The Los Angeles Paralegal Association (“LAPA”)’s website states it “is dedicated to developing, strengthening, and advancing the paralegal profession. LAPA provides networking opportunities, continuing legal educational programs, and pro bono activities for paralegals and members of the legal community throughout the Greater Los Angeles Metropolitan Area.” I like this opening because it acknowledges the link between networking, CLE, pro bono work and the advancement of the paralegal profession – a topic of several posts on this blog.
Some professional associations just talk the talk, but LAPA also walks the walk. It not only has a webpaage at its site dedicated to pro bono activities, it has announced it’s annual pro bono fair. This is an excellent idea for paralegal professional associations, although it likely works better in larger metropolitan areas. Here some info from the announcement and the link to the LAPA site where the announcement appears:
LAPA’s Pro Bono Section presents its annual
Pro Bono Fair
June 19, 2010
5245 Pacific Concourse Drive, Suite 301
Los Angeles, CA 90045
Admission: $5.00 and a new unwrapped toy to be donated
Must pre-register for event. For additional information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Insights. These major organizations are going to be providing useful information about the services they deliver to their clients
Connections. Take advantage of the great opportunity to meet and learn about volunteer positions or paralegal internships in one location.
Opportunities. Find your match here and learn how you can meet your volunteer goals.
Alliance for Children’s Rights
Bet Tzedek Legal Services
California Women’s Law Center
Disability Rights Legal Center
Inner City Law Center
Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
Learning Rights Law Center
Public Counsel Law Center
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