New Orleans Paralegal Association Holds Expungement Clinic, Paralegal Career Day and Annual Dinner Meeting/Silent Auction with J.P. Parish President, John Young, in July!

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If you are a paralegal in the greater New Orleans area, now is the time to get involved in the New Orleans Paralegal Association (NOPA) ! NOPA members, along with our newly formed Metairie Chapter, are volunteering for an Expungement Clinic on July 6 and attending our Paralegal Career Day on July 11 and Annual Dinner Meeting/Silent Auction featuring key note speaker, Jefferson Parish President, John Young, on July 19.

The New Orleans Paralegal Association ("NOPA"), established in 1979, continues to grow its membership by providing paralegals with educational opportunities, networking opportunities and new ways to enhance paralegal utilization and professionalism. During the month of July, NOPA will feature three events including: an Expungement Clinic on July 6, Paralegal Career Day on July 11, and its Annual Dinner Meeting and Silent Auction on July 19.

Established in 1979, NOPA's mission is to increase awareness and utilization of the paralegal profession. NOPA has kept its members at the forefront of legal technology by inviting guest speakers to lecture on various legal topics at its monthly membership meetings and holding a full day Annual Educational Seminar in the fall. "The majority of our members are experienced and educated paralegals who are constantly seeking ways to educate themselves and increase their efficiency in the workplace", NOPA President, Becky Rolland said. "Now, with a 50% increase in student and associate members in 2012, NOPA's reach includes all those eager to learn more about the legal profession".

NOPA partnered with the Justice and Accountability Center of Louisiana, AIDS LAW, and NO AIDS Task Force to provide volunteers for the Expungement Clinic to be held on Friday, July 6, 2012, from 10 am-3 pm at 2601 Tulane Ave., 2nd Floor. New Orleans, LA. "A criminal record is created whenever anyone is arrested and taken into custody and that record remains regardless of whether that person is actually charged with a crime", Christal Hurst, Pro Bono Coordinator for NOPA, said. The Expungement Clinic helps remove the history of criminal arrest from the public record which in turn helps the individual regain lost opportunities regarding employment, access to government benefits and other assistance including: housing, Social Security benefits, food stamps, financial aid for college or technical training and parental rights.

NOPA's second July event will be its first annual Paralegal Career Day to be held on Wednesday, July 11, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Centurion Risk Associates at 935 Gravier Street, New Orleans, LA. Sandra Olinde, Project Manager, of CACI/U.S. Department of Justice/Civil Division will explain, “Breaking into the Paralegal Industry” while Attorney Lori Spooner of Docusource will speak on "Advancing Your Career with Technology”. Appointments must be made in advance for individual resume critiques provided by legal recruiting firms, Shuart & Associates and Strategic Recruitment Solutions. Information regarding Tulane and Herzig paralegal schools, National Paralegal Certification Examinations and how to become a Notary will also be available.

NOPA's Annual Dinner Meeting and Silent Auction on July 19, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at Impastatos Restaurant will feature key note speaker, Jefferson Parish President, John Young. Among the many door prizes, paralegals will have the opportunity to win a scholarship towards the cost of taking the Paralegal Competency Exam ("PACE"), a national recognized paralegal certification.

"With NOPA's recent formation of a Metairie Chapter, our Annual Dinner Meeting and Silent Auction should be well attended this year," Rolland said. "We realize the need to set up Chapters throughout Lousiana so that everyone will have the same opportunity to learn and advance his or her paralegal career".

In following their strategic plan, NOPA's Board of Directors are on track with strengthening their relationship with the local and state bar associations, providing opportunites for NOPA members to volunteer for community or 'pro bono' activities and establishing a mentor program to pair new and experienced paralegals. Watch for news regarding NOPA's Annual Educational Seminar scheduled for October 26, 2012 at the Marriott Convention Center and visit http: http://www.neworleansparalegals.org for more information regarding joining NOPA or participating in any of these events.

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