated with a wide range of institutions: law firms; law schools; corporate legal departments; courts; and local, state and federal government agencies.

American Bar Association (ABA)
The ABA is the largest voluntary professional association in the world, providing services to almost every area of the legal profession.

American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
AIPLA is a national bar association constituted primarily of lawyers in private and corporate practice, in government service, and in the academic community. AIPLA represents a wide and diverse spectrum of individuals, companies and institutions involved directly or indirectly in the practice of patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, and unfair competition law, as well as other fields of law affecting intellectual property. Our members represent both owners and users of intellectual property.

American Law and Economics Association (ALEA)
The American Law and Economics Association is dedicated to the advancement of economic understanding of law and related areas of public policy and regulation. Founded in 1991, the membership includes academic and practicing lawyers and economists. The Association holds an annual two-day meeting in May at which members present papers dealing with a wide variety of topics concerning the interrelation of law and economics. Since 1999, the Association has published the American Law and Economics Review, a refereed journal.

The Association of American Law Schools (AALS)
The AALS is a non-profit educational association of 171 law schools representing over 10,000 law faculty in the United States. The purpose of the Association is “the improvement of the legal profession through legal education.” This goal is furthered in a number of ways, including professional development programs for law professors and administrators, a complement of over 90 sections organized by faculty and senior administrators, and a membership process that is designed to further the core values of the Association. The AALS serves as the academic society for law teachers with an Annual Meeting that constitutes the largest gathering of law faculty in the world. The AALS is legal education’s principal representative to the federal government and to other national higher education organizations and learned societies.

The Association for Legal Career Professionals (NALP)
NALP is dedicated to facilitating legal career counseling and planning, recruitment and retention, and the professional development of law students and lawyers.

National Association of Administrative Law Judiciary (NAALJ)
NAALJ is the largest professional organization devoted exclusively to administrative adjudication within the executive branch of government. Its voting members exercise a broad subject matter jurisdiction and include state, federal, and local administrative law judges, administrative judges, hearing officers, referees, trial examiners, agency chairs, commissioners, and appellate authorities. Associate members include law professors and attorneys involved in administrative law.

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