The Western Dakota Association of Legal Assistants (WDALA) is a non-profit corporation formed in western North Dakota in 1984. As an association of legal assistants, WDALA's primary goals are continuing education and recognition in the legal field. WDALA's membership consists of legal assistants and students from 29 counties, comprising the western half of North Dakota.
WDALA supports legal assistants by sponsoring continuing education programs. WDALA promotes the legal assistant profession by providing literature and arranging for speakers to address various school groups. WDALA works with local and state bar associations in promoting understanding and adopting standards for legal assistants.
Membership provides an opportunity to exchange and share experiences, opinions and knowledge with other legal assistants with a wide variety of experience and training.
As an affiliate of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF LEGAL ASSISTANTS, INC. (NALA), WDALA members are governed by the ABA Standing Committee on Professional Ethics Opinion No. 316 (January 18, 1967), the American Bar Association Model Rules of Professional Conduct, and the Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility of the National Association of Legal Assistants, Inc. In addition, North Dakota's Supreme Court has adopted Rule 5.3 of the North Dakota Rules of Professional Conduct, which establishes guidelines and standards for legal assistants.
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