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NALS Member Spotlight – Heidi S. Hopper, PP, PLS

Posted By Allison Streepey, B.A., CLP, Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Updated: Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Heidi Hopper, PP, PLS, made such a good impression at a recent national NALS event that she was recommended as a Member Spotlight again! This is good news because a lot has happened in four years, which lets us know what is possible as we make our way through our legal careers with the support of NALS.


Heidi works as a legal assistant at Foster Swift Collins & Smith, PC in Lansing, Michigan, where she has been for eight years.  She generally works in litigation and has back-up knowledge in municipal finances.  She describes the move from municipal finance to municipal litigation as a career highlight and says “but every day is a highlight.” After 20 years in the legal field, she has had many highlights in her career and the best ones are the most recent.


The first boost in her legal career when she was about to get a promotion in her job from receptionist to secretary at Dickinson Wright, PLLC in Lansing. “My boss at the time suggested that I join NALS to learn more about the legal field and to get acquainted with those in the legal community. I am forever grateful for her suggestion.”  This membership in NALS has allowed Heidi to “have a broad range of legal education and, through networking, has opened doors to friendship and sponsorships that may not have been otherwise possible.”


Her career in NALS has been highlighted in her service in the three levels of the association.  Currently, in her local chapter, NALS of Lansing, she is the Treasurer.  She has also been President twice and served as Vice President, Treasurer, and on several committees. The local chapter does many community service projects. “This year we will be visiting the Capital Humane Society as well as serving a meal at the Advent House, a ministry that brings together people of all faiths to give hope to impoverished and homeless people.”


In the state chapter, NALS of Michigan, her service is similar to the local chapter. She is currently Treasurer (for the second time), has been President, and has served on several committees. Heidi feels her greatest accomplishment in NALS is being state president and before that receiving the NALS of Michigan Legal Professional of the Year Award in 2017. Another highlight on the state level was working with the state chapter to produce the Visionary 5K Challenge that initiated and promoted the NALS of Michigan Scholarship Fund. Heidi said it “was a lot of work with marketing, planning, and hosting the event.”  Heidi says, “The Vasa pathway in Acme, Michigan is a beautiful area and a ‘must see’ while in Michigan.”


Heidi’s favorite project was when NALS of Michigan hosted a Murder Mystery CLE camping event in Covert, Michigan. Engaged members and guests had to solve the mystery, which included evidence gathering, jury voir dire, and putting the pieces together to determine who the murderer was—all while camping in a rainstorm!


On the national level in NALS, Heidi is a Cheerleader! The year Kathie Amirante was introduced as president in Tulsa, Heidi lead the cheer:


Here ye (yeah); here ye (yeah)

This meeting shall come to order.

What multi-level organization

That is sweeping the nation?

NALS; Hear it again, NALS


If you are looking for legal education

Or professional certification

Where do you go? You know!

NALS; Hear it again, NALS


With their online learning sessions

And their networking opportunities

NALS offers it all in one great fashion.


I am a member, he's a member,

She is a member, we're a member

Wouldn't you like to recruit a member today?


Be a member, be be a member.

NALS (Yeah)


Heidi describes what she has gained through NALS membership, especially as a leader, “has personally assisted me to understand what makes a good role model and how to interact with others.”  Heidi loves to mingle at NALS events. “I like meeting people and enjoy hearing stories of our members and guests on which roads led them to where they are today.”


Heidi’s favorite activity in all of NALS is education, especially learning new technological advancements, as she remains a student at heart. She feels that NALS has given her a second family and says that “participation is key to your success.”  The best advice she has been given in legal work is to not take anything personally and to remember that “everyone has an ego. It’s what you do with it that matters.”


Heidi is “married to a loving supporter, Michael Hopper, for 19 years and they have one child, 10-year old Taylor, unless we count our one cat, Tom, and one dog, Tiger.  My son and I are planning an overnight hike and kayak trip this summer.” Her spare time is spent with family—camping, biking, skiing, eating and playing games. She also likes to unwind with a book and a glass of wine.  Her favorite book is The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein. “It gives a perspective of life through communication, love, loyalty, and hope between pets and family.”


Heidi has other interesting hobbies too.  She plans to do a wood painting and transfer a picture of her father for his gravesite. She would love to create concrete hummingbird feeders for friends.  In the immediate future, she wants to build a bench to sit on while soaking her feet in the pool.


One thing has not changed in four years. This quote from Heidi’s NALS Member Spotlight, March 2014:


Heidi says “NALS remains top notch in a competitive market for legal education which, in turn, will provide and improve opportunities to enrich staff, legal secretaries, paralegals, attorneys, human resource administrators, and others in preparing them to perform well in their jobs. The value of my NALS membership is never ending—from legal education, social marketing, social outings, and the available information from those across the country is simply priceless! Thank you NALS for allowing me to be a part of this significant family!”

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Paula Steffey PP-SC CLP CWCP says...
Posted Thursday, August 30, 2018
Congrats Heidi! You definitely deserve to be in the spotlight! Thanks for all you do for NALS!!!!!
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