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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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NALSPD 2015 Recap

Posted By NALS Admin, Monday, April 6, 2015
Updated: Thursday, July 9, 2015

The NALS 2015 Professional Development and Education Conference was held February 26-28, 2015, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Various members from around the country were in attendance and were able to learn, network, and expand their leadership experience within NALS. Attendees participated in break out sessions where they were able to network and learn from leaders holding similar leadership positions within their local and/or state chapters. They gained knowledge and new ideas to grow their chapters. 

 

The NALS Board encouraged the members in attendance to explore the up and coming “Generation Y” and change their chapters’ current way of thinking and views on their local and state levels. There were numerous Generation Y NALS members in attendance who were able to share great insights, ideas, and opinions on the future of our association. The NALS Board invited the membership to read the book “Knowing Y.” This book shares various ideas and explains the mindset and many views of Generation Y.

 

Great CLE and leadership sessions were presented at the 2015 NALS Professional Development and Education Conference that allowed those in attendance to gain up to 12.5 hours of CLE credit. 

 

Please take the time to register for the 64th Annual Education Conference & National Forum to be held October 8-10, 2015, in Las Vegas, Nevada! Additionally, mark your calendars for next year’s Professional Development and Education Conference to be held February 25-27, 2016. 

 

- NALS 2015 Board of Directors

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Are You Ready for Generation Y?

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

It is important that we prepare for our future to ensure we have one. Knowing Y: Engage the Generation Now by Sarah L. Sladek is a must read. The world around us is changing quickly and we must adapt to survive. For the first time in a long time the Boomers do not hold the majority of workers in the work force. As of 2015 Generation Y holds the majority of workers in the work force. What does that mean for you, to your company, to your state or chapter or even your national association? Generation Y engages differently and we need to understand and adapt to remain relevant.

 

We must evolve; the behaviors and choices of younger generations have historically been an indicator of the future workplace, consumer and economic trends. If we ignore the shift, we do so at our own peril. 

 

So how do we engage Generation Y? How do we adapt to what they need for the future? What changes will we see in our office structures and how we accomplish our jobs? We challenge you to read the book Knowing Y: Engage the Generation Now by Sarah L. Sladek and then share your thoughts with us. What is your perspective on the solutions or recommendation you can make for your office, your profession, and your association? Be a resource to your employer on the emerging trends. You can send your comments to board@nals.org. We look forward to hearing your perspective on what is needed to prepare for a strong future for yourself, your office, your profession, and your association. Watch for more information and your feedback in future issues of the NALS docket.

 

We also recommend you make plans to join us in Las Vegas on October 8-10 for the NALS Education Conference. Plans are already underway to make this a wonderful education and networking experience. Get involved with your association at all levels!

 

- NALS 2015 Board of Directors

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"NALS2GO" App Available For Download!

Posted By NALS Admin, Thursday, December 18, 2014

The NALS Board of Directors is very excited to announce that as of today NALS new mobile application, NALS2GO, is available for download in three of the top marketplaces—Apple iTunes Store, Google Play Store, and Amazon App Store! Read the official press release for more details about the app and how to download, or if you are on a mobile device simply visit the app landing page to download immediately! 

 

Below is a video from the Board regarding this exciting news. Please watch and share with others!

 

 

 

- NALS 2014-2015 Board of Directors


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Recap: 63rd Annual Education Conference & National Forum

Posted By NALS Admin, Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Attendees from across the United States converged on the Crowne Plaza Houston for the NALS 63rd Annual Education Conference & National Forum from Thursday through Saturday, October 2-4. The Houston Association of Legal Professionals (HALP) was responsible for recruiting some amazing speakers that offered more than 17 hours of CLE focusing on litigation/civil law, corporate law, real estate, estate planning/family law, and general law. 

 

We began the conference with our keynote speaker, Courtney Clark, who shared with us how to gain perspective.  We gain perspective by i) giving back; ii) understanding that no matter how low you are someone still needs your help; and iii) when we are under a lot of pressure, we hit a greater height.  We left this amazing, thought-provoking, life-challenging session knowing that It's About How You Deal, Not What You're Dealt. After the keynote speaker, there were four concurrent sessions to choose from every two hours over the three days of sessions.  The speakers ranged from a certified graphoanalyst sharing with us the Seven Significant Signs of a Serious Liar, to a session on the Workflows with Acrobat XI, to ethics and estate administration, to learning exactly What the Frack is Fracking and so much more.  HALP did a fabulous job at recruiting wonderful speakers!

 

On Thursday during the Exhibitors’ Luncheon, we had the pleasure of hearing from each exhibiting company who was present at the conference.  This is always a treat because you get to hear exactly what each sponsor has to offer.  It is great for us because even if we do not need their services at the time, we have the opportunity to share their services with others in the legal industry. Wrapping up Thursday evening was the NALS Welcome Party. It was a fabulous time and we were able to wind down from the day’s CLE sessions, meet new attendees, spend time with old friends and, of course, dance the night away!

 

This year we also had the opportunity to network with attendees in our particular area of practices at the Networking Lounges.  We hope you had an opportunity to network with other attendees at this conference. As we know, networking is a valuable asset of attending a NALS conference and the Networking Luncheon on Friday gave everyone in attendance the ability and opportunity to network with attendees, exchange contact information, and enjoy each other’s company.

 

The NALS Foundation Gala-Houston Hoedown on Friday evening proved to be a wonderful night! Everyone came dressed in their best western attire and learned new line dances. The highlight of the evening ended up being a "Jail and Bail" fundraiser where over 40 people were "arrested" and forced to either pay bail, do their time in jail, or have fun and participate in one of the activities that eventually produced their freedom.  It was a great night and the NALS Foundation raised $805 at this event!! There were some fabulous live auction, silent auction, and sweepstakes items to be won and acquired over the course of the conference as well, and Leslie Keys did not disappoint us with her live auction skills! Overall the NALS Foundation raised a whopping $14,153. 

  

Every year during the Recognition Luncheon on Saturday afternoon we recognize NALS volunteers, certified attendees, and present the prestigious NALS Award of Excellence. Doris T. Compton, PP, PLS-SC (AR), Nancy M. Gates, PP, PLS (MS), and Tara Hughes, PP-SC, ACP (AZ) were the three finalists for this year's AOE. Each of these ladies have made amazing contributions to NALS and to the legal industry as a whole.  Tara Hughes, PP-SC, ACP of Arizona was announced as the 2014 NALS Award of Excellence recipient! Congratulations to these fabulous ladies; they are all winners! 

 

Finally, after all the CLE sessions, networking events, lunches, and dinners, everyone had the opportunity to join the NALS Board for an Open Forum.  During this session, the Board shared information regarding the new NALS website which launched on September 1, the new NALS App—which is in the final approval stages—and the new opportunity to pay conference fees in two installments, with the first installment due by the Early Bird Deadline and the second installment due by the Regular Deadline. The Board also shared that NALS is seeking volunteers, who are interested in being at the table and who understand the value of the grassroots-levels of NALS, to participate in a brand new Grassroots-Level Think Tank! NALS is better because of YOUR input and suggestions.  The formation of the Grassroots-Level Think Tank will bring members and leaders together to share their experiences, their bright spots in their local chapters, the ability to create new innovations, and allow NALS to work for its members and the legal community.  If you are ready to participate, click here to read more about the GLTT and sign up today!  To help attendees offset some of their conference expenses, the NALS Foundation is offering a select number of $150 scholarships.  If you are interested in receiving a scholarship to participate in the GLTT and attend the NALS 2015 Education Conference & National Forum in Tulsa this February, please complete and submit the Scholarship Application before Saturday, November 15. Two videos from the Board are below. These videos highlight and further explain some of the announcements listed above. Please watch and share with others!

 

 

 

After the NALS Board shared their updates to members in attendance at the Open Forum they opened up the floor to the members who voiced their opinions, asked questions, and brought their concerns directly to the Board. We want you to know that we heard you then and we continue to listen to you now. All items that were discussed during the forum will be discussed amongst the board. Be watching this blog for additional news/updates from the Board. If you have any questions or concerns at any time, please email the NALS Board at board@nals.org

  

In the end, the NALS 63rd Annual Education Conference & National Forum was a huge success! Attendees left with a wealth of continuing legal education, friendships new and old, and many memories. Be sure to check out the Houston conference photos to see what you missed! Please note, you must be signed into the NALS site as a member in order to view the photos. We are looking forward to seeing you at: 

 

2015 NALS Professional Development & Education Conference
February 25-28, 2015

DoubleTree Warren Place

Tulsa, Oklahoma

 

AND the

 

64th Annual Education Conference & National Forum

October 8-10, 2015

Riviera Casino & Hotel

Las Vegas, Nevada

 

- NALS 2014-2015 Board of Directors

 

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