Posts Tagged ‘awards’

Wiles Wins Perry Award

Thursday, October 8th, 2009

It has been awhile since I’ve posted in the “Awards and Honors” category. Today Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont, provides an opportunity by announcing Tina Wiles as the winner of its Roger A. Perry Award. Tina is a good illustration of giving back to the profession by actively participating in professional organizations.  Here’s the report from readMedia newswire:

Roger A. Perry Award – Tina Wiles of Brandon, VT, Class of 1987 and 1992 earned an AS in Legal Administrative Assistant and AS In Paralegal Studies. Wiles has a long history with the Vermont Paralegal Organization, holding past positions such as President and CLE Coordinator. She also held a national position with National Federation of Paralegal Association as Region V Director. Wiles is also a former adjunct instructor for Real Estate II in Champlain’s paralegal program. She was a long-time resident of Chittenden County and moved several years ago to Brandon where she is currently the zoning administrator for the town.

Today is also a big day for Breast Cancer Awareness. I hope to comment a bit on the need for awareness later today if I can carve out the time.

NALA National Awards

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

The NALA website announces the 2009 NALA National Award Recipients:

2009 NALA Presidents Award Recipient
Michelle Erdmann, ACP
Fargo, North Dakota

Michelle Erdmann has been a “guiding force” in the Western Dakota Association of Legal Assistants and NALA, providing inspiration and motivation to paralegals on the local, state and national levels. Before leaving the region for new employment, Michelle served in numerous leadership positions for the Western Dakota Association of Legal Assistants. Her performance was described as “calm and patient,” offering guidance to members and resolutions to difficulties.

Her work with NALA includes working with the Professional Development Committee as Chair, and as a member of the NALA Board of Directors. she has also served as Ethics Chair, and as a member of the NALA Continuing Education Council. Most recently, she served as a member of the NALA Advanced Paralegal Certification Board.

2009 National Affiliated Associations Achievement Award
Connie Kretchmer, ACP
Omaha, Nebraska

A former NALA president, Connie has been heavily involved in the paralegal profession for several decades as an educator, author, and as a paralegal. She has been a member of NALA for more than 24 years, and has served both NALA and the Nebraska Paralegal Association. She is currently in her second three year term as a member of the NALA Advanced Paralegal Certification Board. She is also serving as a faculty member of the NALA CLA/CP review course, and is greatly involved in helping those seeking the Certified Paralegal credential. She has contributed to numerous CLA/CP review programs on the local and regional level, and has contributed material to the NALA CLA Mock Examination and Study Guide. Her dedication to furthering paralegal education and career enhancement has inspired members of the Nevada Paralegal Association, and the power of her personality and helpful attitude has influenced many paralegals throughout the nation.

2009 NALA Affiliated Associations Outstanding Contribution Award
Sandra D. Hatch, CP
Portland, Oregon

Sandra Hatch has taken the Pacific Northwest Paralegal Association to a pinnacle of excellence with her leadership as President. She has served on the PNPA Board for nine years, was a Past President, and is currently chair of the Legal Education Committee. She is a litigation paralegal with more than 30 years of experience, currently working in labor and employment law. Her influence is credited with bringing PNPA’s membership back from 12 members in 2002 to over 70 today.  She has also help reform a CLA/CP Study Group to prepare for the March 2010 Certified Paralegal examination.


AAJ Names “Paralegal of the Year”

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

According to the Jacksonville, Florida, Financial News and Daily Record, a local paralegal, Linda Whipple, has been named “Paralegal of the Year” by The American Association of Justice

Nominees were judged by paralegal affiliate members and one attorney member of the AAJ Paralegal Advisory Task Force. Judges looked for contributions to the paralegal profession through teaching, speaking/lecturing, mentoring paralegal students, involvement with paralegal associations and publication of articles in legal publications.

Whipple is active in her local paralegal association (Northeast Florida Paralegal Association) and served as their first vice-president in 2003-04. She became a part of the over 3,000 voluntary registered paralegals in March 2008 through the Florida Bar administered program.

“Becoming a registered paralegal through the Florida Bar is voluntary now, but I think that will change in the near future,” said Whipple. “It will become a requirement.”

The certification program was approved by the Florida Supreme Court in 2007 with the goal of setting high professional standards for the profession. The program requires paralegals to abide by a code of ethics while performing their duties under the supervision of a member of the Florida Bar. Registered paralegals must complete 30 hours of continuing education courses over a three-year period, with five of those hours in professionalism or ethics courses.