The Blog Formerly Known As Practical Paralegalism
by Julie Weinkauf
(Photo Courtesy of Jessica Erickson)
How can you not love the weather in San Diego? This beautiful city was the site of the 2009 National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) Convention.
I participated as a vendor and was pleased to see the variety of people who attended from throughout the country. As the NALA Convention has not been held on the west coast in a number of years, it provided a unique opportunity for paralegals from that area to experience the convention for themselves. I was pleased to see how many first time attendees took advantage of this opportunity!
While many hours went into providing valuable information during the ‘working hours’, there were also a number of social events planned to create networking time for the attendees. Some of these events included an early bird reception (hosted by ten California and Nevada paralegal associations) and an opening night reception featuring Polynesian dancers. Some of the attendees even got in on the act!
Many of the local association members also shared their expertise with their fellow paralegals by presenting a session during the Affiliated Associations Annual Meeting or hosting a booth at the Affiliate exhibits. It was exciting to see all of the hard work and dedication offered by these associations throughout the year.
One of the highlights of my convention experience was meeting Jane Terhune, CLAS, who was one of NALA’s charter members and founders. She continues to be passionate about advancements being made by paralegals and the future of the paralegal profession as a whole.
If you have never been to a NALA Convention, make plans to join them in Jacksonville, FL for the 2010 Convention!
Julie Weinkauf is the Senior Paralegal Marketing Specialist with Institute for Paralegal Education (IPE). She has 11 years experience working with the paralegal market building IPE into a full-service company dedicated to the needs of paralegal nationwide. She is a member of NFPA, NALA and AAfPE.