Congratulations, Jamie Roddey, PLS, on your retirement!

On June 27, 2018, Sullivan, Sullivan & Thompson hosted Jamie's retirement luncheon and presented her with a nice plaque which recognized her retirement and 50 -- yes, 50! -- years of service to the legal profession.

Congratulations, Jamie, and enjoy your retirement !!  



This MSLPA Membership Flyer provides additional information regarding the benefits of membership in this Association.

Staying in touch with your NALS Pals -- there's an app for that!!!

Connect with your NALS Pals on a platform that looks and feels like social media outlets we use every day. Our new environment allows you to expand your relationships with and easily connect to other members. You can now share articles, register for conferences, access your Professional Development Journal, catch up on the latest news, and offer encouragement to your community in an arena you will find familiar.

There are a couple of ways to access the new platform:

Desktop:  Log in to NALS.org just as you always have and then select “My Profile.” You will find a much more user-friendly experience, allowing you to connect to your NALS Pals.

Mobile: Additionally, you can search for and download the SocialLink app from the iPhone or Android app store. Use your NALS.org log-in credentials to access this new platform.

TEAM WORK IN ACTION!

Membership is a tri-level experience -- with your paid dues, you become a member of the national, state and local associations.  For more information, please contact our Membership Chair and Vice President, Christopher Pickreign.

 


NALS Membership Application



Interested in Joining NALS?

Membership Classification

$130 - Individual Membership - Individual members shall consist of those persons engaged in work of a legal nature who agree to comply with the NALS Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility. Individual members shall be members in good standing of a chartered chapter or state association or who work or reside in a geographic area where a chartered chapter does not exist. Individual members shall be primary members of only one chapter and/or state association, and shall be voting members with the right to hold elective office. A $10 processing fee shall be submitted with each new individual member application. 

$85 - Associate Membership - Associate members include educators, judges, and attorneys. This membership classification may not 
vote or hold elective office, except as specifically provided in the NALS bylaws. Individual members may transfer to associate membership upon qualifying for associate membership.

$39 - Student Membership - Student members include students attending an accredited program relating to work of a legal nature, who are classified by that school as taking at least nine hours per semester/quarter of college credit. This membership classification may not vote or hold elective office, except as specifically provided in the NALS bylaws.

$75 - Retired Membership 
Retired members shall be members in good standing, who are retired and have a total of five consecutive years as a member immediately prior to retirement, and who have either attained age 62 or have retired due to physical disability, and shall be voting members with the right to hold elective office.

$1,510 - Life Membership - Life members shall be qualified individual members. Dues paid for life membership are nonrefundable and nontransferable and shall be effective only during such period as the life member qualifies as an individual member. Life members shall be voting members with the right to hold elective office. 

$207 - International Membership - International members are persons, residing outside the United States, engaged in work of a legal nature who agree to comply with the NALS Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility.  International members shall be members in good standing of a chartered chapter or state association or who work or reside in a geographic area where a chartered chapter does not exist. International members shall be primary members of only one chapter and/or state association, and shall be voting members with the right to hold elective office. 

By joining NALS, you are agreeing to be bound by the NALS Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility, as well as the NALS Bylaws and Standing Rules.  A person serving a sentence for a felony conviction is not eligible for membership.  A member, to be in good standing, shall be current in the payment of dues or other accounts payable to NALS (as defined in Article V, Dues and Fees), as applicable. 

Take a look at some of the great benefits NALS members can enjoy:

Affinity Partners - Benefits For Members

Through outside sources NALS is able to provide our members with many discounted services that otherwise would be substantially more expensive. Below is an overview:

123CE.COM: Give yourself the competitive edge with NALS-approved online continuing education offered through 123ce.com. 30+ specialized CLE courses are available, offering over 310 hours of NALS-approved CLE credit! NALS members will receive 10% off.  

Aflac: NALS is making Aflac’s accident, critical illness, life, and cancer/specified-disease insurance policies available to its members. Aflac offers a distinct type of protection. Unlike major medical health insurance, Aflac pays you (unless otherwise assigned) not the doctor or hospital. You control the cash benefits and spend them as you like to help with financial challenges an accident or illness could have to your standard of living. 

Avis Car Rental: We are pleased to announce that Avis is now a supplier of rental car services for members of NALS. NALS members can enjoy special member rates, considerable value-added discounts and the latest in technology, products, and services to make your car rental experience better than ever. Some of Avis’ programs include: Complimentary Preferred® Service Enrollment, Where2TM GPS, and Avis e-Receipt. 

Bill4Time - Time Billing Software: Bill4Time is the leading time billing software with proven features, accuracy and functionality. Bill4Time handles your most important business matters, leaving you more time to focus on your practice. As a perk of NALS membership, all members will receive a FREE version of Bill4Time that includes ten (10) clients and fifteen (15) matters. They will also receive a 20% lifetime discount on all of Bill4Time's products and services. 

DLS Internet Services: DLS is a technology services provider with primary expertise in the areas of unified communications and network operations. DLS has been a trusted partner for over 20 years, helping firms stay competitive and realizing value through our comprehensive suite of technology services for feature-rich VOIP Hosted PBX integrated communications, network security, and private cloud services. We help keep your operations agile, secure and better able to harness the power of true unified communications. Members of NALS receive a 10% discount on services.

Email Marketing by Constant Contact®: Are you looking for an easy, effective, and highly affordable way to get your message out to your members and build strong, successful, and lasting relationships with them? With Email Marketing by Constant Contact, you’ll create high-impact email newsletters and promotions in minutes, no technical expertise necessary. With more than 400 easily-customized templates, a simple point-and-click tool, and award-winning free customer support, you can create professional, compelling messages your audience will act on. And we make it easy for you to manage your contact lists, sign up website visitors, track your clicks and open rates, and send automated communications to new subscribers.

FedEx® Advantage Program: By participating in the FedEx® Advantage Program, NALS members are eligible for the following discounts: 
Up to 16% off select FedEx Express® U.S. shipping
Up to 12% off select FedEx Ground® shipping
Up to 20% off select FedEx Office® services


Hertz Car Rental: Take advantage of special discounts available through NALS Hertz Member Savings program. 
Liberty Mutual Insurance: Liberty Mutual has partnered with NALS to offer member-exclusive savings on quality auto and home insurance.* 
*Discounts and savings are available where state laws and regulations allow, and may vary by state. To the extent permitted by law, applicants are individually underwritten; not all applicants may qualify. 


Paralegal Today: Paralegal Today is the leading, independent magazine serving the needs of paralegals and legal assistants for over 30 years. Members of NALS get a discount on subscription rates. Your subscription includes access to the current and previous digital editions which can be read online or with your iPhone, iPad or other mobile device. 
UPS: UPS was founded in 1907 as a messenger company in the United States. UPS has grown into a multi-billion-dollar corporation by clearly focusing on the goal of enabling commerce around the globe. Today, UPS serves more than 200 countries and territories, reaching 90% of the world’s population. Whether you need a shipment to arrive the same day, the next day, or in a few days, UPS will get your package there on time–guaranteed. UPS is the newest partner with NALS and now offers NALS members a discount of up to 26%. 

@WashULaw - $10,000 Scholarship Link: 
Washington University School of Law’s online Master of Legal Studies (MLS) program is designed for professionals who are interested in exploring U.S. law as it relates to a wide array of disciplines, but do not wish to practice as an attorney and earn a three-year juris doctor degree. Delivered completely online, this top-tier program features the same rigorous curriculum and is taught by the same faculty as the on-campus program at Washington University School of Law. No LSAT or GRE score are required. As a NALS member, you are eligible for a $10,000 scholarship if you choose to enroll in this program.

                  And so many more benefits !!

                  Make the most out of your career and join today!

                   Membership has an advantage

                  NALS Mission

                  NALS is dedicated to enhancing the competencies and contributions of members in the legal services profession. NALS Accomplishes its mission and supports the public interest through:

                  • Continuing legal education and resource materials

                  • Networking opportunities at the local, state, regional and national levels

                  • Commitment to a Code of Ethics and professional standards

                  • Professional certification programs and designations

                  NALS Code of Ethics & Professional Responsibility

                  Members of NALS are bound by the objectives of this association and the standards of conduct required of the legal profession.

                  Every member shall:

                  • Encourage respect for the law and administration of justice

                  • Observe rules governing privileged communications and confidential information

                  • Promote and exemplify high standards of loyalty, cooperation, and courtesy

                  • Perform all duties of the profession with integrity and competence

                  • Pursue a high order of professional attainment

                  Integrity and high standards of conduct are fundamental to the success of our professional association. This Code is promulgated by  NALS and accepted by its members to accomplish these ends.

                  Canon 1. Members of this association shall maintain a high degree of competency and integrity through continuing education to better assist the legal profession in fulfilling its duty to provide quality legal services to the public.

                  Canon 2. Members of this association shall maintain a high standard of ethical conduct and shall contribute to the integrity of the association and the legal profession.

                  Canon 3. Members of this association shall avoid a conflict of interest pertaining to a client matter.

                  Canon 4. Members of this association shall preserve and protect the confidences and privileged communications of a client.

                  Canon 5. Members of this association shall exercise care in using independent professional judgment and in determining the extent to which a client may be assisted without the presence of a lawyer and shall not act in matters involving professional legal judgement.

                  Canon 6. Members of this association shall not solicit legal business on behalf of a lawyer.

                  Canon 7. Members of this association, unless permitted by law, shall not perform paralegal functions except under the direct supervision of a lawyer and shall not advertise or contract with members of the general public for the performance of paralegal functions.

                  Canon 8. Members of this association, unless permitted by law, shall not perform any of the duties restricted to lawyers or do things which lawyers themselves may not do and shall assist in preventing the unauthorized practice of law.

                  Canon 9. Members of this association not licensed to practice law shall not engage in the practice of law as defined by statutes or court decisions.

                  Canon 10. Members of this association shall do all other things incidental, necessary or expedient to enhance professional responsibility and participation in the administration of justice and public service in cooperation with the legal profession.