The National Association for Legal Support Professionals Welcomes New Leadership

INDIANAPOLIS - April 28, 2022 - PRLog -- The National Association for Legal Support Professionals (NALS) leadership elections were held February 1-15, 2022. Five new board members were voted on by members during the election. Those elected to the board were then voted into officer positions.

The Nominations and Elections Committee (NEC) announces the following results:

NALS President: Julie A. Abernathy, PP, PLS – Hamilton, Texas

NALS Secretary: Reba Peden, PP, CLP – Paralegal with Elmore & Peterson Law Firm, Ridgeland, Mississippi

NALS Treasurer: Tara Jean Brown, PP, PLS, SCCP – Paralegal at The Greene Law Firm P.A., Greenville, South Carolina­­

NALS Director: Amylyn Riedling, PP, PLS-SC – Paralegal/Office Manager for Robin H. Balsam P.S., Tacoma, Washington

NALS Director: Debbie Sutton, CLP – Legal Assistant to the Town of Sahuarita Prosecutor, Sahuarita, Arizona

NALS' new leadership will be sworn in during a membership meeting on Thursday, April 28.

"I am excited to serve as the new NALS President alongside such a talented board. I look forward to the opportunity to steer NALS towards a better future. I have been a member for over 45 years and have NALS in my DNA." said NALS President, Julie Abernathy. ­­­­­­­­­

Julie A. Abernathy, PP, PLS has been a member of NALS since 1975. She has served in numerous chairmanships and offices at all levels of the association, including President of Austin LPA, Waco LPA, and Texas ALP. In addition, Julie has served the national association as Region 6 Director, Membership Director, Secretary/Treasurer, President-elect, and as the 39th President in 2009-2010. She served as a Trustee on the NALS Foundation 2010-2014 and served as the Foundation Chair from 2011-2014. She continues to be active on all levels.

The new board aims to guide NALS in line with the established strategic direction of providing continued education to members, increasing inclusive member engagement and increasing the awareness of the NALS brand.

Learn more about each of NALS Board members at


About NALS:

Established in 1929 by Eula Mae Jett, NALS was incorporated as the National Association of Legal Secretaries in 1949 and renamed the National Association for Legal Support Professionals in 2021. For more than 90 years NALS has been a leader in the legal services industry offering professional development by providing continuing legal education, certifications, information, and training to those choosing the legal services industry as their career.  NALS members represent every area of this industry from paralegals and legal assistants to legal administrators and office managers.  Because of this diversity and an openness to welcome all members of the industry, NALS offers a broad spectrum of expertise to make the programs offered valuable to all members of the legal services industry. Online at
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