National Legal Service Legal Assistant

Navigating a lawsuit alone can seem like an uphill battle with endless delays and confusing court proceedings. National legal assistants have an experienced network of paralegals who specialize in navigating legal proceedings in each case. Strength through diversity includes all individuals, regardless of race, colour, ancestry, national origin, religion, sex, disability, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, health status, military or veteran status, and political affiliation. All applicants must graduate from an accredited school with a bachelor`s degree and have at least one year of professional experience in roles of increasing responsibility as a legal assistant. Extensive relevant experience can replace a bachelor`s degree. Candidates must demonstrate a high level of computer skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Office and Adobe Acrobat programs. Experience with legal practice programs such as evidence review platforms, document management systems and document indexing tools is also highly desirable. The ideal candidate also possesses in-depth knowledge of the principles, practices, methods and techniques of legal secretariat. an understanding of district and district court rules, protocols, policies and precedents; and knowledge of the legal terminology and citation format of the Blue Book. The ability to speak, read and write Spanish is preferred, but not mandatory. You don`t have to worry about your legal documents being filed on time or served on opposing parties – we can file and deliver documents to any court! Canon 2 – A paralegal may perform any task that is properly delegated and supervised by a lawyer, provided that the lawyer is ultimately accountable to the client, maintains a direct relationship with the client, and assumes professional responsibility for the work product. NALA welcomes your comments and reflections and seeks your feedback on how we can achieve greater diversity within our association, affiliated associations and the allied profession as a whole.

Please contact Vanessa Finley, CEO with your feedback. Our team is experienced in their respective areas of law, state and federal laws, so you always have the right paralegal to work on your case. We are one of the fastest growing national law firms, specializing in family law, care, criminal law and extradition, employing over 100 people in 20 offices. NALA provides up-to-date information on the paralegal profession through continuing education, networking opportunities, professional certification programs, professional investigation reports, and other publications to help paralegals excel in the workplace. NALA is a non-profit organization, 501(c)(6), representing more than 12k+ paralegals who are individual members or members of NALA-affiliated associations. NALA is a membership organization. This means that individual NALA members are the driving force behind NALA`s programs and policies. The association is governed by a board of directors and has an office and headquarters in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Canon 3 – A paralegal shall not: (a) engage, encourage or contribute to acts that may constitute an unauthorized legal practice; and (b) establish solicitor-client relationships, set fees, give legal advice or advice, or represent a client before a court or authority, unless authorized by such court or authority; and (c) engage in conduct or take any action that would assist or implicate counsel in the event of a breach of professional ethics or create an appearance of professional impropriety. Canon 5 – A paralegal must disclose his or her paralegal status at the beginning of any professional relationship with a client, lawyer, court or administrative authority or its staff or member of the public. A paralegal should exercise caution in determining the extent to which a client can be assisted without the presence of a lawyer.

Canon 8 – A paralegal must disclose to his or her employer or prospective employer any pre-existing relationship with a client or a personal relationship that may conflict with the interests of the employer or prospective employer and/or its clients. Canon 4 – A paralegal must exercise discretion and professional judgment commensurate with his or her knowledge and experience, but must not make an independent legal judgment in place of a lawyer. The services of counsel are essential in the public interest when such a judicial judgment is required. Canon 6 – A paralegal shall strive to maintain integrity and a high level of competence through professional liability training, local rules and practices, and training in substantive areas of law to better assist the legal profession in fulfilling its duty to provide legal services. Whether you need to prepare a simple sequestration or deed, or you are in the middle of a difficult court case, we will get your correct legal document – the first time! We are paralegals` preeminent resource for individual and professional success. Each NALA member is committed to the NALA Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility. Violations of the Code may result in termination of membership. The Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility was first adopted by NALA members in May 1975 and forms the basis for the ethical practices of paralegals in the legal community. Since 1975, NALA has been trusted to provide exceptional training and professional development specifically designed to advance paralegals and other lawyers in their careers.

NALA connects its members to peers across the country and opens doors of knowledge and opportunity. Canon 7 – A paralegal must protect a client`s trust and must not violate any rule or law now in force or to be enacted in the future to control the doctrine of privileged communication between a client and a lawyer. The National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) advocates for and promotes diversity, equity and inclusion in the allied legal profession. We recognize that to continually be an “exceptional resource for individual and professional success,” we must leverage inclusion, equity, diversity and the initiatives that foster them. NALA fosters and fosters a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment within the Association and its affiliated associations, as well as the law firms, corporations, legal service providers and the paralegal community that support our members and colleagues. NALA seeks partnerships with affiliated associations and other professional legal organizations to promote and promote diversity, equity, and inclusion. NALA welcomes members from all walks of life and fosters connections among our diverse members. Promotion of paralegals through certification and professional development. We are a team of experienced paralegals with specialized knowledge in our respective areas of law. We are ready to help you with your legal matter.

In January 1975, the Task Force met with the NALS Executive Committee in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to develop a proposal to dissolve the Paralegals Section and to support the formation of a new, separate paralegals association. Jane Terhune and Dorthea Jorde met with Jack Freese, NALS Corporate Counsel, and Maxine Dover, NALS Executive Director, to draft the articles, constitution and bylaws. Most of this design was done during a two-day marathon session in a Chicago hotel room. In 2001, NALA members also adopted the ABA`s definition of paralegal as follows: A paralegal must strictly adhere to recognized standards of legal ethics and general principles of good conduct. The performance of the paralegal`s duties is governed by specific canons, as defined in this document, in order to ensure that justice is done and the objectives of the profession are achieved. (See Model Standards and Guidelines for the Employment of Legal Assistants, section II.) A working group was established in 1974 to study the feasibility of a national certification examination for paralegals. Five paralegals, two paralegals and two lawyers served on the task force, which became NALA`s first certification committee. After a series of questionnaires on existing national certification systems and paralegal programme managers, it became clear that a separate national professional association for paralegals needed to be established.

Definition: Paralegals, also known as paralegals, are a separate group of people who help lawyers provide legal services. Through formal education, training and experience, paralegals have knowledge and expertise in the legal system and substantive and procedural law that enables them to perform legal work under the supervision of a lawyer. Canon 10 – The conduct of a paralegal is governed by the codes of professional responsibility and rules of professional conduct of the law societies.