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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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One on using computers in the law office and the other on electronic legal research. Check it out!
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News & Upcoming Events
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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Ethics
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.

Vicki Voisin, ACP
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Noon – 1:30 pm Central Time
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Conference ID – 3731

This course expands on the popular basic ethics course offered on NALA Campus Live! since the program began. It focuses on complex ethics issues faced by paralegals and legal assistants working in law firms, governmental agencies and corporations, with particular emphasis on the unauthorized practice of law, conflicts of interest and confidentiality. The rules, regulations, and responsibilities guiding the ethical behavior of paralegal professionals are discussed, including case law, the ABA Model Rules and NALA’s Code of Ethics and Guidelines for the Utilization of Legal Assistants.
 
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.
 
Vicki Voisin, ACP
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Noon – 1:30 pm Central Time
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Conference ID – 3713

This basic course will focus on the foundation of legal ethics, including the history of ethics rules and the guidelines for the utilization of paralegal services. The importance of understanding the attorney’s ethical obligation will be stressed. Moving on from these established rules, participants will review the issues of attorney supervision, the unauthorized practice of law and conflicts of interest. The NALA Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility and the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct, as well as recent case law and ethics opinions, will be employed as basic references.
 
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.
  
Basic Ethics: Part 2
Vicki Voisin, ACP
Thursday, May 22, 2014
Noon - 1:30 pm Central Time
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Conference ID – 3719

This basic course will continue the lessons learned in Ethics I, with a focus on confidentiality and attorney-client privilege, fees, billing and client funds, prohibited communications and the duty of candor. Participants will also be exposed to a brief overview of the application of ethics rules to technological advances such as cell phones, e-mail, web sites and research on the Internet. The NALA Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility and the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct, as well as recent case law and ethics opinions, will be employed as basic references.
 
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.
 
Ethics and Movies: What We Learn From A Civil Action
Rebecca E. Patty
Monday, February 3, 2014
Noon – 1:30 pm Central Time
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Conference ID – 3685

From Atticus Finch to Joe Pesci in My Cousin Vinny, lawyers, paralegals and judges have provided some of Hollywood’s most memorable movie heroes, villains and characters.  In many of the renowned legal dramas, especially within the film, A Civil Action, many legal and ethical dilemmas are presented and dealt with in fascinating ways.  Take a trip through cinema history as we watch, learn and predict ethical dilemmas and their cinematic resolution!
 
Rebecca E. Patty currently serves as an Associate General Counsel for the Alabama Department of Environmental Management, having served in that position since 1992.  As such, Ms. Patty conducts the negotiation and complex litigation of all types of administrative, civil, and personnel proceedings.  She also conducts legal research and opinion writing for the Department, supervising rulemaking and regulation adoption for the Land Division, prosecution of administrative orders to ensure environmental compliance, assistance in permit writing and rendering advice and counsel to the Land, Air, Water, and Coastal Divisions of the Department.  (RCRA, CWA, CERCLA).    In the past Ms. Patty has served as an Administrative Hearing Officer for the Department during public notice hearings on regulation changes.  Ms. Patty’s qualifications also include conducting defensive litigation on behalf of ADEM during appeals of terminated employees, and EEOC.
 
In 1987, Rebecca Patty received her B.A. degree in Political Science and English from Jacksonville State University.  She received her J.D. degree from the Cumberland school of Law in May, 1990.   She was admitted to the Alabama State Bar in September, 1990.  Ms. Patty is admitted to practice in the state and all federal courts in Alabama, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the District of Columbia Courts and the United States Supreme Court.
 
Ms. Patty also is a distinguished professor having taught at Samford University, Troy University, University of Alabama at Birmingham, and the Birmingham School of Law.

In 2008, Ms. Patty was awarded the Alumna of the Year award by Jacksonville State University for her career achievements and work with her alma mater.
 
In 2010 Ms. Patty published an article in September/October 2010 issue of Facts & Findings.  Ms. Patty also that year presented her first seminar for NALA Campus LIVE!
 
Ethics and Technology
Vicki Voisin, ACP
Thursday, May 8, 2014
Noon – 1:30 pm Central Time
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Conference ID – 3738

Technological advances are a source of additional ethical concerns for paralegals. This course will focus on complex ethics issues faced by paralegals and legal assistants as they deal with technology in the work place. Participants will explore the ethical perils of the world of law firm technology, including e-discovery, Metadata, web sites, blogs, e-mail, cell phones, faxes, and more. As with NALA’s other ethics courses, the rules, regulations, and responsibilities guiding the ethical behavior of paralegal professionals are referenced, including case law, the ABA Model Rules and NALA’s Code of Ethics and Guidelines for the Utilization of Legal Assistants.

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.
 
 Techno-Ethics: Ethical Challenges with New Technology
Karin M. Scheehle, ACP
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Noon - 1:30 pm Central Time
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Conference ID – 3696

This presentation is intended to discuss continuing ethical challenges as they relate to the use of technology.  Bar associations and courts continue to grapple with the ethical issues created by emerging technologies including Facebook, UTube, Twitter, smartphones, e-discovery, and spoliation.  This presentation will address some of the ethical challenges facing paralegals in helping their legal team deal with these challenges.  It will also contain information on new rulings and ethical opinions to give direction in navigating these emerging areas.
 
Karin is currently employed as a litigation paralegal for Gallagher & Kennedy P.A. in Phoenix, Arizona, working on multi-million dollar personal injury cases.  Karin has over 30 years experience working in the legal profession and is an experienced litigation paralegal and law firm administrator.  Although the vast majority of her experience has been in litigation, she has also worked in other areas of the law including real estate, corporate, admiralty, and administrative law.  Karin has assisted in more than 50 trials, including trials in California, Texas and Arizona.  Karin specializes in technology enhanced case management and electronic trial presentation.

Karin received her Certified Paralegal designation from the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) in 1985 and her ACP specializing in litigation in 1987.  Karin has a Bachelor of Science degree in Management, graduating With Honors and an MBA with emphasis in technology management.

Karin has served on the Board of Directors of the Arizona Paralegal Association for 14 years, holding a variety of offices and currently serves as APA President.  Karin also served on the Certifying Board for NALA for three years, has proctored numerous testing sessions for NALA’s CP exam and was a guest lecturer in a number of CP review courses.  Karin has served on NALA’s Board of Directors for eight years and is currently NALA’s Region VII Director.

Karin has taught numerous seminars both locally and nationally, predominately in the areas of litigation, technology, case management, and law firm management for paralegals.  Karin has had articles published in both local and national publications.  She has also served as a guest lecturer at several legal assistant schools and currently teaches as Adjunct Faculty in the ABA approved Legal Studies program at Phoenix College in Phoenix, AZ.