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Court Observance Week
On October 14, 1974, President Gerald R. Ford signed a proclamation designating the second full week of October as NALS Court Observance Week. This proclamation established the basis for a NALS tradition of recognizing the skill and dedication to the system we serve. NALS has continued this tradition over the years by establishing an annual theme which our states and chapters promote when hosting Court Observance Week events locally. 

We encourage every member, chapter, and committee to organize, publicize, and participate in an event during NALS Court Observance Week in celebration of the constitutional freedoms our courts protect.  What can you do to get involved? Get a local committee together to plan a mock trial for staff members in your firm and invite staff members from other firms in your area to attend as well. Coordinate and promote a courthouse tour. The possibilities are limited only by your creativity and dedication. Need more ideas? Network with your NALS friends, or search the internet to learn what other chapters have done in the past. A search using the term “court observance week” will produce several useful links. And while you’re online, take time to read the full text of President Ford’s proclamation on The American Presidency Project’s website. It’s just another reminder of the importance of your contribution to the legal community.

Court Observance Week Themes


2019 Free Speech, Free Press, Free Society

2018 - Separation of Powers: Framework for Freedom

2017 - Fourteenth Amendment

2016 - Miranda: More Than Words

2015 - Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness

2014 A Day in the Life of a Legal Professional: From Shadows to the Spotlight
2013 - Our Courts, Working to Assure the Survival and Success of Liberty
2012 - No Courts, No Justice, No Freedom
2011 - Lest We Forget
2010 - Citizens and Their Courthouse

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2019 NALS National Board Application and Nomination Deadline

Amylyn Riedling PP PLS-SC2019 NALS Board of Directors
Mathew M. Sagum2019 Board of Directors

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