By: Christine Flynn
The National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA) Annual Convention & Policy Meeting was hosted by the New Orleans Paralegal Organization (NOPO) from October 12, 2017 through October 15, 2017 at the Astor Crowne Plaza Hotel in New Orleans. This year’s annual convention was attended by delegates of Regions I, II, III, IV and V.
The NFPA Model Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility Guidelines provide that each paralegal should aspire to contribute 24 hours of community service, in addition to 24 hours to pro bono service annually. During the year, paralegals voluntarily report hours via the NFPA Pro Bono/Community Service Hours Reporting Forms to record and report the number of hours contributed to local groups, pro bono agencies, events, associations and organizations. Local associations may then report these hours to the state and local bar associations, highlighting the valuable contributions paralegals make to the delivery of pro bono legal services and to making access to justice a reality. NFPA honored many paralegals from local associations throughout the United States for meeting and/or exceeding the recommended aspirations for completion of pro bono/community service hours. These paralegals received certificates from NFPA.
Following recognition and the presentation of certificates, NFPA also announced the 2017 pro bono award winners as follows:
- Individual Pro Bono Award, Dardie Robinson, Oregon Paralegal Association
- Association Pro Bono Award, Paralegal Association of Central Ohio
The award winners received commemorative plaques.