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About NALS Board from Board Members

Posted By Nakia Bradley-Lawson and Darlene Howard Holt, Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Updated: Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Do you want your voice heard?  Do you want to make a difference in the future of our Association?  Do you have ideas that will benefit the national level?  If you’ve answered yes to at least one of these questions, then you should consider applying to the NALS Board of Directors.  You don’t need to have prior leadership experience.  You don’t have to travel monthly for meetings.  You don’t have to be certified; although it is encouraged.  All you have to do is be dedicated, willing and passionate about NALS, Inc., our state and local chapters, and the future of our Association.


NALS seeks members committed to our mission and ready to take on a leadership position. We’re a growing Association and need members who can actively engage in and guide our efforts to shape and strengthen our Association’s direction, strategic vision, financial stability and presence in the legal industry.


Board members develop strong personal networks and influence within their own community and among our constituency – we aim to be people who can open doors, attract others to the cause, and serve as ambassadors to the legal support profession. This initiative extends to the membership as we strive to encourage other members to develop the same networks and influence. As a board member you learn very quickly that it is not just about pointing out problems; we’re a part of the solution to fix them. We look into the future and steer the Association in such a way as to avoid pitfalls that are detrimental to our cause. Thinking outside of the box is encouraged and innovative initiatives admired.


Some of the duties of a board member include: recruiting new members, taking responsibility for projects and teams, managing the direction of the Association, balancing the budget and representing NALS at conferences and meetings.  In some ways, many of you are already performing these duties within your state and local chapters.


Because board directors are spread out across the country, our meetings are usually held by video conference on the weekends. While there is a time commitment, doing the meetings this way saves time and money. Thus, allowing us to serve the Association in a way that so expensive it potentially excludes possible members.


The Leadership Identification Committee (“LIC”) does an excellent job of building a group of individuals who come together to form a cohesive body.  Personally, before my interview with the LIC, I thought board membership was in my future - very far in the future.  I assumed candidates who were in the Association longer, had more knowledge and knew far more members were their target. I thought I just needed to wait until it was my turn.  They saw something in me that I didn’t know was valuable to NALS. 


If you have ever thought the Board might be of interest to you, NOW is the time to apply. There is no need to wait. I encourage you to submit your application today.


Deadline August 1
For more information and to apply today, please visit


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