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Qualifications, Requirements, and Application

The Leadership Identification Committee (LIC) invites you to serve NALS on the national board. NALS is looking for the best and the brightest candidates to bring their passion, energy, innovation and vision to the national board and take NALS where no association has gone before. This is a revolution to bring NALS into a strong future. Do you have the passion, energy, innovation and vision that we need? If so please consider applying today! NALS five-member Board of Directors, along with NALS Executive Director Tammy Hailey, CAE, actively engage in analyzing the challenges and opportunities for the association, identifying the high-impact legal industry trends or developments affecting the members, and strategically using the association resources to build member value. The benefits of participating as a NALS Board Member are many:

  • A significant role in advancing your profession;
  • The opportunity to establish a creative, fun, energizing culture to lead NALS into the future;
  • Access to up-to-date information about the challenges facing your profession;
  • The chance to exchange ideas and perspectives with volunteer leaders;
  • A commitment to the profession your employers will recognize and market.

Some of the duties are to:

  • Oversee the direction and management of the association
  • Take responsibility for specific projects and action teams
  • Recruit new members
  • Ensure a solid, balanced budget and contribute to the association’s financial success
  • Represent NALS members at conferences and meetings.

Nomination Process

If your answer to this invitation to lead is “yes,” you are encouraged to submit your application. If you know someone else you believe has the skills to lead NALS, you may nominate them by contacting them and encouraging them to apply.

Selection Process

The selection process will consist of three rounds.

  1. Initial Round: All applications will be considered and then narrowed based on responses and requirements that best fit NALS’ current needs. Not all applications will move forward to the next round.

  2. Second Round: Those selected and considered for the second round will be required to complete a leadership assessment developed by Mr. Erick Burton, CSP, professional leadership coach and founder of the Burton Leadership Center (www.erickburton.com). This leadership assessment gives detailed insight into how a leader handles pace, procedure, people, and problems. This report, in conjunction with all initial information, will be considered in determining the best fit for NALS’ current needs, and which candidates will move on to the next round.

  3. Third Round: Those selected for the third round will be interviewed at the NALS Annual Education Conference & National Forum. They will also participate in a special invitation-only session at the conference. The final selections will be made based on consideration of all information accumulated through the selection process and the best mix of individuals to meet the needs of NALS. 

Election Process

A slate containing names of applicants for each vacant board position will be presented to NALS members for vote each year, along with a list of designated officers (President and Secretary). Should there be no vacant board positions at that time, only a list of officer positions will be presented to the membership for a vote. 


Members will submit a “yes” or “no” vote for each candidate. A simple majority of the votes cast will be required for election to the Board. If a candidate does not receive a majority vote, there will be another candidate nominated by the LIC and voted on by the membership. This could prolong the process for 30 to 45 days, but there will be sufficient lead-time between the election and installation of the Board to ensure there is no lapse in Board service.

Term Limits

Term limits for all NALS Board members will be three years. Members may be reappointed for a second term. After serving their second consecutive term, individuals must roll off the Board for one year. Two NALS Board Members will be elected to serve three-year terms, beginning February 2017. 


The LIC will assess candidates for the talents, abilities, and vision they demonstrate. NALS and the LIC value and seek diverse leadership as defined by race, ethnicity, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, nationality, disability, appearance, geographic location, area of law, professional level, etc. The LIC has identified a number of desired attributes that will be part of the selection process for new board members.

  • Demonstrated leadership commitment and involvement. 
  • Relevant expertise in at least one of the following disciplines:
    • Financial Guru (able to generate revenue)
    • Visionary/Innovator (able to see and describe the Big Picture)
    • Technologically Savvy (aware of trends in the world and the legal profession)
    • Relationship Builder (able to collaborate with other associations)
    • Strategist (able to plan for the future – 5 to 10 years)
  • Personal and financial commitment to attend both national NALS Conferences each year. Commitment to participate in monthly virtual board meetings when necessary.
  • Positive leadership attributes, emotional intelligence, ability to work collaboratively, and engage in appropriate debate and discussion when needed.
  • Creative, visionary and strategic thinker. Demonstrated ability of new and innovative programs within your sphere of influence. Examples include but are not limited to incorporating strategy, leadership, future focus, fundraising, risk taking, and an entrepreneur spirit.


Every NALS member in good standing may apply. One nonmember may be appointed to the board.


Deadline to Apply is August 1.


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