Promotes a high standard of competence for legal support professionals.
Organized in 1955, the Texas Association of Legal Professionals became a chartered chapter of NALS . . . the association for legal professionals, on July 27, 1956. Texas ALP is a nonunion, nonpartisan, nonpolitical, and nonprofit professional, educational association.
Texas ALP was organized to:
further knowledge of the law and uphold its dignity;
stimulate a high order of business and professional attainment;
establish good fellowship among its members;
create and maintain a high standard of ethics among its members; and
promote the interests of legal support staff in Texas.
Membership in Texas ALP offers you:
national certification programs
educational seminars and workshops
To further the interests of legal professionals throughout Texas by cooperating with and assisting local associations in carrying out the objectives and purposes of Texas ALP and NALS.
Code of Ethics
Each member of Texas ALP is required to subscribe to the Code of Ethics of NALS . . . the association for legal professionals, as follows:
Members of NALS 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 the 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.
Integrity and high standards of conduct are fundamental to the success of our professional association. This Code is promulgated by NALS and accepted by its members to accomplish these ends.
Canon 1. Members of this association shall maintain a high degree of competency and integrity through continuing education to better assist the legal profession in fulfilling its duty to provide quality legal services to the public.
Canon 2. Members of this association shall maintain a high standard of ethical conduct and shall contribute to the integrity of this association and the legal profession.
Canon 3. Members of this association shall avoid a conflict of interest pertaining to a client matter.
Canon 4. Members of this association shall preserve and protect the confidences and privileged communications of a client.
Canon 5. Members of this association shall exercise care in using independent professional judgment and in determining the extent to which a client may be assisted without the presence of a lawyer and shall not act in matters involving professional legal judgment.
Canon 6. Members of this association shall not solicit legal business on behalf of a lawyer.
Canon 7. Members of this association, unless permitted by law, shall not perform paralegal functions except under the direct supervision of a lawyer and shall not advertise or contract with members of the general public for the performance of paralegal functions.
Canon 8. Members of this association, unless permitted by law, shall not perform any of the duties restricted to lawyers or do things which lawyers themselves may not do and shall assist in preventing the unauthorized practice of law.
Canon 9. Members of this association not licensed to practice law shall not engage in the practice of law as defined by statutes or court decisions.
Canon 10. Members of this association shall do all other things incidental, necessary, or expedient to enhance professional responsibility and participation in the administration of justice and public service in cooperation with the legal profession.
NALS Mission Statement
NALS . . . the association for 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.
Through the tri-level association, members benefit from local, state, and national programs that enhance not only the members, but also their law firms, corporations, or government offices. NALS members expand their careers through the exceptional educational opportunities available at all levels of the association.