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  • March 24, 2015 9:29 AM | NIPA Webmaster (Administrator)

    The ISBA Board of Governors approved implementation of an ISBA program for paralegal registration.  The target date for registration is mid-to late summer, 2015.   A special thanks to Judge Edward Najam, IN Court of Appeals, David Jones, Evansville attorney and Susan Jacobs and Tom Pyrz, ISBA., for all their hard work, patience and guidance during this long process.  Congratulations to Indiana Paralegals

  • March 19, 2015 1:44 PM | NIPA Webmaster (Administrator)

    NIPA will be holding elections for board members for the 2015/2016 Membership Year.  THANK YOU Mindy Gregory of Haller & Colvin for serving as our Nominations Chair.  Please use the nomination form below to submit your nominations to Mindy.  Feel free to nominate yourself for any position you are interested in filling.  Positions are open to all NIPA members. Nominations are due by April 10th!

     

    NOMINATION FORM

     

     

    DESCRIPTION OF OPEN POSITIONS

     

    VICE PRESIDENT- Coordinate the lunches for the monthly meetings, collect the reservations and money.   Assist with the Annual Christmas party and the seminar snacks.

     

    TREASURER - Maintain the financial records of the corporation, write checks and balance the check book.

     

    EDUCATION - Coordinate the speakers for the monthly luncheons and the seminar.

     

    EVENTS COORDINATOR - Plan all NIPA special events (i.e. Christmas party and Annual Meeting) and assist the other board members in planning the seminars.

     

    NEWS AND WEBSITE- Develop, revise and maintain the website content to include all NIPA activities; monitor the association email; and send bi-weekly News and Website to members.


     

    PRIMARY REPRESENTATIVE- Liaison between NIPA and NFPA.   Keep up to date on issues at the national level.  Attend the national convention in the fall and the region meeting in the spring.

     

    PUBLIC RELATIONS- Promote good will between the organization and the public including keeping the press informed of all NIPA activities.

     

    ADVERTISING - Securing sustaining members and sponsors.

     

    ASSOCIATE STUDENT REP- Stays in contact with the paralegal programs at the local universities.

     

    PRO BONO CHAIR - Promotes and coordinates programs whereby volunteer paralegals can assist attorneys and/or legal assistance agencies in pro bono case programs.

     

    JOB BANK-   Maintain the resumes of the members.  Contact employers as to jobs that are available and coordinate those jobs with our members.

  • March 19, 2015 1:31 PM | NIPA Webmaster (Administrator)

    Each year, NIPA recognizes a paralegal who has made outstanding contributions as a paralegal to an employer, to NIPA, and/or to the community. Do you work with a paralegal who has made a difference in your work place?  Do you know a paralegal who donates time and talent to the community or who you think has helped to make NIPA an organization that supports its members? Take the time to make a nomination for the 2015 Paralegal Recognition Award and help NIPA recognize the efforts of our members.

     

     

    NOMINATION FORM

  • March 18, 2015 12:27 PM | NIPA Webmaster (Administrator)

    Fort Wayne Attorney Jerri Mead lead NIPA members in a frank discussion about the U.S. immigration process and its impact here in Fort Wayne. The group discussed the specific challenges for children of immigrants and the obstacles they face in their pursuit of an adult life in the United States. Jerri shared her experiences as an attorney working in the immigration and naturalization field.  Members left the meeting with a new and startling understanding of the complex immigration issues.

     

    Food for thought:

     

    How do we care for the children abandoned or orphaned when undocumented parents are arrested?

     

    More than 1 million people per year enter the United States.

     

    Undocumented immigrants provide significant support to our economy and Social Security system. 

     

    If you were brought to the United States illegally as a child, how do you obtain the ability to work and live in the United States as an adult?  Could you return to a country you have never known?

     

    Are reforms really effective? 

     

     

  • March 01, 2015 1:22 PM | NIPA Webmaster (Administrator)

    The Northeast Indiana Paralegal Association is joining the fight against hunger this year and will be participating in the 7th Annual March Against Hunger food drive and competition.  The March Against Hunger food drive is a friendly competition between law firms, bar associations and other non-profit associations to raise the most donations of either non-perishable foods or direct monetary contributions for Indiana‚Äôs 11 regional food banks.  The food drive runs between March 1 and 31. 

     

    If you would like to donate non-perishable foods, please bring your donation to the luncheon on March 17 or contact Angie Meyer, and she will arrange to pick up your donation.  If you would like to make a monetary donation, please make your check payable to the Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana, Inc. and send it to NIPA, P.O. Box 13646, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46865.  You can also send your check via courthouse mail to Angie Meyer, Haller & Colvin, P.C., Courthouse Box #62 or bring your check to the luncheon.  Every $1 earned will count as 5 pounds of food.  All donations will go directly to the Community Harvest Food Bank and will benefit those people that live in Northeast Indiana.

  • February 17, 2015 1:20 PM | NIPA Webmaster (Administrator)

    John McGauley spoke to NIPA members at the February luncheon.  John began his job as the Allen Superior Court Executive six months ago after serving as Allen County's Recorder.  John talked about the responsibilities of the Allen Superior Court Executive.  John also discussed the needs he is investigating for the Allen Superior Court and what changes are possible in the future.

     

    John gave NIPA members the opportunity to express their wish list.  E-filing topped the list.  John gave us an update of the status of e-filing in Allen County.

     

    If you missed the meeting, log into this website for a full report of John's presentation on the Forum page.

     

    The Forum page is a benefit of NIPA membership.  Join NIPA to receive this and all of the benefits NIPA offers its members.

  • February 03, 2015 8:48 PM | NIPA Webmaster (Administrator)

    NIPA continues to work toward providing members with valuable resources that help members reach their achieve their goals in the paralegal field. We have moved to a new address to bring you the same great information with a new look and feel. Thank you for following us to our new location!  We hope to hear your feedback about our new site.  

  • January 20, 2015 8:55 PM | NIPA Webmaster (Administrator)

    Dawn Cummings, Executive Director of the City of Fort Wayne Metropolitan Human Relations Commission spoke with members in January about discrimination within our community.  Dawn's presentation shed new light on an organization we have all heard of but know little about.  Discrimination is an ongoing issue that affects many of our citizens, especially in the areas of employment and housing. This presentation served as a reminder that discrimination continues to impact our community.

  • December 15, 2014 9:53 PM | NIPA Webmaster (Administrator)

    These elections were held at the 2014 Annual Convention:

    President
    Lisa Vessels, RP, CP, FRP

    Vice President & Director of Positions and Issues
    Lynne-Marie Reveliotis

    Vice President & Director of Paralegal Certification
    Juanita (Nita) Serrano, RP

    Secretary and Director of Operations
    Cherylan Shearer

    Region I Director
    Thomas (Tom) Holmes

    Region II Director
    Allen F. Mihecoby, CLAS, RP

    Region III Director
    Yvonne DeAntoneo

    Region IV Director
    Donna Huntermark, RP, Pa.C.P.

    Region V Director
    Laurie Noyes, RP

  • December 15, 2014 9:53 PM | NIPA Webmaster (Administrator)

    NFPA Certification Ambassador Award
    Janet Williams, RP, Georgia Association of Paralegals

    Individual Pro Bono Award
    Risa Burgess, Dallas Area Paralegal Association

    NFPA Association Pro Bono Award
    Dallas Area Paralegal Association

    NFPA Paralegal of the Year
    James Hills, Department of the Navy

    NFPA Outstanding Local Leader
    Cynthia Minchillo, RP, Dallas Area Paralegal Association

    NFPA William R. Robie Award
    Judy Stouffer, RP, Philadelphia Association of Paralegals

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