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#IAMEULAMAE: Spirit of Pioneering

Posted By NALS Editorial + Marketing Board, Thursday, April 19, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, April 25, 2018
The next piece of this series on the Spirit of Eula Mae (stolen from the Disneyland Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln display) is Pioneering. In my mind, pioneering is being innovative and bringing others with you.

Eula Mae Jett, who founded NALS in 1929, was definitely a pioneer. Not only did she start a group for women, she started a group for women employed as legal secretaries. And this was in 1929, the year the Great Depression started and when the majority of working women were employed as maids, telephone operators, teachers, nurses, or clerical workers. I also have a feeling that in 1929, women were expected to have dinner on the table before hubby came home, so finding time to have a meeting to share knowledge and help each other would definitely have been a challenge.

When Eula Mae set out to get together with others in her profession to make everyone smarter, better at their professions, and better legal professionals, she truly had the spirit of a pioneer. She did something that hadn’t been done before in her profession.

NALS itself continues to be a pioneer. We have access to people employed in the legal field in all positions—not just one. We have members who are paralegals, legal secretaries, legal assistants, administrators, docket clerks, receptionists, filing clerks, people who work in title companies, banks, real estate companies, nonprofits, and others. NALS is THE premier association for legal support staff—ALL legal support staff. We aren’t exclusive, we don’t deny membership to those who qualify, and we have education that everyone can learn something from. 

I am so glad that NALS pioneered its way through the changing legal support profession and has maintained its position as an association that Eula Mae would be proud of. We can always use more people with the pioneer spirit to help NALS meet its goals. By volunteering on a committee, attending national conferences, special events, online webinars, online membership meetings, local meetings, authoring articles for the docket, inviting coworkers to participate, using your NALS network to impress your employer, and myriad ways that I haven’t even thought of, you can be a NALS pioneer. We have an obligation to help those following behind us to find their way in the legal profession. What better way to do that than through NALS?

Be like Eula Mae—be a NALS pioneer.

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