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Professional Development Goals. Where do you begin?

Posted By The 2016-2017 NALS Board, Thursday, February 16, 2017

Professional Development GoalsThe November 1981 issue of Management Review contained a paper by George T. Doran called There's a S.M.A.R.T. Way to Write Management's Goals and Objectives. It discussed the importance of objective goals and the difficulty in setting them.


The SMART method can be applied to setting professional development goals. SMART is a mnemonic device for remembering five characteristics of a desirable goal. The exact word that corresponds with each letter varies, but a common variant is:

  • Specific –  What are you going to do? Why is this important? What do you want to ultimately accomplish?
  • Measurable –   If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it. Establish a concrete criteria for measuring progress.
  • Attainable –   You will feel a little stretched, but with real commitment you should be able to do this!
  • Realistic –   Be clear on how what you’re doing is going to benefit you. It will go a long way to keep you motivated.
  • Timely –   By when? “Someday” is not an answer. Establish an end date. Hold yourself to it.

As the economy fluctuates and business priorities change, funding for employee professional development is often the first to be cut. It is no secret professional development allows us, as employees, to function more efficiently and prepares us for future roles.


NALS continues to recognize the importance of professional development and we’re very excited to offer a new way for you to have access to the wealth of knowledge our membership holds. The Ed on Demand Task Force is diligently working on an NALS 2017 Virtual Leadership Course and Education Series. You are now able to invest in yourself and your career whenever it is convenient for YOU. Our goal is to equip you, our members, with the skills to keep up with the changing trends in the legal support profession, perfect your current skills, learn new skills to align yourself with new job opportunities, and learn tips and tricks to make your NALS chapter more successful.

 

Dale Smith Thomas, our keynote speaker at the 2016 NALS Murfreesboro Conference, very clearly advised, “Any goal that isn’t written down is a wish.” Having a place where you can create a list of things you want to accomplish, track your progress, and hold yourself accountable is the recipe for success! Now that you know what you want, let us help you get there. Register today for NALS’ first ever online leadership course and education series and take the first step to reaching your professional development goals!

 


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http://community.mis.temple.edu/mis0855002fall2015/files/2015/10/S.M.A.R.T-Way-Management-Review.pdf  

 

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Many Hands Make Light Work: Why YOU Should Be A NALS Volunteer

Posted By The NALS Board, Tuesday, January 17, 2017

We have all heard this idiom before, but have you ever thought of it when you think about all the opportunities and benefits that NALS provides to you, both professionally and personally?  Volunteering for anything—whether for an association, for a charity, or for a project at work or in your local area—offers more than just a benefit for the community you are serving.  

 
According to an article in Forbes, there are five benefits to volunteering that many do not often realize are possible,:

  1. Volunteering time makes you feel like you have more time.  Surprisingly, research has shown that individuals who give time to a cause outside of their regular work or personal routines often feel as if they have more time. We know there are only 24 hours in a day, but wouldn’t it be nice to feel you are not as rushed because you are remarkably accomplishing more in that time frame than you thought possible?

  2. Volunteering your skills helps you develop new skills. Before you volunteered, did you know how to organize a big fundraising event or lay out a newsletter or build a website?  Learning new skills is just one of the many benefits of volunteering.  Employers and organizations have found the technical and leadership skills that people attain through volunteering to be beneficial, and thus many have begun to invest more in those programs and in the people who seek out volunteer opportunities.

  3. Volunteering your body helps you have a healthier body.  When you volunteer, you increase your physical activity level and some have even been able to combat depression through social activity.  Studies have even shown that volunteering can lower your risk of heart disease.  This sure sounds easier than going on a strict diet, doesn’t it?

  4. Volunteering your experience helps build your experience.  This may seem like a no-brainer statement, but many who have taken time to volunteer have gained enough experience to make a career switch or bolster their résumé enough to advance beyond their current positions.  Have you been looking to expand your role at work, make more money, or broaden your experience base?  Volunteering can help you do just that!

  5. Volunteering your love makes you feel more love.  Studies have found the more people volunteer, the happier they are.  “Volunteering builds empathy, strengthens social bonds and makes you smile.”  Disneyland may arguably have the right to call itself “the happiest place on Earth,” but shouldn’t you also be able to make your heart the “happiest place” anywhere?  Volunteering with friends helps get you to that place.

 

NALS has many opportunities for volunteers.  No job is too big or too small when many people get together to do their little bit to advance the greater mission.  

  • Are you afraid to try something new?  Well, we have awesome and skilled volunteer leaders and staff who can help you whenever you have questions.  

  • Don’t have too much time to give?  NALS has task forces and committees which can offer smaller opportunities to contribute for limited periods of time or engagement.  

  • Not sure where to look to volunteer?  Look no further than our website for opportunities big and small, short- and long-term.  And if you are confused as to where you think you might fit in, you can always reach out to a board member (email us at board@nals.org) or to any NALS Resource staff member, and we will be happy to talk to you about your interests and find a place for you.

 


CLICK HERE TO VIEW NALS VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

 

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Celebrate Good Times, Come On!

Posted By The NALS Board , Tuesday, November 1, 2016

If you missed the 2016 National Education Conference and Forum, you missed a celebration!

 

We kicked the party off with a wine and cheese reception, then on to pajama parties in the bar.  The next night there was a meet and greet in the Golda Suite.  We also had some "celebrities" who attended the Friday night Foundation event: Dolly Pardon, Naomi and Wynona Judd, folks who saved horses and rode cowboys, and Sugarland too.  The final night was the Nashville Nights & Lights tour of beautiful downtown Nashville, Tennessee.  Thanks to the Nashville task force, there was tons of education.  The speakers gave us tools to take back into our work environments and the exhibitors were awesome!  The NALS Foundation sweepstakes was a hit as usual and some pretty cool prizes were won.  This year the Board wanted to show their appreciation to the committees by inviting the committee members to breakfast.  We are so thankful to have such dedicated members to serve on various committees at the national level.  We wrapped up the party with awesome roundtable discussions where the members shared their feedback about our association. 

 

During the forum and throughout the conference, members shared suggestions, which we encourage you to do at any time.  One of those suggestions, which we have heard often, was to offer the conference sessions online for those who cannot attend.  You asked, we heard and, with the help of the NALS Foundation, the Board set of goal to raise $5,000 to purchase recording equipment.  There is still an opportunity to donate to this project.  Please visit the NALS Foundation at http://www.nals.org/?page=foundation for more information.  Also, be on the lookout for future sessions available in digital format.

 

The Board would like to encourage states and chapters to invite surrounding states and chapter members to your conferences and meetings.  There are several chapters in need of new ideas on member recruiting and other helpful suggestions.  If your chapter is thriving, tell us what is working for you.  Share that information so we can help those chapters in need.  We also encourage you to cross-market.  Do not limit the association to just those in the legal community.  Tell everybody!

 

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So, bring your good times and your laughter too.  We're gonna celebrate and have a party with you!  We want to hear from you and we definitely want to see you in Norfolk, Virginia, for the 2017 National Education Conference and Forum.

 

As always, we look forward to hearing from you.

 

Sincerely,  The NALS Board

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NALS Board Adopts ABA Resolution

Posted By NALS Admin, Wednesday, February 24, 2016

As the Board looks toward the future -- and in light of recent changes in the profession and the landscape of legal services -- and in the interests of promoting access to justice, NALS has adopted the American Bar Association's Resolution 105, ABA Model Regulatory Objectives for the Provision of Legal Services, dated February 2016. 

 

At the February 24, 2016 meeting of the Board of Directors of NALS … the association for legal professionals (the “Association”), a resolution was proposed and approved by the board. Click here to read the full resolution.


- 2016 NALS Board of Directors

 

 

 

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A New Year Equals New Beginnings

Posted By NALS Admin, Friday, January 1, 2016
Updated: Tuesday, February 2, 2016

A New Year Equals New Beginnings


2016 has arrived and we have an exciting year ahead. Just around the corner is the final NALS Professional Development & Education Conference in Tulsa, Oklahoma. You will not want to miss it! Ensure you have made your hotel reservations at the Doubletree Warren Place to get the NALS special rate. The room reservation deadline of February 10 is fast approaching. The NALS rate will only be available until the block is full or February 10, whichever comes first. 

 

We hope you will also make plans to attend and be a part of the Grassroots-Level Think Tank (GLTT). The GLTT will be held at the conference on Thursday, February 25, at 9:00 a.m. The GLTT will meet with the NALS Board of Directors to brainstorm and develop the purpose and direction of the association. Our facilitator will again be Jay Moore. To learn more and sign up for the Grassroots-Level Think Tank, please visit: www.nals.org/GLTT 


NALS Adds Specialty Areas to Its Specialty Certificate Program


NALS is pleased to announce the addition of seventeen new specialty topics to its Specialty Certificate Program! Featuring a new total of twenty-one specialty offerings, the NALS Specialty Certification program will be even better designed to assist legal professionals who wish to go above and beyond, set themselves apart from the competition, and make their area of expertise known! By providing these additional specialty options, NALS is allowing a wider range of professionals to demonstrate their expertise in specialized areas of law and obtain recognition for their efforts. A full list of Specialty Certificate options are below: 

 

Administrative Law

Appellate Law

Bankruptcy Law

Business Law

Civil Litigation

Contract Law

Corporate Law

Criminal Law

E-Discovery

Elder Law

Employment Law 

Estate Planning/Probate

Family Law

Immigration Law

Insurance Law

Intellectual Property 

Juvenile Law

Law Office Management

Personal Injury Law

Real Estate Law

Trial Management

 

Any individual currently holding a NALS Professional Paralegal (PP) or Professional Legal Secretary (PLS) certification may obtain a specialty certificate after earning a minimum of 50 continuing legal education (CLE) hours in one of the specialty tracks designated by NALS within their five-year certification validity period.

 

- NALS 2015 Board of Directors

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Asked And Answered

Posted By NALS Admin, Wednesday, November 4, 2015

WE Asked and YOU Answered!  

As NALS leaders, we have asked a lot of the entire membership over the past couple of years.  We asked you to consider the future of our association as you voted to change our governance structure to a five-member board.  After that measure passed, we have asked you to answer multiple surveys and provide continuing feedback to a number of questions we posed on a variety of subjects.  We have asked and you have answered time and time again.  We ask you to continue to engage with us so that we can continue to bring you products and services which provide value to you as a NALS member and to your career as a legal professional. 

 

NALS Award of Excellence

Three very deserving members were selected as finalists for NALS’ highest recognition, the Award of Excellence.  Kathleen R. Amirante, PP, PLS; Ruth Schaub, PP, PLS-SC, AIC; and Kathy Sieckman, PP, PLS-SC, ACP rose to the challenge by going through the rigorous process leading up to the announcement of the 2016 Award of Excellence recipient.  We congratulate Kathleen R. Amirante, PP, PLS, our 2016 NALS Award of Excellence recipient!  You and both of our finalists are outstanding in your accomplishments and should be recognized for all that you have done and continue to do in performance of your jobs and in service to NALS members and the legal community at large.  Bravo!

 

Grassroots Level Think Tank (“GLTT”)

Beginning in March 2015, this group of forward-thinking individuals, which included members, chapter leaders, and national volunteers began to meet to discuss the future of the association.  The GLTT gives members and leaders the opportunity to gather together and share experiences, find bright spots, spark innovation, and design solutions for the future—all in hopes of making NALS work better for its members and the legal community.  As a result, we have begun to discuss what is—and what is not—working within our organization and start the process of brainstorming potential improvements that will meet the needs of our members at all levels.  As we shared with you in the May 2015 issue of the NALS docket, the GLTT identified four topics that are most critical to NALS members and to legal professionals:  time, cost, value, and identity.  Most of what the Board and NALS committee members have been working on in recent months has centered around these topics.  

 

But this conversation is not over.  We are still inviting everyone to be a part of this continuing dialogue.  The next in-person meeting of the GLTT will be in Tulsa at the Professional Development & Education Conference in late February.  You can sign up to participate on our website at www.nals.org/GLTT.  We hope you will join us so we can hear from you.

 

Conference Survey Recap 

We know the value of your time and your money is very important to you.  Because of this, we asked NALS members and other legal professionals to answer a survey dealing with conferences.  The purpose of this survey was to take the pulse of where people stand, what people want, and what is most important to conference attendees.  Here are some of the highlights of what respondents said:

 

64% want to attend a conference once a year

65% prefer to attend a conference in the fall

43% want to attend either a two-day conference on Friday and Saturday or a three-day conference on a Thursday through Saturday

67% say they prefer one event containing both CLE and leadership opportunities

38% would prefer to attend a conference where half a day is spent on education and the other half on leadership/professional development

52% said that hotel room rates are more important than destination

63% want social networking events and luncheons included in the cost of registration

 

YOU asked and WE answered!

As a result of your input and engagement when we asked the questions, we have been able to answer with a variety of changes to our products and services.  And that action has not and will not stop.  We are committed to continuing to serve the needs of the legal professional through the delivery of quality legal education, offering and promoting professional certifications, and providing opportunities for networking and continuous learning.  We are thrilled to announce some of the following additions and changes to NALS products and services, all for your benefit.

 

New Specialty Certificates

Beginning in January 2016, NALS will begin to offer a total of 21 specialty certificates in the following areas:

 

Administrative Law

Appellate Law

Bankruptcy Law

Business Law

Civil Litigation

Contract Law

Corporate Law

Criminal Law

E-Discovery

Elder Law

Employment Law

Estate Planning/Probate

Family Law

Immigration Law

Insurance Law

Intellectual Property 

Juvenile Law

Law Office Management

Personal Injury Law

Real Estate Law

Trial Management

 

With the addition of these specialty areas, we have answered the requests of many members for NALS to provide more opportunities for members’ certifications to stand out.  A specialty certificate is perfect for the certified PLS and PP who seek to go above and beyond—setting themselves apart from the competition—and making their area of expertise known!  We encourage everyone to look at obtaining a specialty certificate as an opportunity to further enhance your careers and NALS certifications.  

 

NALS Mock Exams—Online!  

With advances in technology, and in response to the stated desires of students and those teaching and studying for NALS certification exams, it is time for our association to “get with the times.”  You have asked for it and we are answering.  Thanks in large part to a grant from the NALS Foundation and the hard work of dedicated committee volunteers, NALS is pleased to announce it will soon be rolling out a new, robust LMS (learning management system) which will give us the ability to provide mock exams online and later, even certification exams!  By the spring of 2016, we will be in beta-delivery mode of mock exams for the ALP (Accredited Legal Professional) exams, with later releases of the other certifications’ mock exams as they are developed.  As each stage of this developing project is ready for launch, we will continue to update you.

 

Partnering with Related Legal Associations 

Adding value to your membership with NALS is just one of the many things your Board is committed to achieving.  Acting on the suggestions of the GLTT, the Board has been actively pursuing partnerships with related legal associations, such as the Association of Legal Administrators (ALA), the American Association for Paralegal Education (AAfPE), and others.  Our hopes are that, as we continue to build relationships with the many players in the legal industry, NALS will be better positioned to serve the needs of legal professionals throughout the entire country and beyond.  That being said, the process is ongoing.  As more comes out of these continuing conversations, we will be sure to let you know.  Promoting you as a professional and as an indispensable asset to employers and the legal community is just a part of our mission.

 

NALS Conferences

It is no secret that it has been getting more difficult and more expensive for members to attend two conferences each year.  Often, you have been forced to make the choice between one or the other—either because of time concerns, financial strains, or other considerations.  An overwhelming majority of those we have polled have responded they think only one conference a year is needed and/or possible given their limited means.  Because of this, and after careful consideration of the results of the conference survey (discussed above) and the fact that we have had declining numbers at the annual Tulsa conference in recent years, the Board has voted to offer only one dynamic and comprehensive education and leadership conference each year in the fall.  

 

Consequently, this makes our upcoming NALS 2016 Professional Development & Education Conference in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the last one to be offered in the late winter/early spring.  This is not sad news, we say, but an opportunity to answer the needs of many.

 

What does one conference a year look like? Merging a robust professional development and leadership-training track into one fantastic multi-track education conference is the vehicle which will take us into the next outstanding chapter of the association’s future.  NALS will continue to offer superior continuing legal education alongside opportunities to obtain the skills, qualifications, and experience that allow you to make progress in your career.  We are confident we have nothing to lose and everything to gain by delivering what you and your peers have been asking for.

 

Free Certification Exams  

Yes, you read that right.  Aside from the prospect of joining us to celebrate the next chapter in NALS conference offerings and kicking off a new NALS leadership term, the NALS Board has voted to offer certification exams—completely free of charge—at the final Tulsa conference in February 2016.  If you have been holding off on taking a NALS certification exam or retaking parts of an exam, now is the time to take advantage of this limited-time offer.  Free exams will be offered to anyone who is fully registered to attend the 2016 NALS Professional Development & Education Conference—this is a savings of anywhere from $40 to $225!  

 

The exams will be offered on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at the DoubleTree Warren Place (6110 South Yale Avenue in Tulsa) prior to the regular conference scheduling. This will give you the ability to take advantage of the full conference education, committee orientations, or the opportunity to participate with the Grassroots Level Think Tank (GLTT), if you are so inclined.  

 

To participate in this free examination opportunity, you must be registered and paid in full for the NALS 2016 Professional Development & Education Conference. There is a ticketed event called “NALS Certification Exam” listed on the registration form. Once your registration is fully processed and the “NALS Certification Exam” ticketed event option is selected, the NALS Resource Center staff will send you a promo code via email. Once this promo code is received, you may then complete the application process for the exam of your choosing for the March 2016 exam period, listing the NALS 2016 Professional Development & Education Conference as your test site. The promo code will reduce the amount due to zero once you reach the payment page. The deadline to apply for this free examination opportunity is January 15, 2016. To view full details, please visit: www.nals.org/news/258237

 

We know that this is a lot to digest and take in and we are sure that you will have more comments and suggestions you would like to share with us as we go forward.  Please remember you can always reach us by email (board@nals.org) or through our NALS website contact forms.  Our Resource Center staff is also available to answer questions.  We are always listening and doing what we can to answer your concerns.  So keep engaging!

 

Until next month ….

 

- NALS 2015 Board of Directors

 

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GLTT and Volunteer Opportunities!

Posted By NALS Admin, Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Updated: Thursday, September 10, 2015

Grassroots-Level Think Tank Returns to NALS 2016 Professional Development & Education Conference

Last year during the NALS 2015 Professional Development & Education Conference, NALS introduced the Grassroots-Level Think Tank (GLTT), a diverse group of volunteer leaders interested in sharing experiences, finding bright spots, creating new innovation, designing solutions for the future, and making this association work better for its members and the legal community. 


Due to the success of the first GLTT meeting, NALS will be bringing this event back! The second in-person meeting will be held at NALS 2016 Professional Development & Education Conference in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Thursday, February 25, 2016, at 9:00 a.m. Make plans now to be part of the decision-making process for the future of your association! NALS encourages last year’s GLTT participants to attend and is again extending an open invitation to ALL! NALS highly encourages state and local chapters to send representatives to participate. Students, members-at-large, and members who are NOT involved in chapter leadership are encouraged to attend as well. Our only requirement is that you are passionate about the future of NALS and desire to make a difference. If this describes you or someone you know, then this Think Tank is the perfect fit! This significant Think Tank will meet with the NALS Board of Directors to brainstorm and develop the purpose and direction of the association. To learn more and sign up for the Grassroots-Level Think Tank, please visit: www.nals.org/GLTT.


Volunteer Opportunities Coming Soon! 

The NALS Board of Directors is actively engaged in analyzing the challenges and opportunities for the association and they need a great team to join them as they begin to shape the future of NALS. That is where YOU come in! Start thinking now about your volunteerism for the year ahead. NALS will soon be seeking volunteers for the 2016-2017 year. Whether you join a project-based task force or a year-long standing committee, your level of involvement and participation is up to you! 


You will have FUN getting to know and working with other NALS members from around the country. Additionally, you will gain a sense of pride and accomplishment seeing your work come to fruition. Watch future publications for more details about how to engage, inspire, enhance, and promote NALS by accepting the challenge to make a difference! 


- NALS 2015 Board of Directors

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Inherent Need for Constant Change—In NALS and in the Legal Industry

Posted By NALS Admin, Saturday, August 1, 2015
Updated: Thursday, September 10, 2015

One of the many reasons that NALS is THE association for legal professionals is our diversity of membership. Our members range from legal secretaries, paralegals, and legal assistants, to paralegal educators, judicial administrative staff, court reporters, and more. In 1785, the poet William Cowper first penned—in his very appropriately titled work, The Task—“Variety is the very spice of life, [t]hat gives it all its flavor.” And our association, as well as its membership, is a working model of this now famously adopted and oft-repeated proverb. 

 

And with diversity comes the inherent need for constant change. Our national association has undergone changes in the areas of governance, technology, as well as in the way we deliver products and services to the legal industry. We have delivered a new website, with many useful features like our forums, which have proven to also be a tremendous association management and networking tool. The value of a NALS membership is increased through our offering of a discount program through Your Membership Rewards. With help from the NALS Foundation, NALS was able to deliver a new “version 1.0” mobile app, NALS2GO, giving people access to NALS while on-the-go and on a variety of mobile platforms. NALS has also updated our Career Center to assist members and their employers to easily and affordably match available jobs with qualified job seekers. And the list goes on and on . . .

 

The flowing landscape of the legal industry is naturally no different than our association by way of initiating changes to benefit the legal community. As you may or may not have already heard, in 2012, the state of Washington became the first to approve a new “class” of legal professional—the Limited License Legal Technician (LLLT). Just this June, seven people passed the examination to become LLLTs in the state of Washington. Other states, like California, have also taken notice of the actions of their neighbors to the northwest and have begun exploring this trend as a possibility in their states.

 

Why is this important to mention to our members? Well, did you know that there is still a window of time for a “limited waiver” of the education prerequisites for taking the LLLT examination? Until December 2016, and in lieu of the required education, individuals who have passed the NALS Professional Paralegal (PP) certification exam, are current and active on their PP certification, and can provide proof of 10 years or more substantive law-related experience (within the 15 years preceding the application) may be eligible to take the LLLT exam. If approved for a waiver, the individual will have until December 2018 to sit for the exam.

 

Even for individuals who do not live in the state of Washington, this is still an opportunity for advancement and enhancement of your career and is even more proof that while the industry evolves, so must we as an association and as individuals. Being competent, qualified, and knowledgeable in our careers is just one of the many spices we add to our lives. NALS strives to engage, inspire, enhance, and promote the legal industry, its members, and all members of the legal community. We hope you are as excited as we are about the constantly evolving nature of things in our association and our industry.

 

- NALS 2015 Board of Directors

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Feedback Requested Regarding Future Structure of NALS Conferences

Posted By NALS Admin, Thursday, July 9, 2015

The NALS Board of Directors is working hard to analyze each program and service that is offered by the association, and conversations have begun regarding the future structure of our national conferences. NALS is already contracted for the Professional Development & Education Conference in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in February 2016 and the Education Conference & National Forum in Nashville/Murfreesboro, Tennessee, in October 2016, however; before we contract any further out, we want to hear from the membership. 

 

We have obtained feedback from some who would prefer that NALS transition to one conference per year. Please tell us what you think. Would you prefer one conference per year? Would you prefer two conferences per year? What time of the year would be best for you to attend a NALS conference? Is there particular programming you would like to see at at future conference? Please share your thoughts with us! Send your comments to: board@nals.org. Your feedback will be used to formulate a more in-depth survey, which will then assist us in gathering the necessary data to make decisions for future conference structures. 

 

- NALS 2015 Board of Directors

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Time, Cost, Value, and Identity

Posted By NALS Admin, Monday, May 4, 2015
Updated: Thursday, July 9, 2015

It has only been a little over two months since the NALS Grassroots Level Think Tank (“GLTT”) met for the first time in Tulsa, and the Board of Directors is still talking about it. While many of you were attending your annual meetings, the NALS Board met in April to continue to elaborate upon the important topics shared during the GLTT meeting: time, cost, value, and identity. 

 

Time is precious and there are many things in our lives competing for our time—work, family, volunteering, vacationing, social media, educational demands, etc. NALS must be respectful of time commitments and constraints upon the lives of legal professionals. Costs of products, services, meetings, and conferences must be examined to deliver a return on investment of time and cost, which will deliver an appreciated value that we can use in our busy lives and will be considered a benefit to us in our legal careers. And finally, without widespread understanding or recognition in the legal community, there is confusion about the identity and purpose of NALS. To address these important issues, the Board is serious about making NALS the place people want to spend their precious time and money. NALS wants YOU to benefit from the valuable certifications and educational opportunities and network with like-minded people in this great association for legal professionals. 

 

The Board is discussing many different options for the future of NALS, and with the new NALS website, we will be able to provide additional value for all members. We are reviewing methods for making online practice tests and exams available, expanding our career center to assist members and employers, creating a buyers’ guide, and offering valuable mentoring opportunities. We are also examining partnerships to offer online platforms for CLE and specialty legal education, the location and frequency of national conferences, and the structure in which education is presented online and at national conferences. NALS’ focus and purpose is to provide certification, education, and networking for legal professionals in a vibrant and valuable manner, which will strengthen the legal community and continue to grow NALS in the future.

 

The Board of Directors heard the membership at the GLTT. We wish to continue to hear from you and encourage you to complete a survey concerning conference needs and desires, which will be available in the coming months in the NALS docket. Please feel free to contact the NALS Board of Directors at board@nals.org with any concerns, questions, or comments. Thank you for your dedication to NALS!

 

- NALS 2015 Board of Directors

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