The National Federation of Paralegal Associations Celebrates Pro Bono

The National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA) Annual Convention & Policy Meeting was hosted by the Dallas Area Paralegal Association (DAPA) from October 9, 2014 through October 12, 2014 at The Fairmount Dallas. This year’s annual convention and policy meeting “Live Large. Think Big… in Texas” was attended by 40 local associations.

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.

On Saturday, October 11, 2014, NFPA honored over 60 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 along with a commemorative pro bono pin.

Following the presentation of certificates and pins, NFPA also announced the 2014 pro bono award winners who received commemorative plaques:

Association Pro Bono Award: Dallas Area Paralegal Association

Association Pro Bono Award: Dallas Area Paralegal Association

Individual Pro Bono Award: Risa Burgess, Dallas Area Paralegal Association  (pictured here with DAPA President, Lisa Lynch )

Individual Pro Bono Award: Risa Burgess, Dallas Area Paralegal Association (pictured here with DAPA President, Lisa Lynch )

Christine M. Flynn is a paralegal with the law firm Haggerty, Goldberg, Schleifer & Kupersmith in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and serves as Coordinator of Pro Bono for The National Federation of Paralegal Associations.

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