NALS News and Updates for August 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.

Meetings are the  most common workplace setting where people are rendered speechless by nerves. But don't write yourself off as an introvert just yet. Even people who regularly voice their concerns can struggle with being ignored or overpowered by bigger players in the meeting room.

Tech Tip
NALS Facebook Events

Did you know you can follow along with NALS event updates through your personal Facebook? Simply access the link below and click 'Interested' on events you see that you would like to know about. Then, when NALS posts updates about the events, you will receive a simple notification. 

Host a Product and Service  'Hackathon'

Hackathons can be a great way to engage members, especially those looking to volunteer through some hands-on work. By hosting the event you can engage members to participate in quick-sprint events to help develop new products and services.  In return, the participants get a highly engaging experience with nonstop peer-to-peer networking and learning.

Learn more about 'Hackathons' on's Recent Blog Post.
NALS News and Updates
NALS Professional Legal Secretary (PLS)/Certified Legal Professional (CLP) Exam Now Online!

After over two years of hard work, dedication, and development between NALS Certification and Education Manager, Maria Easterly, and the NALS National Certifying Board, the Professional Legal Secretary (PLS)/Certified Legal Professional (CLP) exam is now online!  

Leadership Identification Committee (LIC) Seeking Volunteers 

The LIC is responsible for selecting the best and brightest from within the legal industry to serve as candidates for each vacant position on the NALS Board of Directors. Any member who is qualified can submit an application to be considered for appointment to the LIC.  The application deadline is October 15, 2018.

National Conference
Ticketed Events Email Sent to Conference Guests

Are YOU ready for some extra conference fun?

Learn about our ticketed events, conference gear, 2018-2019 National Leadership Breakfast, and NALS Foundation Events and Activities all in one place, our recent email. Registration deadlines are on September 5 so be sure to check soon. 

National Conference Education Schedule Now Online

NALS 67th Annual Education and Networking Conference is now online. You can see all the great topics and CLE hours you can earn by attending this national event.  

National Conference Pins Now Available

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.

NALS Foundation News
Dust Off Those Prom-y Dancing Shoes!

During the NALS 67th Annual Education and Networking Conference (Phoenix, AZ), 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. Click below to register for the event. Tickets are only $50.00 per person. 

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 Dinner will be served at this event and we ENCOURAGE all registrants to participate to the fullest by dressing in your prom formal wear. 

Support the NALS Foundation through Item Donations

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, hand-crafted wares, purchased items, or gift certificates are welcome. The NALS Foundation will gladly accept any and all donations!

Thank you NALS 2017 Circle and 2018 Full Circle 30/360 Donors! 

The NALS Foundation 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.

A special thanks to each of our individual and organizational donors!
NALS Foundation Summer/Fall Raffles and Fundraisers

Sign-up today! Many of the raffles and offers will be ending or be announced at this year's conference.
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Events & Deadlines

01/01/18 - 09/15/18 - NALS Traveling Gavel Challenge

NALS Networking and Specialty Sections are organized, virtual communities to pose questions about specific topics. Subscribe to access the section topic(s) that will assist you in your career journey.


NALS Foundation is offering all  Full Circle 30/360 Donors  the ability to advance purchase the custom Rustic Cuff, pictured here.  The price is $40 per cuff.  This cuff will be available for purchase to everyone on September 20, 2018 at the annual conference.

State/Local Chapter News
Submit Your 2018 Officer Rosters
If you have not submitted your 2018-2019 officer roster, please submit this so that rebates and other mailings will be delivered correctly. 
Membership and Certification Chairs! Please Request Updated Forms. 
NALS official forms and applications have been recently updated or converted. Please send an official request to the proper department for documents and links. 

For the latest NALS Membership Application, contact Morgan Ballou.

For the latest Certification and Education Forms, such as exam application,  recertification or specialty certificate applications, contact Maria Easterly.

How Are You Handling Your Members' Data?

NALS Resource Center Staff follow various association management outlets that provide top-notch information and keep us up-to-date on new technologies, ideas for engagement, and rules and regulation changes to managing our association. This article is to introduce you to a new compliance rule known as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Be sure your account (email) is up-to-date to receive all alert details regarding this.
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Continuing Legal Education Opportunities
Chapter Leaders and Online Examinees! 
This one is for you. . .

Webinar: Let's Talk About Online Exams
Thursday, October 11, 2018 |  12:30 PM to 1:30 PM (CST)
NALS Certification + Education Manager brings an in-depth look at the online exam process, from application to viewing test results. After the webinar, you will know the following objectives: 
  • The professional relevancy of online exams
  • NALS' impact on the legal support profession by implementing online exams
  • How the new online exam application process works
  • What to expect after an examinee takes an online exam
  • How to schedule a one-on-one talk with Certification + Education Manager about online exams
Be sure to bring your questions! Maria will be hosting a question and answer session for as long as needed. 

Price: Free to Members/ $5.00 for Future Members (Non-Members)
CLE: 1 Hour of General Continuing Legal Education
Resource Center Staff 
Tammy Hailey, CAE
NALS Executive Director -  NALS Foundation Director 
Maria Easterly  - Certification & Education Manager 
Lydia GoodnerMeetings & Communications Manager
Morgan Ballou - Membership Services Coordinator 

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