e-News: January 21, 2013

NALS e-News
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’” Today marks the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service and Americans across the country are answering that question by volunteering their time to serve their communities. Find out how you can get involved by visiting http://mlkday.gov/.

Deadlines & Reminders

February 1, 2013

Exhibitor Deadline for NALSPD 2013


February 8, 2013

Deadline to Donate Sweepstakes Items for NALSPD 2013


February 13, 2013

Cut off date for hotel block for NALSPD 2013


February 15, 2013

Deadline to purchase ticketed events for NALSPD 2013


Feb. 28-March 2, 2013

NALS 2013 Professional Development & Education Conference (NALSPD)


March 1, 2013

NALS Foundation Grant Deadline


May 1, 2013

Nomination Deadline For NALS Award of Excellence

January Issue of the NALS docket has arrived!

View NALS Committee Volunteer Opportunities! Chair and volunteer positions are available.


Follow the latest updates to NALS online at insideNALS!

Recognition Opportunities

Do you know of an outstanding NALS member who always goes above and beyond? Give that member the recognition they deserve by nominating them for the NALS Member Spotlight Feature of the NALS docket.


Has your NALS state or local chapter been successful with a new program or service recently? Membership numbers on the rise because of a great campaign? Share your success with others by nominating your chapter for the NALS Chapter Spotlight Feature of the NALS docket.

NALS Corporate Sponsors

If you would like information on becoming a NALS Corporate Sponsor, please contact us.
Online Study Group – Week Three

We are on week three of the NALS Online Study Group! So far we have covered the topics of written communications and office procedures and technology. If you have not attended a study session yet, it is not too late to jump in! Join us this Tuesday, January 22, for Ethics, Human Relations, and Judgment Skills. All sessions will begin at 8:00 p.m. CST and pre registration is required. Once you register, you will be emailed instructions for accessing the webinar, including a toll free number and a website link to view the presentation. As always, there will be time for Q & A at the end of the session.



Educational Offerings

Join NALS this Thursday for the last webinar of the month, a great session on Microsoft Word. All sessions will be held at 8 p.m. CST. Registration is required and space is limited, so do not delay! Cost is $35 for NALS members; $50 for non-members, unless listed otherwise.


January 24, 2013  | General Law  |  CLE

Improving MS Word and Reducing Errors – No More Copy & Paste

By Scott Campbell, Director of Digital Experience and Bob Christensen, Director of Customer Service, TheFormTool

The session will discuss five easy ways to use MS Word’s tools to build a basic but powerful forms library; explore ways to use a new (and free!) software add-in for Word to make the process even easier; and, demonstrate how an easy-to-learn and powerful tool can make all your forms so intelligent they will practically complete themselves.

Click here to register!


Trying to plan out the month ahead? Click here for a sneak peak of the great education sessions scheduled for February 2013. Be sure to get some of the dates on your calendar!

Featured Content
By Fran McClean, PLS
When you think of client service, what comes to mind? Think about it. Client service is all about how we treat our clients. Take a moment to think about your day. Are you providing excellent or proper client service (both internally and externally)? If you are not sure how you can [...]…»


By Terry Houston, PP Emerita, Chair, NALS Ethics Series Task Force
The NALS Ethics Series is taking a new tact this year, redirecting its focus to current ethics issues that apply to everyone employed in the legal industry, lawyers and non lawyers alike. What has been interesting about the research for this article is the [...]…»

NALS Foundation Sweepstakes

The NALS Foundation is seeking donated items for the annual sweepstakes to be held during the 2013 Professional Development & Education Conference in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Items may be donated by individuals, groups, local chapters, state associations, regions, etc. We will gladly accept all donations. Items such as handcrafted wares, purchased items, gift certificates, etc. are welcome. Donated items, along with Sweepstakes Donation Form, MUST be received at the NALS Resource Center no later than February 8, 2013.


Donors that prefer to hand-carry their donated items to the conference MUST submit a Sweepstakes Donation Form no later than February 8, 2013 for items to be accepted.


Tickets for the sweepstakes will be available for sale throughout the conference. Sweepstakes participants will have the option of choosing the item(s) they would like to win by placing their tickets in the corresponding bag(s).

Call For Legal Vendors!

Exhibit opportunities are now available for NALS 2013 conferences!
NALS invites all legal support industry vendors to participate as exhibitors and/or sponsors during our Spring and Fall conferences, both of which are excellent opportunities to promote products and services to legal support staff nationwide.
2013 Professional Development & Education Conference will be held in the historic city of Tulsa, Oklahoma on February 27-March 2, 2013. Deadline to reserve booth space is February 1, 2013.
62nd Annual Education Conference & National Forum will be held in the beautiful Atlanta, Georgia on October 17-21, 2013. Deadline to reserve booth space is August 1, 2013.
Know of any great vendors in your area who could benefit from these opportunities? Be sure to provide them with the links above and tell them to ask April about the double conference discount!

Check out www.nals.org for more information and news from NALSthe association for legal professionals.
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