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  • 20 Jul 2016 3:59 PM | Tracey Woolsey

    Please join me in congratulating the following IPA members for their outstanding contribution to IPA

    Debi Binkley, Lifetime Achievement Award
    Rhonda Murphy, Outstanding Board Member of the Year
    Laura Thirion, Paralegal of the Year
    Rob Cooper, Outstanding New Member of the Year

  • 08 Jul 2016 7:39 AM | Tracey Woolsey

    IF you were a voting member in 2015-2016 (Jul1/2015-June/2016) and were charged $95 when you processed your renewal (July 2016), please send a message to  Each voting member who renews their membership is supposed to receive a $10 discount off their annual registration.  Sometimes there is a glitch in our system and it misses that.  Please let us know if that happens.  Again, this only applies to VOTING MEMBERSHIPS.  Please note that this only applies to renewals for the 2016-2017 membership year.

  • 01 Jul 2016 10:25 AM | Tracey Woolsey

    Nominations officially open today for the 2016 elections for the following Board positions:

     Officer Positions (for a two-year term)

     * President; 

    * Vice President and Director of Positions and Issues;

    * Vice President and Director of Paralegal Certification; and 

    * Secretary and Director of Operations. 


    Region Directors (for a one-year term)

     * Regions I, II, III, IV, and V 



     * ABA Approval Commission Representative (for a three-year term)

     (Please note this position begins in Fall 2017)


    Board, ABA Approval Commission Representative, and Coordinator Nomination Forms can be found on NFPA’s website and also below for your convenience:


    Board Nomination Form (due by August 31st):

     (Please notethe Board Nomination Form is currently being updated and a separate announcement will come with the updated link when complete)


    **Board candidate statements and resumes are due September 5th to the nominations coordinator**

     ABA Approval Commission Representative Form (also due August 31st):


    ABA Approval Commission Representative Description and Qualifications

     **ABA Approval Commission Representative candidate statements and resumes are due September 5th to the nominations coordinator**

     These forms are set to require “Local Leaders” access so the nominators should sign in to the NFPA website before clicking these links. 


     Coordinator Letter of Interest form (Coordinator positions will not open until September 20th):


     **Please note resumes and letters of interest for coordinator forms are to be submitted directly with these forms and do not need to be submitted separately to (unless they are submitted at a later time)**


    Keep in mind all Coordinator positions (with the exception of certain two- and three-year term positions) will be open for appointment (following this year’s convention) with submissions of Letters of Interest commencing on September 20th.  A separate announcement will go out at that time. 

  • 23 Jun 2016 8:36 AM | Tracey Woolsey

    Apply for the PACE and PCCE Scholarships

    NFPA is accepting applications for the PACE and PCCE scholarships, which cover fees for exams and study materials needed to obtain a paralegal certification. Scholarship recipients will also receive a commemorative plaque and recognition in the National Paralegal Reporter and press release(s). 

    Apply for the PCCE Scholarship

    Apply for the PACE Scholarship

    More information about these scholarships

    Thomson-Reuters Scholarships Available to Students

    NFPA and Thomson-Reuters want to help fund your paralegal education through these annual scholarships available only to students! To apply, complete the application and submit your response to the following essay topic: 

    Between 2014 and 2024, the United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics projects paralegal and legal assistant positions to grow at a rate of eight percent. However, even with excellent job growth, there will be significant competition for these new and existing positions. Once you complete your paralegal program, what factors will make you a successful candidate at a job interview?

    Please also submit an original and three copies of the application form, accompanying documentation and one original transcript and two copies. 

    More information about NFPA/Thomson-Reuters Scholarships

  • 23 Jun 2016 8:34 AM | Tracey Woolsey

    Know Any Paralegals Who Deserve an Award? 

    Want to see your colleagues--or even yourself--recognized at the NFPA Annual Convention? Nominate them (or, yes, even yourself) for an award! We will present six awards this year, including:

    • The Association Pro Bono Award
    • The Individual Pro Bono Award
    • The NFPA Outstanding Local Leader Award
    • The NFPA Paralegal of the Year Award
    • The William R. Robie Leadership Award
    • The Paralegal Certification Ambassador & Association Award

    Each award recipient will receive formal recognition during the awards luncheon at the Annual Convention, on the NFPA website, in the National Paralegal Reporter and in press releases. 

    Email your nominations to or mail them to NFPA headquarters postmarked by July 1, 2016.  

    More information about awards nominations

  • 17 Jun 2016 11:19 AM | Tracey Woolsey

    Congratulations to the 2016-2017 IPA Officers and Board of Directors. 

    Please join us on July 20, 2016 for the swearing in ceremony at our monthly luncheon.  See our Events page for more details.

    President:  Arlene Morris
    Vice President: Linda McGirr
    Secretary: Lottie Wathen
    Treasurer: Tracey Woolsey

     CLE Director: Everlla Savage
    Education Director: Nichole Miller
    Ethics Director: Jamie Collins
    Job Bank Director: Julie Johnson
    Marketing/PR Director: Laura Thirion
    Membership Director: Debi Binkley
    Newsletter Director: Robert Cooper
    NFPA Primary: Angela Hopson
    Technology Director: Anita Haworth
    Parliamentarian: Beth Wendling
    Monthly Meetings Director: Rhonda Murphy
    Fundraising Director: Tonya Brock

  • 14 Jun 2016 1:42 PM | Tracey Woolsey

    Please see the Election Page located at the bottom of our Home Page!!!!

  • 08 Jun 2016 8:05 AM | Tracey Woolsey

    Thomson Reuters Scholarship Deadline Approaching

    Thomson Reuters has agreed again this year to sponsor the paralegal student scholarships. All completed applications must be post-marked by July 1, 2016 in order to be considered.

    Additional information, including the application and judging criteria for each award, is available on our Awards and Scholarships page.

  • 08 Jun 2016 8:02 AM | Tracey Woolsey

    Support NFPA While Shopping

    Father's Day (June 19th) is just 11 days away! Are you done with your father’s day gifts? If not, shop on Amazon and portion of each sale will benefit NFPA. A link is also available on the NFPA homepage. 

    Happy Father’s Day!

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