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NALA membership is a terrific way to stay in touch with paralegals from throughout the United States. With communications, there is also leadership, and volunteer opportunities. Read more about these programs in this section of the web site.


NALA Membership Newsletters ... Archive issues now available!
The e-newsletter is sent to members' preferred e-mail address, however, many newsletters are blocked by servers because they are considerd spam. It is not a guarantee that all members receive this information. Former issues are available from the link below.  Check this often to be sure you are current with NALA news!


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 Click for photo. LEAP Classes 2010 and 2011 honored at the 2010 NALA Convention.


 Use this link to update your membership data, including new address or contact information and to renew your NALA dues.
 


Communications with fellow members, referring to former issues of Facts & Findings, checking on state ethical opinions and cases are all important ingredients to membership in NALA and your professional life. NALA Net offers each of these references.

Click to request your NALA Net user name and password.


Need some tips on using the NALA Net Conference Center? 

 for a helpful article that appeared in the July/August 2010 issue of Facts & Findings.

In addition to NALA Net, members may also participate in LEAP, the association's Leadership Enhancement and Preparation program. Introduced in 2007, LEAP is a terrific way for affiliated association members and NALA members to learn more about volunteer leadership and organizations.

 



The NALA Annual Membership Meeting is the one time that members gather to participate in terrific educational programs, as well as association business meetings. 

Each year, NALA publishes an Annual Report, summarizing the association's work for the year, and a snapshot of the association's financial standing. The report is distributed to NALA members at the July Annual Meeting and posted on the NALA web site.  

Click here to read the 2013 Annual Report of NALA.

 

 

News & Upcoming Events
Certified Paralegal Program Receives National Accreditation

The National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) has accredited the NALA Certified Paralegal certification program for a five year period, expiring April 30, 2019 ...

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Paralegal CLE App for iPad and Androids Now Available

NALA Advanced Paralegal Certification courses, and NALA Campus self-study programs are now available from the Apple Store and Google Play! Paralegals may now purchase or login to courses in which they are currently enrolled through this app. The app features a free course preview for each of the 32 programs, and access to course pre-tests for CP Exam prep courses!

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New Advanced Certification Course - Child Custody

A new Advanced Paralegal Certification (APC) course in Family Law – Child Custody, Support and Visitation is now available to paralegals seeking advanced certification in this specialty practice area ...

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Certifying Board Releases Job Analysis Report

The report is used by the Certifying Board to validate and update the Certified Paralegal exam as needed and ensure NALA has current information about the roles and responsibilities of paralegals.

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Need a product or service for your office?

The NALA Vendor Directory is a terrific place to start. This is a list of legal vendors offering a great range of help including deposition services, document services, and investigations. Click the link below...
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2014 Annual Meeting News
NALA 39th Annual Summer Institutes 
July 23-25, 2014, Charleston, South Carolina


 
Click here if you are a legal vendor seeking information about exhibiting at the 2014 Annual Convention.

 
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July 23-25, 2014
Charleston  Marriott
Charleston, South Carolina
 
 
Keynote Address a Great Beginning!
Speaker Robert D. Wallace, Esq. received a well-deserved standing ovation following his opening remarks this morning at NALA's 39th annual convention.

Mr. Wallace reminded the audience that the practice of law is not about the case number or billable hour but about people, usually ordinary people.

He spoke about how the U.S. legal system derived from the signing of the Magna Carta at Runnymede in Britain in 1215. The start and source of the judicial system is the right to trial by jury. All these years later, the jury system remains virtually the same. He urged us to be aware that we need to resist attempts by special interests to control or regulate the jury system or it may be destroyed.

Robert Wallace succeeded in his stated goal to make us laugh, some of us cry and all of us proud to be a part of the judicial system. A great start to our convention!

Important!  Meeting Room Changes!

  • The Luncheon on Thursday, July 24 will begin at 12:30
  • The Member Exchange Presentation on Thursday, July 24 entitled:
    RSTD - What's Your Communication Style? will be held in the Opal Room

    For ALL DAYS:
     
  • The Corporate Institute will be held in the Crystal Ballroom E-F
  • The Discovery Institute will be held in the Yellow Topaz
This is a last minute change in room assignments. The printed guide will be incorrect, and the apps are likely to be updated after the meeting begins.

 
2014 NALA Annual Report
Now Available
A review of NALA's accomplishments in 2013-14 including a summary of the auditor's report, board action, certification board action and committee reports.

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download your copy.
2014 NALA Award Recipients Announced!
Join NALA in honoring the accomplishments of these special members!

NALA Founders Award

NALA President's Award
NALA Honorary Membership Award
National Affiliated Achievement Award
Affiliated Associations Outstanding Contribution Award
Affiliate Awards
NALA 25 Year Members
Voting members who cannot attend this meeting may designate another voting member  to cast their votes by proxy. The designation of proxy must have been filed by June 25, 2014 to be recorded.

For a list of members who are voting by proxy at the 2014 Annual Meeting. This includes the proxy holders' names and alternate proxy holders.
Click for complete election and voting info. This includes the proxy form, instructions to proxy, candidate info and proposed bylaw amendments, as published in the May issue of Facts & Findings.

Candidates and Voting Information
 
  • Members Eligible to Vote:
Only active members in good standing forty-five (45) days prior to the annual meeting shall be qualified to vote at such meeting. Voting members present at the annual meeting, or represented by proxy, will elect officers and directors, and vote on other matters properly before the members for action.
  • Notice of Annual Meeting
The official notice of the annual meeting is included in the January 2014 issue of Facts & Findings.
Click here to open this file.

NALA Board Recommends for Adoption
Amendments to NALA Bylaws


In addition to voting on the candidates, the NALA Board of Directors is recommending for adoption by the membership the following amendments to the NALA Bylaws.   During the past year, a committee of the NALA Board of Directors has been reviewing NALA’s governance structure.  The parameters for this review and possible changes include cost savings and the continued ability of the Board of Directors to address the needs of the organization quickly and decisively.   The committee studied the question of reducing the size of the board while maintaining a high level of service committed to guiding NALA in pursuit of its mission.  The report of the committee concluded that it would be possible to reduce the number of members of the board of directors over a multi-year transition period. At this time, the board is working on a transition plan to discuss with the NALA membership during the 2014 annual convention.

The NALA Board of Directors determined that one cost-saving step may be taken immediately. That step is to combine the two vice president positions into one. The following bylaw amendment is recommended for adoption by the membership during the July 2014 meeting. If adopted by the membership, this amendment will become effective for the elections in July 2016.

Article IV – Directors
Current Language (with proposed changes shown):

B-(4.6)The directors shall hold an election for the office of president at a regular meeting to be held prior to the annual meeting of the membership. The president must be elected from the membership of the directors in accordance with the procedure set forth in the procedures and policies of the Corporation. The president shall serve from the first Board of Directors meeting following the annual meeting of the members through the annual meeting of the members of the next ensuing fiscal year.    All other officers shall be elected by the membership of this Corporation at the annual meeting of the membership and shall hold their office for one (1) year or until their successors are duly elected and qualified. No member shall hold the same office for more than two (2) consecutive years. Officers of the Corporation shall be elected by the membership of this Corporation for one (1) year terms or until their successors are duly elected and qualified. Such term of office, including the term of President, begins with the first Board of Directors meeting following the annual meeting of the membership. (New Sentence) Beginning with the annual meeting held in 2018, no member shall hold the same office for more than two (2) consecutive terms.

Proposed New Language:
B-(4.6) Election and Tenure of Officers.
B-(4.6) The directors shall hold an election for the office of president at a regular meeting to be held prior to the annual meeting of the membership. The president must be elected from the membership of the directors in accordance with the procedure set forth in the procedures and policies of the Corporation. The president shall serve from the first Board of Directors meeting following the annual meeting of the members through the annual meeting of the members of the next ensuing fiscal year. Officers of the Corporation shall be elected by the membership of this Corporation for one (1) year terms or until their successors are duly elected and qualified. Such term of office, including the term of President, begins with the first Board of Directors meeting following the annual meeting of the membership.  Beginning with the annual meeting held in 2018, no member shall hold the same office for more than two (2) consecutive terms.

Article VI - Officers
Current Language (with proposed changes shown)

6.1 Officers. The officers of the Corporation shall consist of a president, first vice president, second vice president, secretary, and treasurer.

Proposed New Language:
6.1 Officers. The officers of the Corporation shall consist of a president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer.

Article VI - Officers
Current Language (with proposed changes shown)

6.5 First Vice President. The first vice president shall exercise the functions of the president in the absence or disability of the president and, when so acting, shall have all of the powers and authority of the president. The first vice president shall perform such other duties as from time to time may be assigned by the directors or the president.

Proposed New Language:

6.5 Vice President. The vice president shall exercise the functions of the president in the absence or disability of the president and, when so acting, shall have all of the powers and authority of the president. The vice president shall perform such other duties as from time to time may be assigned by the directors or the president.

Article VI - Officers

6.6 Second Vice President. The second vice president shall be charged with soliciting new members and shall approve or reject all applications for membership in accordance with these Bylaws and the policies and procedures of the Corporation. Applications for membership shall be made upon standard forms furnished by the Corporation and submitted with annual dues and initiation fee. Any application which is rejected or not approved may be referred to the directors for reconsideration upon written request of the applicant made to the president of the Corporation.

Proposed New Language:
Strike Article VI.6.6  in its entirety.

2014 Sample Ballot
Candidates for Office and Proposed Bylaw Amendments


Click Candidate Name for
Statement of Qualifications and
Response to Candidate's Question
First Vice President
• Cassandra Oliver, ACP
Second Vice President
•  Jill I. Francisco, ACP
Secretary
•  Melissa J. Hamilton, ACP
Treasurer
•  Jeanie C. Johnson, ACP
•  Debra L. Overstreet, ACP
Region 1 Director
•  Elisse Stern, ACP
Region 5 Director
•  Cheryl J. Nodarse, CP
Region 6 Director
•  Melissa M. Klimpel, ACP
Region 7 Director
•  A. Teresa (Teri) E. Phillips, ACP
Region 9 Director
•  Michele T. Pfeiffer, CLA
•  Mary L. Theroux, ACP
Proposed Bylaw Amendments:

Amendments to NALA Bylaws, Articles IV (B-4.6); VI, 6.1, 6.5 and 6.6 as recommended by the NALA Board of Directors.
 
___ Yes     ___ No