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NALS of Amarillo welcomes all those individuals who serve in a support capacity in the legal profession. We are committed to the delivery of quality legal services through continuing education and increased professionalism, promotion of high standards for members, and recognition in the legal profession through the certification programs offered by NALS

For NALS Events Listings, please click on the following link:
https://www.nals.org/events/event_list.asp​​​
About NALS

NALS CODE OF ETHICS

Members of NALS --- the association for legal professionals, are bound by the objectives of this association and the standards of conduct required of the legal profession.

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.

Reba Cochran

President

Reba Cochran is a Legal Assistant at the law firm of Burdett Morgan Williamson & Boykin, LLP. Reba has spent the last 4 years working under Todd W. Boykin and Erin Lehmberg dealing primarily with a complex real estate practice. Reba is a mother to Cloey and Quinn and wife to Heath Cochran. In her spare time you can find Reba watching her kids play sports or traveling!

Lucy Henderson

Vice President/Secretary

Lucy Henderson is a Legal Assistant at the law firm of Burdett Morgan Williamson & Boykin, LLP. Lucy has spent the last 3 years working under Gerald Morgan and Leah Davis dealing primarily with an estate planning practice. Lucy has previous law firm experience working with Britt Jarvis of Spearman, Texas prior to joining the BMWB team. Lucy is a mother to Kaden and Baker and wife to Daniel Henderson. In her spare time you can find Lucy chasing Baker and watching Kaden play sports!

Shelly Amason

Treasurer

Shelly Amason is a Legal Assistant at the law firm of Burdett, Morgan, Williamson & Boykin, LLP. Shelly has spent the last 25 years working for Wyatt L. Brooks, dealing primarily in insurance defense and construction litigation. Shelly is married to Rodney Amason, and they have four children, Matthew, Chandler, Cora, and Sallie. In her spare time, you can find Shelly in her sewing room in the middle of several quilting projects at a time.

Sharon Hopkins

Director

Sharon Hopkins joined Sprouse Shrader Smith PLLC in July 2019. She is the Legal Assistant to Blair Oscarsson, Christine Vizcaino, Saige Lee and Emily Fouts; which includes civil litigation, family law, personal injury, wrongful death, commercial litigation, and labor and employment law. Prior to joining Sprouse, Sharon spent 18 years as the Office Manager/Paralegal for a law firm in Dallas, Texas, primarily handling civil litigation, personal injury, wrongful death, and commercial litigation. She has 2 daughters and 3 grandchildren, and married to Marshall Hopkins. When she’s not planning a trip to see her girls and grandkids, she can be found hanging out with her German Shepherd and horse or cooking/baking.

2022 RED BOOK LEGAL DIRECTORY
DUE TO COVID-19 and the late production of our 2020 Red Book, NALS of Amarillo has elected not to produce a new Red Book for 2021, however, it is now time to submit your updates for our 2022 Red Book publication!!!

NALS of Amarillo does not charge to list your information in this directory. This is a great way to make your information readily available to those that work in the legal field. From years past many say, “this is a must have” at anyone’s desk who works in the legal community.

If you are an attorney, clerk, judicial member or staff, process server or court reporter and want to be included in the 2022 Red Book Edition, or if you wish to make changes to your listing that was published in the last edition, please click on the link below to update your listing:

https://forms.gle/RX7HK9gPMfqaDiEE8 

As time is progressing under the mandatory e-filing rules, we are also asking any Court that has a separate email address for proposed orders to provide that information as we will include this in the 2022 Edition.

If this is your first time to be included in the Red Book, Welcome! We ask that you send your information (name, address, city, zip, phone number, fax number, email address) using the form above and we are happy to include you this publication!

If you have any questions, please email us directly at nalsofamarillotexas@gmail.com.

Please note that this is to UPDATE your information only. We will release our order form in early December! 



The Bylaws have been revised and adopted by the Board and are available here for your convenience.  If you have any questions or comments, please forward those to the Board at nalsofamarillotexas@gmail.com.


Bylaws Adopted October 13, 2015

Past Events

TitleDateLocation
January Lunch N Learn25 Jan 2022112 Southwest 8th Avenue, Amarillo, TX, USA
August Lunch N Learn31 Aug 2021112 Southwest 8th Avenue, Amarillo, TX, USA
June Lunch N Learn29 Jun 2021112 Southwest 8th Avenue, Amarillo, TX, USA
May Lunch N Learn25 May 2021112 Southwest 8th Avenue, Amarillo, TX 79101, USA
March 2021 Lunch N Learn30 Mar 2021705 South Taylor Street, Amarillo, TX, USA

Interested in Certification:

One way to demonstrate your preparedness for the demanding field of law is by becoming an Accredited Legal Professional (ALP). This certification is awarded after passing a  three-part examination. Attaining this goal demonstrates your commitment and aptitude for succeeding in the ever-changing legal environment. The ALP exam:

  • demonstrates ability to perform business communication tasks;   
  • gauges ability to maintain office records and calendars;   
  • measures understanding of office equipment, computer terminology, and related procedures;   
  • denotes aptitude for understanding legal terminology, legal complexities, and supporting documents;   
  • appraises knowledge of law office protocol as prescribed by ethical codes.

ALP Examination Eligibility

To sit for the exam, you must have completed one of the following:

  • Completion of an accredited business/legal course,   
  • Completion of a NALS Legal Training Course, or   
  • One year of general office experience.

Membership in NALS is not a requirement.

 Each exam candidate is required to provide documentation demonstrating the successful completion of one of the criteria listed above. The exam candidate may submit academic transcripts, certificates of completion, and/or letters from their employer, on official letterhead, detailing (1) the length of their employment, (2) the duties assigned, and (3) the title held within the company. Exam candidate may submit their transcripts and employment verification letters to NALS National Certification and Education Manager prior to completing the online exam application and remitting payment for same.

 

If you have questions or concerns regarding your exam eligibility, please contact NALS National Certification and Education Manager

2021 ALP Online Certification Exam

1/1/2021 to 12/31/2021

When:Online Exam Session
Each Month in 2021
Where:Online
From the Comfort of Your Home or Office


For more information or to register, please go to: https://www.nals.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1426960



Membership        

When you join this tri-level association, NALS . . . the association for legal professionals, Texas ALP, and Amarillo’s local chapter - NALS of Amarillo- , you will have the opportunity to attend local chapter meetings where quality legal education is offered nearly every month.  You also have the opportunity to attend state association meetings and educational conferences.  At the NALS conferences, speakers from across the country address issues of national importance, enlightening NALS members with a national perspective.  As a Texas ALP member, you will receive the publication, The Texas Docket.  As a NALS member, you receive valuable legal education every month via the online publication, NALS Docket.  NALS members also receive a quarterly publication, @Lawpacked with legal articles, as well as weekly NALS News & Industry Views via email.  For membership information, please contact Lucy Henderson at nalsofamarillotexas@gmail.com

Or, to get started today, you may click the following links to join NALS of Amarillo or join NALS of Amarillo as a Secondary Member: 

https://www.nals.org/page/membertypesandfees 

For a more in-depth look, click Member Benefits Excerpt.

www.NALS.org

www.texasalp.org

A travel reimbursement form is available here for members to utilize in requesting reimbursement of travel expenses.



PARALEGAL – AMARILLO TRIAL DIVISION - Amarillo, TX, USA

The Federal Public Defender for the Northern District of Texas is accepting applications for a full-time paralegal in the trial unit in our Amarillo office. The trial unit represents indigent persons charged with a crime in federal court. Through an interdisciplinary team approach, we provide our clients with the highest level of legal representation challenging the charges brought against them.

The Federal Public Defender’s Office is an Equal Opportunity Employer that is committed to improving diversity in the legal field. It is critical to our clients’ representation that the office be composed of individuals from diverse cultures and backgrounds. The nature of our work leads us to invest in recruiting colleagues who demonstrate experience with, knowledge of, and sensitivity to the needs of culturally diverse and oppressed populations.

Skilled collaboration, strategic litigation, compassionate representation, and professionalism are among the values we aim to foster. Because no single person can do this work alone, you will work with experienced lawyers, investigators, paralegals and legal assistants. The ability to work well on a team is mandatory.

Application Process: To apply, email to TXN_Employment@fd.org in a single Adobe PDF file using the subject line “Paralegal” the following:

• A cover letter explaining your interest in the position and your qualifications;
• A resume;
• A minimum of three references.


The single adobe PDF document should be named as follows “Paralegal, Last Name, First Name” (e.g. Paralegal, Smith, John).

Submissions that do not follow this format will not be considered. Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.
Qualifications: To be considered for a paralegal position, candidates must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university or have a paralegal certificate from an accredited paralegal program. Candidates must also possess:
• a strong legal, administrative, or paralegal background;
• excellent organization, communication, and administrative skills;
• computer proficiency with word processing, email, legal research, and database maintenance, using Word and other Windows-based applications;
• excellent command of English grammar and spelling;
• the ability to work collegially; and
• integrity, character, and good judgment.

Salary and Benefits: The position is full-time with federal benefits and salary commensurate with experience and qualifications. The starting salary for the position will fall within a range of $66,214 to $144,976, and is heavily dependent on prior experience. The position is excepted service and does not carry the tenure rights of the competitive Civil Service. Federal benefits include health and life insurance, retirement, and the Thrift Savings Plan. Salary is payable only by direct deposit. Appointment and retention is subject to a satisfactory background check.
Responsibilities: The paralegal performs legal and administrative duties using legal terminology, procedures, and documents that include cite checking, drafting motions and orders in criminal cases, and maintain electronic case files and databases. Paralegals assist the assistant federal public defenders in the daily activities of the office, performing duties that include assisting with case file management; gathering, organizing, summarizing and indexing of electronic and paper documents and other discovery materials. Paralegals also assist attorneys at hearings and trials; with client contact; witness interviews; provide litigation support services using advanced software programs; and other duties as assigned. Fluency in Spanish is strongly desired.
Apply Now

BMWB Part-Time Legal Assistant - Amarillo, TX, USA

We are currently seeking a part-time legal assistant to assist with estate planning, trusts, probate, and business entity formation/operation matters. Successful candidates will have keen attention to detail, and will be able to produce work efficiently and accurately in a fast-paced atmosphere. Candidates proficient in Word, Excel, and Adobe Acrobat are preferred. Candidates are expected to be team players who are individually organized and motivated to prioritize and press matters forward and deal well with clients, courts, and opposing attorneys. Preferred hours are from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 pm.

Lovell, Lovell, Isern & Farabough Full-Time Paralegal/Legal Assistant - Amarillo, TX, USA

Lovell, Lovell, Isern & Farabough is seeking an experienced (3+ yrs) full-time paralegal/legal assistant.

This is not an entry level position and applicants must have three or more years’ experience as a paralegal. Wage is negotiable depending on experience. Pre-employment background check is required.

Please send cover letter and resume to Alvaro Muniz at al@lovell-law.net

Previous experience as a paralegal; knowledge of TABS or other timekeeping software; familiarity with legal research; ability to prioritize and multitask; excellent written and verbal communication skills; deadline and detail-oriented; experience with e-filing systems.
This position responsibilities and qualifications are as follows:
Responsibilities: Calendar deadlines; prepare drafts correspondence, pleadings, discovery; setup/organize/maintain files; keep assigned attorney organized and reminded of deadlines; assist attorneys in preparation for court for hearings and depositions; conduct research and investigate facts to help in the case development of legal dispute
Apply Now

Paralegal - Warner Law Firm

Immediate Opening for Paralegal

The Warner Law Firm is looking for a full-time paralegal.

Type: Full time, hourly
Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday with 1 hour for lunch, overtime as needed.
Salary: starting pay depending on experience and paid vacation after period of time.

A paralegal coordinates office activities for the attorney, performing a variety of paralegal duties, such as scheduling hearings, preparing legal documents and correspondence, assisting with billing each month, and providing information and direction to others. The work requires knowledge of legal, secretarial, and office practices. A paralegal should be a self-starter with the ability to assist the attorney.

Accountability:
The Paralegal is accountable to the Attorney.

Relationships:
  1. Work under the supervision of the Attorney
  2. Be professional to all current and potential clients, attorneys, court staff, and vendors.
Send resume in PDF by email to mike@thewarnerlawfirm.com with subject line “Paralegal Position”

  1. Familiar with Civil and  Family Law.
  2. Familiar with court and clerk procedures of various counties in Texas.
  3. Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  4. Proficient in Microsoft Office products such as Word, Excel and Outlook.
  5. Proficient in case management software like Pro Doc and Clio.
  6. Experienced with Adobe Professional is a plus.
  7. Detail oriented – Ability to read documents submitted by clients; and take appropriate action based on the information they contain.
  8. Possesses the ability to prioritize files based on deadlines and amount of time required by each task.
  9. Experienced in both written (e-mail) and verbal customer service – providing accurate and professional information to appropriate parties, but provide NO legal advice.
  10. Proficient in typing accurately – excellent spelling and grammar is a MUST.
  11. Able to take detailed, accurate notes and records.
  12. Promptly respond to all e-mails and voicemails.
  13. Excellent proofreading skills.
  14. No facial piercings; other than ears.
  15. No visible tattoos
  16. Business attire required, including clothing and appearance.
  17. Must be on time for work; mornings and lunch.
  18. Understands and practices client/attorney/firm confidentiality.
  19. MOS Certification in Word preferred – or working towards obtaining.
  20. Associate’s Degree or Paralegal Certificate required – or working towards obtaining.
  1. Greet clients and guests in person or on the telephone – answering, screening and/or directing inquiries
  2. Represents attorney by communicating and obtaining information, following up on delegated assignments, and knowing when to act and when to refer the matter to attorney
  3. Complete clerical work
  4. Perform all data and client management
  5. Perform accounting, billing of revenue and expenses for client monthly and take payments and give receipt for same
  6. Update job knowledge by participating in educational opportunities, reading professional publications, and maintain personal networks
  7. E-filing documents
  8. Maintain and organize files
  9. Go through e-mails, move to relevant files and answer per direction of attorney
  10. Draft-with help of managing attorney, e-mails, letter, pleadings, orders, pretrial motions and orders, subpoenas etc.
  11. Proofread all documents before they go out to the client, other attorneys, or the Court
  12. Deal directly with the Court Coordinators
  13. Additional tasks as needed
Apply Now

Legal Assistant/Paralegal -Law offices of Jamie S. Vandivere

Law offices of Jamie S. Vandivere in Amarillo, solo-practitioner, family law practice is seeking a full-time Legal Assistant/Paralegal with excellent people skills.  Wage is negotiable depending on experience.
 
Eligible candidates mush have excellent communication skills, able to multi-task, ability to work independently, detail-oriented and self-motivated.  Must be able to maintain strict confidentiality with client information.
 
Working hours M-F, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
 
Position Summary:  Answer phones, draft documents, e-file with courts, contact with clients, appearance in court with attorney, set appointments, assist in trial preparation.
 
Job Type:  Full-time position. 
 
Benefits:  Paid holidays, health insurance provided if needed, over-time pay for any hours over 40, paid vacation after one year, (terms negotiable), and matching IRA contributions as allowed by law.
 
If you are interested in applying, you must provide a resume and references to: jsvlaw@live.com
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MARCH LNL

  • Date: 3/30/2021 12:00 PM