By: Christine Flynn, NFPA Pro Bono Committee (Chair)
The NFPA Pro Bono Committee would like to extend its warm congratulations to Kathi P. Ingram, RP®, Paralegal Association of Northern Virginia, and as well as Teresa Scharf, RP®, Paralegal Association of Central Ohio. Both Kathi and Teresa were recently honored for their outstanding service and efforts in both pro bono and advancing the paralegal profession.
Kathi P. Ingram, RP, Paralegal Association of Northern Virginia (PANV), recently received the Pro Bono Paralegal of the Year award. The Arlington County Bar Foundation and Legal Services of Northern Virginia (LSNV) sponsored the Annual Northern Virginia Pro Bono Reception on June 1, 2017 at the Arlington Circuit Courthouse. This reception honored those volunteers who donated their services to Northern Virginia’s indigent, elderly, and disabled residents. Kathi was recognized for her dedication and outstanding service to LSNV and the public through her pro bono efforts. Kathi works in the Loudoun County office of LSNV supporting staff attorneys in providing legal assistance to LSNV clients in support of mission of LSNV to provide access to justice to the indigent and underserved. Kathi performs a variety of tasks including legal research, drafting legal documents and preparing exhibit notebooks for trial.
Pictured: Jim Ferguson, the Executive Director of Legal Services of Northern Virginia, The Honorable Stephen R. McCullough of the Virginia Supreme Court and Kathi P. Ingram, RP.
Teresa Scharf, OSBA Certified Paralegal, recently received the Paralegal of the Year Award as well as the Leadership Award from the Paralegal Association of Columbus Ohio (PACO) for Visionary Guidance and Exceptional Leadership. These awards recognize an individual PACO member whose achievements have contributed to the expansion of the paralegal profession, including contributions to her employer, colleagues and the paralegal profession in general. In addition to serving as a member of the NFPA Pro Bono Committee as well as president of PACO, Teresa also serves as chair of the Pro Bono Committee for PACO. Teresa participates in the busy InterFaith Brief-Advice Legal Clinic on a monthly basis in her community. Attorneys, paralegals and law students work together to provide free legal services. Teresa also volunteers her time with PACO/LASC to hold local Pro Bono Wills Clinics twice a month. This clinic provides much needed legal services to senior citizens in the community who otherwise cannot afford to retain private counsel. Through her work with the attorneys, paralegals and law students, the volunteers provide fully-executed documents to the senior citizens setting their affairs in order and their minds at ease.
Pictured: Teresa Scharf, RP.
The NFPA Pro Bono Committee is honored to work with both Kathi and Teresa in our ongoing pro bono efforts. Kathi and Teresa are an inspiration to individuals through their dedication and compassion for others. They serve as role models for our paralegal members and truly embody the term “leader” in the legal profession. Way to go ladies!