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Chapter Spotlight: NALS of Amarillo

Posted By Allison Streepey, B.A., CRS, PLS, Friday, January 12, 2018
Updated: 16 hours ago

NALS of Amarillo Chapter SpotlightNALS of Amarillo, the first NALS Chapter in the state of Texas, is 60 years strong, with 33 members active within their chapter and out in their community.  That is the secret of their success. 

 

The 2015-2016 Board of Directors had a goal to streamline information for chapter news and created a centralized email, a new website, and a Facebook page that now has 50 friends.  All of this is due to the hard work of Beth Langwell, Rhonda Rogers, Cynthia Huffman, and Becky Braden.

 

The first thing you see on the NALS of Amarillo website is “NALS is dedicated to enhancing the competencies and contributions of members in the legal services profession.”  The next thing you see is “NALS of Amarillo welcomes all those individuals who serve in a support capacity in the legal profession. We are committed to the delivery of quality legal services through continuing education and increased professionalism, promotion of high standards for members, and recognition in the legal profession through the certification programs offered by NALS.”

 

This very neat and elegant website has information for members and those who are interested in becoming members too.  There are tabs to visit 2017 Officers, which include their biographies; About NALS, which includes the Code of Ethics; Bylaws, Calendar, Community, Lunch n’Learns, Redbook Legal Directory, Job Bank, Chapter Ts (t-shirts); and From The Director, a welcome page for members including details of big NALS of Amarillo events as well as National NALS Conferences.  The Membership tab explains the tri-level association, has detailed useful information for new members, and has links to the state chapter, TexasALP.org.

 

Current NALS of Amarillo President Elka Murphy says, “As Texans, NALS of Amarillo strives to include all legal support staff within our membership and always welcomes the opportunity to mentor those starting a career in the legal field.” This is demonstrated by the chapter’s partnering with Amarillo College’s two-year Legal Studies Associate Degree Program and the fact that the professionals in the chapter boast academic degrees and well-earned high percentage of NALS Professional Paralegal (PP) certifications.

 

NALS of Amarillo serves the community by participating in fundraisers to help non-profit organizations such as the Evelyn Rivers Christmas Project to give coats, hats, and gloves to homeless children; and Snack Pack 4 Kids to end weekend hunger for those in the Texas panhandle.  One of their proudest community service efforts is assisting the Faith City Mission Drive to feed at least 100 people each time.

 

Chapter Spotlight in AmarilloThe chapter also participates in fun community events like The Color Run, also known as “the happiest 5K on the planet,” One Year benefitting the Laura Bush Women’s Research Foundation; and the Downtown Amarillo Block Party, on sabbatical, replaced by the Center City Amarillo Festival.

 

The NALS of Amarillo chapter can teach us all how to grow as legal professionals and as individuals, through networking in and outside of our chapters, and through community service to others.  Here is to the next 60 years for NALS of Amarillo!

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