By: Christine Flynn
The National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA) Annual Convention & Policy Meeting was hosted by the Washington State Paralegal Association (WSPA) from October 25-28, 2018 at the Hilton Seattle Airport Hotel & Conference Center. The 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. This year, NFPA honored over 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 presented the 2018 Association Pro Bono Award to the Minnesota Paralegal Association (MPA). Terri Yang is the Pro Bono Chair at MPA. This award recognizes an NFPA member association that has exhibited outstanding dedication and service in the area of pro bono services. For additional information on the contributions of MPA to pro bono please visit https://www.mnparalegals.org/Pro-Bono.
MPA received a commemorative plaque.