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President's Message

Become a NAELA Volunteer

By Wendy Shparago Cappelletto, Esq., CAP

You will get so much in return for your efforts — knowledge, being part of a like-minded community, and friendships that will last a lifetime.

I remember attending my first NAELA Conference in Washington, D.C., in 1998 and feeling so inspired by the NAELA members I met and the work of the association. 

Once I was able to join NAELA, I knew that I wanted to be an active member. As I learned about NAELA from some of my local colleagues, I initially looked towards the Illinois Chapter. I joined one committee, which led to other committees including planning our first Chapter UnProgram. After serving on the Chapter Board of Directors for a few years, I became Chapter President in 2003. When the Illinois Chapter created a legislative committee in response to the implementation of Deficit Reduction Act (DRA) in Illinois, I joined our Chapter Legislative Committee. I continue to serve as a committee member.

When the opportunity arose to serve on a national committee, I gladly accepted the invitation. This initial committee ended up turning into other opportunities to participate. As guardianship is a large part of my practice, I started attending the Guardianship Special Interest Group (SIG) breakfasts at the national conferences. When the SIGs morphed into Sections, I ended up as a member and eventually chair of the Guardianship Section. The section participation led to serving on program planning committees and subcommittees. Almost 10 years ago, I was fortunate enough to serve on the national Board of Directors.

While I spent a fair amount of time in my various Chapter and National volunteer positions, I got so much more in return. I have developed close friendships with members all across the country. I have been fortunate to represent ­NAELA at the Third National Guardianship Summit and as an observer to the Uniform Law Commission. Through my NAELA participation, I became a better attorney and advocate for the people I serve.

Learn about the NAELA volunteer experience from a few NAELA members.

Whether you are a new member or one who has not yet taken the plunge, I strongly encourage you to join the ranks of the many NAELA volunteers. The experience is well worth the effort.

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The Rural Attorney

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No Excuse to Miss the 2021 NAELA Annual Conference

By  Brenna Galvin, Esq., and Beth McDaniel, CELA

President's Message: Become a NAELA Volunteer

By  Wendy Shparago Cappelletto, Esq., CAP