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... the association of legal professionals


L-R:  Shirley, Myra, Debbie, Melissa, Ed and Teresa

BLSA - Birmingham Legal Secretaries Association
Birmingham, Alabama

BLSA held its organizational meeting on November 9, 1961 at the Hunt Room of the Colony Motor Lodge with 104 members in attendance

The first  meeting was held November 30, 1961 at the YWCA with 82 charter members.  On December 14, 1961, Judge Ingram Beasley installed the first  officers. 
On December 11, 1961, NALS, Inc. issued the charter to BLSA.


Since 1961, BLSA's mission has been to provide quality legal education to its members and to be a vital part of the local legal community it serves.

BLSA, A Chapter of NALS, Inc. is comprised of professionals dedicated to the  education and service of the legal community through the fulfillment of  the cornerstones of NALS, Inc.'s mission to Engage, Inspire, Enhance and Promote.

Here are just a few of the ways BLSA is committed to engage, enhance, inspire, and promote its members:

  • Career Opportunities
  • Leadership Training
  • Continuing Legal Education
  • Certification - Accredited Legal Professional (ALP), Professional Legal Secretary  (PLS), Certified Legal Professional (CLP), and the Professional  Paralegal (PP) Designations
  • Scholarships
  • Monthly Professional Publication - "The Bulletin"
  • Networking Events
  • Benefits and Discounts
  • BLSA holds a membership meeting each month (except for the months of August, October, and January) where members are provided one hour of continuing legal education in various areas of the law and issues affecting the  legal community. The membership meetings are held on the third Thursday of the month at 6:00 p.m. at the Birmingham School of Law in downtown  Birmingham.

BLSA believes in its members and is committed to being their partner in  success.



PRESIDENT - Melissa Cooper, CAP, BW, OM, PM, RM, PLS


SECRETARY - Teresa Moore, PP, PLS

TREASURER - Debby Holmes, PP, PLS

GOVERNOR - Myra Beckham, PP, PLS


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