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May 2022

NALA is the Nation's Leading Professional Association for Paralegals

Equipping paralegals for the challenges of the future through certification, professional development, and advocacy.

-NALA Mission Statement
Ensuring paralegals are known and valued as an integral part of the legal ecosystem.

-NALA Vision Statement
Association News

 2022 NALA Conference & Expo

Don’t miss out on the 2022 NALA Conference & Expo! Join hundreds of paralegals both virtually and in-person in Phoenix, Arizona, from July 14-16. This three-day educational event is developed specifically for paralegals and other legal professionals. Attendees will have the opportunity to earn up to 15 hours of CLE with more than 30 sessions to choose from. Engage with leading legal experts and develop new skills and techniques to help advance your career.

You can learn more about our virtual and in-person options and download the brochure by clicking here.

NALA Elections - Candidate Forum June 15

NALA will be hosting a live-streamed Virtual Candidate Forum on June 15 at 2 p.m. CT. Candidates will be separated into the Board position for which they are running. Those positions are:

  • Vice President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Area Director

Click here to sign up for the Candidate Forum. The forum is free to attend, but space is limited, and attendees must register in advance. If you cannot attend this event, do not worry! There will be a second Candidate Forum July 13, 2022.

This candidate forum will be recorded and will be available to all members, at least one week before voting opens June 22.

May Volunteer Spotlight – Melissa Klimpel, ACP


In each monthly newsletter, an outstanding NALA volunteer is featured in the NALA Volunteer Spotlight. This spotlight includes the volunteer’s professional achievements and fun facts about them. We hope you enjoy this opportunity to get to know your fellow NALA members on a more personal level!

In this month’s spotlight, we would like to introduce you to Melissa Klimpel, ACP. Please click here to read the May Volunteer Spotlight!

Memorial Day Office Closure


In observance of Memorial Day, the NALA office will be closed on Monday, May 30, 2022. We will not forget those who fought and died while serving our country in the military. We honor their ultimate sacrifice to help keep our great nation free.

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Job Analysis Survey

Are you a paralegal or do you work with paralegals? We want to hear from you!

NALA’s Job Analysis Survey is sent to legal professionals across the nation to get detailed information about on-the-job duties and responsibilities of paralegals and the skills needed to perform their work. The findings are used by the NALA Certifying Board to ensure the Certified Paralegal Exam focuses on the skills and knowledge required of today’s working paralegals.

Click here to take the survey.


Milestone Membership Anniversaries

NALA members are at the core of NALA’s success. Each quarter, we will honor those who have reached MILESTONE membership anniversaries with NALA.

To see who has reached 5 years, 10 years, 15 years, 20 years, and 25 years (Honorary Membership status) of continuous NALA membership, please click here.

Want to be a part of this special recognition? If you continue your NALA membership – without lapse – for the number of years mentioned above, you will be eligible to receive one of our complimentary, exclusive membership anniversary pins. Don’t forget to stay up to date with your emails to ensure your NALA membership does not lapse!

Thank you to the longtime members who have been recognized this quarter. You are truly appreciated!





 Call for 2023 Conference Speakers

NALA is already looking for speakers for the 2023 NALA Conference & Expo!

Be part of the excitement in Boston, Massachusetts, by transforming your experience, ideas, and best practices into presenting a session for the conference.

We will begin accepting proposals starting June 1. Please click here to find out what you need to apply.


 May DEI - Mental Heath Awareness Month

In this month’s DEI article, Adrienne D. Berry, CP, takes a look at Mental Health Awareness Month and how you can recognize the signs that you or someone close to you might be struggling.

To read the article, click here.





Court Reporter Catastrophe

How do you know if your court reporter is really a court reporter?

One California attorney found out the hard way that it pays to do some extra due diligence when it comes to who is preparing your court transcript.

Read the whole article as reported by The Daily Journal.


The Paralegal Voice Podcast 

In an inspiring edition of The Paralegal Voice, guest Bobby T. Rimas shares his experiences as a paralegal professional, lifelong learner, author, and adjunct professor. Rimas shares his views on networking and staying current. Stand still and risk being left behind.

Rimas follows the latest trends in legal tech and procedure and leans on his ever-growing network of paralegal professional colleagues to boost his team with resources that span state lines and jurisdictions. Even the most introverted can learn something from his experiences. Start small, join a local paralegal organization, attend the meetings and conferences, gobble up those CLE opportunities as they arise, and soon you’ll find yourself not only learning, but also sharing what you’ve learned with the next generation of paralegal professionals. Click here to listen.

Upcoming Events

2022 Technology Rollouts

May 25 | 12 p.m. CT | CLE: 1 | Non-substantive

A look into what is new and cool in tech for 2022. What software and software updates occurred as well as estimated roll-out dates for some newer implementations.


Attorneys: What Makes Them Tick? A Legal Staff Survival Guide

June 1 | 12 p.m. CT | 1 CLE | Non-substantive

Many of us have described attorneys as in a “league of their own.” They are generally known to be demanding, micro-managing know-it-alls. Sound like anyone you know? These traits often lead paralegals to feel overwhelmed and question their ability to do their job. What if I told you it has been scientifically proven that attorneys are “wired” differently than you and me?

In this course, we will gain a deeper understanding of the psychology of the attorney and their personality traits. We will look at tools we can use when working with challenging personalities and explore communication techniques to build better working relationships. 

Certification News

CP Examinees

  • Results for the April 2022 Skills Exam are scheduled to be released six to eight weeks after April 30. All examinees will be notified via email.
  • Our Partner Testing option (testing at your school, place of employment, or military base) is currently unavailable. We expect it to be available by fall. All testing will be administered at PSI Onsite facilities or PSI Remote Proctoring.  We apologize for any inconvenience. (The Skills Exam is not administered via remote proctoring.)


  • Congratulations to the 84 new CPs who passed the February 2022 Skills Exam! We recognize your remarkable achievement and by now, should have received your CP packet in the mail.
  • For those whose recertification is approaching, did you know that NALA offers ACP courses worth 20 hours of CLE? You can earn another credential while getting those needed CLE!
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To access these deals, go to the NALA homepage and click Login in the upper right hand corner, then go to
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