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  • 08 Nov 2011 1:22 AM | Monica Dabio

    Please consider taking a few minutes to complete the survery below. We are currently seeking the opinion of the membership regarding attendance at the monthly meetings. Your responses will be evaluated and considered when planning future meetings.

    Please complete the survey by November 30, 2011. Thank you for your assistance.

  • 08 Nov 2011 1:09 AM | Monica Dabio

    The Application for CLE Credit by Registered Paralegals form has been updated and should be easier for you to complete and submit.  Please note theintroductory paragraphs that provide information on what DOES NOT need approval from the NFPA CLE Coordinator.  Only the first page of the form, with your signature, should be returned to HQ with your request for approval.  I hope the changes will help in your submission and renewal process. 
    We anticipate an ever more user-friendly version available next year when the NFPA website is revamped.
    As always, your CLE questions should be directed to Kaye Mullinex, RP or Kaylin Rasar at NFPA Headquarters.
    Theresa A. Prater, RP
    NFPA Vice President and Director of Profession Development


  • 08 Nov 2011 12:07 AM | Monica Dabio
    NFPA's education partner, IPE, has created 6 and 12-hour seminar packages at a reduced rate. For example, the 12 hour package, which can be used over the course of two years, is $799 - about $66.50 per CLE credit hour.  The six hour package is $499 and must be used within one year.
    You get to ‘mix and match’ live seminars, Telewebinars and on-demand seminars - from one hour to six hours of credit on subjects of interest to you.  Receive CLE at your convenience, on your schedule, even weekends if you take the on-demand route!  
    Your choices are endless and all are NFPA approved CLE events. 
    Checkout the flier for more details click here.   View the seminar selections on line at then call 866-242-0793 to register.  When you register for this unique program you will be assigned an IPE representative to help you through the process and, if needed, give you more information on individual courses. 
    Keep yourself current and meet your continuing education requirements with one of these discounted IPE packages – enroll today!
    Theresa A. Prater, RP
    NFPA Vice President and Director of Profession Development
  • 08 Nov 2011 12:02 AM | Monica Dabio

    It’s here! The application for the PCC Exam will be live on the NFPA website ( at 9 a.m. EST Monday, October 31st. Be sure to review carefully review the updated Candidate Handbook before applying.

    The PCC Exam will be available at Prometric Testing Centers starting Monday, November 14th. Approved candidates may schedule an exam date and time best for their schedule for any time after November 14th that the center has an available seat. The exam must be taken within 90 days of the date of the Approval to Test email.

    Suellen K. Honeychuck, RP®
    NFPA Vice President and Director of Paralegal Certification

    PACEundefinedThe Standard For Excellence™
    NFPA – The Leader of the Paralegal Profession®

  • 22 Oct 2011 5:03 AM | Deleted user
    Please pay close attention to changes in upcoming monthly meetings. You will need to carefully review each monthly meeting notice. The November meeting will be held on Monday, November 14th at 11:45 at Barnes & Thornburg. The December meeting will be Wednesday, December 7th at 11:45 at The Conrad. We should be returning to our usual schedule of the 3rd Wednesday of each month beginning in January 2012.
  • 27 Sep 2011 11:14 AM | Deleted user

    In order to pursue an opportunity in her personal life, long time board member and current IPA officer Brenda Johnson has resigned from the Board as IPA's Secretary. We are fortunate that Wendy Stokes was available and the Board has unanimously approved her nomination as Successor Secretary for the 2011-2012 year. For more information on these remarkable members, please look for the President's Message in the October 2011 edition of The Precedent newsletter.

  • 21 Sep 2011 4:36 PM | Monica Dabio

    If you are looking for a fabulous program to donate some time--have I got the program for you!! 

    The IndyBar's Ask A Lawyer on Tuesday, October 11, has some openings for a paralegal to act as a site coordinator at various Marion County Public Libraries.  Responsibilities include distributing/posting marketing materials a week in advance, confirming logistics with the librarian, managing attorney volunteers and the public on the day of the event.  Following the event, you will tally some statistics, and return all leftover materials to the IndyBar office. 

    The event will be held on Tuesday, October 11, from 2pm-6pm.  You will need to arrive at your site no later than 1:45pm and will most likely leave no later than 6:15pm.  You will have (3) attorney volunteers to help from 2pm-4pm and another (3) from 4pm-6pm. 

    All volunteers must be IndyBar members.

    If you are interested, I can certainly provide more information. Thank you very much.

    Caren Chopp
    Pro Bono and Legal Services Coordinator
    Indianapolis Bar Association 
    135 N. Pennsylvania St., Suite 1500 
    Indianapolis, IN  46204
    Work: 317.269.2000
    Fax: 317.269.1915

  • 16 Sep 2011 2:49 PM | Monica Dabio
    NFPA Corporate Partner, FIOS, is again providing a free webinar for our members on October 12, 2011.  Register for the webinar on the NFPA Members Only page -- simply click on the seminar link to reach the registration page -- a confirmation will be sent with information on how to join the webinar on October 12. 
    This is an NFPA member benefit sponsored by one of NFPA's partners, whom we hope you will support.   If you need the password to the Members Only page on the NFPA website (, please contact your NFPA primary, secondary, Region Director or me.
    This seminar is approved for 1 hour of CLE credit by NFPA.
    Starting at 1 p.m. Eastern (Noon Central -- 11 a.m. Mountain -- and 10 a.m Pacific), you can join Fios’ quarterly case law update to hear Ralph Losey and other esteemed panelists discuss recent court decisions related to e-discovery, the impact these cases may have and are already having, and tactics and strategies to help your organization mitigate e-discovery risks.
    The panel discusses highlights of issues and cases including:
    Facebook pages, old and new – what must be preserved?
    Katiroll Co., Inc. v. Kati Roll & Platters, Inc., 2011 WL 3583408 (D.N.J. Aug. 3, 2011)
    Email attachments – what must be produced?
    Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank v. Morgan Stanley & Co., Inc., 2011 WL 3738979 (S.D.N.Y. Aug. 18, 2011)
    The panelists include:
    Farrah Pepper, Of Counsel, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
    Ralph Losey, Partner, Jackson Lewis
    Christina Daskas, Associate, Jackson Lewis
    Theresa A. Prater, RP
    NFPA Vice President and Director of Profession Development
    NFPA -- The Leader of the Paralegal Profession
  • 14 Sep 2011 11:26 PM | Monica Dabio


    As a member association of NFPA,  IPA has one vote on all policy matters of the NFPA at the Annual Convention.  A 2/3 vote is necessary to establish the policy.   As Primary Representative, it is my duty to act as your liaison and be your voice at the Convention.  To adequately represent you, your input is required on all agenda topics.  My vote on your behalf depends on the majority opinion of IPA’s membership.  Attached you will find the Ballot Angela and I have prepared with a synopsis of each agenda item as well as a recommendation for each topic.  You may ask any questions you wish, you may receive the full agenda topics upon request (1 or all) and you have the opportunity to send your ballot to me where you may vote for or against each agenda topic as you believe to be in the best interests of IPA and the paralegal profession.  Angela and I will be discussing the agenda topics at the upcoming Monthly Luncheon on September 21st.   We hope to see you there and to respond to any concerns you may have.    

    Your input is valued and appreciated. 

    Edna M. Wallace, RP
    IPA Primary Representative to NFPA


  • 08 Sep 2011 10:48 AM | Monica Dabio

    Looking for a way to use your critical thinking and communications skills to help improve the educational outcomes of foster children in Indianapolis?  Read on! 

    Become a School Education Advocate to Effect Positive Social Change!

    Did you know that approximately 75% of foster children in the United States are behind grade level?  Did you know that 67% of foster children will be suspended from school, and foster youth are twice as likely to drop out of school?  Did you also know that these poor educational outcomes can have long-lasting societal impacts, as 22% of former foster youth experience homelessness and 17% receive some form of public assistance?  Did you know that many former foster youth spend time incarcerated, and the unemployment rate for former foster youth tops 50%?  Do you wonder what you can do personally to combat these poor educational outcomes by ensuring that foster children have the resources, support, and opportunities they need for a healthy and productive future?

    On September 14, 2011, from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m., the IndyBar School Education Advocacy Program will host a training in collaboration with FosterEd: Marion County.  The program is intended for attorneys, law students, and paralegals interested in supporting the educational success of children with special needs through lay advocacy.  The training will introduce the agencies, procedures and processes a volunteer will encounter when advocating for a child with special educational needs.  Education law and entitlement programs and rights will briefly be covered.  Volunteers will then be asked whether they would like to be added to FosterEd’s list of trained Education Advocates available to be paired with a foster child living in Marion County who has unmet special education needs.  In other words, simply attending the training does not obligate you to do anything further! 

    Education Advocates will be asked to secure appropriate educational opportunities by building the capacity of the student, family, and caregiver through collaboration with the school system.  The commitment is flexible, depending on the issues at hand, but you should expect to spend at least a couple hours per week until the issues are resolved; some weeks will be more, some less.  This is an excellent opportunity for paralegals and law students to hone their communications skills, learn about special education law, be introduced to one of the myriad IndyBar pro bono projects, and have a real, positive impact on your community!

    A complimentary live training will be held on Wednesday, September 14, from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. at the IndyBar, 135 North Pennsylvania Street, Ste 1500.  For those who cannot attend the live training, DVD's will be available for check-out through the IndyBar.  Please register for the training at www.indybar.orgProgram volunteers must be members of the Indianapolis Bar Association (membership applications are also available at CLE will not be offered.

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