Posts Tagged ‘LEX’

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!

Where I’ve Been

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

LEX Graduation Sash

My post yesterday drew some queries as to where I’ve been – some suggesting that I’ve simply been slacking! While there is a modicum of truth to that suggestion, I actually have been busy. Last week, for example, I attended the annual national conference of the American Association for Paralegal Education in Baltimore, MD. It was an excellent conference highlighted (for me) by my election as Secretary of AAfPE and the progress that was made towards establishing an academic journal for paralegal educations by the Scholarly Journal Committe which I co-chair. I am looking forward to serving on the AAfPE Board of Directors.

It is always enjoyable to engage is serious (and some not-so-serious) discussion regarding the many issues facing the paralegal education and practice with faculty from institutions around the country. There were over 300 registrants this year. I will be posting more on some of those discussions and information obtained at the conference in the coming days.

In this post I will just remind paralegal students that AAfPE sponsors the LEX Honor Society. CHeck out the LEX website and check in with your program director to see if your institution has a LEX Chapter.

LEX – A Honor Society for Paralegal Students

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

Each year many of the top paralegal students in the country are inducted into LEX, the National Honor Society for Paralegal Students, sponsored by AAfPE. We at Ole Miss are proud of all the members of our LEX chapter. Here’s a story about the induction of some new members in Kentucky:

In the sanctity of Courtroom 4A in the Boone County Justice Center, Judge Steven R. Jaeger, Senior Judge of the Kentucky Court of Justice, presided over the induction of eleven (11) students from Beckfield College into the Lambda Epsilon Chi National Honor Society on July 26, 2010.

“This ceremony truly acknowledges the strength and dedication of students who have gone the extra mile in and out of the classroom,” noted Jerry Linger, Attorney at Law and Dean of Legal Studies at Beckfield College. “It is so fitting to see these men and women be recognized for their academic achievement in the courtroom.”

Beckfield College paralegal students inducted into the society included Jill Archer, William Bohl, Jennifer Duncan, Pamela Gaines, Staci Gilbert, Sarah Green-Moore, Carlita Hairston, Leah Neyer, Mary Robinson, Terry Weller, Hannah Robeyzachariah.

Lambda Epsilon Chi (LEX) is a national honor society in paralegal studies. The purpose of LEX is to recognize persons who have demonstrated superior academic performance in an established program of paralegal/legal assistant studies offered at an institution that is an institutional member in good standing of the American Association for Paralegal Education.

You can read the rest here. LEX membership is a good indication that these students will be a welcome addition to the paralegal profession. More on LEX here.

LEX – National Honor Society for Paralegal Students

Monday, August 17th, 2009

LEX (Lambda Epsilon Chi) is a national honor society for paralegal students. According to AAfPE (American Association for Paralegal Education):

The purpose of LEX is to recognize students who have demonstrated superior academic performance in an established program of paralegal/legal assistant studies offered at an institution that is an AAfPE Institutional Member in good standing.

 If you are a paralegal student chances are you attend an AAfPE Institutional Member. (There are 346 of them.) Check with your institution to see if it has a LEX chapter and, if so, what the criteria are for induction. According to AAfPE,

A student is eligible for induction into LEX if the student:
• Has completed not less than two-thirds of the program requirements to complete such program as determined by the institution; and
• Has demonstrated superior academic performance by achieving an overall grade point average of 3.5 or higher.

The institution may establish any other additional criteria necessary to qualify for their Chapter so long as the above criteria are met. These may include, but are not limited to:
• 3.5 or higher grade point average in paralegal/legal assistant program specialty courses
• Evidence of community service
• Writing an Essay

If your institution does not have a chapter, ask them to set one up. It is easy to do and AAfPE will be happy to assist. Becoming a member of LEX is a good first step on the way to professionalism and a good addition to your resume.