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September 2023

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

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Believe it or not, we made it to September. If you've had a particularly brutal summer, we hope temps are starting to drop for you. No matter the weather, NALA has a lot going on. Our very own president, Debbie Overstreet, ACP, is here to give you an update on what's new with NALA. Click below to watch.


NALA Volunteer Spotlight – Adrienne Berry, 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 NALA volunteers on a more personal level!

In this month’s spotlight, we would like to introduce you to Adrienne Berry, ACP. Please click here to read the September Volunteer Spotlight!

NALA is excited to introduce our 2023-2024 Board of Directors!


Congratulations to Allison Conn, winner of August's Census giveaway! 

"I'm proud to be a part of NALA and the opportunities it provides," Allison said. "I'm grateful to have been selected as the August gift card winner!"

To participate in the NALA Census, log into your NALA account and click on the blue Census Data button. Fill out the required information from Census Data Start to Census Data End. Prefer not to answer is an acceptable response. Once you fill out your data, you will automatically be entered to win a $100 Amazon gift card for October and November and a $500 gift card in December.

Follow NALA on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn to be the first to know when next month’s $100 winner is selected.

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Be on the lookout for an email from NALA that gives you exclusive access to FREE on-demand webinars!

Now that the fall semester is in swing, it is the perfect time to complement your paralegal studies with a NALA student membership. For only $50, you get access to incredible benefits for an entire year! Learn more and join here!

If you are a NALA member almost finished with school, you need to consider upgrading your student membership to an Active membership. You get the same great benefits plus an $80 education voucher to use on continuing education or conference registration! Upgrade here!

Another important step for students who are almost done with school is applying for the Certified Paralegal (CP®) Exam. If you are in the last semester or quarter of your paralegal program, you may qualify to apply for the exam at a discounted student rate of more than 50% off! Find out if you qualify here!*

*The Paralegal student fee is for paralegal students currently in the last semester or quarter of the paralegal program who do not currently qualify under category 1, 2, or 3.


September is National Suicide Prevention Month. Kristine Custodio Suero, ACP, chair of NALA's Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Committee, discusses the prevalence of suicide risk in the legal community and how we can support those who struggle. To read her article, click here.

We have a special offer for our NALA members this month! We are having a FREE live webinar on September 21 on "How to Make the Most of Your Paralegal Career," featuring the esteemed speaker, Deana Lively, CKP, MJA. Non-members receive an incredible discount of only $23! In this webinar, you will hear how to advance your paralegal career with certifications, educational opportunities, networking, and mentoring. Register now and join us on September 21 at 12 PM CT. If the live webinar fills up, you will still be able to access it on-demand for free or at the discounted non-member rate.

NALA has an exciting lineup of webinars for September and October.

Below the Horizon: Using Deep Web Search Engines (For Litigation Support and STEAM Research) - September 20 at 12 PM CT 

Corporate Compliance: Contract Review, Management, & Administration - September 27 at 12 PM CT

To Thine Own Billing Be True - September 28 at 12 PM CT

Human Trafficking: Understanding the Smooth Operator - October 4 at 1 PM CT

Transform Your Relationship with Time: Achieve More with Less Stress - October 11 at 12 PM CT

Mental Health and Cultural Awareness - October 12 at 12 PM CT

Lawsuits of the Fairy Tale Kingdom: Civil Litigation from the Complaint Through the Verdict - October 25 at 12 PM CT

To register for these live webinars, visit our website.


We have wrapped up our six-part real estate series, covering all the basics of how the law applies to real estate, and it is now available on-demand! While you can purchase the sessions separately, we recommend buying the bundle at a discounted rate! You can earn 6 CLE hours for only $200 if you're a NALA member. Non-members still save big and pay only $320. Don't miss out on this opportunity to save money and enhance your knowledge of real estate law. Get the bundle here!

Certification News

In January 2024, the new CP Exam specifications will be launched. Click here to review the Knowledge and Skills Exam content areas. 


New CPs, we want to connect with you! Be on the lookout for an invitation from NALA's Certification Division so you can connect with NALA and each other.

We are excited to announce that we have released a CP Skills Exam session with none other than Leanne the Lawyer! Join Leanne Cardoso, known as “Leanne the Lawyer” on her YouTube channel, for an engaging and in-depth session that will provide you with tools to help you take the CP Skills Exam. This session covers a sample Certified Paralegal (CP) Skills Exam question from start to finish. You will see how best to approach the question, analyze the selected law, pick out relevant facts, and write a discussion using the IRAC method. This session is designed to demystify the CP Skills Exam and provide the confidence to go into the exam room feeling prepared. Knowing what to expect and how to use a step-by-step approach to tackle the essay question will help to lessen test anxiety and improve outcomes. You can purchase the course here.

DISCLAIMER: The NALA CP Exam creators do not develop or deliver any CP Exam study materials. Producers of study materials do not have access to actual CP Exam content. Use of any suggested study materials does not guarantee success on the CP Exam.


Introducing NALA's fun, new shirt for paralegals! Originally available only at the 2023 NALA Conference & Expo, this vibrant blue shirt is now for sale on our website. It features the NALA logo on the front left chest and a fun phrase on the back: I am a paralegal so while it's possible that I could be wrong it's highly unlikely. This comfy shirt is designed to wear out and about so nobody questions how great you are. Available in sizes S-2XL, you can buy it here for only $20 plus shipping.

Affinity Discounts

As a NALA member, you receive exclusive local and national discounts on hundreds of products and services.

To access these deals, go to the Affinity Discounts page on our website and log in.

EZ Doc Request is now Lost Wage Assistant. Same great service, just a new name!

Prepare Requests for Production of Documents to prove economic damages in just two minutes! Lost Wage Assistant has partnered with NALA to provide members with a 20% discount. Select from 545 CPA requests tailored to specific occupations or customize your own from our database of 330 records. You also receive the reasons for requesting each document to provide compelling explanations to the trial judge. Live CPA support is available to offer expert insight and answer any questions to ensure your success. Lost Wage Assistant has a 25-year history of helping the legal industry.

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