RESOLUTION ENCOURAGING SUPPORT FOR SECRETARIES
SEEKING CERTIFICATION AS PROFESSIONAL LEGAL SECRETARIES

WHEREAS, the Philadelphia Bar Association recognizes the Philadelphia Legal Secretaries Association ("PLSA") for its commitment to excellence and for the continuing education of legal secretaries in this City;

WHEREAS, the designation of Certified Professional Legal Secretary (or "Certified PLS") was first awarded in 1957 by the National Association of Legal Secretaries for those secretaries who had demonstrated exceptional skills, standards, integrity, and dedication to their profession;

WHEREAS, PLS Certification is awarded after a secretary has passed a comprehensive, two-day, seven-part examination covering a wide range of duties performed by experienced legal secretaries, including written communication, legal secretarial procedures and accounting, ethics, legal terminology, tasks and procedures, initiative to take responsibility and exercise in judgment, and a combination of these skills in the preparation of legal documents;

WHEREAS, to prepare secretaries for the Certification examination, PLSA offers an extensive training program of twenty (20) ninety-minute courses to any secretary who has the desire to become a Certified PLS, and those courses have traditionally been held after work hours, when it has become ever more difficult for secretaries to remain, instead of going home to their families;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Philadelphia Bar Association hereby formally acknowledges, recognizes, and endorses the Philadelphia Legal Secretaries Association (PLSA) in its efforts toward the continuing education of legal secretaries and encourages their members to consider PLSA’s educational events and, in particular, the Professional Legal Secretary Study Group, as excellent programs for instructing, promoting and increasing professionalism, ethic responsibility, and excellence in the legal secretary profession, in keeping with the goals of the Philadelphia Bar Association;

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Philadelphia Bar Association urges all its members to support and encourage their legal secretaries' efforts to obtain certification as a Professional Legal Secretary.

PHILADELPHIA BAR ASSOCIATION
BOARD OF GOVERNORS
ADOPTED: November 23, 1998