Welcome to VALS…the association for legal professionals, a member of NALS…the association of legal professionals
VALS…the association for legal professionals is organized for the purpose of providing education to those engaged in the legal services profession. Its mission is achieved by promoting the ethical conduct of its members by sponsoring programs on continuing legal education and professionalism within the Commonwealth of Virginia and through it continued commitment to the NALS Code of Ethics.
VALS…the association for legal professionals was organized in 1962 and now has 11 local associations throughout Virginia with a membership of 200+ persons engaged in work of a legal nature.
We are committed to delivery of quality legal services through continuing education and increased professionalism.
VALS functions through its administrative body, the Board of Governors, which is composed of a representative from each local association and the elected and appointed officers of VALS. The Board of Governors meets three times each year with the annual meeting held in the Spring.
- To stimulate a high order of professional standards and ethics among members;
- To advance the education of its members;
- To organize additional local associations in Virginia
- To assist chapters of VALS to stabilize and increase membership;
- To cooperate with and assist attorneys, judges, bar associations, and their affiliates; and
- To establish good fellowship among its members.
Local associations meet monthly. Programs of particular interest to persons engaged in work of a legal nature are presented by quest speakers. Business of the association is conducted at this time.
Membership is open to persons licensed to practice law or engaged as a legal assistant, law office administrator, legal secretary, stenographers, typist or clerk in any law office, any person employed in the court, the trust department of banks or trust companies, or in any public or private institution or office directly engaged in work of a legal nature, including the public offices of the government, state, cities or counties.
Membership in a local association offers many advantages, including the opportunity to become more proficient in the legal profession; the advice and counsel of members who are experienced in specialized areas of legal procedures; furthering a closer cooperation between law offices and others with whom contact is made; and developing friendships with others sharing an interest in the legal field.
Per capita dues are set by the local, state, and national associations.
LEGAL EDUCATION SEMINARS AND WORKSHOPS
Legal education workshops, seminars, and professional courses are offered by the local, state, and national associations.
Each year VALS…the association for legal professionals presents a scholarship to a student based on need, ambition, and merit for the purpose of furthering his/her education.