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.
Pro Bono and Legal Services Coordinator
Indianapolis Bar Association
135 N. Pennsylvania St., Suite 1500
Indianapolis, IN 46204
ATTENTION VOTING MEMBERS OF IPA:
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
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.org. Program volunteers must be members of the Indianapolis Bar Association (membership applications are also available at www.indybar.org) CLE will not be offered.
Please note that the Indiana Paralegal Association website will be down for scheduled maintenance on September 13, 2011 between 1:30 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. Eastern Time.
For the Indiana Paralegal Association, Inc. ~ Officer & Director Swearing in & Awards Ceremony announcement, please click here.
At the 2010 NFPA Convention, the delegates established an ad hoc committee to explore the possibility of changing the Department of Labor’s definition/designation of exempt/non-exempt status of paralegals. The committee is working hard on this research. As part of this research, they have developed the attached very brief survey (6 questions and a comment section). In order to assist the committee, it would be greatly appreciated it if you took a couple minutes to complete the survey. We also ask that you please forward this survey to members of your association so that they may participate. All those who complete the survey have the chance to enter their name into a drawing for a $25 gift card. On behalf of NFPA and the ad hoc committee, thank you for your time in responding to this survey.
For more information on the Exempt/Non-Exempt issue, kindly visit the NFPA website at the following link.
Robert S. Hrouda, RP
NFPA Vice President and Director of Positions and Issues
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