NALA chooses Charleston
• Charleston, S.C. has been chosen for the National Association of Legal Assistant’s Convention, taking place July 23-25 at the Charleston Marriott.
• Regular membership meetings are on the third Tuesday of every month at 12:20 p.m. at Carver’s on Elm in Graham.
Asheville Area Paralegal Association
• Monthly Membership Meetings are the first Thursday of every month at noon at Loretta’s, 114 N. Lexington Ave. in downtown Asheville. Monthly meeting topics vary from meeting to meeting. They are posted online at www.aapaonline.net. First time meeting attendees will be admitted free of charge.
• Roundtable meetings are held on the third Thursday of the month in a downtown restaurant from noon to 1 p.m. Each participant is responsible for paying for his or her own meal and the topics vary from month to month. Visit www.aapaonline.net for details.
Catawba Valley Paralegal Association
• CVPA meets monthly on the second Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Catawba Valley Community College Auditorium. Membership is open to paralegals, legal assistants, legal secretaries, attorneys, students enrolled in paralegal educational programs, educators, judiciary employees and employees of other recognized legal services.
• CVPA members donated 100 books to the Catawba Valley Department of Social Services for the Children’s Book Station. The book station gives books to kids who visit the DSS with their parents.
• CVPA is seeking members to volunteer for a committee. Volunteering is a great way to network, meet other paralegals, and serve the profession. Committees include: CPE, membership/benefits, website/publicity, newsletter, legal updates/ethics, community outreach, fundraising and social. Visit the association’s website to learn more.
• For information about CPE or the association in general, visit www.catawbavalleyparalegalassoc.org or find the association on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/catawbavalley.paralegalassn
• Monthly membership meetings are the second Thursday of each month at 12:30 p.m. at various locations. Visit www.ccpara.com for details.
Guilford Paralegal Association
• GPA meets on the second Tuesday of each month. The location alternates between High Point and Greensboro, and will be announced in advance of each meeting. Meetings begin at 6:30 p.m., with an informal networking and refreshment period beginning at 6 p.m. Meetings are open to any legal support staff, attorneys, paralegal students, and prospective paralegals.
• Spring Seminar Registration Open: Register now for the GPA’s 8th Annual Spring Seminar, Saturday, May 17 at the Koury Convention Center/Sheraton Four Seasons in Greensboro.
• Visit GPA’s website at www.guilfordparalegalassociation.org for information on meetings, special events and continuing education opportunities.
Legal Support Staff of North Carolina
• The Legal Support Staff of North Carolina is open to all legal secretaries, assisants, paralegals, attorneys and students. The organization offers opportunities throughout the year to earn CLE credit, including at its annual meeting and fall seminar. Schedules for certification exams are also available. LSSNC also has an awards program recognizing educational accomplishments. For more information visit www.lssnc.com
Metrolina Paralegal Association
• Monthly membership meetings on the second Thursday of each month at noon at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 115 W. 7th St., Charlotte. The MPA also holds two CLE seminars each year, usually in February and September.
• The Metrolina Paralegal Association is partnering with the Girl Scouts and Mecklenburg County Superior Court Judge Hugh Lewis to promote paralegal careers to Girl Scouts in high school. The association is seeking volunteers to participate in this partnership.
• Visit www.charlotteareaparalegals.com for information about meetings and the Paralegal of the Year program.
North Carolina Bar
Association Paralegal Division
• March 21: Family Law All-Stars
• May 1: I.P. Institute for Paralegals
• May 9: Paralegal Division Annual Meeting at the Grandover in Greensboro
• April 4: The Annual Paralegal Career Fair is in Greensboro this year. Registration is open now for the fair, which runs from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Guilford Technical Community College on 3505 Wendover Avenue in Greensboro. Practice area overviews, paralegal organizations, information on hiring practices, interview techniques, and certification are featured. Visit www.paralegaldivision.ncbar.org or email Leslie Pegram firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
• The Paralegal Division offers a variety of CLE and professional development opportunities throughout the year, in person and via webinar. They are free to members of the NCBA Paralegal Division and $25 for non-members. Each offers one hour of CLE credit.
• For more information on these seminars and other Paralegal Division programs, visit www.paralegaldivision.ncbar.org
• The NCBA Paralegal Division has nearly 1,300 paralegal and paralegal student members throughout the state. Continuing Education programs for CPE/CLE credit are available six to eight times a year.
• The North Carolina Bar Association now offers BarCARES to paralegals who are members of the NCBA Paralegal Division. BarCARES is a confidential short term counseling program, allowing paralegals to attend up to three counseling sessions per year at no cost. BarCARES was created in 1995 as a no-cost way to help lawyers find assistance dealing with personal problems, family issues and issues relating to their job functions.
• Interested in joining? Membership in the Paralegal Division is $50 a year and includes access to the NCBA career service department, discounts on all CPEs and CLEs and opportunities for membership scholarships and the Distringuished Paralegal Award.
• Visit www.paralegaldivision.ncbar.org for news and information on these programs and others.
North Carolina Paralegal
• NCPA 34th Annual Meeting and Seminar: March 20-22, , Holiday Inn Wrightsville Beach. The Annual Meeting and election of officers takes place on March 21 at 3:15 p.m.
• NCPA sponsors a mentoring program to develop and promote the career development and professionalism of future paralegals by inviting senior paralegals to share their professional knowledge and their areas of expertise with junior paralegals and students enrolled in a North Carolina paralegal program. The program is designed to help the paralegal profession to grow and sets standards Anyone interested in either being a mentor or mentee, may contact the Mentoring Program Chair Kaye Summers at email@example.com or 919-682-9691.
• For more information about NCPA’s programs, visit www.ncparalegal.org
for Justice Paralegal Division
• June 14: Summer Conference for Paralegals at Sea Trail Resort in Sunset Beach, in conjunction with NCAJ’s Annual Convention.
• The division is developing a webinar series for legal support staff. Check the NCAJ website for updates.
Raleigh-Wake Paralegal Association
• The annual Raleigh Wake Paralegal Association Seminar will be held Friday, October 10 at the McKimmon Center on NC State’s campus. An agenda and registration form will be available in June.
• Meetings are held bi-monthly from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month at the Holiday Inn across from Crabtree Valley Mall on Glenwood Avenue in Raleigh. Guest speakers discuss topics related to the legal profession or to self-improvement.
• RWPA membership is available to working paralegals, students, patrons, and anyone with up-to-date North Carolina Paralegal Certification status who lives or works in Wake County or Research Triangle Park. The RWPA sponsors an annual scholarship, provides e-mentoring services to students enrolled in area paralegal programs, runs a job bank listing for members, and hosts an annual CLE seminar open to those working in the legal field statewide. The RWPA also chooses several area charities and provides funds and/or services to those in need annually. Social events and networking opportunities are also offered.
• Visit www.raleighwakeparalegal.net for information about membership and activities.
Research Triangle Paralegal Association
• April 16: Bi-monthly lunch meeting from noon to 1:00 p.m. Location to be determined.
• RTPA holds bi-monthly lunch meetings hosted at area law firms or corporations that employ RTPA members. Each meeting focuses on a variety of topics intended to encourage our members’ professional and personal growth. Topics discussed at past meetings have included career counseling, paralegal certification legislation, paralegals as mentors, useful internet research tools, financial counseling, and stress management.