BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP

We cordially invite you to consider the benefits legal support staff can derive from membership in the Florida Association of Legal Support Specialists, Inc. (FALSS). The mission of FALSS is to promote and ensure the highest standards of professionalism, competence, and ethical conduct of legal support specialists. There are currently many chapters throughout the state, with other areas considering forming chapters. Following is just a brief overview of our association:

Quarterly Meetings – Quarterly meetings are held throughout the state. Further information on upcoming meetings may be obtained on the Home Page.

Educational seminars -- Educational seminars are presented at each quarterly meeting. Topics presented at recent seminars include: Appellate Practice Update; Bankruptcy; Corporate Law; DNA Testing; Elder Law; Florida Legislature; Guardianships; Notary Law; Family Law, and Technology in the Law Firm. A Certificate of Legal Education (CLE) is presented to every attendee at each seminar, which is great way to obtain Florida Bar approved credits at a reasonable rate.

Certification – FALSS supports and encourages certification (Board Certification, ALS, PLS, CLA, and more) and holds certification workshops at each quarterly meeting.

Board Certification Program – A Board Certification Program for specialty areas for legal support specialists has been developed by FALSS. Examinations are now being offered in Civil Trial Law, Familly Law, and Wills, Trusts, & Estates. Other specialty areas (including Real Estate Litigation Law and Real Estate Transactional Law) are in development, or will begin development soon. The Board Certification Program guidelines have been presented to, and reviewed by, members of The Florida Bar. The Certifying Board has designated study materials and prepared a Study Guide (that includes a mock examination) for each specialty area listed above; and will prepare the same for all additional specialty areas.

Legal Support Journal (“LSJ”) is the quarterly publication of FALSS that is provided to every FALSS member. The magazine includes educational articles, information for members, a summary of the most recently held quarterly meeting, and information and registration forms for upcoming quarterly meetings.

www.falss.org – This is the official website for FALSS and contains a description of our organization’s history; a list of officers; the location of all chapters and chapter contact information; meeting notices, registration forms, legal education seminar information; a membership application; and much more. A “Members Only” section contains legal education articles, the FALSS Directory, the Bylaws and Standing Rules of FALSS, and other information.

Please contact any FALSS officer for more information.