Awards

Awards

We believe that hard work and dedication should be acknowledged, and the NALA Awards Program does just that. It has become a great way to recognize our exceptional members and affiliates for their contributions to the paralegal profession.

Founders' Award

To recognize extraordinary or outstanding contributions to the growth and future of the paralegal profession which impacted or affected the paralegal profession in a positive manner for a significant period of time.

Award Benefits Include:

  • Recognition during Annual Membership Meeting at Conference
  • Travel expenses paid by NALA – per diem (2 days), 1-night hotel, round-trip coach airfare, and Day 1 registration fee

Individual or organization. Does not have to be a NALA member. (Current NALA board of directors and committee members are not eligible)

Must have played a significant part in creating, developing and/or promoting an important and distinctive writing or program which positively impacted the paralegal profession nationwide for not less than 3 years. Former recipients include past NALA presidents, law firms that have supported the paralegal profession, attorneys that have contributed to the growth of NALA, paralegal educators, and many more.

NALA Active type member in good standing

President’s Award

To recognize the outstanding accomplishments of NALA members and their contribution to the future of the paralegal profession.

Award Benefits Include:

  • Recognition during Annual Membership Meeting at Conference
  • Travel expenses paid by NALA – per diem (2 days), 1-night hotel, round-trip airfare, and Day 1 registration fee
  1. Current Active type member of NALA,
  2. Must have been an Active type member of NALA for at least 2 years; (3) 5 years’ experience in the paralegal profession (current NALA Board of Directors and committee members are not eligible)

Significant accomplishment or achievement through their leadership activities within NALA and NALA Affiliated Associations.

NALA Active type member in good standing

Certified Paralegal Champion Award

To recognize outstanding achievement by an individual or by a NALA Affiliated Association in promoting and advancing NALA’s Certified Paralegal Program within the legal profession.

Award Benefits Include:

  • Recognition in NALA’s Facts & Findings journal and other outlets

(1) Current member of NALA; (2) May be a Certified Paralegal, Advanced Certified Paralegal, non-paralegal, attorney, or educator (Current NALA Board of Directors, committee members, and current Certifying Board Members not eligible for the individual award)

(1) Demonstrates commitment to growth and expansion of the Certified Paralegal Program (2) Recognizes and promotes the Certified Paralegal Program as a national professional standard for paralegals; (3) Demonstrates passion and enthusiasm in the Certified Paralegal Program advocacy and outreach within the association as well as in the community, state or region (including with employers, educators, governmental associations, bar associations or other applicable affinity groups; (4) Demonstrates creative or innovative strategies in promoting and encouraging participation in the Certified Paralegal Program; (5) Demonstrates leadership and collaboration in offering, forming, or mentoring CP exam study groups, seminars, or other forums to assist member and non-members in preparing for the exam; (6) Encourages a high level of professional achievement.

NALA Active type member or NALA Affiliated Association in good standing

Deadline: September 1

Nomination Form

Student of the Year Award

To recognize outstanding achievement by a full-time student in good standing at any college, junior college, or other school pursuing a course of study as a paralegal.

Award Benefits Include:

  • Recognition during Annual Membership Meeting at Conference
  • Travel expenses paid by NALA – per diem (2 days), 1-night hotel, round-trip coach airfare, and Day 1 registration fee
  • Certified Paralegal Exam Fundamentals Book
  • CP Review Course Webinar Bundle

Current student members of NALA in good standing

(1) Enrolled for a minimum of 6 semester hours or equivalent; (2) Performed academic excellence (minimum 3.0 GPA); (3) Involved in a national, state, or local professional association; (4) Designated for an academic or professional recommendation; (5) Demonstrated dedication to the paralegal profession and legal community

Anyone, including self

Deadline: March 1

Nomination Form

Rising Star Award

To recognize exemplary service to the paralegal profession by a person who has been a paralegal for less than five years.

Award Benefits Include:

  • Recognition in NALA’s Facts & Findings journal and other outlets

Current member of NALA in good standing (current NALA Board and committee members are not eligible)

(1) Demonstrates leadership (ie is a committee or board member, presents an educational program, serves as a mentor); (2) Demonstrates personal commitment; (ie. contributes to legal publications, serves on a committee, assists at conference); (3) Promotes NALA to the legal community (ie. attends other events or pro bono services); (4) Models high ethical conduct; (5) Recognizes leadership/engagement efforts

NALA Active type member in good standing

Volunteer of the Year Award

To recognize exemplary service to the paralegal profession and its members by a person who has been a paralegal for at least five years.

Award Benefits Include:

  • Recognition in NALA’s Facts & Findings journal and other outlets

Current member of NALA in good standing (current NALA Board of Directors and committee members are not eligible)

(1) Demonstrates leadership (ie. is a committee or board member, presents an educational program, serves as a mentor); (2) Demonstrates personal commitment; (ie. contributes to legal publications, serves on a committee, assists at conference); (3) Promotes NALA to the legal community (ie. attends other events or pro bono services); (4) Models high ethical conduct; (5) Recognizes outstanding volunteer contributions

NALA Active type member

NALA Affiliated Associations National Achievement Awards

To recognize the achievements and contributions of an individual affiliate member, a committee of an affiliated association, or of an affiliated association itself which have a national and long-lasting impact.

Award Benefits Include:

  • Recognition during Annual Membership Meeting at Conference
  • Travel expenses paid by NALA – per diem (2 days), 1-night hotel, round-trip airfare, and Day 1 registration fee.
  • Achievement or contribution must have a national and long‐lasting impact
  • Nominee must have played a significant part in creating, developing, and/or promoting an important and distinctive program that positively impacts NALA or the paralegal profession on a nationwide basis for a minimum of three years
  • Develops or participates in a community service program that results in a positive public image for the paralegal profession on a national basis
  • Contributes to paralegal education such as publishing a book
  • Develops a nationally-recognized professional development or career enhancement program

Affiliate member,  Affiliate committee, or Affiliate Association in good standing (current NALA Board and committee members not eligible).

NALA Active type member or NALA Affiliated Association in good standing may submit one nomination per year. This is not an automatic nomination from Affiliates Award – it must be a separate nomination with a separate nomination form.

Deadline: April 1

Nomination Form

NALA Affiliates Award

To recognize members or committees of affiliated associations for their contribution to the goals and programs of the nominating affiliated association.

Award Benefits Include:

  • Recognition during Affiliated Association Annual Meeting at Conference

Determined by Affiliated Association. Examples for guidance: (1) Assist with and organize CP study groups; (2) Work with bar associations on behalf of the paralegals in the area; (3) Plan educational programs ; (4) Develop a pro bono or other community involvement program for the affiliate.

A member of an Affiliated Association in good standing (current NALA Board and committee members are eligible).

NALA Affiliated Association in good standing may designate one recipient each year.

Deadline: May 1

Nomination Form