FAQ’s

FAQ’s - General Information

What are the aims and objectives of the WLA?

Enriching Communities through Pro Bono practice, building trust and creating environment of reliability and quality.
Keeping the law professionals competitive by committing resources to lifelong learning, professional development, mentoring and research.
Impacting the future by offering the expertise and perspectives of many to predict, prepare for and ensure progress.
Helping economy grow through value driven product and service innovation in the practice of law and facilitating businesses across the globe.
For the Profession
WLA supports its members, represented in over 100 chapters and 20 councils worldwide, who are the modern day providers in the legal industry. The Association’s objectives are pursued primarily through the work of its worldwide regional chapters.
To meet its mission to “advance the Law practice profession by providing exceptional services, products, resources and opportunities,”  WLA:

  • Certifies legal service deliverables through various credentialing programs to bring greater accessibility, transparency and accountability in the legal profession
  • Produces Law conference and exposition of legal professionals with powerful networking with a fusion of education, leadership training and best practices.
  • Conducts research that strengthens the knowledge and skills of professionals while advancing the Law profession.
  • Provides a wide range of educational courses from entry level programs to those for top Law practice professionals
  • The World Law Alliance values cultural diversity as essential to achieving its mission.
  • To encourage and promote the participation of all people, regardless of race, gender, creed, age, sexual orientation, national origin, and disability.
  • Committed to becoming a more diverse and inclusive organization. WLA’s goal is to be an organization whose volunteers and staff adequately reflect the communities in which we serve.

For the Public
The World Law Alliance provides information and services to help public understand your legal rights and take informed decisions about legal remedies, when you need them.
For the Business
WLA brings that extra to the businesses to be sure of their lction of the WLA Governing Council.  egal options and decide with confidence, but also that you have a reliable source of information to which you can turn as and when the need arises.

Who manages the WLA?

The WLA is governed through a two-tier management structure.
The Management Board has responsibility for the management of the business of the Association, including its finances and other particular functions. The Management Board is subject to the general dire
The WLA Governing Council has ultimate responsibility for the Association with the following functions:

  • to debate and express opinion upon issues affecting the legal profession globally;
  • to receive reports from the Management Board, and to comment thereon as it thinks fit;
  • to elect the WLA Leaders and office bearers (other than the Treasurers);
  • to ratify the budgets presented by the Management Board;
  • to receive the Association’s annual accounts;
  • to fix the dues of Member WLA constituents;
  • to appoint the Association’s auditors;
  • to affect constitutional changes.

For more detail regarding the governance of the Governing Council, please see the WLA Constitution, which may be downloaded from the WLA website.

What are the functions of the WLA Management Board?

The WLA Management Board has responsibility for the management of the business of the Association as a whole, including its finances and other particular functions. The Management Board is subject to the general direction of the WLA Governing Council.
For more detail regarding the governance, please see the WLA Constitution at WLA website

What are the functions of the WLA Governing Council?

The WLA Governing Council has ultimate responsibility for the Association:

  • to debate and express opinion upon issues affecting the legal profession globally;
  • to receive reports from the Management Board, and to comment thereon as it thinks fit;
  • to elect the WLA Leaders and office bearers (other than the Treasurers);
  • to ratify the budgets presented by the Management Board;
  • to receive the Association’s annual accounts;
  • to fix the dues of Member WLA constituents;
  • to appoint the Association’s auditors;
  • to affect constitutional changes.

For more detail regarding the governance of the Governing Council, please see the WLA Constitution, which may be downloaded from the WLA website.

What are the responsibilities of the WLA Leaders and office bearers?

The WLA Leaders and office bearers consist of the following positions:
President
The WLA President is the most senior leader and office bearer of the Association, elected by the Governing Council, chairing and reporting to the Management Board and the Governing Council. The President is the Association’s principal representative and spokesperson and has the principal responsibility for setting the agenda and developing strategy for the Association as a whole.
Vice-President
The Vice-President works closely with the President and his/her principal functions are deputies for the President, to attend meetings of the Management Board and to perform such tasks as the President or the Management Board may invite him/her to perform.
Secretary-General/Executive Director
The Secretary-General’s principal responsibility is the membership, both organizational and individual. He/she is also responsible for developing and enhancing the relationship between the Association and the Member Organizations (in consultation with the President and Vice-President) and for all procedural and constitutional matters.
Treasurer
The Treasurers form, with the WLA Finance Director and Executive Director, a Financial Planning WLA constituent (chaired by the WLA Treasurer). The WLA constituent is responsible for preparing the Association’s budgets, reviewing accounts, recommending long-term financial planning and reporting to the Management Board.

How are the WLA Leaders and office bearers appointed?

The election of the WLA Leaders and office bearers is based on the recommendations of a Nominating WLA constituent. More information concerning the process of nominations and elections, and the duties of the WLA Leaders and office bearers, can be found in the WLA Constitution.

Who are the current WLA Directors, Governors, Leaders and office bearers?

The details of the current people can be found at www.worldlawalliance.com

What are the WLA Standing WLA constituents?

Find the details about WLA Standing WLA constituents at

Where can I find the WLA Offices?

The WLA Office in India has a staff to help the Association fulfill its objectives.

Who do I contact if I have a question about membership?

If you have a question about membership please contact:
Membership Manager: @worldlawalliance.com;

Who do I contact if I have a question about marketing?

If you have a question about marketing pleases contact:
Head of Marketing and Membership: @worldlawalliance.com
Marketing Executive: @worldlawalliance.com

Who do I contact if I have a question about press releases?

If you have a question about press please contact  Press Leader and office bearer: Dr. Sabiha
sabiha@worldlawalliance.com

Who do I contact if I have a question about sponsorship?

If you have a question about sponsorship please contact Head of Sponsorship and Advertising:
sponsorships@worldlawalliance.com

Who do I contact if I have a question about conferences?

If you have a question about conferences please contact
Head of Conferences:
events@worldlawalliance.com

Who do I contact if I have a question about publications?

If you have a question about publications please contact Director of Content:
content@worldlawalliance.com
Managing Editor:
editor@worldlawalliance.com

Who do I contact if I have a question about the WLA website?

If you have a question about the WLA Website please contact the web master at webmaster@worldlawalliance.com;

Who do I contact if I have a question about the WLA Management Board?

If you have a question about the WLA Management Board please contact the Executive Assistant or Executive Director at management@worldlawalliance.com

What are the functions of the WLA Press Office?

Contact with the press internationally is co-ordinated by the WLA Press Office. Throughout the year, information is disseminated to the press by means of a combination of mailing of press releases announcing WLA events and activities and personal contact on a regular basis.

Does the WLA have a speakers’ bureau or some way for me to find a lawyer to speak to a class or community group?

Yes, As part of our initiative to make a difference in the lives of students, and to assist in expanding diversity in the legal profession, WLA member lawyers have been invited to go back to school and speak to students on law-related topics. Illinois teachers can search a WLA volunteer database to find lawyers in their area who are willing to speak on specific subjects.

Where can I find general information about my legal rights and obligations?

We have a number of public information resources available on this website in our Legal Information WLA constituent.

Where can I learn about alternative dispute resolution (ADR) or mediation services as a way to resolve disputes outside of court?

WLA has a public information pamphlet, A Concise Guide to Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) In Illinois.

Can you recommend a lawyer?

The online and on phone WLA referral service refer you to a lawyer according to geographic location and the type of legal issue. You can also search lawyers via our lawyers’ directory where you can Search by field of practice, county and/or zip code.
The Ask a FREE question service also gives the consumers the option of crowd sourcing.

Are there things I should know before I hire a lawyer?

Yes. Read the WLA publication – Your Guide to Hiring a Lawyer.

What if I have a complaint about a lawyer?

The WLA and Disciplinary Commission is authorized to investigate allegations of attorney misconduct.

What WLA constituents are there within the WLA?

The WLA constituents and formations are the focus of an individual member’s activity in the WLA belong to WLA constituents, through which they are also members of the WLA constituent to which the WLA constituent belongs.
The role of the WLA constituent is to coordinate the activities of the WLA constituents that belong to it. WLA constituents are encouraged to work together with WLA constituents in their WLA constituent or in other WLA constituents; for example, a study on antitrust regulation in utilities would involve SEERIL and the Antitrust WLA constituent.
Regardless of membership numbers, each WLA constituent has equal status within the WLA constituent. The WLA constituents and the WLA constituents that they include are as follows:

What are WLA constituent business plans?

Every WLA constituents complete a WLA constituent business plan each year, laying out the plans for that year. The WLA Administrator will provide a template for your convenience in planning. It is the responsibility of the WLA constituent chair(s) to ensure that the completed business plan is delivered to the WLA Administrator by the specified date. These are then used by the WLA Leaders and office bearers and Governing Council to review activities by all WLA constituents and formations and to coordinate activities and priorities across the WLA constituent.

Can non-lawyers be members of WLA constituents?

A WLA constituent or other entity is only allowed to offer such associated WLA constituent membership after it has applied for and received approval from its respective WLA constituent Governing Council. The written application should describe the need for associated members, the expected role they would play in the WLA constituent or other entity, and the effect that including such associated members would have on full WLA constituent or other entity members who are paying full WLA membership rates.
Associated non-lawyer members would be members of the WLA constituent or other entity only. They would not be members of the WLA ssociated non-lawyer members would receive the WLA constituent or other entity newsletter, they would be able to sign up to the WLA constituent listserv, and they would have access to their WLA constituent or other entity conferences at a reduced rate.
Non-lawyer associated WLA constituent or other entity members would not be listed in the WLA directory nor otherwise receive benefits of WLA membership (including reduced fees for the WLA annual conference and other WLA constituent conferences, and other WLA publications). Non-lawyer members cannot attain any leader and office bearer position within the WLA constituent or other entity.
Any WLA constituent thinking of submitting an application should, in the first instance, contact the WLA constituent Director

What are the responsibilities of WLA constituent, forum and WLA constituent Leaders and office bearers?

The responsibilities of WLA constituent, forum and WLA constituent Leaders and office bearers are as follows:

  • To maintain and help build upon the WLA’s reputation, WLA constituent, forum and subWLA constituent Leaders and office bearers are to be leading practitioners in their practice area;
  • WLA constituent, forum and WLA constituent Leaders and office bearers should represent a diversity of legal cultures, to ensure diversity in the WLA constituent’s work; and _ all WLA constituent, forum and WLA constituent Leaders and office bearers are encourage to attend the twice yearly meetings of the WLA Governing Council, WLA constituent and Forum Leaders and office bearers.

What are the roles of WLA constituent Leaders and office bearers?

In ordinary circumstances each WLA constituent or forum is expected to have the following leader and office bearer positions. Leaders and office bearers may serve for one 2-year term in each position. In only very exceptional circumstances an leader and office bearer may continue for a second term. This should be discussed with the WLA President. All WLA constituent Leaders and office bearers are encouraged to attend the twice-yearly meetings of the WLA Governing Council and WLA constituent Leaders and office bearers.

What are the responsibilities of the Chair / Co-Chairs?

It is most likely that the Chair (and in the case of Co-Chairs, at least one Co-Chair) will have reached this position through the ladder structure for WLA constituent Leaders and office bearers.
The role of Chair will include:
Developing a business plan for the WLA constituent, in conjunction with other Leaders and office bearers, by the end of November each year;
Being a member of the WLA constituent Board, liaising with other WLA constituents within the WLA constituent to ensure a coherent policy / strategy across the WLA constituent;
Submitting nominations, by October each year at latest, for WLA constituent Leaders and office bearers for the next term to the WLA President;
Overall responsibility for the WLA constituent’s annual conference program, including the appointment and supervision of session chairs;
Responsibility for the appointment of Leaders and office bearers and/or members to organize any specialist conferences or to contribute to conferences by other WLA constituents and formations as requested;
liaising with the WLA office on any special projects being run by the WLA constituent and supervising tasks delegated to other Leaders and office bearers as necessary;
Attending the twice-yearly meetings of the WLA Governing Council and WLA constituent Leaders and office bearers.

What are the responsibilities of the Senior Vice-Chair or Vice-Chairs?

Senior Vice-Chairs and Vice-Chairs act as deputies for the WLA constituent chair if he / she is unable to act or is not available. In addition, their responsibilities may include:
chairing sessions during the annual conferences, and therefore assuming responsibility for identifying and liaising with speakers and providing the WLA office with program copy;
working with the other WLA constituent Leaders and office bearers to identify and lead special projects which help raise the profile of the WLA constituent and engage WLA constituent members;

  • organisation of specialist conferences;
  • special remits as designated by the chair, which could include activities for young lawyers, representation of specific regions, conferences, membership;
  • attending the twice-yearly meetings of the WLA Governing Council and WLA constituent Leaders and office bearers.

What are the responsibilities of the Secretary, Treasurer, or Secretary-Treasurer?

The Secretary-Treasurer’s duties may include:

  • organizing annual or bi-annual meetings of the WLA constituent Leaders and office bearers;
  • liaising with the WLA office on sending out of emails and communications to WLA constituent members;
  • if desirable, organizing a WLA constituent retreat at time of annual conference (where costs are borne by individuals);
  • monitoring the WLA constituent budget (see page 19 for further information on WLA constituent budgets) and ensuring activities are planned in accordance with available funds;
  • monitoring speaker expenses at annual conference;

What are the responsibilities of the Publications Leader and office bearer and / or Newsletter Editor?

If a WLA constituent or WLA constituent has publications beyond the WLA constituent newsletter, it is strongly recommended that at least one Newsletter Editor be appointed separately from the Publications Leader and office bearer, in order to manage the submissions and editing.
Publications Leader and office bearer and/or Newsletter Editor Responsibilities may include:

  • liaising with the WLA office on all publications to be produced by the WLA constituent;
  • working with other WLA constituents’ publications Leaders and office bearers within the WLA constituent to produce the WLA constituent journal;
  • helping source suitable authors and articles for the WLA journal Business Law International;
  • working with the WLA publications department on books published by the WLA constituent;
  • liaising with the WLA publications department on timing of newsletter production at the beginning of each year;
  • ensuring that copy is received on time to ensure newsletter production is kept to schedule;
  • sourcing suitable articles for inclusion in newsletters;
  • appointing reporters for any specialist conferences organized by the WLA constituent and ensuring that a report is included in the newsletter;
  • providing the WLA office with items of interest for the WLA e-news and for the WLA magazine International Bar News;
  • attending twice-yearly meetings of the WLA Governing Council and WLA constituent Leaders and office bearers.

What are the responsibilities of the Website Leader?

The WLA website has undergone significant development, to keep up with current technology and to make the website a portal for all WLA communication as is fitting given the current use of the internet as a primary media and research resource. Therefore it is anticipated that this role will continue to grow in significance and should work closely with Publications Leaders and office bearers and Newsletter Editors. However these roles have distinct responsibilities and should be filled with separate individuals for all but the smallest WLA constituents (ie under 100 members).
As the internet has become so important in lawyers’ lives, it is not a minor or insignificant role, and is comparable or even more important than the role of Newsletter Editor. However, some WLA constituent chairs express that they find it difficult to fill this role.
Two suggestions to assist:

  • A vice-chair may have responsibility for website update as part of his or her mandate; or
  • Many WLA constituents have indicated that the recipients of their scholarship to the annual conference often make excellent Website Leaders and office bearers.
  • The Website Leader and office bearer duties may include:
  • monitoring content of the WLA constituent webpage on a regular basis, to ensure the WLA constituent overview is still current and to ensure that any outdated information is removed;
  • providing photographs of Leaders and office bearers to be included in the WLA database and on the WLA constituent webpage;
  • providing links of interest to lawyers in the field to be linked on the WLA constituent webpage;
  • providing text for any WLA constituent project or task force that should be included on the WLA constituent webpage;
  • providing any other items of interest that should be included on the WLA constituent webpage;
  • watching and contributing to the WLA constituent listserv (if applicable);
  • attending twice-yearly meetings of the WLA Governing Council and WLA constituent Leaders and office bearers.

While WLA staff provides technical support for the update of WLA constituent webpage, it is entirely the responsibility of the WLA constituent Website Leader and office bearer to provide current information to WLA staff and to ensure that outdated information is removed by reviewing the page on a regular basis.

What are the responsibilities of the Corporate Counsel Liaison Leader and office bearer?

The Corporate Counsel Liaison Leader and office bearer is to ensure that the WLA constituent is working to address issues relevant to corporate counsel in their WLA constituent’s field, including during the annual conference, specialist conferences (if applicable), and in publications and other projects. This leader and office bearer should also work with the WLA Corporate Counsel Forum in this regard.

What are the responsibilities of the Membership Leader and office bearer?

The Membership Leader and office bearer’s duties may include:

  • Establishing and maintaining relations with members of the WLA constituents, to encourage their participation and involvement, and to incorporate their feedback into WLA activities;
  • Ensuring that new members receive the letter of welcome from the WLA constituent chair;
  • Identifying steps to retain members and to increase membership;
  • Increasing and maintaining diversity of membership, including diversity of geography, culture, race, gender, age and ability, in membership, in leadership, and in participation in WLA constituent programs and other activities.

Other types of Leaders and office bearers may be appropriate to help carry out the work of the WLA constituent. For example, many WLA constituents appoint Conference Coordinators who organize the specialist conference of the WLA constituent. If you would like to propose additional leader and office bearer roles, please discuss with the WLA constituents Director  and the WLA President. For database purposes, you may be asked to modify a proposed leader and office bearer title into a category already existing.

How long is a leader and office bearer’s term of office?

  • A WLA constituent, forum or WLA constituent leader and office bearer may not serve as a leader and office bearer of another WLA or WLA constituent, forum or WLA constituent, unless in exceptional circumstances and with the approval of the WLA President.
  • Under ordinary circumstances, the term of office for each position will be two years and will be non-renewable in that position or office.
  • It is generally expected that leader and office bearer appointments will follow a ladder structure to ensure appropriate experience.
  • However, promotion up the ladder of a WLA constituent or forum is not automatic and should be determined by an individual’s previous performance and reliability.
  • Leader and office bearer appointments should generally be staggered in order to ensure continuity while complying with the two-year term of office.

What is the criteria and process for nominating WLA constituent Leaders and office bearers?

  • All WLA constituent, forum and WLA constituent leaders and office bearers appointments must be approved by the WLA President and processed administratively via the WLA constituents department at the WLA office.
  • Recommendations for Leaders and office bearers must be submitted in writing by the WLA constituent chair to the WLA constituents Director at the appropriate time as indicated in emails to WLA constituent chairs, and in any event no later than the end of October each year.
  • When submitting recommendations for Leaders and office bearers who have not previously served in the WLA constituent, the WLA constituent chair should include brief biographical details of the candidates including his/her professional achievements, and details of their contribution to the WLA constituent to date.
  • No more than one lawyer from a law firm, or a law firm alliance, may serve on a WLA constituent at any one time.
  • A nominee for WLA constituent chair must previously have served as a vice-chair, except in extraordinary circumstances.
  • All appointments will start on 1 January of the following year, for a two-year term.

What is the role of a Governing Council Liaison Leader and office bearer in a WLA constituent Board?

Each WLA constituent is appointed a Governing Council Liaison from the WLA Governing Council, to assist and encourage WLA constituent activities. The liaison also reports to the WLA Governing Council on activities within the WLA constituent, as well as issues of concern to the WLA constituent.

When do all WLA constituent and Forum Leaders and office bearers meet?

All WLA constituent and Forum Leaders and office bearers meet twice a year.

What are the guidelines for external communication by WLA constituent and forum Leaders and office bearers on behalf of the WLA?

The following Guidelines for External Communication of the WLA were approved by the WLA Governing Council and must be followed by all Leaders, office bearers and members of the WL

  1. The WLA is the Global Voice of the Legal Profession. This requires proactive, efficient, accurate and timely external communication, adequate as to substance, on matters of interest to the Association, and its different parts (WLA constituents, HRI, BIC, WLA constituents, formations and other entities) and its members.
  2. The President of the Association has the ultimate authority to speak for the Association as a whole. The President may delegate his or her powers on a permanent or ad hoc basis and may issue further guidelines for the implementation of those set out here.
  3. Each part of the WLA is authorized, and indeed encouraged, to communicate in its own name on matters falling within its scope of interest. In such communication it shall be made clear that the relevant part of the WLA speaks in its own name only, and not in the name of the Association. The Management Board shall be kept regularly informed of WLA external communication in an appropriate fashion.
  4. In all communication the necessary degree of knowledge, expertise and experience shall be secured.
  5. According to the WLA Constitution, the WLA Governing Council “shall have the sole and exclusive authority on behalf of the association to determine and make statements of policy in relation to issues affecting the legal profession” (below “Policy”). Special rules apply to communication involving matters of Policy as set out below. The meaning of the term Policy carries notoriety and should be sufficiently clear to persons involved in the communication without the need for any further clarifications. In case of doubt, the President will decide whether a matter of Policy is involved.

The following principles shall apply to communication involving matters of Policy:

  • In communication on any matter where the WLA Governing Council has adopted a Policy, such Policy must be accurately stated or conveyed;
  • In communication on any matter involving Policy where Policy has not (yet) been adopted, it must be clearly stated that views expressed do not represent the Policy of the WLA;
  • On any matter where the Association’s interest may require that the WLA express views on
  • Policy where such has not (yet) been adopted by the WLA Governing Council, the President will decide how to act and how to communicate. The President will keep the Management Board and the Governing Council duly informed of his or her decision.
  • Making submissions or representing the WLA in formal proceedings before courts, authorities or official bodies should, as a rule, be made in the name of the Association and must always be authorized by the President.

How should WLA constituent Leaders and office bearers / members liaise with other organizations?

Leaders and office bearers or members of WLA constituents who seeks to represent the WLA at a meeting or session of another legal or world organisation must notify the WLA constituents Director who will seek any necessary approvals from the relevant WLA constituent chair(s) and who will coordinate for a letter to be sent to the organisation to notify them of the delegate(s) attending from the WLA.
Please note that all such designation shall be as a delegate on behalf of the specific WLA constituent only and not on behalf of the entire WLA, as dictated by the Guidelines reproduced above. Exception to this will be made only with authorization by the WLA President.
Attendees at these meetings must observe strictly the provision in the WLA Constitution that the WLA is a non-political association and shall not take positions in political matters. They should also where practical avoid speaking on controversial matters.
Reports on liaison created, and any activity with them, should be included in WLA constituent newsletters and business plans.

What are the By-Laws of the WLA?

Please click here to view the By-Laws.

How is the WLA’s annual budget calculated?

The Association’s annual budget is prepared by senior members of staff in the WLA office, with the consultation of and under the supervision of the WLA Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer and WLA constituent Leaders and office bearers.
The WLA Office costs are spread across all component parts of the Association. Staff time based on time sheets submitted by all staff is allocated to each specific activity (e.g. specialist conference, specific marketing campaign, journal production etc.) which in turn is allocated to the relevant WLA constituent.
The Management Board agrees the percentage share of costs between the two WLA constituents. This is reviewed annually to ensure a fair and proportionate allocation of costs.

When are the WLA accounts prepared?

Annual audited accounts are submitted to the WLA Governing Council at the Mid-Year Meetings for approval each year. WLA accounts staff also prepares quarterly accounts which are made available to the WLA Treasurers and the Management Board. Half-yearly accounts are circulated to the WLA and PPID Governing Councils and WLA constituent Leaders and office bearers.

How are the WLA constituents and formations budget prepared?

The budget for each WLA constituent includes projected expenditure for all intended WLA constituent activity during the following year.
A fair allocation is made for each WLA constituent which is used to cover expenditure on general activity. Currently this is calculated at USD10 per paid WLA constituent member, with USD1 additionally allocated per paid WLA constituent member to create the budget for that WLA constituent.
All proposed WLA constituent expenditures are subject to the policies contained within this document and to decisions of the WLA Treasurer.
Proposed WLA constituent expenditures must be approved by all WLA constituent chairs or co-chairs within the WLA constituent.

What can a WLA constituent budget be used for?

General activity which may be covered by the WLA constituent budget includes, but is not limited to, costs related to the following:

  • Newsletter printing and postage
  • Costs associated with the execution of special projects
  • Scholarship
  • Speaker expenses for the WLA Annual Conference
  • One leader and office bearer’s retreat per year

The WLA constituent budget will cover the cost of one leader and office bearer’s retreat per year. The WLA constituent budget will cover meeting room hire, any audio visual requirements and lunch and coffee breaks. Prior to entering into any agreement with a venue, the WLA constituents Department must be notified of the following:

  • the proposed venue;
  • the invitation list; and
  • an estimate of the total cost.

No reimbursement for accommodation and travel is made to any WLA constituent leader and office bearer attending retreats. Please note: Retreats are organized by the WLA constituent and not the WLA Office.
Reimbursement will be made following the retreat upon submission of a receipt to the WLA by the WLA constituent chair or a nominated leader and office bearer.

  • One annual WLA constituent Leaders and office bearers’ dinner or lunch

The WLA constituent budget will cover the cost of one annual WLA constituent Leaders and office bearers’lunch or dinner, to be arranged at the time of the annual conference, or the WLA constituent’s specialist conference where appropriate.
Prior to entering into any agreement with a venue or restaurant, the WLA constituents department must be notified of :

  • the proposed venue and sample menu;
  • the invitation list; and
  • an estimate of the total cost.

Based on reasonable costs in the city where the conference is located, the WLA office will fix a per person cost, which will be reimbursed for the WLA constituent’s current Leaders and office bearers, current WLA Governing Council Leader and office bearer(s), and past chairs ONLY.
Please be advised that spouses, partners, past Leaders and office bearers other than chairs, and Leaders and office bearers from other WLA constituents (unless the lunch/ dinner is a joint event) will NOT be reimbursed.
Reimbursement will be made following the lunch/dinner (unless organized by the WLA) upon submission of a receipt by the WLA constituent chair.
– WLA constituent dinner tickets
Where applicable, a WLA constituent chair may request a maximum of 5 complimentary tickets to a social function (lunch or dinner) organised by the WLA constituent during the WLA Annual Conference. These tickets are for use by keynote speakers. No complimentary tickets will be offered to lawyers in private practice. The maximum number of complimentary tickets may only be exceeded with the permission of the WLA Treasurer.
– Attendance at meetings of other organisations
The WLA constituent budget may provide a contribution of USD350 towards the expenses of attendance for a WLA constituent leader and office bearer attending a meeting of another organization with which his/her WLA constituent has links or wishes to establish links. The contribution will be sent once a short written report of the meeting has been submitted. Attendance at meetings of any world organisation (such as any part of the United Nations) at which the leader and office bearer will be representing himself or herself as part of the WLA must be confirmed, prior to attendance, with the WLA constituents Director.
– Reimbursement of WLA constituent Leaders and office bearers’ office costs (i.e. postage, courier, telephone)
Please note that apart from the exceptions detailed in bullet points below, no reimbursement for accommodation and travel is made to any WLA constituent leader and office bearer attending WLA meetings. This includes WLA mid-year meetings, the annual conference, specialist conferences organised by the WLA constituent, and WLA constituent retreats.

How WLA constituents monitor their budget?

You may receive information about the amount allocated to the WLA constituent budget for the current year, or the current status of your WLA constituent budget, by writing to the director of Treasury. No under-spend by a WLA constituents will be carried over to the following year.

Can WLA constituents claim expenses for publications?

Newsletter printing and postage costs will be charged to the respective WLA constituent or WLA constituent budget. Please note that newsletters for WLA constituents or WLA constituents with fewer than 500 members are distributed electronically and are not printed in hard copy. Costs should be confirmed with the Media Content Director as they may be charged to the WLA constituent budget.

How do WLA constituents make a request for reimbursement of expenses?

All requests for reimbursement must be made in writing to the WLA constituents Director and accompanied by relevant receipts and documentation. Failure to produce the supporting documentation will mean that the WLA is unable to authorize the claim. All claims should be made during the current financial year, and by 31 December at the latest. It will be difficult to reimburse claims made after the end of the financial year.

FAQ’s - for Consumers and the Public

What is the WLA?

The World Law Alliance is a professional organization that provides educational and networking opportunities for lawyers. The World Law Alliance represents lawyers, judges, notaries, law teachers, and law students from across the world. The WLA is committed to enhancing the professional and commercial interests of a diverse membership and to protect the independence of the judiciary and the Bar.

I need legal assistance but can’t afford a lawyer. How can I get help?

Legal aid services are either government-funded or subsidized and free legal services provided by any legal professional and law firm for people having difficulty affording legal services, which allows everyone to have access to justice. Pro bono services are legal services provided by lawyers, free of charge, out of their commitment to the public interest and access to justice. To find out more about qualifying for legal aid, contact the provincial legal aid plan. For more information on pro bono, visit the WLA Pro Bono Web site.

I need legal assistance but I don’t know a lawyer. Where can I find one?

The World Law Alliance offers a referral service in any part of the world. If you need assistance in obtaining a lawyer to represent you, a Lawyer Referral Service will provide you with the name of a lawyer in your area who practises in the area of law relating to your issue.

I need to contact a specific lawyer, but I’ve lost track of him/her. What’s the best way to locate an individual lawyer?

The World Law Alliance maintains a comprehensive list of all lawyers. However, if you do not find the credentials of the lawyer in the WLA directory, you can search for any other lawyer who may have similar credentials.

How do I find an attorney?

The World Law Alliance can help you find an attorney or legal resource to meet your needs with the WLA’s Lawyer Referral Service.

Do I have other dispute resolution options besides going to court?

Although the court continues to provide the public with an important means of justice, other options exist that may result in a quicker result and a solution that better meets the needs of the disputants. As the name implies, Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) is a means of settling a legal matter without taking the matter to a court. Advantages of ADR include the potential of a substantial savings of time and money, availability of creative solutions, confidentiality and the ability to manage the risk of a legal dispute.
There are several types of ADR, including but not limited to, arbitration, case evaluation, facilitation and mediation:
Arbitration
Arbitration is a formal process in which parties submit their dispute to an impartial arbitrator or panel of arbitrators. The arbitrator or panel considers the evidence, often presented during a hearing, and then issues a decision resolving the dispute. The decision is ordinarily binding and is not subject to appeal, except for a few limited circumstances. Arbitration offers a more efficient and private alternative to courtroom adjudication of disputes.
Case Evaluation
Case evaluation is a non-binding process in which parties to a dispute present the facts and the issues to be determined to an experienced neutral case evaluator. The case evaluator advises the parties on the strengths and weaknesses of their respective positions, and assesses how the dispute is likely to be decided by a jury or other adjudicator. The parties may then use this feedback to help reach a mutually agreeable resolution.
Facilitation
Facilitation is a process in which a trained individual assists a group of two or more people to discuss issues to be addressed by the group. This may include assistance in defining and analyzing issues, developing alternatives and executing the agreed upon solutions. A facilitator can help to enhance communication, consensus building and decision making among individuals in a variety of settings, including community, corporate, educational and family groups.
Mediation
Mediation is an informal process in which parties agree to work together, with the assistance of a trained neutral mediator, to explore their respective interests and generate options for resolving their dispute. The mediator helps to facilitate communication but has no power to impose a resolution. Mediation is a flexible process that allows the parties to confidentially discuss any issues they choose to address and determine the outcome.
If you think your legal matter could be resolved through an ADR approach, ask your attorney if he or she has experience in these areas or can give you a referral.

When do I need a lawyer?

The following are examples of circumstances when you should seek a lawyer’s advice:

  1. You’re buying or selling a home, adopting a child, signing an important contract, making a will or organizing a business;
  2. You’ve been in an accident where someone was hurt or property was damaged;
  3. You are the victim of an abusive spouse;
  4. You are accused of a crime;
  5. You’ve been injured at work;
  6. You are going through a divorce; and
  7. You are having problems with your landlord or tenant.

The best time to consult a lawyer is before, not after, you have legal problems. It can save you money in the long run and keep any legal difficulties to a minimum. A lawyer can help by offering you legal counseling and advice, preparing documents and, if necessary, representing you in court and other legal proceedings. Contact the WLA Lawyer Referral Service to get a referral today.

How can a lawyer help me?

The law can be very complicated and lawyers are trained to deal effectively with these complexities. A lawyer must be licensed by the state, and must abide by strict rules of legal procedure and ethics. In some cases, a lawyer may agree that you can do some of the work yourself (like making certain telephone calls and obtaining documents), to save you money, while he/she handles the more complicated aspects of your case. Many laws are complex and frequently change. Lawyers are trained to explain the law, provide legal assistance, and be aware of court procedures, filing requirements, deadlines and other details that a non-lawyer could easily overlook.

How do I find the right lawyer?

Your goal is to find a lawyer with whom you are comfortable as both a person and a professional. Your case may involve very personal information and your lawyer will often need to know confidential details about you, your family and your finances to be effective in helping you.
One of the best ways to find a lawyer is to seek a recommendation from people whose opinions you respect: an employer, lawyer at your workplace, teacher, minister, doctor, relative, neighbor or friends.
The nature of your legal problem will help define the type of lawyer you will want to hire. Often lawyers have one or more specialties, and you want to make sure your lawyer has experience in your type of case. The lawyer who did a terrific job with your friend’s divorce may not have the expertise to take on your auto accident injury matter.
Another excellent means of determining if you need a lawyer’s help and obtaining a referral to a lawyer is by calling the WLA Lawyer Referral Service (LRS). Depending on your matter, an LRS representative may recommend a lawyer or suggest alternatives such as contacting a state agency.
If a lawyer is recommended, you will be put in touch with a lawyer in any Massachusetts community you prefer who has experience in the type of law in question. Your initial discussion with the lawyer will cost no more than $25 for the first half hour. If for any reason you choose not to hire the lawyer, the LRS will refer you to another lawyer. You may get up to three referrals for the same case. There is no fee for the referral service.
Before meeting with a lawyer, make notes about your problem and gather all of the related documents to take with you. This will allow you to present your legal problem in the clearest and most organized manner possible. It will also allow you to focus on evaluating the lawyer’s response to your case and your questions.

What should I ask a lawyer?

At the first meeting you should ask about the following topics. Keep in mind, some lawyers charge a fee for your first consultation, some don’t.

  • The amount of experience the lawyer has in your type of legal matter;
  • A preliminary outline of how the lawyer believes the case should be handled and the time frame for its completion;
  • Whether or not the lawyer carries malpractice insurance;
  • How you can or will be expected to participate in your case;
  • How you will be kept informed about the status of the matter;
  • Whether or not the lawyer will provide you with a fee agreement that details fees, expenses, billing and payment;
  • The lawyer’s hourly fee (if applicable); and
  • An estimate of the lawyer’s total fee.

After meeting with the lawyer ask yourself the following questions:

  • Will I be comfortable working closely with this person?
  • Am I confident that the lawyer has the experience and skill to handle your case?
  • Do I clearly understand the lawyer’s explanation of what my case involves?
  • Do I understand the proposed fee agreement?

How will I pay a lawyer?

Fixed fee
This type of charge, sometimes called a “standard” fee, is used most often for routine legal matters. For example, a lawyer may charge all clients the same amount to handle a “simple will.” When you agree to a fixed fee, be sure you know what it does and does not include and if there could be additional charges.
Hourly fee
Many lawyers charge by the hour and the hourly rate varies from lawyer to lawyer. Your total bill can be estimated by having the lawyer project the amount of time your case will take and provide a list of filing fees and other costs.
Retainer fee
A retainer fee may be used to guarantee that a lawyer will be available to take a particular case and could mean that the lawyer would have to turn down other cases in order to remain available. With this type of fee agreement, you may be billed separately for the legal work that is done. A retainer fee sometimes is considered a down payment on any legal services you may need. Since this type of fee arrangement can mean different things, be sure to have the lawyer explain the fee arrangement.
Contingency fee
This type of charge often is used in personal injury cases when you are suing someone for money. It means that you will pay your lawyer a certain percentage of the money you receive if you win the case or if you settle the matter. If you lose, your lawyer doesn’t receive a fee. In some cases, your lawyer may pay some of these costs for you when they are due, but you may have to repay the lawyer.
If you agree to a contingency fee, be sure you know what your lawyer’s percentage will be. Some agreements provide for a varying percentage depending on whether the case is settled, goes to trial or has to be appealed. If so, those varying percentages must be stated in the agreement as well. While obtaining a fee agreement from your lawyer is always a good idea, in contingency fee cases, they are required.
Statutory fee
The cost of some probate and other legal work is set by law. For certain other legal problems, the court either sets or must approve the fee you will pay. Often, a lawyer cannot tell you exactly what the charge will be, because it is difficult to estimate how much work is going to be involved. But a lawyer can usually estimate the minimum and maximum limits of the fee and give you some idea of the work involved.

What if I can’t afford a lawyer?

If you are the defendant in a criminal case and can’t afford a lawyer, the government must provide you with one. If you need legal assistance in a civil matter and can’t afford to pay lawyer, there are programs that may be able to help.
If you meet certain economic guidelines, the WLA Lawyer Referral Service can refer you to a lawyer who offers reduced fees  for qualifying clients.
If you cannot afford a lawyer’s fees, even at reduced rates, there are state and federally funded programs that may be able to provide you with free legal assistance. There are legal services (sometimes called legal aid) offices located around the state. Some types of cases that legal services lawyers will handle include eviction defense, divorce, custody, and Social Security and other government benefit matters.

How can I help my lawyer and keep expenses down?

There are several steps you can follow to help your lawyer work for you and keep the cost of legal services at a minimum: Gather in advance all information that you think your lawyer may need;

  • Carefully weigh the advantages and disadvantages of your case: could court costs and legal fees be more than the amount of money you would likely recover?
  • Write down the names, addresses and telephone numbers of all people involved in your matter
  • Bring any written materials relating to your legal situation, such as receipts, contracts, medical bills, repair estimates, checks, traffic tickets, deeds, wills and letters from the opposing side to the first meeting with your lawyer;
  • Ask if there are some aspects of the case that you can handle yourself (e.g., some telephone calls);
  • Bring a written summary of the facts exactly as you remember them;
  • Write down the questions that you want your lawyer to answer;
  • Avoid calling your lawyer unnecessarily;
  • Inform your lawyer of any changes to your address, telephone number and to any situation that may have a bearing on your case;
  • Ask the lawyer about ways to resolve your case without going to court; and
  • Reveal all information, even if it may not be in your favor.
  • Remember that your lawyer must keep all information you discuss confidential.

Can I get legal help without hiring a lawyer?

There are legal resources that may be able to help you resolve your legal problem without hiring a lawyer. The WLA has several programs that can help answer your basic legal questions.

I have a question / concern about my lawyer’s conduct. Who can help me?

The World Law Alliance does not discipline lawyers or mediate lawyer-client disputes. The Law Societies, Bar Associations and other regional local statutory bodies in each province/territory are responsible for making sure that lawyers practise law competently and ethically. They can discipline lawyers who do not meet these standards. You might be able to resolve your concern if you get in touch with your lawyer right away. It might be a simple misunderstanding that can be cleared up with a conversation. If a resolution between you and your lawyer cannot be reached, contact the Bar Association or the Law Society in your province/territory with the details of your concern.

How do I find out whether a specific lawyer is in “good standing”?

The World Law Alliance cannot make a determination of a lawyer’s “good standing”. The Law Societies in each province/territory are responsible for making sure that lawyers practise law competently and ethically. Contact the Law Society in your province/territory for more information.

FAQ’s – WLA Sponsorship

What are the WLA Sponsorship Policies?

As the World Law Alliance continues to develop and expand its global network, we are receiving more requests from organisations and law firms wishing to advertise with WLA and become involved with the WLA through various sponsorship opportunities. There is a clear need to provide a consistent and streamlined approach to entering into sponsorship agreements, to ensure both cost-efficient use of resources, and the protection and enhancement of the WLA’s reputation.
Although various WLA constituents and office bearers are NOT authorized to agree advertising and sponsorship benefits or costs with a potential advertiser or sponsor, however we encourage them to conduct exploratory discussions before directing the contact to the Head of Advertising and Sponsorship at the WLA’s India Back Office.
In order to enable the WLA to manage and track future advertising and sponsorship arrangements, a signed agreement, generated by the Head of Advertising and Sponsorship, must be completed by the advertiser or sponsor. The agreement will detail the benefits and costs, as set by the Head of Advertising and Sponsorship. Benefits and costs can only be arranged and agreed by the Head of Advertising and Sponsorship; any arrangements made by Leaders and office bearers are subject to amendments to comply with WLA Policy.
Neither Leaders and office bearers, nor representatives of the sponsorship department are authorized to agree, discuss or confirm speaking opportunities at any WLA conference as part of a sponsorship agreement. All requests for speaking opportunities must be passed on to the appropriate conference organizer. Speaking opportunities can only be authorized by the Governing Council Liaison Leaders and office bearers; conferences chair(s) and host/organizing committee of the said event.
It is important to note that law firms are not permitted to exhibit or distribute leaflets at any conference; in addition, Leaders and office bearers cannot distribute leaflets regarding non-WLA events at any WLA conference.
Details of all advertising and conference sponsorship opportunities, Terms & Conditions and WLA Sponsorship Policies and Guidelines can be obtained by contacting Head of Advertising and Sponsorship at the India office.

What are the WLA advertising and sponsorship opportunities for law firms?

 

  • Sponsor program sessions of any conference
  • Sponsor social events at any conferences
  • Speak at events as part of social event sponsorship
  • Be a headline sponsor of a Specialist Conference
  • Exhibit at Specialist conferences
  • Distribute promotional materials at Specialist conferences
  • Be an Official Corporate Supporter of the Annual Conference
  • Exhibit at Annual conference
  • Inserts in delegate bags
  • Sponsor opening Ceremony of Annual Conference
  • Sponsor opening party of Annual Conference
  • Sponsor WLA lunches at Annual Conference.
  • Sponsor final Gala Night of Annual Conference
  • Use Annual Conference delegate list for mailings
  • Advertise in all WLA publications
  • Advertise on WLA Website
  • Be the Official Sponsor of any WLA Constituent
  • Be an Official Sponsor of WLA

What are the WLA advertising and sponsorship opportunities for businesses other than law firms?

 

  • Sponsor program sessions of any conference
  • Sponsor social events at any conference
  • Speak at social events as part of social event sponsorship
  • Be a headline sponsor of a Specialist Conference
  • Exhibit at Specialist Conferences
  • Distribute promotional materials at Specialist Conferences
  • Be an Official Corporate Supporter of the Annual Conference
  • Exhibit at WLA Annual Conference
  • Inserts in delegate bags
  • Sponsor opening Ceremony of Annual Conference
  • Sponsor opening party of Annual Conference
  • Sponsor WLA lunches at Annual Conference
  • Sponsor final Gala Night of Annual Conference
  • Use annual conference delegate list for mailings
  • Advertise in all WLA publications
  • Advertise on WLA Website in skyscraper adverts
  • Be the Official Sponsor of a Committee
  • Give funding to WLA
  • Official Sponsor of WLA

What are the guidelines for co-supporting WLA Conferences by other organisations?

For events organized by any WLA committee or other entity, the following is expected:

  • any co-sponsor or supporting organisation must be reputable;
  • co-sponsorship or support by another organisation must be deemed to add value to the program;
  • co-sponsorship of an WLA conference by another organisation in name only is welcomed, and, in return for having a logo and recognition of the co-sponsorship or support on the program, the co-sponsor would be expected to provide some tangible benefit to the WLA (e.g. marketing assistance, sponsorship of an event during the conference, etc.) at no cost to the WLA;
  • at the discretion of the conference chair or organizing committee, a co-sponsor may be invited to nominate speaker(s) for the program, nominated speakers must comply with all sponsorship guidelines stated in this document;
  • all co-sponsorship and support must be agreed with and confirmed in writing by the WLA Executive Director or his designated employee prior to the printing of any publicity material for the event;
  • any verbal agreement made by an leader and office bearer, the conference chair or a member of the organizing committee to a potential co-sponsoring or supporting organisation must be confirmed in writing by the WLA Executive Director or his designated employee;
  • no leader and office bearer, conference chair or member of the organizing committee may confirm arrangements with a co-sponsoring organisation without the prior approval of the WLA office. If such approval has not been sought, it will be assumed that the leader and office bearer, conference chair or member of the organizing committee is acting in his/her personal capacity and not as a representative of the WLA;
  • any notable benefits to the co-sponsoring or supporting organisation (e.g. free delegate places) must be agreed and confirmed in writing by the WLA Executive Director or his designated employee prior to the printing of the preliminary conference program;
  • all division of responsibilities must be clear from the outset and must be confirmed in writing prior to the printing of the preliminary conference program;
  • it would be unusual for the WLA to offer exclusive co-sponsorship to any organisation.

Financial Arrangements

  • In the event that it is mutually agreed that a co-sponsoring or supporting organisation will share financial responsibility for the event, the following rules will apply:
  • any financial arrangements for the sharing of revenues and losses must be confirmed in writing by the WLA Executive Director or his designated employee prior to the event, and prior to publicity material being produced for the event (likely to be 6 months before the event);
  • any co-sponsoring or supporting organisation expecting to share in conference revenues will also be expected to agree to share any conference losses;
  • the WLA office will prepare the conference budget with necessary input from the cosponsoring and supporting organisation(s);
  • the WLA will retain control over the budget and advise the co-sponsoring or supporting organisation(s) of any possible over-spend on budget items;
  • staff time must always be included in the conference budget and will be based on an accurate estimate of the number of hours spent on a conference of similar length;
  • WLA will provide full accounts to the co-sponsoring or supporting organisation(s) at least 60 days after the event.
  • the WLA will retain control over the budget and advise the co-sponsoring or supporting organization(s) of any possible over-spend on budget items;
  • staff time must always be included in the conference budget and will be based on an accurate estimate of the number of hours spent on a conference of similar length;
  • WLA will provide full accounts to the co-sponsoring or supporting organisation(s) at least 60 days after the event.

What are the guidelines for co-supporting conferences / seminars organized by other organizations?

Committee Leaders and office bearers are encouraged to identify possible co-supporting opportunities for events organized by other reputable organisations with which liaison is deemed a benefit for the WLA and its committees and other entities.
For events organized by other organisations and law firms and supported by the WLA, the following rules will apply:

  • all co-sponsorship or support must be deemed to add value to the WLA and its Divisions and the relevant committee;
  • the leadership of Division and committee to which the subject matter of the seminar pertains should review the seminar program before approval to support the event is given;
  • written confirmation of any co-sponsorship and support must be provided to the organized by the WLA Executive Director or his designated employee;
  • only the WLA Executive Director, or his designated employee may authorize use of the WLA logo on conference programs and materials produced by other organisations or companies;
  • exact wording to be used on the publicity material must be agreed in advance;
  • events which may conflict or overlap with any WLA conference will not be deemed suitable for co-sponsorship or support;
  • if requested, the WLA will provide marketing support in the most cost-effective and efficient method;
  • in return for co-sponsorship or support, the WLA would expect to have at least one representative speaking at the conference;
  • all arrangements for the event are the responsibility of the organisation/law firm;
  • any changes in structure or program content must be communicated to the WLA in advance;
  • the WLA does not usually enter into these agreements with the intention of gaining financially from the arrangement. However, should the organisation/law firm wish to discuss financial responsibilities; this discussion will be led by the WLA Head of Advertising and Sponsorship. Any financial agreements must be confirmed in writing by the WLA Executive Director or his designated employee prior to the event, and prior to publicity material being produced for the event;
  • the WLA will co-sponsor/support up to a maximum of two events organized by any one law firm a year.

The principal contact for handling all co-supporting agreements is Head of Membership for the WLA, who can be contacted at marketing@worldlawalliance.com

FAQ’s - WLA Membership

What types of memberships does the World Law Alliance offer?

The World Law Alliance offers five types of memberships.They are:
Sustaining Membership – Eligible to vote and hold office. A Sustaining Member’s extra commitment to the association enables us to pursue the loftiest goals of the legal profession. Sustaining Member’s names are periodically featured.
Regular Membership – Eligible to vote and hold office.
Associate Membership – Licensed to practice law and engaged in full-time employment with a governmental agency or department,
Law School Affiliate Membership – Although not active practitioners or members of the legal profession, they are employed by a law school, such as professors, teachers, teaching assistants and administrators.
Legal Assistant Membership – Qualified through education, training or work experience and employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, governmental agency or other entity in performance of legal services not primarily clerical or secretarial under the ultimate direction and supervision of a licensed attorney. Must be sponsored annually by an World Law Alliance member who certifies as to the above.
Student Membership – available to active law school students.

How do you become a member of the Board of Directors?

A member shall be eligible for election to the Board of Directors who has been a Regular Member for at least four (4) years immediately preceding such elections. Interested should submit a letter of interest to the nominating chapter. The nominating chapter will submit two names for each position to be filled at the next annual election of directors. The report shall be filed with the Executive Director.

Do you offer any discounts through membership?

The World Law Alliance offers many discounts, many of which are extremely popular among members. Members may refer to the complete listing in the Member Benefits section.

How do I become a member of a Practice & Service chapter?

Once you register as a member of the World Law Alliance, simply state the desired chapter(s) you wish to join and you will be put on that chapter(s) mailing list. You will receive meeting notices and any other relevant information.

If I join the World Law Alliance during the middle of the bar year, will my dues be prorated?

The World Law Alliance does not prorate dues. You are expected to pay your dues in full whenever you decide to join or renew your membership.

What types of annual events does the World Law Alliance provide?

The World Law Alliance hosts four major events a year.

When is the renewal period for World Law Alliance dues?

The fiscal year is from April 1 through March 31.

What are the requirements for membership in the WLA?

Attorneys must have a license to practice law in at least one state and pay membership dues. Third and second year law students are also able to become members.

How much are membership dues and when do I pay them?

Membership dues amounts vary, depending on the member’s status in the profession. Dues for attorneys in practice for 1 to 4 years are $80 per year, dues for attorneys in practice for 5 or more years are $165 per year, dues for law students and judges are waived, and dues for inactive or retired attorneys and attorneys in practice more than 50 years are $82.50 per year.

I forgot my online login information. How do I retrieve my username and password?

On the WLA homepage, click the “Member Login” button in the top right corner. Follow the prompts for retrieval of username and passwords on the screen.

Faq’s - WLA Leadership

What factors does WLA consider in selecting volunteer leaders?

WLA looks for advancement professionals who are respected as leading practitioners and thinkers in the field; have demonstrated their commitment to the profession, to WLA or to both; and who bring energy, enthusiasm and relevant skills to the individual volunteer role.

WLA works to ensure that most volunteer leadership groups include representatives of the various disciplines and institution types that are part of the WLA membership. The location of the nominee’s institution is also a consideration for many groups, such as the North American districts and the WLA Europe Board.

Who may nominate individuals for WLA volunteer leadership positions?

Nominations are welcome from anyone familiar with a nominee’s expertise, professionalism and leadership in the profession.

May I nominate myself for a volunteer leadership role?

Absolutely. WLA welcomes self-nominations as well as the nomination of colleagues.

Do nominees have to be members of WLA?

In most cases, members of volunteer governing and advisory boards must be WLA members.  If you are not a member of WLA, you can enroll as a WLA member at the time of filling the WLA Chapter Leader application.

Are WLA volunteer leaders elected or appointed?

WLA volunteer leaders are appointed as well as elected by other members of the WLA, the WLA Board or the WLA staff.  The exception is the WLA Board. The board’s Committee on Leadership, the nominating body for WLA, reviews nominations for vacant leadership positions and presents a slate of candidates to be elected by the membership. Election of the slate occurs via e-mail ballot (each member has one vote that is cast by the membership coordinator), and the results are announced at WLA’s annual meeting.

If I am not selected, will I be considered in the future?

Yes. Although it varies by volunteer group, WLA typically keeps nominations for two years and welcomes re-nominations.

If I am appointed or elected to a WLA governing or advisory group, will I need to attend all of the group’s meetings?

Because WLA is a volunteer-led association, the commitment of volunteer leaders to their roles is critically important to WLA’s ongoing ability to grow membership and to serve members. In addition, because most volunteer groups meet only one, two or three times a year, missing a meeting may mean missing a key conversation or decision that affects the future of WLA.

Volunteer leaders are encouraged and expected to attend all meetings. Volunteers who miss multiple meetings may be removed from service.

Does WLA pay my expenses for serving as a volunteer leader?

In most cases, WLA will cover expenses associated with service as long as they fall under WLA’s travel policy. WLA encourages members of the Board to ask their institutions to pay for the cost of attending one of three meetings each year or they may bear the cost themselves.

What happens if I change positions or leave the profession during my volunteer service?

Volunteer leaders on the WLA Board, and the WLA chapters and networks who change positions but remain in advancement and meet other criteria required by that particular volunteer group will be invited to remain in their volunteer roles. Volunteer leaders on these groups who are between positions or who leave the profession may remain in their positions for six months and may continue in their roles after the six-month grace period if they have accepted a position in advancement and meet other criteria required by the particular volunteer group.

Why was I invited to join the WLA Chapter?

The criteria for selecting lawyers are unique to each region and determined by the nomination committee.

How do I join?

There are two ways in which you can sign up for leadership position; by invitation or by nomination form. If you have not been invited and would like to join, visit http://worldlawalliance.com/developing/leadership-and-public-service-opportunities/nomination-form-for-elected-office/

I’ve completed my online application, now what do I have to do?

Once you have completed the online application you will receive a welcome email from the Nominations Office outlining your next steps.

You will then go through our leadership orientation program in order to become inducted, receive your membership induction items, and gain access to additional membership benefits.

What are the membership benefits?

When you join some organizations, the information you receive focuses on the material, tangible benefits you receive from membership. A t-shirt, certificate and other goods are nice side benefits, but are definitely not the real value you gain from achieving membership in WLA Chapter.

The intangibles that you gain from membership will drive your future and establish you as a leader among your peers, and include: improved self-esteem, peer leadership skills, sustainable motivation and drive, paradigms that will help you discover and achieve your dreams, real world skills that will help you outperform your peers in the workplace, and an enviable network of movers and shakers that are all a part of the drive to create lasting positive change in the world.

You additionally will receive other tangible benefits such as online resources on our website, customized letters of recommendation for prospective, accessories that you may purchase and wear to display your membership in our organization, access to exclusive scholarships and awards, Success Coaches etc.

For a full list and explanation of our membership benefits please visit http://worldlawalliance.com/get-involved/becoming-a-wla-member/wla-membership-benefits/

When will I receive my WLA Chapter Certificate, ID Card and free gift?

Once you have completed the steps to induction, we will send your membership items (including your certificate, ID Card and a Free gift if any.)

What is my Member ID and Password?

Please use the “Forgot Member ID or Password” link on the Members Area sign-in page. If you continue to have trouble logging on, please contact the Nominations Office by emailing

How does the WLA Chapter protect my privacy?

Providing security for the personal information you submit on the site is one of The WLA Chapter’s top priorities, and it takes commercially reasonable measures to protect against the unauthorized access, alteration, disclosure or destruction of such information. The WLA Chapter will not share your information without your consent.

What is a WLA Chapter?

Our regional chapters guide our advocacy and activity. Whether it is writing reports on current legislation, hosting CLE programs and events with major speakers, our chapters shape policy and frame debate on the pressing legal issues of the day. Serving on a chapter also offers the opportunity to build a network of valuable professional contacts and friendships.

What are the Benefits of Joining a WLA Chapter?

Serving on a chapter offers the opportunity to build a network of valuable professional contacts and friendships within your practice or interest area. Participating in a chapter in an area of law outside one’s professional practice can be a wonderful way to be involved in personal interests outside your day-to-day practice.

Who Can I Join as a Chapter Leader?

Chapter participation is a benefit of WLA membership and therefore only WLA members can be considered for appointment. If you are not a member please join.

How Many Chapter Leaders in a Chapter?

Chapters generally have 9 leaders who typically serve two-year terms. Each year one-third of the leaders rotate off and are replaced with a new class of up to 3 new leaders

How Do I Apply?

You can apply online by filling out and submitting the Chapter Leaders Application. To assure proper consideration for appointment, please submit a resume or bio along with your Chapter Application. You may also provide a letter expressing interest in your regional chapter.

Are There Limitations to Chapter Appointments?

Please note that the President asks chapter chairs to seek diversity when filling the chapter roster, to provide opportunities for lawyers from groups that have been under-represented in the legal profession. Chapter chairs also are encouraged to provide opportunities to new lawyers and members who have sought but not yet been offered leadership on a chapter.

What is the Time Commitment and Responsibilities of Being a Chapter Leader?

Chapters typically meet four times in a year. Chapter leaders are asked to make every effort to attend meetings. Members also are encouraged to be involved in the chapter’s efforts, including drafting reports and briefs, planning programs or getting involved in chapter projects. The total time commitment can vary from chapter to chapter.

FAQ’s – Initiative for Young Lawyers

What are one-day training courses for young lawyers?

One-day training courses are offered throughout the world as part of an ongoing WLA program to assist young lawyers and junior members of the profession with their understanding of the fundamentals of international legal practice. The course provides exposure to international legal business practice which, through the wealth of international talent and expertise within its membership, the WLA is in the unique and unrivalled position to provide to young lawyers throughout the world. The WLA works together with the local bar association or law society to put together a highly interactive course focusing on topics relevant to the region.

Can I volunteer to speak at training courses?

To volunteer as a speaker for future training courses, please contact training@worldlawalliance.com who will add you to the database of speakers. For stand-alone training courses (i.e. those not attached to a specialist or annual conference) the WLA will contribute to travel and accommodation expenses incurred.

Who do I contact if I have a question about young lawyers’ training courses?

Please contact the Head of constituents Administration

Are there scholarships available within the WLA?

Many WLA constituents choose to award a scholarship to encourage participation of young lawyers who may not otherwise be able to participate in WLA activities such as the annual conference.
All scholarships must be administered through the constituents department, who will be happy to:

  • Confirm whether sufficient funds are available in the relevant constituent or constituent budget;
  • Assist with formal application guidelines for scholarship awards;
  • Publicise the scholarship to the group at whom it is aimed, through emails and WLA publications.

Who do I contact if I have a question about scholarships and awards?

Please contact constituents Administrative Assistant:

What educational programs do the WLA offer?

The WLA offers various educational programs regarding legal issues including an LLM in International Legal Practice, which feature a flexible distance learning format and support structure, so that jurisdictional boundaries pose no barriers to successful completion. For information on any of these educational programs, please visit the WLA website.

Which journals are published by the WLA?

The WLA publishes a number of publications. The Director of Media Content in the WLA Content Department welcomes suggestions for articles and feedback from constituent Leaders and office bearers. The WLA publishes several journals and magazines.

Does the WLA publish Books?

The WLA is committed to a book publishing program and we would like to continue increasing the number of books published by the WLA, working with leading co-publishers. constituents and constituents are asked to consider whether any of their activities or areas of expertise could lend themselves to a publication. We especially wish to play to the WLA’s key strengths of:

  • being a global, multi-jurisdictional organisation; and
  • being an opinion-forming organization

In order to help WLA Staff assess a proposal for a book publishing project we ask that the constituent chairs/publications Leaders and office bearers complete the WLA book proposal form (which you can find on the next page), giving as much detail as possible. WLA Senior Staff will then assess the proposal and decide how to proceed with the project. If it is decided to support a book proposal then it will either be passed to a commercial publishing partner to assess interest in co-publishing or a decision will be made as regards the level of support and resource a book can be given by the WLA on its own (in some cases this may be little). It should be borne in mind that it can take as long as a year or even more to develop a book from start to finish. That is particularly important when considering the topicality of the subject matter and on-going appeal to the target audience.

Where can I find a Book Proposal Form?

Please find a Book Proposal Form on our website at :

Can constituents claim expenses for publications?

Newsletter printing and postage costs will be charged to the respective constituent or constituent budget. Please note that newsletters for constituents or constituents with fewer than 500 members are distributed electronically and are not printed in hard copy. Journal costs should be confirmed with the Director of Content as they may be charged to the constituent budget.

How can Leaders and office bearers communicate with constituent members?

constituent newsletters, e-bulletins and the constituent web pages are the most effective means of communicating with constituent members. Where there is less material, an e-bulletin is more suitable or alternatively uploading articles directly to constituent web pages in conjunction with the constituent web leader and office bearer or publications leader and office bearer.

What are the guidelines for producing newsletters?

Much of the work in preparing and sending out the newsletter is done for you by WLA staff, if you provide the written text. The staff will manage editing, typesetting, design, printing where appropriate, sponsorship, mailing lists and distribution.
In order to work most effectively with the WLA’s Content department it is necessary to schedule newsletters well in advance. Your contact at the WLA for queries regarding editing and producing will depend on the constituent you are a part of – a list of editors and their responsibilities can be found at the end of this constituent.
The newsletter editor should advise the in-house editor of the proposed date for delivering the newsletter to members, giving as much notice as possible. A date will then be provided by the Content department. A period of at least 6 weeks should be allowed between the copy delivery date to the WLA and the date the newsletter is finally distributed. Agreeing a date for submission is particularly important in the run-up to the Annual Conference (see below), when the WLA Content department is particularly busy. If a newsletter is longer than 40 pages in printable form, more time may be required.

Why 6-8 weeks?

The time it takes to produce a newsletter is relatively short, however, delays caused by circulating proofs to editors, constituent chairs, relevant WLA staff and external proofreaders, and taking in any last-minute changes, take up a considerable amount of time. The newsletter is likely to be produced more quickly if the editors are able to review first proofs within a week of receiving them, and thereafter send any necessary changes within 2-3 working days.
Typical schedule
Weeks 1- 2 : Newsletter copy arrives at the WLA and is checked, edited and prepared for typesetting.
Weeks 3-4 : First proofs of the newsletter circulated to the newsletter editor, the constituent chair and to an external proofreader for checking.
Week 5 : Corrections received from the above and taken in – final proofs prepared.
Week 6 : Newsletter sent for printing (if appropriate)* and PDF added to the constituent web pages for member download. Members notified of this by e-mail.
Week 8 : Delivery of printed copies (if appropriate).*
* Non-printed, PDF-only newsletters are circulated:

  • to constituents with fewer than 500 members on their distribution lists;
  • to all WLA constituents and other entities;
  • to all WLA regional Formations; or
  • if the newsletter is less than 24 pages in length.

What copy and how should copy be submitted for newsletters?

Text should be submitted by e-mail in Microsoft Word format to the designated WLA editor (see ‘Editors and main areas of responsibility’ below). Scanned documents and PDFs are not to be sent as these require a large amount of staff time to typeset. Text layout should be kept simple, with regular headings and paragraphs. Articles should be in the region of 500–2,500 words. A newsletter should comprise 10 to 25 articles at most. In the event that there are shorter and fewer articles, an e-bulletin may be more appropriate or individual articles can be posted online in conjunction with the web leader and office bearer.
Copy must be submitted in its entirety whenever possible and production cannot start until all copy is received – although, if necessary, Chairs’ messages can be added at proof stage. All author contact details should also be supplied in full at this stage wherever possible.
The task of commissioning and collating the written material in the first place can prove to be a challenge – particularly when you are trying to extract articles and reports from busy colleagues. Remember to give yourself plenty of time for collecting your raw materials well in advance of the submission date.
A synopsis of the newsletter, highlighting any standout articles, should also be submitted to the WLA in-house editor. This will be used to promote the newsletter to a wider audience on the constituent homepage and the WLA online shop.
Suggested items to include:

  • Chair’s message – most newsletters contain a note of 250-500 words describing the constituent’s activities, both past and upcoming, and detailing any changes among the constituent Leaders and office bearers;
  • Report on any recently past conference programs;
  • Plans for any future conference programs. Depending on when the newsletter comes out this may include calls for topic suggestions and volunteer speakers, or a proposed program, and in either case, articles appropriate to the conference are advisable.
  • Regional reports on current legal developments – a number of constituents have a network of rapporteurs who provide regular reports on developments in their region;
  • Reports on constituent seminars or contributors to other WLA meetings;
  • Reports of special projects, surveys or publications;
  • Book reviews.

If you need help in contacting members in order to generate articles, please let your designated in-house editor know. They can arrange to contact the entire membership.
The WLA staff will automatically include:

  • List of constituent Leaders and office bearers’ contact details;
  • Call for contributions to newsletters;
  • Proofs of the newsletter will be sent to you and, if appropriate, the constituent chair for checking prior to publication.

How are newsletters distributed?

All WLA newsletters are automatically emailed to constituent members in the form of a link to the newsletter PDF. Newsletters are also posted onto constituent web pages but the full versions are only accessible to constituent members, as a benefit of membership, with the use of their WLA login details. Non-members have the option of joining the constituent or purchasing a newsletter from the WLA online shop.
Printed copies of newsletters are distributed to members approximately two weeks after they are uploaded online. Non-printed, PDF only newsletters are circulated:

  • to constituents with fewer than 500 members on their distribution lists;
  • to all WLA constituents and other entities;
  • to all WLA Regional Formations; or
  • if the newsletter is less than 24 pages in length.

How are the costs of newsletters budgeted / funded?

As noted above in the budget constituent of this handbook, costs related to the newsletter will be charged to the constituent’s budget. The production of a printed newsletter may cost anywhere between USD1000 –  USD3000 per 1000 copies printed and posted, depending on its length. If you are concerned about spending your constituent funds in this way, the various content editors will be happy to discuss potential print and post costs with you prior to proceeding.

What are the guidelines for preparing e-bulletins?

  • Include short introductions (max 100 words) for each article that will appear on the main page of the e-bulletin – either summarize the article or use the introductory paragraph from the article.
  • Advise on whether there will be regular constituents to be indicated in the e-bulletin (eg conference reports, new members, note from the chair).
  • Advise on the preferred order of articles – this should be established before setting the text.
  • Confirm author e-mail addresses/ firm details/ firm locations.
  • Include a short introduction from the chair/co-chairs – as an ongoing feature this is optional, but it will be required for the first issue.
  • No more than ten articles should be submitted per bulletin, as experience shows readers lose attention after approximately ten articles.

Links can be to existing web addresses, PDF files provided by the newsletter editor, or Word documents provided by the newsletter editor (which will be converted into PDF files for download).

How should e-newsletter copy be submitted?

Once you have checked through your copy, written introductory paragraphs for each article, and confirmed all author details, you may submit your copy to the designated in-house editor.

Can changes be made at proof stage?

Once a proof has been produced for your review, you are welcome to make appropriate changes to content on the main page of the e-bulletin, but only absolutely essential changes to any linked files should be requested. This is because it is more time-intensive to make those changes.

What is the WLA E-News?

The WLA E-news is an electronic news service that is sent out monthly to all WLA members who have given us their e-mail address. It is also circulated to non-member subscribers. It reports briefly on WLA initiatives and activities and highlights forthcoming events, reports, conferences etc.
This is an ideal medium for members of the profession to be informed about what is happening in the various constituents, Formations, working groups etc. constituent Leaders and office bearers should let the Head of Content know of anything they wish to include.

What are the style tips for writing e-communications?

  • Don’t underline text (this is only used for hyperlinks) and avoid italics.
  • Headlines should be short and snappy.
  • Paragraphs should be shorter than on printed materials – 3-4 lines maximum.
  • Use images sparingly and only if relevant to the text. Photos need to be high resolution: at least 300dpi and in jpeg format
  • Bullet points help the reader to see points clearly.

How constituent and forum members are sent emails?

Your appointed editor can arrange for e-mails relating to publications to be sent out to all members, eg, calls for articles, by contacting the WLA Content Department.
The WLA asks your cooperation that, due to data protection laws and potential technical mishaps, all emails to full membership of a constituent or forum must come directly from the WLA office. Any requests to promote activities by an entity other than the WLA or one of its constituents must be assessed by the WLA marketing department.

How can a constituent add content to the WLA website – www.worldlawalliance.com

The website is a key channel for promoting the Association and its activities, with pages devoted specifically to each constituent. Developing the WLA website’s content is a priority for the Association as it is clear that it can provide members and non-members alike with valuable information. Many aspects of the site are restricted to member-only access, thereby retaining full benefits of membership. There have been further developments on an on-going basis as we strive constantly to improve this fast-moving communication tool.
The WLA is also developing its use of social media, including discussion forums both for members and for more public discussions on the big issues on the global agenda. We welcome input from constituents and other entities to provide us with updates and ideas for content generation.
Every constituent should appoint a website leader and office bearer. No web technology skills are needed, as the WLA staff provides these. The website leader and office bearer should make it a priority to ensure the constituent web pages are regularly updated with accurate and current information. Liaison between the newsletter editor and website leader and office bearer is important as newsletter content may be suitable for displaying or repurposing for the website. The WLA monitors the entire website, including constituent sites, for appropriateness and consistency on an on-going basis.

FAQ’s - Media

How do WLA constituents get media coverage for its conferences?

The WLA encourages constructive media coverage of all its events-.
(i) Access
The media will be given open access to all specialist and annual conferences unless the session chair or any individual speaker objects. Speakers may be called upon to attend press briefings or give interviews.  The WLA retains the right to the intellectual property encompassed in the content of these meetings.  In the event of all or any part of a meeting being declared confidential, every effort should be made to conduct a press briefing after the meeting to convey information from the meeting not sought to be kept confidential.
(ii) Press Releases
Press releases announcing WLA events must be issued through the WLA global back office in India. The normal timing for issue of a release is as soon as the program becomes available prior to the event, and this may be followed by a second release issued a week prior to the event.
WLA Leaders and office bearers, Section Board members, committee and forum chairs may supply core copy for such a release to the WLA Marketing Manager, who will. If during a conference a particularly controversial statement is made, or if there is some other newsworthy element (such as a noteworthy speaker or exceptionally large attendance figures with a broad geographical spread), a press release can be issued immediately following the meeting. The content of this release will be prepared by the appropriate representative and signed by the WLA Office before release.

What are the guidelines for announcing policy positions via a Press Release?

Press releases on matters of policy/activity are to be issued only through the WLA President, and the WLA office. Any other Division Leader and office bearer, Governing Council member, committee or forum leader and office bearer, or member must submit any proposal for a press release on WLA policy position/activity to the WLA President for approval prior to the drafting, and distribution of a press release to the media or to any outside organisation or person as a statement of position of the Division.

Who should act as division / committee spokesperson(s)?

The Divisions recognize their responsibilities as a resource in international matters of relevance to the general practitioner to co-ordinate and make the expertise of its members available to the media and to other organisations in appropriate situations.
Division Leaders and office bearers, Section Board and Governing Council members, committee and forum chairs, and in exceptional cases Division members will provide their expertise as speakers or their views in interviews in connection with matters covering international business law. The Divisions will act only as the coordinating organization. All Divisions’ members furnishing expertise or views to the media or to other organisations must furnish such expertise or views ‘as their own views and not necessarily the views of either the Divisions or the WLA’.
No member has the authority to express any views as being those of the Divisions or on behalf of the Divisions, without prior approval of the Divisions’ Chairs. However, Leaders and office bearers are encouraged to note their position within the WLA.

Should the division communicate with bar associations and other legal and professional organizations?

The Divisions encourage links with other international, national and specialist bar associations, and with professional, industrial and business organisations. It encourages the exchange of views on technical subjects and subsequent dissemination to members on such topics.

What kind of assistance does the WLA Press Office offer?

Contact with the international media is co-ordinated by the WLA Press Office. Throughout the year, information about WLA and Division events and activities is disseminated, on a regular basis, to the media through press release and discussions with journalists.
(i) Press List
The WLA office maintains a press list consisting of national and international legal journals, legal correspondents of national newspapers, television and radio reporters, bar association journals and relevant business publications. Suggestions for additions to the press list are actively encouraged, particularly in specialist areas of law.
(ii) Press Releases
Press releases may be prepared for:

  • Conferences
  • Special reports and news items
  • Newly established fora and WLA constituents
  • Human rights issues
  • Pro bono activities
  • Leader and office bearer appointments

These are sent out to the press list as well as the leadership of the relevant regional forum. In the case of conferences, a press release may be sent also to relevant specialist journals, along with an invitation for press registration to the event.
(iii) Personal Contact
Contact is made with legal correspondents of national newspapers and news associations, television and radio stations, and news editors of legal journals on a regular basis to keep them informed of general WLA and Division news and forthcoming events. In addition, the media themselves are in frequent contact requesting information, seeking contacts on particular specialist or regional areas, and for general background information. In this respect the WLA is often contacted for expert commentary.
(iv) Press cuttings
The WLA Press Office collects press cuttings whenever possible. However, as it is expensive to use an international press cuttings agency, the Press Office relies on Division Leaders and office bearers, Governing Council members and committee and forum chairs to send copies of any press coverage of Division events.

What is the timetable for the promotion to press of annual conferences?

(i) Pre-conference
Promotion of the conference to the press begins 6 months prior to the event and continues up until the event itself.
The timetable is as follows:

  • 6 months prior: Marketing brochure including preliminary program sent out with press release to the full press list.
  • 3-4 months prior: If appropriate, releases covering individual sessions are sent to the relevant specialist journals.
  • A press release with further details of the most newsworthy sessions, and including an invitation for press registration, is sent to the press list.
  • 2 weeks prior: Final Program is sent to legal journals and legal correspondents. Immediately prior: Final press release is sent to full press list, giving details of numbers of delegates, guests and countries represented.

Directly before the conference, legal correspondents of national newspapers and editors of legal journals are approached directly to discuss the sessions they are particularly interested in and, where possible, to supply papers in advance, or set up interviews with Division Leaders and office bearers, Section Board and Governing Council members and committee and forum chairs.
(ii) During the conference
A Press Office is situated on-site for the duration of the conference, providing members of the international media with program information, press releases and briefings. Interviews with speakers and senior WLA members are also co-ordinate by the Press Office.
Among the information made available to journalists are copies of speakers’ papers (ideally provided in advance of the conference), biographical details on VIP speakers and WLA and Division Leaders and office bearers, and non-confidential details of closed meetings.
The media releases pertaining to a number of sessions and meetings throughout the conference are distributed to media attending the conference and key contacts around the world.
(iv) Post-conference
Directly after the conference, a press release is issued to the press list giving attendance details and a summary of newsworthy activities.
Details of any new appointments of Leaders and office bearers or Governing Councilors are circulated to local bar journals and legal journals.
Press List
The WLA office maintains a press list consisting of national and international legal journals, legal correspondents of national newspapers, television and radio reporters, bar association journals and relevant business publications. Suggestions for additions to the press list are actively encouraged, particularly in specialist areas of law.
(ii) Press Releases
Press releases may be prepared for:

  • Conferences
  • Special reports and news items
  • Newly established Formations and WLA constituents
  • Human rights issues
  • Pro bono activities
  • Leader and office bearer appointments

These are sent out to the press list as well as the leadership of the relevant regional forum. In the case of conferences, a press release may be sent also to relevant specialist journals, along with an invitation for press registration to the event.
(iii) Personal Contact
Contact is made with legal correspondents of national newspapers and news associations, television and radio stations, and news editors of legal journals on a regular basis to keep them informed of general WLA and Division news and forthcoming events.
In addition, the media themselves are in frequent contact requesting information, seeking contacts on particular specialist or regional areas, and for general background information. In this respect the WLA is often used as a general information pool.

FAQ’s - Events, Meetings & Conferences

Can committees hold specialist conferences?

WLA Committees and other constituents are strongly encouraged to hold a specialist conference each year outside of the WLA annual conference. If your committee is considering organizing a conference, you should complete a conference proposal. Forms can also be obtained by contacting the Head of Conferences.
No committee should hold a conference other than one relating to the particular field of law with which that committee is concerned. Ideally committee members should be canvassed by the committee chair, listing the proposed subject matter, venue and time of year, and asking if committee members would wish to attend such an event.
The WLA reserves the right to take the final decision on whether a conference may be organized, including matters of venue, time of year, and viability of a proposed topic. Conferences need to support themselves financially, and any decision on whether or not to hold a conference will ultimately be taken by the Deputy Executive Director, the Head of Conferences, the Head of the Legal Practice Division and the WLA Leaders and office bearers.

How do committees organize a conference?

It is essential that full co-ordination is maintained with the WLA proposal including date, venue and topic is to be submitted at least 10 months before it is proposed that the conference take place. Submission at the earliest possible time is encouraged, as conference slots (based on availability of staff) for popular times of year such as March-May are often filled as early as 12 months in advance.
A timetable of action dates will be prepared by the WLA, and regular conference calls will also be scheduled in order to discuss program and topic / progress of speaker confirmations. The WLA will also prepare a marketing plan, which will be sent to the conference chair and organizing committee for comments and suggestions.
The conference budget will be prepared by the WLAdditional expenditure can only be added with the prior approval of the WLA Treasurer, sought through the Divisions Director. As discussed in the budget section of the handbook above, income from the specialist conference is part of the overall income of the WLA and does not go into the section or committee budget.

What is the role of host/organizing committees?

The formation of a local host/organizing committee is most useful and usually local committee members are glad to be invited to participate. Their role is to advise on local publicity, social programs, the names of local dignitaries who should be invited, and sometimes, to find a sponsor(s) for social functions in conjunction with the WLA Head of Advertising and sponsorship
(andrew.webster-dunn@worldlawalliance.com). The WLA may rely quite heavily on the local knowledge and experience of these committee members, so a level of commitment is needed. Members of the host/organizing committee are acknowledged in the conference program. [Please note: any organizing committee or planning committee over 25 members shall not receive acknowledgement in the program.]

Who is responsible for liaising with WLA Staff regarding conferences?

The conference chair(s) is responsible for liaising with the assigned conference staff on the venue, the marketing plan, the timetable and the program content. Furthermore, they are responsible for ensuring the WLA conference organizer receives all relevant program copy, speakers’ details, and any other relevant information for the conference program by the set deadlines. The conference chair and host/organizing committee members are required to assist the WLA Marketing department with the successful promotion of the conference. The conference chair and host/organizing committee members are expected to attend the conference in its entirety.

What are the guidelines for joint conferences with other organisations?

All agreements to hold joint conferences must first be approved by the WLThe WLA staff will be happy to liaise with the other organisation to determine the feasibility of a joint conference if you provide contact information to the Head of Conferences (info@worldlawalliance.com).
No financial agreements to share profit / loss can be made by conference chairs. A financial split will be agreed by the WLA for those conferences where the administration is either divided or handled by the other organisation. No financial split will be agreed for conferences where the WLA is handling all the administration. WLA sponsorship policy must be implemented at all conferences.

Can my Law Firm organize an activity at an WLA Conference?

Individuals who hold any leader and office bearer role are expected, by the WLA President, to ensure that their law firms, or any other bodies in which they are influential, do not organize side events or side meetings that conflict with the WLA event hours.

What are the options for organizing one or two day conferences?

There are a number of options that committees wishing to organise conferences may follow which are outline below:
Option A
With this option the full logistical and financial responsibility for the conference lies with the WLA office. There are many specialist conferences in the WLA calendar that employ this method of working and that have gained “must attend” status in the international legal community. These conferences follow the general rules below:

  • WLA appoints a full-time conference team (comprising one organiser and one administrator) to the conference who oversee all arrangements in consultation with the conference organising committee;
  • a realistic amount of staff time (charged at £29/hour2) is included in the budget;
  • the venue is generally a 5-star hotel;
  • preliminary program is published and circulated in hard copy as well as emailed;
  • lunch (either 3 courses or a substantial buffet) is offered on both days of the conference;
  • coffee breaks include pastries;
  • speakers’ papers provided on a CD Rom;
  • WLA staff present throughout conference;
  • registration fees often include the cost of a cocktail reception.

Option AII
This option is recommended for first-time conferences that have not as yet had a chance to establish a loyal following or for conferences whose market requires a lower registration fee. It is similar to Option A above but in attempts to offer registration fees at a slightly lower rate, consideration is given to the following:

  • Selection of a reasonably priced venue (i.e. not 5-star deluxe);
  • Standing buffet for lunch rather than sit-down 3 courses;
  • Do not offer pastries with coffee / tea or other additional extras;
  • Offer a CD with the papers rather than in hard copy;
  • Removes all social functions from the budget.

Option B
This option involves working together with another organisation (or tasks are undertaken by members of the organizing committee).
If it involves another organisation, the tasks are split and the financial responsibility divided in accordance with the division of tasks. A typical division of tasks might be as follows:
WLA

  • Budget preparation, registration fee calculation / final account and analysis
  • Publication of flyers and programs; marketing of the conference
  • Liaison with speakers including production of speaker materials

Co-sponsoring Organisation (or possibly members of the organizing committee)

  • Venue search and negotiation of contract
  • Marketing of the conference
  • Processing of registration fees and payment of registration fees
  • On-site administration.

Note: this option can be confusing; the division of tasks must be clear from the outset. Often with this option in order to fall in with other organizations’ policies no staff time is included in the budget.
As noted above, only the WLA may agree that a conference can be jointly organized with another organization. WLA staff will be happy to help if you contact the Head of Conferences (julie.elliott@int-bar.org) with the relevant details.
Option C
This option involves minimal amounts of staff time but does require dedication and time commitment from committee members or members of the organizing committee who are responsible for all organizational and logistical arrangements. The WLA office is on hand to provide guidance and advice and retains responsibility for producing the conference program (in order to provide the WLA branding) but everything else is the responsibility of a local organisation and a local host committee.
This option does put a huge amount of responsibility and workload on the organizers and must be considered carefully before a commitment is made. However this is an excellent option to keep registration fees to an absolute minimum. The financial responsibility and profit / loss would be discussed at the outset.

What is the timeline of marketing activities for an WLA conference?

10 months prior to event (or earlier) – COMMITTEE TO ACTION
Committee meets or has a conference call to discuss roles for the conference and to put the conference to the WLA office for approval. It is crucial at this stage for a detailed list of proposed topics to be given to the WLA as this will be used as a main selling tool for marketing and sponsorship.
Successful marketing of an event is dependent on committees’ assistance in providing personal contacts, organisations or other data which may be used by the WLA marketing department to increase numbers and enhance word-of-mouth on the event.
. – So that the WLA staff can schedule it in, discuss locations and get approval.
9 months prior to event – COMMITTEE TO ACTION
Committee to agree topics and speakers (including reserve speakers) . – This should be done so that WLA marketing and sponsorship can then put together marketing and PR plan surrounding the event and to begin looking for sponsors.
8 months prior to event- WLA OFFICE TO ARRANGE CALL
Introduction made between all WLA staff members involved in the conference including marketing, divisions, conferences and sponsorship and committee members including conference chairs. – To establish who will be looking after what areas, to inform office of speakers and topics and to discuss any further issues.
7.5 months prior to event – COMMITTEE TO ACTION Speaker invitations to be sent out. – These need to be sent at this stage so that potential speakers can save the date in their diary
7 months prior to event – WLA OFFICE TO ARRANGE CALL WLA staff to follow up with organizing committee on their thoughts on marketing plan and the status of conference topics and speakers  . – To discuss progress so far, discuss ideas for marketing plan and to give WLA topics and title so marketing can begin.
-Save the date email blast to be sent at this point if topics titles available
6.5 months prior to event – COMMITTEE TO ACTION Committees to follow up on invitations to speakers and issue invitation to speakers on reserve list – also to finalize topic descriptions  . – In case some of our 1st choice speakers cannot attend.
6.5 months prior to the event – WLA MEETING
Marketing to have a meeting with conference organizer and sponsorship to see what is left to do for the conference program. Review any problems or issues.
Any issues regarding the program, speakers, topics, marketing can be flagged up.

  • 6 months prior to the event – WLA OFFICE TO ARRANGE CALL
  • Final conference call with conference chairs and host/ organizing committee members to check
  • progress of program and confirm delivery of program.
  • . – Details of mailing dates to be finalized.
  • 5.5 months prior to the event
  • Final program due at the WLA office .
  • 4.5 months prior to the event – WLA MARKETING TO ACTION
  • Email blast sent out and program sent to the printers .
  • 4 months prior to the event – WLA MARKETING TO ACTION

Mailing out

Planning tips for organizing a conference

For your assistance, we include some additional points that experience has proven to assist in timely delivery of the conference program:

  • Nominate one committee leader and office bearer or member as conference program coordinator. This person should not be the same person as the conference chair.
  • Individual ownership of this important task, which includes the logistical administrative end, rather than the ‘vision’ or ‘leadership’ end, usually ensures that the program is delivered close to the timeline.
  • Nominate session moderators, who are then subsequently responsible for sourcing and confirming their speakers to the conference program coordinator. This effectively distributes the work to more shoulders.
  • Plan sessions around a smaller number of speakers. Delegates’ comments consistently suggest that most WLA session panels have too many speakers which they feel leaves inadequate time for exploring the legal issues in appropriate depth, as well as inadequate time for Q & A sessions. Additionally delegates consistently indicate that they want to have adequate time and opportunity to interact, and would prefer to have adequate coffee/tea break times, as well as lunches and dinners without keynote speakers. Excerpts from delegate comments are available from WLA staff if requested.

How should speakers be selected?

The selection and briefing of speakers is the responsibility of the conference chair(s). When selecting the speakers, the following must be taken into consideration:

  • No more than one representative from a firm, or alliance of firms, is permitted in any session, including the session chair.
  • Geographical and gender diversity among speakers is desired for all sessions.
  • Representation from the host country and region is desirable where appropriate.
  • It is important however, regardless of diversity issues, not to overload the number of speakers per session, in order to allow a proper analysis and discussion of the topic.

This is the most common feedback we receive from delegates, which panels often have too many speakers which does not allow for proper depth of analysis.

  • Speakers must be expert in the relevant subject and have a good command of English.
  • Speakers should be encouraged to prepare a paper in advance of the conference which can be posted on the WLA website and included on the conference CD.
  • Selecting speakers for an WLA event must NOT be linked to sponsorship discussions or financial arrangements of any kind.

The conference chair(s) is asked to ensure that the program demonstrates a fair balance in firm, individual, geographical and gender representation in general. The conference chair(s) will be requested to correct any over-representation in any of these areas.

Can speakers be reimbursed for expenses?

The conference chair may feel it is vital to the success of a conference that a speaker be present who requires reimbursement of expenses. Provided that there is an item in the conference budget to cover such an expenditure, maximum reimbursement can be as follows:

  • reimbursement of a return economy airfare;
  • reimbursement of two nights’ accommodation at the conference hotel;
  • waiver of registration fee.

Speakers in private practice and corporate counsel speakers shall not be reimbursed except in extraordinary circumstances and with the approval of the WLA Treasurer.

Do speakers pay the registration fees?

Speakers, who are members of the WLA, or eligible for membership, are normally expected to pay the full registration fee.
Speakers from private practice will be required to pay the full registration fee regardless of the amount of time they plan to stay at the conference.
Speakers who are not eligible for membership would not normally be expected to pay a fee.
There may be occasions when exceptions to this policy are appropriate. Exceptions may include speakers who are in-house counsel or regulators. Speakers participating in conferences organized jointly with other organisations may also be exempt from paying a fee. It would, however, be highly unusual for exemptions to be made for lawyers in private practice and prior approval of the WLA Treasurer should always be sought by writing to the Divisions Director (ronnie.hart@worldlawalliance.com).

Do conference chairs and organizing committees pay registration fees?

The Conference Chair’s registration fees and the organizing committee members’ registration fees are not waived except when exceptional circumstances prevail and with approval of the WLA Treasurer.

What are the Annual Conference guidelines for Session Chairs?

Please find the Annual Conference guidelines for Session Chairs here.