NALS of Phoenix
About NALS of Phoenix
Kerie S. Trindle Byrne, PP, PLS, CP
Lisa King, ALP, PLS
Ann Sachet, ALP
Carol T. Campbell, PP
Kathy Sieckman, PP, PLS-SC, ACP
Sandy Lavender, CHRS
Director of Membership
Lesli J. Allen
Director of Education
Deborah Sharp, PP, PLS
Director of Certification
Linda Acevedo, PLS
If you are an employer and you would like to circulate an employment opportunity to the NALS of Phoenix Membership, please contact our Employment Chair, Linda Acevedo (Phone: 602-258-4047, E-mail: Linda.Acevedo@squirepb.com)
NALS of Phoenix is a non-profit 501(c)(6) professional legal support association dedicated to enhancing the education of its members and the legal community.
NALS of Phoenix, formerly Phoenix Legal Support Association, was chartered in 2000 to continue the work begun by Central Phoenix Legal Support Professionals, East Valley Legal Support Professionals, and Maricopa County Legal Secretaries Association. NALS of Phoenix is part of the multi-level association NALS … the association for legal professionals and is also affiliated with NALS of Arizona. More information about the history of NALS can be found on the national site at NALS.org.
NALS of Phoenix meets on the second Thursday of the month at the Hilton Suites of Phoenix located at 10 East Thomas Road in Phoenix AZ. More information about upcoming meetings and education can be found on our events pages. Click here to view more information about upcoming events and conferences happening locally, throughout the state, and throughout NALS nationwide.
Members consist of legal secretaries, legal assistants, paralegals, receptionists, bookkeepers, court reporters, process servers, employees of bank trust departments, and in-house legal staff. Members of NALS agree to be bound to the NALS Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility (below) and the NALS Standing Rules and Bylaws. For more information about joining NALS, click here.
Members: Click here to view NALS of Phoenix’s Standing Rules and Bylaws.*
* This area of our site is password protected and accessible to members only.
NALS Mission Statement
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
The objectives of this association and the standards of conduct required of the legal profession bind members of NALS. The objectives of this association and the standards of conduct required of the legal professional bind members of NALS.
Every member shall:
- Encourage respect for the law and the 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; and
- 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 the NALS and accepted by its members to accomplish these ends.
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.
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.
Members of this association shall avoid a conflict of interest pertaining to a client matter.
Members of this association shall preserve and protect the confidences and privileged communications of a client.
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 judgment.
Members of this association shall not solicit legal business on behalf of a lawyer.
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.
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.
Members of this association not licensed to practice law shall not engage in the practice of law as defined by statutes or court decisions.
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.