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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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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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LIVE! 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, November 13, 2014
Noon - 1:30 pm Central Time
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Conference ID – 3855

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, October 16, 2014
Noon - 1:30 pm Central Time
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Conference ID – 3831

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 Strategies for Paralegals Seeking Excellence. She is a past president of NALA, received the Association’s President’s Award in 2003, and until recently 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, October 23, 2014
Noon - 1:30 pm Central Time
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Conference ID – 3839

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.
 
The Ethical Use of Paralegals
Vicki Voisin, ACP
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Noon - 1:30 pm Central Time
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Conference ID – 3844


How is the word “paralegal” defined and who is qualified to use “paralegal” as a title at work? What are the ethics rules regarding tasks a paralegal can – and cannot do -- under the supervision of an attorney? How can an attorney ethically utilize the skills of a paralegal to increase productivity and billable hours while lowering costs to clients? This course is designed for both paralegals and attorneys who will benefit from a review the ethical boundaries within which a paralegal must work, as well as the guidelines in place for the utilization of paralegals. Discussion will include confidentiality and privilege, conflicts of interest, the unauthorized practice of law, billing for paralegal time, and more.

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 Learned From A Civil Action
Rebecca E. Patty, JD
Monday, December 8, 2014
Noon - 1:30 pm Central Time
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Conference ID – 3871

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, November 20, 2014
Noon - 1:30 pm Central Time
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Conference ID – 3862

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 Technologies
Karin M. Scheehle, ACP
Thursday, September 25, 2014
Noon - 1:30 pm Central Time
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Conference ID – 3815

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 M. Scheehle ACP MBA CEDS is a litigation paralegal for Gallagher & Kennedy PA in Phoenix, AZ, where she works on multi-million dollar personal injury cases. She has more than 30 years’ experience in the legal profession and has assisted in more than 50 trials in California, Texas and Arizona. She specializes in technology enhanced case management and electronic trial presentation, and also has experience in the areas of real estate, corporate, admiralty, and administrative law as well as law firm administration and technology management. She has a BS degree in Management, an MBA with a specialty in technology management, and has taught litigation, technology, case management, and law firm management at many local and national seminars. She has been a guest lecturer at a number of paralegal schools and is currently an adjunct faculty member in the Phoenix College Legal Studies Program. Karin holds NALA’s Advanced Paralegal Certification in Litigation and Personal Injury and is a CaseLogistix Certified Administrator and Certified eDiscovery Specialist.  She has been a member of the Arizona Paralegal Association’s Board of Directors for 14 years.  She has also served on NALA’s Board of Directors for 10 years, was on the NALA Certifying Board for three years, and the Professional Development Committee for three years (serving two years as chair).