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I AM EULA MAE: Individualism

Posted By Kathy Sieckman, PP, PLS-SC, ACP, Monday, February 19, 2018
Updated: Thursday, February 22, 2018

The next piece of this series on the Spirit of Eula Mae (stolen from the Disneyland Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln display) is Individualism.  The definition of individualism is “a view that stresses the importance and worth of each person.” 


I imagine that in Eula Mae’s time, being a working woman was much tougher than it is now. She had hurdles we can’t even fathom. According to an American History USA article1:


. . . [W]ith the rise of the corporate office, a number of other types of jobs opened up. Typists, filing clerks, stenographers, and even some secretarial roles all became possibilities for the ambitious young woman. In an era with absolutely nothing in the way of mass data storage, entire floors of office buildings were filled with the sound of typewriters and filing drawers.


In most offices, desks were lined across a central room in rows, with no cubicle walls and often not even a window. Tasks consisted of things like listening to dictations and typing their contents, of creating and updating ledgers, or of creating bills and sending out requests for payment.


I imagine it is hard in a sea of typists to let your individualism shine, but I have a feeling Eula Mae did that. She took the advice of a court clerk and used that to make herself and her peers better legal professionals.


It is possible to be an individual in a sea of other office workers. Only you can decide that you will be the best you can be. Only you can use your time to learn more about your career. Only you can do whatever you can to make youself better at your career of choice. Only you can use your money, your time, your energy, and your desire to be what some might call the cream of the crop of legal professionals.


You spend so much of your lifetime working that you should spend it doing something you love. If you spend your energy being good at it, it should pay off for you.


NALS helps its members develop their own individualism through CLE, networking, and certification. Having the knowledge and resources to answer questions and solve problems for your firm and your co-workers with information you’ve learned at a NALS conference, meeting, webinar, or printed article help make you part of the “cream of the crop.” Being able to get the name of a process server, get a judge’s specific likes and dislikes for an out-of-state court, or setting up a conference room with people that you’ve met through your NALS membership shows that you are working at this like it is your career.


Studying and sitting for a certification exam is a true show of individualism. The percentage of legal support professionals who are certified is small, so if you are certified, you definitely stand out from the crowd and are showing your “importance and worth.” Will being certified guarantee that you will see an increase in pay? No. But I can tell you that when you obtain certification, it shows your employer or potential employer that this is your career and that you are proving that your interest in learning as much as you can about it. It proves to your co-workers that you are learning as much as you can and can help them learn it too. It proves to you that you are worth it and that you are making a huge difference in your own life. It shows your individualism in improving your knowledge, your network of like-minded peers, and your position in your field among a sea of average legal support professionals.


How do you show your individualism to prove that #IAmEulaMae?

  1.  https://www.americanhistoryusa.com/working-voting-women-1920s/

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