Archive for the ‘Professional Associations’ Category

Washington State Bar Board Members Resign

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

According to ABAJournal.com the Washington State Bar Association’s Practice of Law Board has been hit with mass resignations and departures as a result of a long-running feud with the bar association’s leaders. The article states, “On Monday, former board members released an 11-page letter (PDF) accusing the executive director of the state bar of pursuing “a campaign to eliminate the Practice of Law Board” over differences in philosophy on how to bridge the access-to-justice gap in the state.”

So why does this matter to us and why am I posting about it here? It’s this part of the story, “The letter traced the POLB’s problems with the WSBA to the debate over the Limited License Legal Technician Rule, which allows non-JD legal professionals to deliver limited legal services in certain designated practice areas. The rule, proposed by the POLB and opposed by the bar’s Board of Governors, became state law in 2012.
“The Washington State Bar Association has a long record of opposing efforts that threaten to undermine its monopoly on the delivery of legal services,” the four resigning board members wrote. The 13-person POLB is now down to four as a result of resignations and terms that were not extended.”

This is a battle being fought in several jurisdictions. One take on the issue is whether Bar Associations can ethically take positions that favor the interest of the bar over the interest of the public the bar is supposedly serving. But, my take is that fighting programs to solve the access to justice problem in the U.S., is not in the interest of the Bar.

Paralegal Student Wins Back-to-Back LEX Scholarship Contests

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

The Deer Park Broadcaster reports:

San Jacinto College paralegal student Karen Cardenas’ essay about parental rights of same sex couples recently earned a $500 scholarship awarded by the Lambda Epsilon Chi (LEX) national paralegal honor society.

Cardenas became the first-ever repeat winner in the national scholarship contest, which attracts applicants from nearly 200 universities and colleges throughout the nation. The LEX honor society awards only five of the national scholarships annually.

“This is the first time in the LEX scholarship history that we have had a repeat winner,” commented Mary Flaherty, LEX national coordinator. “Karen deserves a great deal of credit for this impressive accomplishment.”

In 2014, Cardena’s essay about a legal procedure known as “Replevin” earned her a LEX essay scholarship. Replevin is a complex legal action used to have property returned to its rightful owner when it is being held unlawfully by someone other than the owner. The Replevin procedure frequently involves cases in which someone buys stolen property without knowing it is stolen.

You can read the full article here. Congratulations, Karen!

40 Years at NALA

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

A highlight of the NALA conference was the festive retirement send-off given to Marge Dover, CAE, NALA’s Executive Director since 1975. I was impressed by the honor, respect, and collegiality shown to Marge by all those present – members, officers, and staff. It is clear that she will be greatly missed by all. I only met Marge a couple of times, but her contribution to the growth and stability of NALA well-known. This is from the program for the banquet:

Marge Dover, CAE, has been NALA’s Executive Director since its inception in 1975. She has been a part of the growth of NALA and an observer of the developing paralegal field for almost 40 years. The NALA Board of Directors presented Marge with the 2000 NALA Founders Award to recognize her extraordinary leadership and her devotion to NALA.

Marge’s career focus prior to leading NALA in 1975 was her work with nonprofits including the Association of Petroleum Geologists in Tulsa. Marge also served on the boards of directors for several nonprofit organizations in Tulsa, including the Zoo Friends and the Retired senior Volunteer Program.

Congratulations, Marge, and best wishes for your well-deserved retirement!

NALA Excitement

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

I’m enjoying the NALA National Conference. Interesting Immigration Law Institute is very informative and will be a big help when I teach an Immigration Law course this fall.

I attended the forum yesterday where the candidates for offices spoke. A strong crew. NALA will do well whoever wins. As I sit back and listen to members speak to each other in between sessions, I am impressed with how pleased and confident they all seem to be in NALA, its mission, and its leadership.

I’ve also had the pleasure of meeting three current leaders of the Mississippi Paralegal Association. They’ve added some excitement and vitality to that organization and I look forward to working with them and helping them connect to our students and recent graduates. They were scheduled to make a presentation this afternoon, but it was disrupted by another type of excitement – a bomb scare that led to the evacuation of the conference center for a couple of hours. Nothing like standing out in the hot Tulsa sun to make you appreciate air conditioning and a cool beer at the local pub!

NALA 2015

Monday, July 20th, 2015

Heading to Tulsa for the NALA 2015 National Conference. Looks like there’ll be several paralegals from Mississippi and from Maine there! I’m looking forward to mingling with some of the best paralegal professionals in the country and getting up to date on the paralegal profession.

NFPA Scholarships

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

Received this notice through the AAfPE listserv:

Each year NFPA together with Thomson Reuters offers two scholarships for paralegal education. The deadline is July 1, 2015 so please share this information with your students so they can apply and possibly win one of the scholarships!  The first place award is $3000 and second place award is $2000.  The scholarships will be awarded at NFPA’s Annual Convention in Honolulu, Hawaii!

To access the scholarship applications, please follow directions below:

To download the 2015 National Federation of Paralegal Associations, Inc. / Thomson Reuters Scholarship Application, go to www.paralegals.org. Scholarship and award winners will be announced at NFPA’s Annual Convention in October.

Important! Incomplete applications and nominations or those postmarked after July 1 will be ineligible for consideration. Please note when multiple copies of a document are specified, they are required.

AAfPE Officers 2014-2015

Friday, November 7th, 2014

Well, I for one am excited about the new American Association for Paralegal Education’s officers elected earlier today:

President: Patricia Lyons

President-Elect: Robert Mongue

Treasurer: Wm. Bruce Davis

Secretary: Thomas Pokladowski

AAfPE National Conference

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

I am heading out today for an American Association for Paralegal Education Board of Directors meeting and the annual National Conference. What do you think should be on the top of the agenda for paralegal educators?

Legal Careers Rx for non-attorneys

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

Mariana Fradman, MBA Senior Real Estate Paralegal at Kaye Scholer LLP and NYCPA Treasurer, Mentor Program & CLE Chairperson (NYCPA is an exemplar of what paralegal associations can be. An excellent set of officers! Check it out even if you are not a New York City paralegal.) announced through the NYCPA LinkedIn discussion board a new LinkedIn Group:Legal Careers Rx for non-attorneys.

The announcement is brief, so I’ve included it all here:

In less than two weeks, over 900 paralegals joined the group. The group is about career strategies, job search techniques, resumes, workplace situations, stress/burnout, virtual paralegals, promotions & more.

Virginia Paralegals’ Week

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Last week I finally  added the Virginia Alliance of Paralegal Associations to my blogroll in response to a June request from Karen Axell, RP, President of VAPA. While looking at the site I noticed this: Governor Terence R. McAuliffe proclaims October 12-18, 2014, as Paralegals’ Week. The Governor’s proclamation includes several reasons for the week including recognition that “the research and administrative duties performed by paralegals are essential to the ability of attorneys to provide their clients with quality legal services.