Join the NALS Leadership Team and take an active role in leadership service! Participation on a NALS committee will enhance your personal goals and professional growth, give you a clearer understanding of the inner workings of NALS, and empower you to shape the future of NALS through your volunteerism. Serving as a NALS committee chair will enable you to gain national leadership experience and recognition, while ensuring that NALS' committees continue to develop resources that will impact all those in the legal profession. Below is a listing of committee descriptions, current committee volunteers, and links to volunteer applications. Any questions regarding volunteer positions should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Committee/Task Force Descriptions
Certifying Board:This committee consists of at least nine NALS members, each of whom serve for at least two years and must be a PP or PLS in good standing. Two non-NALS members also serve on the Certifying Board. Although a PLS may fall under the category of “voluntary recertification,” she or he must recertify in order to serve on the Certifying Board. In order to receive exam-related training (including statistics and exam preparation), it is imperative that during the two-year term Certifying Board members are available to attend each Professional Development Conference held in Tulsa in March. Members of the Certifying Board are prohibited from teaching any subject related to the certification exams while on the Certifying Board and for two years after their terms expire. The Certifying Board is responsible for all issues directly relating to the certification exams.
This committee oversees all NALS publications: @Law (quarterly print magazine); the NALS docket (monthly e‑zine newsletter); annual board of director press releases; and other public relations materials as deemed necessary. The responsibilities of the NALS Editorial Board include: (a) identifying and securing suitable authors for articles, (b) proofreading articles, (c) proofreading full magazine text, and (d) preparing monthly editions of “e-Learn,” “Member Spotlight,” “Chapter Spotlight,” “Blogworthy,” and other articles as needed for the NALS docket. The committee is also responsible for researching new technology, trends, and hot topics in the legal industry, specifically those relevant to the four Specialty Certificate areas (Litigation/Civil Law, Corporate Law, Estate Planning/Family Law, and General Law), for use in all NALS publications.
Ed OnDemand Task Force:
This task force is responsible for identifying and securing webinar/podcast topics and speakers, including but not limited to hot topics, entry-level topics, and topics that fall within the 21 specialty areas identified by NALS.
Education Products Task Force:
This task force is responsible for preparing and updating mock exams and resource manuals for the three certification exams offered by NALS—Accredited Legal Professional (ALP), Professional Legal Secretary (PLS), and Professional Paralegal (PP).
Genius Bar Task Force:
The NALS Genius Bar is a technology help center that is available onsite at NALS conferences to assist attendees with technology questions, smart phone issues, etc. The NALS Genius Bar Task Force will be responsible for working the NALS Genius Bar booth during conferences, developing and sharing technology tips/tricks with the membership throughout the year, and researching apps and other technology resources to ensure that NALS stays current and abreast of changes as they are happening.
NALS believes some of its best and brightest accomplishments are achieved through grassroots efforts across the country in state and chapter associations. NALS would like to bring together this wealth of talent to create a Grassroots-Level Think Tank, which will be comprised of NALS members—from association leaders to members-at-large to students and anyone in between—who represent diverse interests and concerns from all geographical areas. Whether you come from a small, large, struggling, or progressive chapter—or whether you have no state or local chapter in your area at all—we want YOUR voice! To learn more and volunteer, please visit: www.nals.org/GLTT
Industry Certification Task Force: NALS has created this task force to research the process for getting NALS certification exams listed on individual states’ approved industry certifications lists. This task force will also be researching the process for getting NALS certifications recognized by the bar association in each state.
Manuals Task Force: This task force is responsible for drafting, reviewing, and revising the Basic Manual for the Lawyer’s Assistant, the Advanced Manual for the Lawyer’s Assistant, and the accompanying workbook materials and instructor’s manuals.
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