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Awards & Recognition
Honoring Excellence in the Legal Support Industry

Our Members are OUR Heroes! 

NALS values and respects its members for their many contributions to all levels of our association. NALS recognizes the achievements of members and of local chapters through its membership recognition and award programs. Praise and recognition are essential to an outstanding professional association, and NALS makes recognition a part of its culture.


While NALS recognition and award programs are national level, they begin with the grassroots levels. NALS can only recognize members for their achievements if other members pass on information about them. Help NALS identify our outstanding members by submitting nominations. There are unsung heroes in our association just waiting for you to nominate them. Below are some of the recognition programs NALS offers.




NALS Award of Excellence

The NALS Award of Excellence is presented annually to recognize outstanding achievement in association leadership and professional development.  It is the top honor a member can receive from NALS.  This award began in 1957 as the Legal Secretary of the Year.  The name was changed in 1994 to better reflect the membership of NALS and to be more inclusive of those being honored.


View eligibility requirements and past award winners here.



NALS Volunteer of the Year Award


Volunteers are at the heart of NALS' work and success! Because of the contributions of volunteers’ time, talent, and expertise, NALS can provide the essential education and tools, a vibrant online community, and exceptional experiences and relationships that we all value so highly. Each year over 150 volunteers step into various roles on the national, state, and local chapter platforms to fulfill and continue the mission of NALS. 

In addition to having a Leadership Appreciation Day event annually, NALS Board of Directors along with NALS Resource Center have chosen a 'Volunteer of the Year.' From our national pool of volunteers and leadership, one person that exemplifies the exact definition of character, dependability, and leadership will be chosen and honored with this award.


NALS Mentoring Award

The Mentoring Award recognizes members for mentoring new/potential members by carrying out the NALS mission. Recipients display continued support to NALS by engaging with legal professionals at all levels, enhancing the profession, and promoting NALS. Recipients are announced at Annual Conference. View more information here.

NALS Member and Chapter Spotlights


Member and chapter recognition is done monthly through spotlight features in the NALS Docket, our monthly email newsletter.


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