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Don’t You Want to Be On the SAGES Team?

Posted By Paula Steffey, PP, CLP-SC, CWCP, Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Updated: Monday, March 4, 2019

The name is catchy.  But maybe you’re not sure what it means or what this NALS task force does.  First, the acronym stands for “Someone Who Assists, Guides, Educates, and Schools.”  The goal of the SAGES Task Force is to develop guidelines, curriculums, and educational tools to help members further their certification goals and careers.  This task force also helps to fill the gaps between the Certifying Board and the Manuals Task Force.  

SAGES was formed after the 2017 national conference, and its first few projects were to review educational presentations and create vocabulary puzzles and other word games for an online study course.  Since that time the SAGES team has expanded its work by reviewing and updating the mock exams, beta testing new online exams, preparing PowerPoints and presentations for the Study Hall Live! Series, and assisting with proofing various certification-related items. 

At the time of the 2018 national conference in Phoenix, SAGES had only been around for a year, but the team had collectively worked hundreds of hours to help provide members with the educational tools they needed.  The goals for the upcoming year were discussed at the conference when the leadership teams put together vision boards.  Attached is the vision board developed for SAGES during that session.  The SAGES Task Force is best described as “a suburb of the NALS Community.” You can view our Leadership Vision Boards from 2018 here.

The members of this task force bring experience in certification and support to those who want to further their certification goals.  They are purpose driven and strive to focus on the basics that we all need.

This task force has many opportunities for anyone interested in volunteering their time.  Do you have a passion for a specific area of the law?  If so, maybe you would be interested in hosting one of the Study Hall Live! Events.  These sessions are open to everyone.  You can register online at no charge to exam registrants, but there is a small fee for those interested in participating who need CLE credit.

The possibilities of this task force are endless.  Not everyone’s learning styles are the same.  Some people are visual learners while others may be verbal or kinesthetic learners.  The ultimate goal of SAGES, as well as any NALS task force or team, is to help everyone better themselves and succeed in reaching their goals.  To help YOU define yourself through certification and education.

If you would like more information about the SAGES Task Force or would like to volunteer your time, please contact Helene Wood, PP, PLS TSC-RE, SAGES Chair (helene.wood@nortonrosefulbright.com), Anita Campbell, PP, PLS, SAGES Co-chair (anitacampbell59@gmail.com), or Maria Easterly, NALS Resource Center Certification/Education Manager (cert-edu@nals.org).


Paula Steffey, PP, CLP-SC (civil litigation, personal injury, and criminal), CWCP, has been a NALS member since 2014.  She is currently the Corresponding Secretary and Certification committee chair for her local chapter (NALS of Greater Kalamazoo); Certification committee chair and Publications committee chair for NALS of Michigan; and is on the Editorial + Marketing Board, Manuals Task Force, and SAGES Task Force for NALS.  She also has a secondary membership with NALS of Phoenix.  Outside of NALS, she is a full-time legal assistant to Garold A. Goidosik with Goidosik Morse Disability Law Group and has two other part-time jobs. 


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