Welcome to VALS…the association for legal professionals, a member of NALS…the association of legal professionals
NALS Mission Statement
NALS…the association of legal professionals is dedicated to enhancing the competencies and contributions of members in the legal services profession. It 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
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.
CODE OF ETHICS
Members of NALS are bound by 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.
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 its 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.