2015 Award of Excellence Announced By NALS
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
LAS VEGAS, NV - October 13, 2015 – NALS... the association for legal professionals today named Kathleen (Kathie) R. Amirante, PP, PLS, Branch Office Manager of the Okemos, Michigan law office of Kitch Drutchas Wagner Valitutti & Sherbrook, as the winner of its prestigious 58-year-old Award of Excellence recognition program. The NALS Award of Excellence Program began in 1957 and was then called the Legal Secretary of the Year. The name has since changed, but the high standards of excellence have not. The AOE is the highest award that can be given from NALS.
Candidates were nominated by their peers for this prestigious award. Each participating candidate was required to submit an extensive personal data form listing experiences, qualifications and accomplishments. The field of candidates was narrowed to three finalists, who were then required to participate in personal interviews during NALS 64th Annual Education Conference and National Forum, held in Las Vegas, Nevada this past week. The finalists, Ruth Schaub, PP, PLS-SC, AIC (MI) and Kathy Sieckman, PP, PLS-SC, ACP (AZ), were recognized and the 2015 Award of Excellence recipient, Kathie Amirante, PP, PLS (MI), was announced during the Recognition Awards Luncheon on Saturday, October 10, 2015.
Kathie’s passion for NALS has grown since she joined as a member in 1990. She has served in all capacities at all levels of NALS including President of NALS of Lansing, President of NALS of Michigan, and President of NALS at the national level. She also served for three years as a Trustee on the NALS Foundation. Kathie was named the NALS of Lansing Legal Professional of the Year in 1993 and the NALS of Michigan Legal Professional of the Year in 2002. Please join us in congratulating Kathie on her great accomplishment of being named NALS 2015 Award of Excellence! Look for an in-depth article in the Winter 2015 issue of @Law, the NALS Magazine for Legal Professionals.
NALS is a leader in the legal services industry offering professional development by providing continuing legal education, certifications, resources, and training to those choosing the legal services industry as their career. Our members represent every area of this industry from paralegals and legal secretaries to legal administrators and office managers. Because of this diversity and an openness to welcome all members of the industry, NALS offers a broad spectrum of expertise to make the programs offered valuable to all members of the legal services industry. This allows NALS’ members to learn about other areas of the industry, making career enhancement as well as advancement easily attainable. For more information about NALS, visit www.nals.org, call (918) 582-5188 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. To stay up to date on the latest from NALS, join us on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn.
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