WHEREAS, legal support staff provide vital administrative and technical assistance to our courts, governments, businesses, and private law offices; and
WHEREAS, the justice system cannot function without the skill and dedication of our nation’s legal support staff; and
WHEREAS, the Association of Legal Professionals (NALS), together with its state and local organizations, has initiated an educational program to increase opportunities for legal support staff to observe and learn about courtroom proceedings; and
WHEREAS, NALS is focused on increasing the skills and abilities of legal support staff so that they may better serve their employers; and
WHEREAS, legal support staff, along with judges and lawyers in our country, participate in one of life’s most satisfying endeavors – the administration of justice; and
WHEREAS, Court Observance Week is an opportunity to recognize legal support staff, their hard work, and the positive impact they have in communities throughout Virginia;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize October 8-12, 2018, as COURT OBSERVANCE WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.