by Laurence Colletti and Kelsey Johnson
Headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma, The National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) is an organization that is dedicated towards advancing the quality of services provided by paralegals and legal assistants. Once a year, they host their annual convention where they have presenters and attendees from all over the country. Like many legal conventions, they offer CLEs, discuss developments in law, and have organizational meetings. One element setting the NALA convention apart is the attention spent on career development. With member exchange sessions titled ‘Are You Sabotaging Your Annual Performance Review?’ and ‘Speed Mentoring & Networking Workshop’, this organization is using strategy and vision to advance the careers of their members.
This series of podcast interviews encapsulates 2015 NALA Annual Convention and what was discussed there. Primarily hosted by Vicki Voisin, host of the Paralegal Voice, these episodes feature the leadership from NALA and affiliated associations as well as high profile guests like former Mayor of Tulsa Kathy Taylor. We hope you enjoy listening to these episodes as much as we had recording them.
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NALA Board of Directors Discuss their 40th Annual Convention: Vicki Voisin interviews NALA President Kelly LaGrave, First Vice President Cassandra Oliver, and Second Vice President Jill Francisco about planning the conference, their educational programs, and how to get involved. Click here to listen.
Keynote Mayor Kathy Taylor on the Importance of Literacy: Legal Talk Network producer Laurence Colletti interviews former Mayor of Tulsa Kathy Taylor about her advocacy work for childhood literacy and how paralegals can help. Click here to listen.
Educational Sessions at NALA’s Convention (Part 1): In this first part of a two part series, host Vicki Voisin discusses the educational sessions with presenters Peter McGrath, Penni Bradshaw, Jeff Bennion, and Karin Scheehle. Together, they talk about the developments in environmental law, immigration law, and legal technology. Click here to listen.
Educational Sessions at NALA’s Convention (Part 2): In this last part of a two part series, host Vicki Voisin discusses the educational sessions with presenter Stacey Bowers. Together they discuss, corporate entities, understanding financial statements, corporate drafting skills, and ethical considerations in corporate law. Click here to listen.
NALA Affiliated Associations (Part 1): In this first part of a two part series, host Vicki Voisin interviews Yoli Garcia from the El Paso Paralegal Association (EPPA), and Linda Carrett, Carla Valenzuela, and Ruth Connolly from the Houston Paralegal Association (HPA). Together, they discuss being affiliated with NALA and the benefits it brings to their respective members. Click here to listen.
NALA Affiliated Associations (Part 2): In this second part of a two part series, host Vicki Voisin interviews Andi Elmore from the Kansas Association of Legal Assistants and Paralegals (KALA), Tove Sebring from the Capital Area Paralegal Association (CAPA), and June Brown from the Tulsa Area Paralegal Association (TAPA). Together, they discuss being affiliated with NALA, networking opportunities, leadership education, and certification opportunities. Click here to listen.
by Laurence Colletti and Kelsey Johnson
We had the privilege of visiting The Florida Bar at their 2015 Annual Convention. Held at the beautiful Boca Raton Resort, we braved the summer heat and humidity to meet the members of The Florida Bar. What we saw was very impressive. From their leadership of passionate volunteer attorneys, we learned that there are amazing developments on nearly every front of Florida law. Whether it was advice from industry leaders like Mark Britton and Jack Newton or the insightful presentations from Florida Representative Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda and State Senator Maria Sachs, attendees were given a lot to take home.
As impressive as the trappings were, the thing we noticed most was how friendly everyone was. Whether it was outgoing president Greg Coleman, incoming president Ray Abadin, or director of the Programs Division Terry Hill, there was always someone to lend help or a friendly word. When we discussed this with Renee Thompson and Melanie Griffin, co-chairs for the annual bar convention, they agreed and furthered by mentioning reunions with colleagues, sold out hotels, and future emphasis on family-friendly venues. Despite over 100 thousand members, The Florida Bar has the camaraderie of a law school class.
This series of podcast interviews taps into developments in Florida law and the elements that make The Florida Bar the institution it is today. We hope you both enjoy and find them informative.
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1) President Greg Coleman at The Florida Bar Annual Convention: The Florida Bar Podcast host Adriana Linares interviews Greg Coleman, president of The Florida Bar about his year as president and his focus on educating Florida lawyers about technology. Click here to listen.
2) Raising the Bar on Civics Education: Legal Talk Network producer Laurence Colletti interviews Judge Michelle Sisco, Annette Pitts, and Richard Levenstein about the Constitutional Judiciary Committee and the Benchmark Civics Education Program at the 2015 Florida Bar Annual Convention. Click here to listen.
3) Transforming Practices Through Technology: Adriana Linares discusses Clio’s sold out event titled ‘InSession: Transforming Practices Through Technology’ with presenters Carolyn Elefant, Mark Britton, Jabez LeBret, Jack Newton, Toby Brown, and Ernest Svenson. Click here to listen.
4) Florida Law Update 2015: Laurence Colletti sits down with Denis de Vlaming, Manny Farach, and Kevin Johnson to talk about their contributions to the ‘Florida Law Update’ seminar. Click here to listen.
5) Brutal Truths About Lawyers and Lawyering: Author and attorney, Brian Tannebaum, talks about his practice and his new book titled ‘The Practice: Brutal Truths About Lawyers and Lawyering’. Click here to listen.
6) How Technology Will Affect the Future of the Justice System: Keynote speaker Richard Susskind discusses technology, the future of the justice system, and his new book titled ‘The Future of the Professions’. Click here to listen.
7) Practice Resource Institute: Jonathan Israel and Rod Bruce, from the Practice Resource Institute (PRI), discuss PRI resources and tools as well as CLEs for technology. Click here to listen.
8) Animal Law in Florida: In part one of this two part interview series, Laurence Colletti interviews Florida Representative Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda, Florida State Senator Maria Sachs, Florida State Director for the Humane Society of the U.S. Kate MacFall, and animal law attorney Diana Ferguson about developments in Florida’s animal law. In part two, the discussion continues with Animal Law Committee Vice-Chair Gil Panzer and animal law lawyer Marcy LaHart. Click here to listen.
9) The Impact of Technology on Employment Law Issues: Gregory Hearing, Robyn Hankins, and Judge Alan Forst talk about their presentations at the seminar ‘Don’t Crash on the Information Highway: What Every Law Firm Needs to Know About the Impact of Technology on Employment Law Issues’. Click here to listen.
10) Social Media, Expectations of Privacy, and Administration of Justice: Social media lawyer and professor Ethan Wall discusses social media’s effect on the law including discovery, client expectation to privacy, and pollution to jury pools. In addition he talks about the experiences of Judge Belvin Perry who presided over the Casey Anthony trial. Click here to listen.
11) Arbitration, Effective Joint Opening Sessions, and Ethical Issues for Mediators and Attorneys: Bob Hoyle and Meah Tell from the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) section join Legal Talk Network to discuss their presentations during the ‘Arbitration, Effective Joint Opening Sessions, and Ethical Issues for Mediators and Attorneys’ seminar. Click here to listen.
12) Electronic Discovery and Digital Evidence: In this two part interview series, guests John Jorgensen, Steven Teppler, Christian Dodd, and Larry Kunin join Legal Talk Network to discuss their presentations during the ‘Electronic Discovery and Digital Evidence: Pre Discovery Through Trial’ seminar. Click here to listen.
13) Differences Among the DCAs: Judge Stephanie Ray, Judge Morris Silberman, Judge Richard Suarez, and appellate attorney Ceci Berman join producer Laurence Colletti for an interview discussing motion practice, decision making, and what lawyers should and shouldn’t do to be successful in court. Click here to listen.
14) Counseling the Provocative Client: Professor Donald Jones and entertainment lawyer Patricia Graham talk about their seminar titled ‘Counseling the Provocative Client’ with Legal Talk Network producer Laurence Colletti. Together, they discuss representation of controversial clients as well as institutional racism against hip hop artists. Click here to listen.
15) The Florida Bar 2016 Annual Convention: In a fun interview about next year’s annual convention, Laurence Colletti catches up with The Florida Bar Annual Convention co-chairs Renee Thompson and Melanie Griffin. Together they discuss next year’s highlights, reunions with classmates, and emphasis on family-friendly venues. Tune in to hear why you should attend the 2016 Florida Bar Annual Convention. Click here to listen.