NALS News and Updates for September 2018

If you are a lawyer just starting out in the legal field and dealing with working with support staff for the first time, this article is for you.  If you are a seasoned legal assistant (lawyers: the term used to be "legal secretary") or paralegal who is trying to figure out how young lawyers work, this article is for you.  I am here to send a message: do not underestimate the benefits of a well-trained, certified legal assistant to your career as a lawyer.  

When you want a job-whether it's your dream job or you're simply ready to move on-it can be all too easy to accept any offer you're given, even if it's not the right offer for you.

Create a Social Media Hashtag for Your Theme or Meeting

Does your Chapter President and/or Leadership team create themes for their upcoming year? If so, make it a hashtag on Facebook and encourage your chapter members to use it and post online during meetings and social events. You can even ask them to use it when they meet up with a local groups or classrooms in the area to highlight what your chapter is doing to impact your community. 
NALS News and Updates
NALS Professional Paralegal (PP) 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 Paralegal (PP) 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.

NALS Foundation News
NALS Foundation is selling Custom Rustic Cuffs for the Fall/Winter Season.   The price is $40 per cuff. Support the NALS Foundation and purchase yours while supplies last. These would make a great gift for your chapter's leadership.

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!
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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. 

How Are You Handling Your Members' Data?

NALS Resource Center Staff follows 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).

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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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