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A New Year Equals New Beginnings

Posted By NALS Admin, Friday, January 1, 2016
Updated: Tuesday, February 2, 2016

A New Year Equals New Beginnings

2016 has arrived and we have an exciting year ahead. Just around the corner is the final NALS Professional Development & Education Conference in Tulsa, Oklahoma. You will not want to miss it! Ensure you have made your hotel reservations at the Doubletree Warren Place to get the NALS special rate. The room reservation deadline of February 10 is fast approaching. The NALS rate will only be available until the block is full or February 10, whichever comes first. 


We hope you will also make plans to attend and be a part of the Grassroots-Level Think Tank (GLTT). The GLTT will be held at the conference on Thursday, February 25, at 9:00 a.m. The GLTT will meet with the NALS Board of Directors to brainstorm and develop the purpose and direction of the association. Our facilitator will again be Jay Moore. To learn more and sign up for the Grassroots-Level Think Tank, please visit: www.nals.org/GLTT 

NALS Adds Specialty Areas to Its Specialty Certificate Program

NALS is pleased to announce the addition of seventeen new specialty topics to its Specialty Certificate Program! Featuring a new total of twenty-one specialty offerings, the NALS Specialty Certification program will be even better designed to assist legal professionals who wish to go above and beyond, set themselves apart from the competition, and make their area of expertise known! By providing these additional specialty options, NALS is allowing a wider range of professionals to demonstrate their expertise in specialized areas of law and obtain recognition for their efforts. A full list of Specialty Certificate options are below: 


Administrative Law

Appellate Law

Bankruptcy Law

Business Law

Civil Litigation

Contract Law

Corporate Law

Criminal Law


Elder Law

Employment Law 

Estate Planning/Probate

Family Law

Immigration Law

Insurance Law

Intellectual Property 

Juvenile Law

Law Office Management

Personal Injury Law

Real Estate Law

Trial Management


Any individual currently holding a NALS Professional Paralegal (PP) or Professional Legal Secretary (PLS) certification may obtain a specialty certificate after earning a minimum of 50 continuing legal education (CLE) hours in one of the specialty tracks designated by NALS within their five-year certification validity period.


- NALS 2015 Board of Directors

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Recap: 63rd Annual Education Conference & National Forum

Posted By NALS Admin, Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Attendees from across the United States converged on the Crowne Plaza Houston for the NALS 63rd Annual Education Conference & National Forum from Thursday through Saturday, October 2-4. The Houston Association of Legal Professionals (HALP) was responsible for recruiting some amazing speakers that offered more than 17 hours of CLE focusing on litigation/civil law, corporate law, real estate, estate planning/family law, and general law. 


We began the conference with our keynote speaker, Courtney Clark, who shared with us how to gain perspective.  We gain perspective by i) giving back; ii) understanding that no matter how low you are someone still needs your help; and iii) when we are under a lot of pressure, we hit a greater height.  We left this amazing, thought-provoking, life-challenging session knowing that It's About How You Deal, Not What You're Dealt. After the keynote speaker, there were four concurrent sessions to choose from every two hours over the three days of sessions.  The speakers ranged from a certified graphoanalyst sharing with us the Seven Significant Signs of a Serious Liar, to a session on the Workflows with Acrobat XI, to ethics and estate administration, to learning exactly What the Frack is Fracking and so much more.  HALP did a fabulous job at recruiting wonderful speakers!


On Thursday during the Exhibitors’ Luncheon, we had the pleasure of hearing from each exhibiting company who was present at the conference.  This is always a treat because you get to hear exactly what each sponsor has to offer.  It is great for us because even if we do not need their services at the time, we have the opportunity to share their services with others in the legal industry. Wrapping up Thursday evening was the NALS Welcome Party. It was a fabulous time and we were able to wind down from the day’s CLE sessions, meet new attendees, spend time with old friends and, of course, dance the night away!


This year we also had the opportunity to network with attendees in our particular area of practices at the Networking Lounges.  We hope you had an opportunity to network with other attendees at this conference. As we know, networking is a valuable asset of attending a NALS conference and the Networking Luncheon on Friday gave everyone in attendance the ability and opportunity to network with attendees, exchange contact information, and enjoy each other’s company.


The NALS Foundation Gala-Houston Hoedown on Friday evening proved to be a wonderful night! Everyone came dressed in their best western attire and learned new line dances. The highlight of the evening ended up being a "Jail and Bail" fundraiser where over 40 people were "arrested" and forced to either pay bail, do their time in jail, or have fun and participate in one of the activities that eventually produced their freedom.  It was a great night and the NALS Foundation raised $805 at this event!! There were some fabulous live auction, silent auction, and sweepstakes items to be won and acquired over the course of the conference as well, and Leslie Keys did not disappoint us with her live auction skills! Overall the NALS Foundation raised a whopping $14,153. 


Every year during the Recognition Luncheon on Saturday afternoon we recognize NALS volunteers, certified attendees, and present the prestigious NALS Award of Excellence. Doris T. Compton, PP, PLS-SC (AR), Nancy M. Gates, PP, PLS (MS), and Tara Hughes, PP-SC, ACP (AZ) were the three finalists for this year's AOE. Each of these ladies have made amazing contributions to NALS and to the legal industry as a whole.  Tara Hughes, PP-SC, ACP of Arizona was announced as the 2014 NALS Award of Excellence recipient! Congratulations to these fabulous ladies; they are all winners! 


Finally, after all the CLE sessions, networking events, lunches, and dinners, everyone had the opportunity to join the NALS Board for an Open Forum.  During this session, the Board shared information regarding the new NALS website which launched on September 1, the new NALS App—which is in the final approval stages—and the new opportunity to pay conference fees in two installments, with the first installment due by the Early Bird Deadline and the second installment due by the Regular Deadline. The Board also shared that NALS is seeking volunteers, who are interested in being at the table and who understand the value of the grassroots-levels of NALS, to participate in a brand new Grassroots-Level Think Tank! NALS is better because of YOUR input and suggestions.  The formation of the Grassroots-Level Think Tank will bring members and leaders together to share their experiences, their bright spots in their local chapters, the ability to create new innovations, and allow NALS to work for its members and the legal community.  If you are ready to participate, click here to read more about the GLTT and sign up today!  To help attendees offset some of their conference expenses, the NALS Foundation is offering a select number of $150 scholarships.  If you are interested in receiving a scholarship to participate in the GLTT and attend the NALS 2015 Education Conference & National Forum in Tulsa this February, please complete and submit the Scholarship Application before Saturday, November 15. Two videos from the Board are below. These videos highlight and further explain some of the announcements listed above. Please watch and share with others!




After the NALS Board shared their updates to members in attendance at the Open Forum they opened up the floor to the members who voiced their opinions, asked questions, and brought their concerns directly to the Board. We want you to know that we heard you then and we continue to listen to you now. All items that were discussed during the forum will be discussed amongst the board. Be watching this blog for additional news/updates from the Board. If you have any questions or concerns at any time, please email the NALS Board at board@nals.org


In the end, the NALS 63rd Annual Education Conference & National Forum was a huge success! Attendees left with a wealth of continuing legal education, friendships new and old, and many memories. Be sure to check out the Houston conference photos to see what you missed! Please note, you must be signed into the NALS site as a member in order to view the photos. We are looking forward to seeing you at: 


2015 NALS Professional Development & Education Conference
February 25-28, 2015

DoubleTree Warren Place

Tulsa, Oklahoma


AND the


64th Annual Education Conference & National Forum

October 8-10, 2015

Riviera Casino & Hotel

Las Vegas, Nevada


- NALS 2014-2015 Board of Directors


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Be There—Let Your Voice Be Heard!

Posted By NALS Admin, Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Don’t forget—you are invited to participate in the Grassroots-Level Think Tank! The first in-person meeting will be held at the NALS Professional Development Conference in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Thursday, February 26, 2015, at 8:00 a.m. Make plans now to be part of the decision-making process for the future of your association! 


Sign Me Up! NALS is important to me! I want to be part of the decision-making process for the future of our association. I will be in attendance and participate on Thursday, February 26, 2015, at 8:00 a.m. at the NALS Professional Development Conference in Tulsa, Oklahoma. If this describes you, fill out the interest form on our website: www.nals.org/?page=GLTT, or email board@nals.org, providing the following information:

  • Name
  • Chapter/State
  • Address
  • Email
  • Cell Phone

Through a generous grant from the NALS Foundation, a few lucky recipients may now receive financial assistance—in the form of a scholarship—to attend the NALS 2015 Professional Development & Education Conference in Tulsa, Oklahoma! A limited number of $150 scholarships will be awarded to individuals wishing to participate in the NALS Grassroots-Level Think Tank (GLTT) scheduled for Thursday, February 26, 2015. Scholarship applicants will be vetted to ensure that a diverse representation of NALS members are selected. The purpose of this diversity is for NALS to achieve optimal results during the GLTT discussion. A scholarship is NOT required in order to participate in the NALS Grassroots-Level Think Tank, and it is our hope that many members will be able to participate regardless of whether scholarship funds are awarded. The Scholarship Application is available at www.nals.org/?GLTTscholarship. The deadline to apply is November 1, 2014.


- NALS 2014-2015 Board of Directors


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