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November 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.

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Ensuring paralegals are known and valued as an integral part of the legal ecosystem.

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November is a time for thankfulness and counting our blessings. We are thankful for you. With the holiday season approaching, we want to ensure that you are taking care of yourself. NALA’s President, Debbie Overstreet, ACP, has a special message to lead you into the end of the year. Click below to watch.


NALA Volunteer Spotlight – Dawnne Linenbrink, ACP

This month’s spotlighted NALA volunteer is Dawnne Linenbrink, ACP.
Here are some fun facts about Dawnne:

  1. She has served with NALA for 25 years.
  2. She has four ACPs.
  3. She lives on a ranch with her husband.

To learn more about Dawnne and her unwavering commitment to NALA, click here to read the November Volunteer Spotlight.


As we make our way through November, we want to express our gratitude to the hundreds of members, CPs, and NALA Affiliated Association members who have already completed the NALA Census. Your participation is invaluable, and it is making a significant impact on shaping the future of NALA! 

We cannot stress enough the importance of participating in the NALA Census. Your input provides us with crucial insights that guide our strategic decisions, program development, advocacy efforts, and reporting. By taking a few moments to complete the Census, you contribute to a stronger, more inclusive paralegal profession. 

Now, let us talk about the exciting rewards that await our participants. In addition to making a difference, you also have a chance to win $100! Imagine how helpful that could be for the upcoming holiday season. Whether you want to purchase gifts for your loved ones, indulge in a festive feast, or treat yourself to something special, that extra $100 can go a long way. 

So, if you have not participated in the NALA Census yet, there is still time to join the hundreds of legal professionals who have already made their voices heard. Log in to your NALA account and complete the Census today. Your input is essential for creating a more vibrant and inclusive paralegal community. 

Congratulations to Marissa Church, CP, for winning October’s $100 giveaway. Tune in to December’s newsletter to see November’s winner.

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November is a time to reflect on what we are grateful for. NALA members, please answer this question in NALA Commons:

What are you thankful for?


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 five 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. Do not 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!

We will be sending out our annual membership survey in December. Please keep an eye on your email. We value your feedback and want to hear about your experience as a NALA member. Your responses will help us build a better NALA for all our members.

Affiliates, we are accepting proposals for the Affiliate Exchange until December 31st. Is your association achieving remarkable success that you are proud to have accomplished? Share your knowledge by presenting for the Affiliate Exchange Program during the AA Annual Meeting at the 2024 NALA Conference & Expo! To learn more and submit a proposal, click here.


Women and minorities have reportedly experienced a pay gap compared to men and white people. For years, they have strived to close this gap and achieve pay equity, which is when men, women, white people, and minorities, are paid similarly for performing similar jobs. November's DEI article covers pay equity and goes on to discuss points from the article, 5 Strategies for BIPOC to Negotiate Equitable Pay. When people of color make efforts to negotiate their salary, they can move closer to pay equity. To read about pay equity and salary negotiations for POC, click here.

Click on the title of any webinar you would like to register for to go straight to the registration page. All webinars begin at 12 PM CT.

TODAY, 11/15Ethics of Today’s Paralegal
Earn a legal ethics CLE credit and discover how to better understand your responsibilities and uphold ethical standards.

11/16 – Wills and Trusts/Estate Law
Explore estate planning and administration while earning 1.5 hours of substantive CLE credit.

11/21 – How to Effectively Leverage LinkedIn for Law Firm and In-House Positions
A well-optimized LinkedIn profile is your secret weapon. Discover how to elevate your legal career with the power of LinkedIn.

11/22 – ADA Compliance – Is Your Website Lawsuit Proof? (From Physical Space to Cyberspace)
Come see why it is important to make your website ADA compliant, and gather resources to help you develop and maintain compliance.

11/30 – Preparing Bankruptcy Schedules & Statements
Whether you work in bankruptcy or want to prepare for the new Bankruptcy section on the 2024 CP® Exam, this two-hour session aims to show you how to create accurate bankruptcy schedules and statements and avoid common pitfalls.

12/5 – Lawsuits of the Fairy Tale Kingdom
Revisit your favorite fairy tales while learning about cases from start to finish in this 1.5-hour session.

12/6 – Advanced Trial Preparation Skills for Paralegals
Gain a comprehensive understanding of the trial process and discover how to effectively prepare for a trial.

12/13 – Evidence Law Using Mnemonics Memory Method
Discover how to memorize the rules of evidence using mnemonics in this two-hour session.

12/14 – Help! The Client Wants to File an Appeal
Come learn about the appellate process, including state-specific rules and the importance of organization and meeting deadlines.

Calling all legal professionals! NALA is seeking webinar proposals from legal experts. You can gain exposure and earn compensation by presenting a webinar for NALA. Share your insights, tips, and strategies with eager legal minds. Expand your network and elevate your personal brand. Don’t miss out on becoming a thought leader and making an impact. Submit your proposal here.

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Upcoming Events

The 2024 NALA Conference & Expo is on July 11-13, 2024, in Louisville, Kentucky, at the Louisville Marriott Downtown. Registration is coming soon, and it is never too early to start planning and saving. To stay up to date on the 2024 conference, keep an eye on our website. To find things to do in Louisville, go to the visitor's site and plan your downtime. No matter who you travel with, there is something for everyone in Louisville.

Certification News

Looking to become a Certified Paralegal (CP®)? Join us for our CP® Skills Exam Prep on-demand webinar, where you can gain essential insights, strategies, and expert guidance to pass the exam. Do not miss out on this opportunity to boost your career. Register today! 


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.


We would love for you to join the beta testing group for the updated CP® Exam in January 2024. There will be a new section on the Knowledge Exam: Debtor/Creditor and Bankruptcy. For anyone taking the Knowledge Exam in January, we will waive your testing center fee for that section of the CP® Exam. You can be a trendsetter and help set the standard by taking the updated Knowledge Exam in January 2024.

Employers, schools, and military bases, we are bringing back Partner Testing! In 2024, you will be able to administer the CP® Exam at your business, school, or military base for aspiring CPs!  For more information, click here and scroll to the PSI Partner Testing drop-down.  


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