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  • 21 Sep 2011 4:36 PM | Monica Dabio (Administrator)

    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 (Administrator)
    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 (Administrator)


    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 (Administrator)

    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.

  • 06 Sep 2011 12:40 PM | Monica Dabio (Administrator)

    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.

    Monica Dabio
    Technology Director

  • 18 Aug 2011 9:23 AM | Deleted user
    Melody Schulz of Bose McKinney was sworn as Education Director on August 17th at IPA's monthly meeting.  We are pleased to have her join the Board of Directors.  The Education Director works closely with area schools who have paralegal courses. She will also be taking over the paralegal shadowing project. 
  • 04 Aug 2011 3:44 PM | Monica Dabio (Administrator)
    Indianapolis, Indiana – July 2011 – The Indiana Paralegal Association, Inc. (“IPA”) held its annual swearing in and awards ceremony at the Columbia Club on Wednesday, July 20. Featured guest, Jeffry A. Lind, President of the Indiana State Bar Association, provided the IPA with the honor of conducting the swearing in ceremony of the newly elected officers and directors.

    The officers and directors of the IPA serve on the Board of Directors. The Board consists of four officers and twelve directors. These sixteen paralegals volunteer their time to serve a one‐year term. During their term, the officers and directors swore to represent the IPA’s members’ interests to the best of their skills and abilities. The newly elected officers and directors are:

    President ~ Pamela Retherford, Bingham McHale LLP
    Vice President ~ Diana Miller, Hovde Dassow & Deets, LLC
    Secretary ~ Brenda Johnson, Bingham McHale LLP
    Treasurer ~ Julie Johnson, Bose McKinney & Evans LLP

    Continuing Legal Education ~ Heather Schuyler, Kroger Gardis & Regas, LLP
    Ethics ~ Lauren Jones ~ Jones Wallace LLC
    Fundraising ~ Arlene Morris, Lewis & Kappes, PC
    Job Bank ~ Angela R. White, Cantrell Strenski & Mehringer LLP
    Marketing & Public Relations ~ Teri Tegeler, Price Waicukauski & Riley, LLC
    Membership ~ Nichole Miller, Bingham McHale LLP
    Monthly Meetings ~ Valerie Bloom, Price Waicukauski & Riley, LLC
    Newsletter ~ Tammy Froelich, Kroger Gardis & Regas, LLP
    NFPA Primary Representative ~ Edna Wallace, Whitham Hebenstreit & Zubek, LLP
    Parliamentarian ~ Kathy Thurston, Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman, PC
    Technology ~ Monica Dabio, Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman, PC

    Each year, the IPA presents awards to honor its’ members who have displayed exceptional abilities and who puts their many virtues to work to better the organization. Four awards were presented at the ceremony.

    Paralegal of the Year Award was awarded to Angela R. White of Cantrell Strenski & Mehringer LLP.

    Outstanding New Member Paralegal of the Year Award was awarded to Teri Tegeler of Price Waicukauski & Riley, LLC.

    Outstanding Board Member of the Year Award was awarded to Pamela Retherford of Bingham McHale LLP.

     And, the Lifetime Achievement Award was awarded to Monica Dabio of Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman, PC.

    IPA Media Contact
    Teri Tegeler
    Marketing & Public Relations Director
    Indiana Paralegal Association
    Phone: 317‐686‐3141
  • 17 Jul 2011 11:52 AM | Deleted user

    For the Indiana Paralegal Association, Inc. ~ Officer & Director Swearing in & Awards Ceremony announcement, please click here.

  • 23 Jun 2011 11:39 AM | Monica Dabio (Administrator)
    NFPA is seeking candidates to fill the following positions on the Ethics Board, for terms to begin on August 1, 2011:

    NFPA voting Members:  2 positions Both are one-year terms
    Non-NFPA Members:  3 positionsOne-year term – 1 positionTwo-year term – 2 positions
    The duties and responsibilities of Ethics Board members are set forth in the Procedures Manual, Section 10.0E, as copied below:

    10.0E   DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:            
    NFPA may be asked to provide its opinion or interpretation of the NFPA Model Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility, the NFPA Model Disciplinary Rules and respond to related inquires from members, paralegal non-members, and other individuals and entities.  The general charges of the Ethics Board are twofold.
              1.   The Ethics Board shall respond to questions and matters involving ethical conduct, obligations, utilization and/or discipline of paralegals            
              2.   The Ethics Board shall identify and respond to ethical issues on which interpretations or advice should be generated.

    The procedures for selection are set forth in the Procedures Manual, Section 10.0C, a copy of which is set forth below: 

    10.0C  PROCEDURE FOR SELECTION:    Any individual interested in appointment to the Ethics Board should provide a resume and letter of interest to the Vice President and Director of Position and Issues.  It is recommended that non-NFPA members have demonstrated expertise in the area of ethics through published works, teaching experience, or other activities.  It is recommended that NFPA members have a minimum of five years experience as a paralegal as well as demonstrated activities in or knowledge of ethics and NFPA positions. NFPA members must be voting members.

    The deadline for letters of interest and resumes is Friday, July 8, 2011.  Letters of interest and resumes should be sent to the Vice President and Director of Positions and Issues at  Please indicate in your letter of interest whether you are interested in a one-year term, a two-year term, or either term. The NFPA Board will make these appointments at the Summer Board meeting on July 23, 2011.

    Robert S. Hrouda, RP
    NFPA Vice President and Director of Positions and Issues
  • 02 Jun 2011 12:15 PM | Monica Dabio (Administrator)

    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
    NFPA - The Leader of the Paralegal Profession ®

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