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Presidents Message

I am honored to serve as 2017-2018 president of the Houston Association of Legal Professionals. I am excited to have the opportunity to build on this chapter’s great tradition of excellence and service, and I want to thank Immediate Past President Katrina Husmann, our officers and chairmen, corporate members, and members for making our chapter a success.

My theme this year is “Unleash Your Extraordinary Potential – Why settle for being a Stone when you can become a Gem!” I chose this theme because I believe that, if you have passion for what you do, with perseverance and dedication you can become anything you want to be.

It’s often said in the business world that “if you’re not moving ahead, then you’re almost certainly falling behind.” I’m happy to say that our association has not shied away from change, but has embraced it. I hope you will join with me in continuing that practice and identifying ways we can make our association even more responsive to our members’ needs.

I look forward to an exciting year and to exploring ways that we might, together, continue to grow our organization, expand and diversify our member services, continue our legal education opportunities, and continue with our fun and exciting social events. Once again, I feel honored to have your support as we work together to unleash the extraordinary potential of our members.

Suzanne Beatty, PP, PLS
President 2017-2018


Houston ALP is the local chapter of a trilevel professional association for legal secretaries, legal assistants, paralegals, law office administrators, court reporters, court personnel, and clerks. We are part of state (Texas Association of Legal Professionals) and national (NALS, Inc.) associations.

On the second Tuesday evening of each month Houston ALP hosts a continuing education dinner meeting at which attorneys in the Houston community speak on such topics as ethics, corporate law, real estate law, medical malpractice, intellectual property, estate planning, constitutional law, family law, and civil litigation.

Benefits of membership include:
⦁ NALS certification programs
⦁ Local study courses for individuals preparing to sit for NALS certification exams
⦁ Continuing legal education seminars and conferences
⦁ Networking opportunities at local, state, and national levels
⦁ Legal-related newsletters and bimonthly publications

We have the tools to support our members in advancing in their chosen field with certification, continuing education, and professional development. In addition, our members have networking opportunities and access to approximately 4,000 members throughout the United States. These members work in small and large law firms, as clerks and courtroom deputies for state and federal courts, in legal departments for corporations, and for administrative agencies.

We invite you to attend one of our monthly continuing education meetings to learn more about our association.