A Message from the President of NALS of Pennsylvania

Greetings NALS of PA Members,

I pray you all are happy and healthy.

What a time we had last night at the Career, Coffee & Conversation Happy Hour.  It was great seeing everyone and hearing about the challenges we are facing each day with work, our personal life, and being able to laugh about it.  Thank you, thank you.

Remember, we are in this together, so if you come up with some creative ideas for us to stay connected, shoot me an email or text.  Right now, being strong and lifting each other up is our only option if we want to conquer this pandemic.

A word of inspiration:

When you are in search for strength, I want you to do two things, look above and look inside yourself, you have the power within to push through this.

Until we meet again, stay encouraged, safe, happy and healthy.

Ella Herbin, President

P.S.  See picture of the Happy Hour Attendees in the Gallery.

56th Annual Conference and Awards Banquet
has been cancelled due to the Pandemic


NALS of Pennsylvania is a professional organization of legal secretaries, paralegals, and other legal support staff.  Affiliated with NALS…the association for legal professionals and dedicated to enhancing the competencies and contributions of members in the legal services profession, NALS of Pennsylvania is part of a tri-level association that includes the local chapters of Lehigh Northampton LSA, NALS of Philadelphia, and Schuylkill LSA.

We provide members of the legal services profession with opportunities to network while improving knowledge and skills through continuing legal education.  Those who join our association are career-minded professionals in their field who seek opportunities for professional growth and development of leadership skills.

Membership affords a variety of opportunities to enhance knowledge, including affiliation with NALS . . . the association for legal professionals providing certification, publications, webinars and many other benefits while connecting with colleagues throughout the Commonwealth and the country.


  • Advance your career
  • Network with esteemed colleagues forming long lasting friendships
  • Become certified
  • Stay abreast of updates, changes, and trends in the legal industry
  • Enjoy financial benefits through NALS Affinity Programs
  • Experience the fun!

NALS…the association for legal professionals
Dedicated to enhancing the competencies and contributions of members in the legal profession


The Reporter is available to all members through the Member Portal!



Our beloved member and friend, Mabel Haines, made her transition, April, 25, 2020.  Mabel served as past state president in 1987-1989; a very active member on the national, state, and county levels of NALS.

Shelly Mincer remembered her as being in the Toastmasters and said she gave everyone at PALS (which is now NALS) guidance and instruction for speaking in front of an audience – she instilled confidence in those of us “young” ladies and encouraged us to run for office, both locally and on the State level.  She tried to get some of us to become more involved on the National level as well.

Hilda Thompson said she was always poised and made everything look so easy which was very hard for Hilda to do since she had never spoken in front of an audience before (of course, after she joined the association, that changed).  Thanks Mabel!

On behalf of NALS of PA, we extend our sincere condolences and love.

Kind regards,

Ella Herbin, President


Ruth L. Gutleber, PLS
1947- 2020


Our beloved life member and dearest friend, Ruth L. Gutleber, PLS, made her transition on January 25, 2020. Ruth resided in Washington Township, New Jersey. She was married to Charles and together they raised two sons.

Ruth worked as a legal secretary at the law firm of Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis, LLP, as a young woman and left to raise her sons. She then returned to Schnader many years later and subsequently retired from that firm. Along with working full time, Ruth was the Administrative Secretary and an Honorary Board Member of The Lawyers’ Club of Philadelphia. When she retired, she sat on the Board of her homeowner’s association. Being a wife, mother, and legal secretary was not enough. Her mission was to educate herself in the legal field so she joined and became a life member of NALS in 1992, earned her PLS certification in 1997, and obtained Emeritus status in 2012. Ruth was a dedicated member, she attended every state and local conference, as well as many national conferences. Ruth served as Executive Secretary, Treasurer, and Governor of NALS of Philadelphia. She was also Parliamentarian of NALS of Pennsylvania. Even when Ruth was not an officer, she would chair or co-chair a committee, and made a point to attend both local and state Board meetings. The dedication Ruth showed the Association for 20 years is commendable.

Ruth is fondly remembered as being the epitome of a lady, her quick wittedness, classy nature, and her overall genuineness will always be admired.

Ruth, it saddened us to lose you and you left us with beautiful and happy memories. Wherever we look, we will find you there smiling down on us. Enjoy your new home in Glory where every day is a day of sunshine. Peaceful rest until we meet again.

That which is lovely never dies; Ruth will always remain in our hearts.