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NALA has produced continuing education materials for paralegals for over 30 years. From the release of the first NALA Manual for Legal Assistants in the 70's, to today's web-based Advanced Paralegal Certification programs, NALA is dedicated to providing the best in CLE for all paralegals. 


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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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Real Estate-Principles Released

The NALA Advanced Paralegal Certification Board has released the much anticipated Real Estate Principles course! Real Estate Principles is now available online . . .

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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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Limited Practice Rule for Nonlawyers Approved June 15

June 15, 2012 Washington Supreme Court Order #25700-A-1005 Consistent with GR 25 (the Supreme Court rule establishing the Practice of Law Board), the rule establishes a framework for the licensing and regulation of non-attorneys to engage in discrete activities that currently fall within the definition of the "practice of law" (as defined by GR 24) and which are currently subject to exclusive regulation and oversight by this Court. The rule itself authorizes no one to practice. It simply establishes the regulatory framework for the consideration of proposals to allow non-attorneys to practice.

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General - Career Skills
Registration fees are $80 per course for NALA members, and $105 for non-members. Fees vary for courses presented in two parts.

The audio portion of the presentation is conducted via telephone conference call. This is a toll free call.

For groups, more than one participant per site, is $80 for one NALA member or $105 for one non-member registrant plus $45 for each additional person. Participants must register in order to receive Certificates of Attendance and CLE credit. Registrations of groups are handled through NALA Headquarters. Contact Mariah Williams at
mwilliams@nala.org.

CLE credit toward maintenance of the CP credential is available for completion of NALA Campus LIVE! programs. The maximum credit available is two hours per course.

For a list of the courses as in date order please click here.

Legal Teamwork: Attorney/Paralegal Relationships
Stephanie B. Elliott, NCCP and William E. Moore, Jr., Attorney
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Noon – 1:30 pm Central Time
Click here to register
Conference ID – 3751

The practice of law doesn’t just consist of fun and games: pleadings, discovery and courtroom appearances.  Behind the scenes, attorneys and paralegals must navigate relationships not only with their clients, opposing counsel, judges, vendors, etc., they must also learn how to work together as a team. Bill Moore and Stephanie Elliott will share stories from their ten years of working together to highlight the highs (multi-million dollar verdicts) and lows (scraping gum off a lawyer’s backside) of the attorney-paralegal relationship.

The relationship between attorneys and paralegals is complex and can be much like a marriage, and it is constantly evolving.  Paralegals must be able to produce high quality work, and also be able to meet the demands and eccentricities of their attorneys.  Attorneys need to understand the perceptions of their paralegals, learn to trust them, and have a understanding of what exactly paralegals can (and cannot) do for them.  How do you work together successfully in this crazy profession and not kill each other? It all comes down to communication, mutual respect and a willingness to work toward a common goal.

This course is for paralegals in all stages of their careers.  By the end of this course, new paralegals will learn from a long standing attorney-paralegal team how to successfully work together to advance their client’s goal.  Paralegals with several years, or even advanced years of practice can relate to the ups and downs of “practicing” together, and even take away some tips that might empower and help their own legal teams. 
There is no advanced reading assignments required or recommended prior to this session.  Come prepared to listen, laugh, gasp, and be inspired!

Stephanie B. Elliott, NCCP is a senior litigation paralegal for the law firm of Gray, Layton, Kersh, Solomon, Furr & Smith, P.A., in Gastonia, NC where she manages the practice of the senior litigation partner, William E. Moore, Jr. Ms. Elliott and Mr. Moore were featured in the Legal Teams column of Legal Assistant Today (May/June 2008). She specializes in litigation, and her experience also encompasses commercial, corporate and complex business litigation, employment litigation, personal injury, insurance defense, and medical malpractice.  She has experience with filings in the North Carolina Complex Business Court; State Court filings in counties across North Carolina; Federal Filings in the Western, Eastern and Middle districts of North Carolina, the North Carolina Court of Appeals and the Federal Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals (Richmond, VA).  Ms. Elliott is also a faculty member of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s Continuing Education Paralegal Certification Program, where she teaches Paralegal Profession and Legal Technology, and is also a member of the Academic Advisory Board.

Ms. Elliott is a member of various paralegal associations, including the National Association of Legal Assistants, the North Carolina State Bar Association, Paralegal Section and is the immediate past President of the North Carolina Paralegal Association. She currently serves as the North Carolina Paralegal Association’s NALA Liaison.  She is a featured speaker for the Institute for Paralegal Education and the National Business Institute, where she lectures on various litigation topics live and by webinar format.

She received her B.S. in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 1998 and is a Paralegal Technology Post-Baccalaureate Diploma Graduate from Central Piedmont Community College.  Ms. Elliott obtained her North Carolina State Bar Certification in 2005.  Ms. Elliott was awarded the Gaston County Paralegal of the Year in 2007, was nominated for the North Carolina Bar Association Paralegal of the Year Award in 2010 and was also award the Paralegal Gateway’s 2011 Paralegal Superstar Award.

In her spare time, Ms. Elliott keeps a busy social schedule.  She is an active member of First United Methodist Church of Gastonia, where she is a member of the Contemporary Choir, and Chanel Handbells.  She is raising an active and equally as busy 11 year old, and together they play the violin.  She is also teaching her son to play the trumpet (as she did all through junior high, high school and college) since he joined his school band this year.  When they aren’t practicing instruments or singing, they enjoy traveling to museums and seeing plays, and planning and preparing gourmet meals for their family and friends.  

William E. Moore, Jr. is a partner in the Gastonia law firm of Gray, Layton, Kersh, Solomon, Furr & Smith, P.A., where his main area of practice consists of prosecuting, defending and/or resolving disputes in state and federal courts.  His trial practice is concentrated in civil litigation, including employment law, complex business and exceptional cases, commercial and corporate litigation, real estate disputes, medical malpractice and civil rights.  Mr. Moore also has a strong appellate practice in the North Carolina and Federal Courts.  He is admitted to practice and has appeared at all levels of courts in North Carolina, the United States District Courts for the Eastern, Middle and Western districts of North Carolina and the United States Courts of Appeal for the 4th Circuit and Federal Circuit.   Mr. Moore has lectured for the North Carolina State Bar Association and various business and professional groups on a variety of topics dealing with civil litigation.  He received his B.A. degree in 1978, with high honors, from the University of Florida (Phi Beta Kappa), and his J.D. degree from Duke University School of Law in 1981.  Mr. Moore is a member of the Gaston County, North Carolina and American Bar Associations, and the N.C. Advocates of Justice.  In addition to his heavy litigation practice, Mr. Moore is a North Carolina State Certified Mediator, helping to settle routine lawsuits and facilitating the resolution of complex, multi-party litigation.

Mr. Moore also serves his community by participating with, and sitting on the boards of several non-profit agencies.  He is a Board Member of Gastonia Sister Cities, an Officer and Board Member in the Gastonia East Rotary Club, a Board Member of Family Promise (formally Interfaith) and President of the Gastonia String Orchestra.  In addition, he is also an active member of First United Methodist Church in Gastonia, (Contemporary Choir and the Peanut Project Committee Member).

When he is not practicing law, driving his paralegal crazy, or sitting at a board meeting, Mr. Moore is likely to be found practicing the banjo, guitar, violin or harmonica.  (God help his wife of 34 years, who knows no silence!)
 
Vicki Voisin, ACP
Thursday, February 6, 2014
Noon – 1:30 pm Central Time
Click here to register
Conference ID – 3687
 
Do you have too little time and too much to do? Do you procrastinate? Do you suffer from information overload? Has the word “no” disappeared from your vocabulary?   This course will focus on procrastination, prioritizing, and planning, as well as goal setting and scheduling. Participants will identify time-wasters, weaknesses and habits that sabotage their ability to manage their time and keep their lives in balance. Time management techniques for professional and personal success will be offered and participants will concentrate on choosing realistic goals to regain control of their lives.
 
Vicki Voisin, ACP, is a nationally recognized author and speaker on issues related to ethics and to the paralegal profession. She is the creator and presenter of EthicsBasics, a unique program designed to raise awareness of ethical concerns by legal professionals and corporate employees. She also publishes a weekly ezine titled Paralegal Strategies. She is a past president of NALA, received the Association’s President’s Award in 2003, and until recently served on NALA’s Advanced Certification Board. Vicki has worked as a paralegal for over 20 years and is currently a self-employed contract paralegal in Charlevoix, Michigan.