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Officer Roster Form

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NALS Guide to Model Competencies For Legal Secretaries, Vol. II Debuts!

By Marsha Watson Smitherman, PP, PLS We wrapped up Volume I of the NALS Guide to Model Competencies for Legal Secretaries late last year with the presentation of the finished Volume I.  It is high time we began to present Volume II.  To refresh your memory, we have been exploring the concept of competencies, which […]

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FREE BOOK! Great NALS Member Benefit!

By Marsha Watson Smitherman, PP, PLS Some of you have been watching the NALS Guide to Model Competencies for Legal Secretaries in progress.  Some of you may be new to this online publication.  What we’re offering you today is the complete NALS Guide To Model Competencies for Legal Secretaries, Volume I.  We’ve spent the last […]

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Chapter Start-Up Guide

You can start a NALS chapter in YOUR area.  All it takes is interested, dedicated people.  Together, you’ll be able to choose the name of your chapter association, what educational topics are chosen for your continuing legal education seminars, how often you meet, where meetings are held.  You’ll also be able to create the governing […]

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How the Employee Should Handle Competency-Based Reviews

By Marsha Watson Smitherman, PP, PLS One of the final components we will consider about competencies is how they alter the traditional review processes.  Employees are often accustomed to check-box reviews or reviews with scales of 1 to 5 indicating their performance in a given area.  Competencies are intended to revolutionize the review process and […]

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How the Boss Uses Competencies

By Marsha Watson Smitherman, PP, PLS While there are a number of ways competencies can be used, as we discussed in Section V, the most common is in the employee performance review process.  Competencies differ from standard job descriptions here in that they are not just used to identify employee strengths and weaknesses over the […]

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Why Certify If You Are Over 50?

By Vicky C. LaPradd, PP, PLS NALS Membership Committee, 2011-2012 Want to feel really good about yourself?  Want to stand out from your co-workers?  Want that feeling to last and last and last?  If you answered “yes” to any of those questions, then I’ve got the answer for you.  Become certified! Nothing, well almost absolutely […]

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Ethics Series – Pro Bono Service

By JoAnn Wenmoth, PLS Ethics Series Task Force Chair Most people know the value and importance of public service.  It is just as important, if not more so, that members of the legal profession participate in pro bono and other public service.  Public service comes in many forms including, but not limited to, pro bono […]

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What Does a Legal Secretary Do, Anyway?

By Marsha Watson Smitherman, PP, PLS Of course we all know what we do, but the point of model competencies is to examine not only what we do, but how we do it and how we can do it better.  The committee that developed The NALS Guide to Model Competencies for Legal Secretaries developed a […]

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Writing Model Competencies

By Marsha Watson Smitherman, PP, PLS Now that you know what a competency is, how it is defined, some of the language that goes with competencies, and how it differs from a traditional job description, you’re ready to learn how to create them. As you’ll learn in Section VI of The NALS Guide to Model […]

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