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NALS 67th Annual Education and Networking Conference

9/20/2018 to 9/22/2018
When: September 20-22, 2018
Where: Phoenix Marriott Mesa
200 N Centennial Way
Mesa, Arizona  85201
United States
Contact: NALS Communications/Meetings Manager
918-582-5188 ext 703
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NALS is excited to announce the 67th Annual Education and Networking Conference will be held on September 20-22, 2018, in Phoenix, Arizona, at the Phoenix Marriott Mesa!


About This Event


We are working on some fun and unique education and networking opportunities for all legal professionals.  Mark these dates on your calendar, plan to arrive before the conference or stay after the conference to  explore Arizona--from the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Sedona, and Prescott in Northern Arizona to the Sonoran Desert, Saguaro National Park, Tombstone, and Tucson in Southern Arizona, and the Phoenix Metropolitan area in between, there is something for everyone.  




Early Bird
(Postmarked June 1, 2018):
(June 1, 2018 to August 15, 2018):
(August 15, 2018 to September 5, 2018):

• Member: $349
• Nonmember: $449
• Student: $299

• Member: $399
• Nonmember: $499
• Student: $319
• Member: $439
• Nonmember: $539
• Student: $319


How to Register:

Online (Most Popular)

By Email 

By Mail or Fax

Click on the 'Register/RSVP' button at the top of this page.

Download the registration form here. Then, email it to the NALS Meetings Manager here.

Download the registration form here. Fax # and address located on the form.


Cancellation Policy

Refunds will be given (less a $50 processing fee) for cancellations received no later than August 1, 2018. No refunds will be granted for requests postmarked after August 1, 2018. Refunds will not be given for no-shows. Substitutions will gladly be accepted 45 days prior to the conference! Only one (1) substitution is permitted per original registrant. Must be substituted for the original conference; no transfers to a future conference will be allowed. By submitting your registration, you are confirming that you have read and understood the cancellation policy.


    Education + Schedule
    Total Continuing Legal Education: 17 hours


    Wednesday, September 19, 2018

    • 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM - Invitation to National Leadership (Open to All) (1.5 CLE Hours)
    • 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM - Game Night Welcome Reception and Board Meet-Up

    Thursday, September 20, 2018

    • 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM - How to be the Hero in Your Own Story with Jeff Barnes AKA Dr. Disneyland - Keynote (1.5 CLE Hours)
    • 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM (1 CLE Hour)
      • Indiana Jones and the 2017-2018 Federal Rules Amendments | Jimmie Pursell, Esq. 
      • Ten Trends in Legal Ethics in 2019 | Lynda Shely, Esq.
      • Motivating Millennials: Meet The New Boss – Definitely NOT Like The Old Boss | James Goodnow, Esq.
    • 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM - Exhibitor's Luncheon (Join the lineup by becoming an exhibitor, click here.)
    • 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM (1 CLE Hour)
      • How to Avoid ADR Hazards and Get Amazing but Different Results | Andrew Turk, Esq.
      • Federal Employment Discrimination Law: an Overview of Title VII and Managing Cases Before an Agency or Court | Jeff Silvyn, Esq.
      • TMI: The “Sweeter” Side of Your Business | Dean Naughton
    • 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM (1 CLE Hour)
      • EDD 101: eDiscovery Introduction and Solutions | Jay White, Skyline Omega Discovery
      • The “Exceptional” Fourth Amendment (Fourth Amendment and Administrative Searches) | Mark Willimann, Esq.
      • Leadership: Paying it Forward | Gina Sanfillippo, PHR, SHRM-CP
    • 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM (1 CLE Hour)
      • Utilizing an Expert Witness | Nick Vakula, Esq.
      • Developments in Fair Housing | Scott Clark, Esq.
      • Leadership | Allister Adel, Esq.
    • 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM - NALS Escape Room Team Event - Purchase Ticket Here!

    Friday, September 21, 2018

    • 8:15 AM to 9:15 AM (1 CLE Hour)
      • Motions in Limine: The Final Frontier | John Kelly, Esq.
      • Tea for Two: Sitting Down and Working with Your Legal Assistant in Estate Planning | James Whitehill, Esq.
      • Winning Communication | Rick DeBruhl
    • 9:45 AM to 10:45 AM (1 CLE Hour)
      • Motion Practice | Devin Sreecharana, Esq.
      • Social Security Disability: Changes and Challenges | Brian Clymer, Esq.
      • No Soup for You! The Do’s and Don’ts of Billing in a World of Guidelines | Justin Folkerth
    • 11:15 AM to 12:15 PM (1 CLE Hour)
      • Jury Selection | Neil Alden, Esq.
      • Empowerment in the Workplace: Creating a Bully Free Zone | Nicole Stanton, Esq.
      • Real Estate Litigation: Effective Communication & Process Flow in the Digital Age | Michael Fleishman, Esq.
    • 12:15 PM to 1:30 PM - Networking Luncheon
    • 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM (1 CLE Hour)
      • Federal Rules of Evidence: Social Media Capture and Production | Marci D. Seek

      • Innocent But Incarcerated | Lindsay Herf, Esq.
      • The Devil is in the Details: Creditors’ Rights & Remedies | Steven Itkin, Esq.
    • 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM (1 CLE Hour)
      • Opening Statement and Closing Argument - Bookends for Best Sellers | Ryan J. Lorenz, Esq.
      • Lessons from Hollywood Will Making | Allison Kierman, Esq.
      • The Constitution & Practice Issues in Awarding Legal Decision Making to Non-Parents | The Honorable Greg Sakall
    • 4:15 PM to 6:00 PM - Exhibitor Door Prizes and NALS Foundation Sweepstakes Drawings
    • 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM - NALS Foundation Prom Night Dance and Dinner Event - Purchase Ticket Here!

    Saturday, September 22, 2018

    • 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM - Fun Exhibit Saturday!
    • 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM (1 CLE Hour)
      • You Have a Trial, Now What? | Andrew Becke, Esq.
      • Trans 101 For Legal Professionals | Nathan Arrowsmith, Esq.
      • Tax Issues for Decedents, Estates, and Trusts | Daren J. Layton, Esq.
    • 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM (1 CLE Hour)
      • Tying the Bow: from Verdict to Judgment | Nathan J. Kunz, Esq.  
      • Evaluating the Family Law Case for Appeal | Keith Berkshire, Esq.
      • Personal Jurisdiction (Federal and State) and Recent Law | Ted Schmidt, Esq.
    • 11:15 AM to 12:45 PM - Recognition Luncheon
    • 12:45 PM to 1:45 PM (1 CLE Hour)
      • Judgment R&R (Remedies and Results) | Tina Ziegler, ACP 
      • Trademark Law Fundamentals | Chris Ingle, Esq. and Michelle Mozdzen, Esq.
      • The Tribal Law and Order Act | Kristyne Schaaf-Olson, Esq.
    • 2:15 PM to 3:15 PM (1 CLE Hour)
      • The Legal Professional’s Role in Appeals | Taylor Young, Esq.
      • Federal and Arizona Criminal Procedure and Plea Bargaining:  How it All Works | Robert McWhirter, Esq.
      • What Legal Professionals Should Know About Transactions and Assets in Mexico | Michael Patterson, Esq.
    • 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM - Reignite Passion in NALS: Find Your Why - Closing Session (1 CLE Hour)


    * This is a complete list of our current confirmed sessions and schedule. Sessions and schedule subject to change. 



    Hotel Information

    Phoenix Marriott Mesa (200 N Centennial Way, Mesa, AZ 85201)

    Space is limited, so book early!

    Hotel Dates: September 14, 2018 to September 28, 2018.

    Online Reservations

    You can make your reservations online at the group rate of $119.00 a night plus tax. Click here to make your online reservations.


    Phone Reservations

    Additionally, you can call Marriott Central Reservations at 1-800-835-9873 and ask to book in the “NALS Education Conference” room block.


    Hotel Reservation Deadline

    The group has a cut-off date of August 28, 2018, and after that date, any remaining rooms in the block will be released. If any reservations are needed after August 28, they will be subject to hotel’s availability and cannot be guaranteed at the group rate.



    Travel Discounts + Information


    Southwest Airlines®

    To take advantage of this offer, copy the NALS company ID number (99231602), then click on this link: https://www.swabiz.com/flight/search-flight.html?cid=99231602. Enter the company ID in the appropriate field and proceed with booking. 

    By flying Southwest Airlines, as a NALS traveler, you will also receive the following benefits:

    • 50% bonus Rapid Reward points for your travel to & from the convention with Rapid Rewards # added to your reservation. To enroll in the Rapid Rewards program, visit www.southwest.com/corporaterapidrewards
    • No baggage fees (first two bags)
    • No change or cancellation fees
    • No peak travel or fuel surcharges
    • Consistently ranked the “Best in Customer Service” by DOT


    NALS Member Car Rental Discounts

    Get NALS-only discounts from popular car rental companies, such as, Hertz and Avis. Click here to access.

    3 Peas: Baby Product Rentals

    3 Peas helps make traveling to Phoenix/Scottsdale and surrounding areas with babies, toddlers, and children of all ages a tad easier. Our baby gear rental service in Phoenix and Scottsdale allows you to rent high-end, modern, new(ish) items from premiere brands. Our team is a a group of professionals (aside from two small peas) who provide JPMA certified, safety recall checked, quality gear that was always purchased new and come from the top rated manufacturers in the industry. Our products are all twice cleaned and also disinfected using multiple processes including steam, traditional method and natural and organic methods not available to other baby gear rental companies.

    Use the code 'NALS' to receive 10% off your baby rental needs for this conference. Visit 3PeasBabyGear.com
     to start your rental today!


    SuperShuttle (Airport Transportation)

    DISCOUNT: Below are the discounts that can be provided for Phoenix:
                        SuperShuttle Shared Ride:  10% OFF (1st pax ONLY) NOT TOTAL
                        ExecuCar Sedan: 10% OFF
                        ExecuCar SUV: 10% OFF DISCOUNT


    RESERVATIONS: For special reservation questions call 1-800 BLUE VAN (800-258-3826) or customer service, available  24/7. Please note that if you call in your reservation instead of booking and paying online with your discount code, a $3 call center fee applies. Thank you for choosing SuperShuttle. If you should have any questions, please contact me at (480) 609-2998.


    Reservation Link: https://www.supershuttle.com/default.aspx?GC=HBT35

    NOTE: Please update your browser if the above link does not work, or use Google Chrome. Also, you can go directly to www.supershuttle.com and enter the code HBT35


    Additional Events + Conference Gear


    Events Included in Registration: 


    Game Night Welcome Reception

    This year NALS Resource Center and the sponsor for this event, Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, PLC - Family Law Department, will be hosting a game night event with light hors d'oeuvre and a drink on us. Meet up your #NALSPALS and play fun games, meet with the NALS Board, and organize a night out to have a relaxing dinner to prepare for the next three days of education. 


    Ticketed Events: 


    NALS Foundation Prom Night Dance and Dinner Event | Friday, September 21, 2018  |  7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.  |  $50 per person | Purchase Ticket Here!
    The NALS Foundation Trustees invite you to an evening of throwback to your prom! There will be everything from awkward photo booth moments, dancing to pop music from various decades, and the crowning of a King and Queen to top off the night. Want to take the fun a step further? We are also asking registrants who attend to provide their own prom pictures to use as decor during the event, so dig out your photo albums and submit them to Foundation@NALS.org. Dinner will be served at this event and we ENCOURAGE all registrants to participate to the fullest by dressing in your prom formal wear.


    NALS Escape Room: Team Challenge | Thursday, September 20, 2018 | 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM | $35 per person | Purchase Ticket Here!
    Join NALS for a new, simple, and fun live game that will challenge your team. This 60-minute team-building event will deliver creative problem-solving challenges to your assigned team so get ready! The goal is simple—get out as fast as you can! The winning teams will receive prizes. Your teams will be assigned to you by NALS so you will get to meet new people who are passionate about being a legal professional! We encourage each team to organize a time to have dinner together and meet other attendees, as there will be no dinner service provided for this event.



    Conference Gear: 


    Conference Lapel Pins

    A commemorative lapel pin has been created for the NALS 67th Annual Education + Networking Conference which will be held this September in Phoenix, AZ (Mesa). There are a limited number of pins available and they will be sold for $5 each on a first-come basis. Click here for full purchase details and a photo of the pin.


    Conference T-Shirts, Sweatshirts, and Gear

    Be sure to purchase your T-shirts, notebooks, cups, and more! All adorned with the NALS conference logo. Be sure to order early so that your items arrive in time for the conference. Click here to order today!


    NALS Foundation Event + Donation Opportunities


    What is the NALS Foundation? The NALS Foundation was established in 1989 and is dedicated to ensuring a rewarding future for you and all legal support professionals.  It is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational foundation working hand in hand with NALS… the association for legal professionals to enhance educational opportunities. Since its inception, the NALS Foundation has awarded grants and contributions of over $200,000 for the benefit of chapters and states. Each year, the NALS Foundation sponsors the Keynote Speaker at this conference. 


    At this year's conference, the NALS Foundation has two ways for you to participate: 

    • Donation Opportunity - In conjunction with NALS' national conference, held in the fall, the NALS Foundation hosts "Sweepstakes" and "Auction" events, during which member-donated gifts in-kind are raffled off to lucky winners! Any person, organization, or company can donate. Items such as jewelry, electronics, handcrafted wares, purchased items, or gift certificates are welcome. The NALS Foundation will gladly accept any and all donations! Go to NALS.org/SweepsDonation and follow the donation instructions listed. Please note a change in address for shipping!

    • NALS Foundation Prom Night Dance and Dinner Event | Friday, September 21, 2018  |  7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.  |  $50 per person
      The NALS Foundation Trustees invite you to an evening of throwback to your Prom! There will be everything from awkward photo booth moments, dancing to pop music from various decades, and the crowning of a King and Queen to top off the night. Want to take the fun a step further? We are also asking registrants who attend to provide their own prom pictures to use as decor during the event, so dig out your photo albums and submit them to Foundation@NALS.org. Dinner will be served at this event and we ENCOURAGE all registrants to participate to the fullest by dressing in your Prom formal wear. 


    Sponsors + Event Exhibitors

    Become an Event Exhibitor or Sponsor: 
    The NALS Annual Conference attracts the top echelon of legal support professionals—from paralegals and legal secretaries to legal administrators and office managers. Over 60% of NALS attendees have some type of buying power in their firms. This year NALS has included unique sponsorship opportunities for your company to be directly visible to attendees. All opportunities are available on a first come, first served basis. Visit NALS.org/PHXSPONS to view the full prospectus or contact our Sponsor Coordinator, Morgan Ballou, at Membership@NALS.org.


    Current Event Exhibitors + Sponsors:

    • NALS Foundation - NALS.Foundation - The NALS Foundation was established in 1989 and is dedicated to ensuring a rewarding future for you and all legal support professionals.  It is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational foundation working hand in hand with NALS… the association for legal professionals to enhance educational opportunities. Since its inception, the NALS Foundation has awarded grants and contributions of over $200,000 for the benefit of chapters and states. 

    • UniSearch - UniSearch.com - UNISEARCH Inc. is a public records research firm that specializes in the search, retrieval, and filing of public documents in all 50 states and internationally. With our services and tools we offer an extensive range of Uniform Commercial Code/Lien and Corporate services to the legal, financial and business communities.

    • Perfectly Paralegal Consulting Inc. - PerfectlyParalegal.com - Perfectly Paralegal is a community resource for all paralegals who strive to be perfect in an imperfect field. Through our blog, Facebook communities, YouTube tutorials, and other online resources, we welcome and support paralegals in all areas of the law and from all backgrounds and experience levels. Perfectly Paralegal is the host of the annual Paralegals Navigating Perilous Waters cruise event and unique practical education events. Visit our website today to learn more about how we can support your needs.

    • HPN Global - HPNGlobal.com - HPN Global has grown to be one of the largest, most global Site Selection and Venue Finding companies through its unique business model and unparalleled service. Our team is the most experienced in the industry. Our pre-negotiated global hotel contracts are specifically designed to mitigate your risk. Our unique value proposition includes one of the industry’s largest purchasing powers, deep vendor relationships, world-class service and the most effective procurement platform in the industry.

    • Nationwide Legal - NationwideASAP.com - The Nationwide Legal, LLC team provides a broad spectrum of services to assist the legal community. We maintain fully staffed operational divisions which specialize in numerous areas including, but not limited to: service of process, court filings, e-Filing, e-discovery, ground courier and messenger services, document retrieval, photocopy services, digital document solutions, subpoena preparation and service, deposition officer services, investigation services, out-of-state and international services, as well as collection and unlawful detainer services.

    • Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, PLC - Family Law Department - JSSLaw.com - The Family Law and Domestic Relations practice at Jennings, Strouss & Salmon supports clients by helping them emerge from divorce with a sense of peace about the decisions they have made and hope for a future that is manageable and just. Our professionals are strong, compassionate and skilled in all of the legal facets of a divorce. They understand that each family is unique and assist clients by listening to their needs and guiding them through the best process to achieve their goals.  Our Family Law and Domestic Relations practice also includes collaborative divorce, mediation and negotiation, pre- and postnuptial agreements, divorce litigation, child custody and support, spousal maintenance, property division, paternity, adoption and guardianship.

    • First Legal - FirstLegal.com - We are a file through trial support firm, providing court and process, investigations, digital, records, and depositions.

    • National Association of Professional Process Servers (NAPPS) - NAPPS.org - The National Association of Professional Process Servers (NAPPS) is a Worldwide Organization of the largest community of professional process servers and the first resource for credible information regarding the profession. Founded in 1982 in Las Vegas NV, NAPPS today has well over 2,000 members representing all 50 states, the District of Columbia, seven Canadian provinces and nearly two dozen foreign countries. It is headquartered in Portland, Oregon.

    • Naegeli Deposition and Trial - NaegeliUSA.com - Naegeli is a full-service court reporting and litigation support firm that has been serving the legal industry for over 35 years. All production is controlled and centralized in our corporate headquarters with court reporters and videographers locally and nationwide. We are available 24 hours a day to provide you with the support necessary for the most efficient and accurate service.

    • Sacks, Ricketts, & Case, LLP - SRCLaw.com - Sacks Ricketts & Case provides Commercial & Business Litigation, Class Action Defense, Employment Counseling & Litigation, and Internal Investigations. SRC’s clients include private equity firms, technology companies, franchisors, restaurant groups, agricultural companies, pharmaceutical distributors, and other public and privately held businesses.

    • The Firm Team - Firm.Team - The Firm Team offers back-office services for any size law firm, from HR to Cyber Security, to collections and expert witness services, to IT and book keeping, etc. We are one-stop shop for law firm managers and partners.

    • James E. Rogers College of Law, University of Arizona - Law.Arizona.edu - The Master of Legal Studies is designed to enhance the effectiveness of a broad spectrum of professionals whose work involves regulations, negotiations, or working with lawyers or legal issues. 

    • NALS of Phoenix - NALSofPhoenix.com - NALS of Phoenix, formerly Phoenix Legal Support Association, was chartered in 2000 to continue the work begun by Central Phoenix Legal Support Professionals, East Valley Legal Support Professionals, and Maricopa County Legal Secretaries Association.

    • NALS of Phoenix, NALS of Yavapai County, and Wendy Carpenter, PP, PLS

    • Wendy Carpenter, PP, PLS, Thelma Gonzales, PLS, and NALS of Tucson & So. AZ

    • George Washington University Paralegal Studies Program - CPS.GWU.Edu/Paralegal - George Washington University offers two academic-credit-bearing credentials to boost your skills and knowledge in paralegal studies. The program provides the prestige and academic rigor of GWU coupled with the flexibility of online education. 

    • Inter-State Investigative Services - IISAZ.com - Inter-State Investigative Services is a full-service private investigation agency based in Tucson, Arizona. We provide a full range of services in a variety of different fields, including criminal and civil defense, domestic investigations, pre-employment background screenings, insurance investigations and more. 

    • D4 Discovery - D4Discovery.com – D4 is a national provider of managed data and discovery services. We were founded in 1997 and operate on a “do what it takes to deliver better” culture that permeates throughout our entire organization.  

    • Express Network - ExpressNetworkas.com - A hybrid attorney service and eDiscovery solutions provider. 

    Fun Exhibit Saturday!

    Join us for our first-ever Fun Exhibit Saturday! 
    This event is held to showcase many of the businesses in the Phoenix area, along with the several of our member-owned businesses. This exhibit event is now full!

    • Lularoe (Emily Homans) - FB.com/LularoeEmilyHomans - Lularoe is simply comfortable. We carry women's, children's, and men's sizes. From 2T to 3x in a incredible array of different styles, including dresses, tops, shirts, and leggings - Lularoe has it all!

    • Thirty-One (Linda Hanley) - MyThirtyOne.com/LinHanley - Thirty-one products offer stylish solutions to make life easier and more organized. We offer utility totes, thermals, wallets, zipper pouches, shoulder bags, storage bins, caddies, new wood trays, jewelry, and pillow covers. We can personalize them too! 

    • Tina's Timeless Treasures - Premier Designs Jewelry (Tina Ziegler) - PremierDesigns.com/TinasTimelessTreasures - Founded in 1985 and based on Biblical principles, Premier Designs strives to enrich lives, support ministries, and give back, going beyond jewelry sales.  A portion of every sale goes toward helping people in need.  Our purpose is to enrich every life we touch and our mission is to serve others.  Premier provides good, quality, high fashion jewelry that is versatile and can fit all one’s needs, whether casual, business, or formal.

    • Gold Canyon Candles (Susan Truitt) - LuvTheSmell.myGC.com - Gold Canyon Candles is the original two-wick candle company for an even burn and true life fragrances. Wickless warmers and candle decor also offered with 100% customer satisfaction. 

    • Younique (Amylyn Riedling) - YouniqueProducts.com/AmylynsGorgeousGalscom - From the perfect foundation color to match your skin tone to stunning shades of eye shadow, Younique has the skin care and cosmetics you need to stay on top of your game. We are known for our amazing lash products, but we're so much more. Backed by scientific research, our products contain high quality ingredients that enrich and nourish the skin, and are compatible with virtually every skin type. And we stand behind them with our Love It Guarantee. 

    • Color Street (BJ Vigil) - ColorStreet.com/BJVigil - Color Street nail strips are 100% nail polish adhesives. No tools required and last up to 14 days. Everything you need for a salon quality manicure or pedicure is included in an envelope with 16 double-ended nail strips ensuring the perfect fit!


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