The National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA) Annual Convention & Policy Meeting was hosted by the Vermont Paralegal Organization (VPO) from October 20, 2016 through October 23, 2016 at the Hilton Hotel in Burlington, Vermont. This year’s annual convention and policy meeting “Paralegals Sweeten Vermont” 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.
On Friday, October 21, 2016, ABA/NFPA Pro Bono Liaison, Christine Flynn, also spoke at each of the NFPA Region Meetings to discuss the Celebration of Pro Bono as well as issues including local pro bono committees, opportunities and goals for 2017 as well as the scheduling of a 2017 NFPA Pro Bono Conference.
On Thursday, October 20, 2016, NFPA honored 30 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 2016 pro bono award winners as follows:
- Individual Pro Bono Award, Angela Wilson, Dallas Area Paralegal Association
- Association Pro Bono Award, Dallas Area Paralegal Association
The award winners received commemorative plaques.
Pictured: Dallas Area Paralegal Association (DAPA) Representatives with Allen F. Mihecoby, CLAS, RP, NFPA Vice President & Director of Professional Development.
ABA/NFPA Pro Bono Liaison, Christine M. Flynn, was also awarded the 2016 William R. Robie Leadership Award. This is the highest award presented annually to recognize a NFPA member in honor of the Honorable William R. Robie and his dedication to the paralegal profession, the expansion of the delivery of legal services and equal access to justice for all Americans. Christine received a commemorative plaque (pictured below).
Pictured: Lisa Vessels, RP, CP, FRP, NFPA President- 2016 and Christine Flynn, ABA/NFPA Pro Bono Liaison.