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  • 19 May 2011 1:05 PM | Monica Dabio (Administrator)

    IPA is accepting nominations for 2011-2012 IPA Officers and Board of Directors.  The positions listed below are open for nomination.  To submit a nomination, please send an email to with the name of the nominee and the position that person is being nominated for.  Please submit any nominations as soon as possible.  Nominations will close on May 31, 2011

    Should you have any questions, please contact or

    Pam Retherford, IPA President; Keira Curtis, IPA 2011 Elections Chair




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  • 19 May 2011 12:34 PM | Monica Dabio (Administrator)

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    Think you're not at risk? Think again!

    The Attorney General's office is inviting you to REGISTER
    for a FREE online webinar designed to minimize your risk of identity theft

    Schedule of upcoming classes:*

    Tuesday, May 24 @ 3:00 p.m. EDT click here to register
    Tuesday, May 24 @ 6:30 p.m. EDT  click here to register
    Thursday, June 9 @ 3:30 p.m. EDT   click here to register
    Saturday, June 18 @ 1:00 p.m. EDT  
    click here to register
    Wednesday, June 22 @ 1:00 p.m. EDT  click here to register

    *New webinar classes will be added regularly.

    The Indiana Attorney General's Office, in conjunction with the Indiana Bankers Association, is offering FREE webinar training sessions to help educate Hoosiers about identity theft in efforts of reducing the spread of this crime in our state. Participants of this free online training course will gain:

    • An understanding of how the crime occurs to help thwart threats  
    • Insight on ways ID thieves use the evolving technological landscape and other methods to perpetrate the crime  
    • Techniques for spotting red flags and practical tips to avoid falling prey to them  
    • The tools and knowledge to educate others about identity theft prevention

    Identity theft takes on many forms, affecting victims with more than just financial loss. In some cases, victims have lost out on job opportunities or the approval of loans for cars, education or housing.  In rare cases, they have even been arrested for crimes they did not commit. Victims of medical identity theft may have erroneous patient data – that of the identity thief – in their medical records. The crime is widespread because the thieves are becoming savvier with the ways they collect and use personal information to commit crimes in victim's names. That is why it is critical to stay educated on this topic. 

    Spread the word, not the crime

    Participants of the identity theft training course will gain the knowledge and tools to help educate others about the prevention of this crime. You are encouraged to share the information you learn in this training program with friends, family or other members of your community. This can be accomplished with educational workshops, publishing information in newsletters or other mailings within your organization/affiliations, or by sharing helpful prevention tips or links to this web page via email or social networking sites. 

    Click here for more information on identity theft

  • 09 May 2011 3:42 PM | Monica Dabio (Administrator)

    It's time to honor NFPA members, fellow paralegals and your associations!! 
    Please remember to nominate your members and your own associations for NFPA awards.  Applications/Nominations are due July 1 for the following:

    Association Pro Bono
    Individual Pro Bono
    Paralegal of the Year
    Outstanding Local Leader
    PACE Ambassador
    William R. Robie Leadership Award
    NFPA/Thomson Reuters' Scholarhips
    You can find more information about all the awards in the attached brochure.
    Also, remind your student members, or paralegal students you may know, to apply for the NFPA/Thomson Reuters' Scholarships.  The first place winner gets $3,000 to assist with tuition/books for their paralegal eduation, and the second place winner gets $2,000.  Both winners are also invited to the NFPA Annual Convention to accept their awards in person.  Here is the link for further information and the application form: 
    Please let me know if you have any questions or need the exact procedures for a specific nomination.
    Theresa A. Prater, RP
    NFPA Vice President and Director of Profession Development

  • 09 May 2011 3:39 PM | Monica Dabio (Administrator)

    The Indiana Paralegal Association, (“IPA”) gives annual awards to honor its members. Awards are given in the following categories: Paralegal of the Year, New Member Paralegal of the Year, Outstanding Board Member of the Year, and from time to time, a Lifetime Achievement Award. 

    The Paralegal of the Year Award has traditionally been IPA’s most distinguished award, because it is given to a member of IPA who has demonstrated exceptional loyalty and commitment to the betterment of IPA, and is recognized as being the most valued, the most respected and the most deserving of IPA members to earn this sterling reputation. 

    The New Member Paralegal of the Year Award is given to an outstanding new member of IPA. Although a member less than three years, the recipient of this award quickly rises to the top of leadership and commitment to IPA.

    The Outstanding Board Member of the Year Award is given to recognize an outstanding member of IPA’s Board of Directors. Board members work tirelessly in their already hectic schedules to serve the needs of its paralegal members, to educate the public and promote the paralegal profession. This award is nominated and chosen by the IPA’s Board of Directors.

    The IPA Board decided that there were a few paralegals that have truly pioneered the paralegal profession and stayed through it evolution for many years. To recognize the achievements of such an individual, the Board decided that from time to time when appropriate they would award a Lifetime Achievement Award

    Nominations are due by Friday, July 1, 2011.
    Recipients of the 2011 IPA Paralegal Awards will be announced on July 20, 2011.

    Please complete and submit this Nomination Form no later than Friday, July 1, 2011 to:  Diana Miller, IPA Vice President, (317) 818-3111 Fax or E-mail:


  • 08 May 2011 9:57 PM | Monica Dabio (Administrator)
    Please congratulate Valerie Dolan from the Philadelphia Association of Paralegals, who will be serving as Region IV Director for the remainder of the term vacated by Jessica Swedenhjelm when she was appointed to the position of Vice President and Director of Membership!

    In other announcements, there is a great need to fill our open coordinator positions.  Currently there are vacancies under the Membership and Marketing Directors and Certification (formerly known as PACE).  Below please find the positions and attached are the descriptions and responsibilities for each opening. 
    Membership Coordinators:
    Association Management Coordinator
    Membership Growth Coordinator
    Membership Benefits Coordinator
    PACE Coordinator:
    PACE Public Relations Coordinator      
    Marketing Coordinators:
    Internal Marketing Coordinator
    Strategic Alliances Coordinator
    Coordinator interest forms can be found on the NFPA website at     Interested coordinators should also submit resumes to

    Becky Kersetter, Nominations Coordinator  
  • 26 Apr 2011 8:42 AM | Monica Dabio (Administrator)
    Time is running out to register for the pilot test of NFPA’s Paralegal CORE Competency Exam (PCCE)! The link to register is at The online registration will close April 30th.  The exam will not be available again until it is officially rolled out in November 2011 as a computer based exam.
    Don’t miss this great opportunity to be one of the first CORE Registered Paralegals (CRP). Also, please spread the work to your colleagues and friends who may be eligible. They do not need to be a member of NFPA to take this exam; it is open to all eligible candidates.

    Suellen K. Honeychuck, RP
    NFPA Vice President and Director of Paralegal Certification
  • 15 Apr 2011 11:16 AM | Monica Dabio (Administrator)

    Indiana Paralegal Association (IPA) proudly announces that it will award its fourth annual scholarship for the National Federal of Paralegal Associates (NFPA®)’s Paralegal Advanced Competency Exam (PACETM).  Applications for the IPA PACETM Scholarship are currently being accepted beginning April 15, 2011

    Click here for more information.

  • 13 Apr 2011 2:18 PM | Monica Dabio (Administrator)

    I am pleased to announce that the NFPA Board of Directors has appointed Jessica Swedenhjelm, RP, PaCP as Vice President and Director of Membership to complete the term which expires in October 2011.
    Congratulations Jessica !

    Tracey L. Young, RP
    National Federation of Paralegal Associations, Inc.

  • 13 Apr 2011 2:16 PM | Monica Dabio (Administrator)

    NFPA has received notification that all of the webinars offered by CT Corporation have now been approved for CLE credit by the Indiana State Bar Association.

    Check out the latest list of upcoming webinars at

  • 04 Apr 2011 12:16 PM | Monica Dabio (Administrator)

    The following awards will be presented at the NFPA Annual Convention in Minneapolis in October. The deadline for award nominations and scholarship applications is July 1, 2011. Click here for the fyler or check out  for more information.

    William R. Robie Leadership Award
    Association Pro Bono Award
    Individual Pro Bono Award
    NFPA Outstanding Leader Award
    NFPA Paralegal of the Year Award
    PACE™ Ambassador Award
    PACE Scholarship
    and NFPA/Thomson Reuters Scholarships

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