Tomorrow I head to Portland, Oregon, for the American Association for Paralegal Education national conference. On Friday night we are having a joint event with NFPA that should be particularly interesting. This is my first time attending and presenting at an AAfPE national conference, so I do not know whether and when I will be able to post, but if it is at all like ABA or ATLA meetings, I should be able to at least post on the proceedings.
One topic discussed several times on this blog and I suspect will be discussed at the conference is pro bono work as a means of giving back to the profession and community while benefiting by the networking. Along that line is this from Reuters:
Peirce College and Burlington County College will host a Professional Networking Reception and Panel Discussion for paralegals on Thursday, October 29 on the Burlington County College Mt. Laurel Campus.
Professionals from the legal community will discuss the personal and
professional benefits of working with local Pro Bono and Public Interest Law
organizations. The keynote speaker is Jill Friedman, Director of Pro Bono and
Public Interest Programs, Rutgers School of Law in Camden, NJ.
Peirce College is co-sponsoring the event for the College`s undergraduate
Paralegal Studies students and other interested professionals. “Our goal is to
communicate the personal and professional benefits of volunteering with a public interest or pro bono organization,” says Cynthia Gentile, J.D., Assistant
Professor, Legal Studies at Peirce College.
On the professional side, “We want to show them how they can get their foot in the door. From a personal perspective, we want to demonstrate the benefits of volunteering, especially during these difficult economic times, when the need for more pro bono volunteers is even greater.”
Our program here at Ole Miss is currently working on providing a formal channel for pro bono work through a legal clinic and other volunteering opportunities for our students. Paralegal educators want their students to know what profession paralegals already know: when paralegals volunteer to meet pro bono and public interest needs, everyone wins.
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