New Orleans Paralegal Association's Full Day Paralegal Seminar on Friday, October 26, 2012 features Key Note Speaker, Lee Zurik of WVUE Fox 8 TV

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Attention Gulf Coast Paralegals: Enhance your career by attending the New Orleans Paralegal Association’s full day seminar on Friday, October 26, 2012 at the Marriott Hotel in New Orleans. For more information, visit

The New Orleans Paralegal Association (NOPA) established in 1978, takes great pride in its Annual Educational Seminar! NOPA's seminar offers a full day of Continuing Legal Education (CLE) classes geared to enhance a paralegal's knowledge, efficiency and professionalism. This year features key note speaker, Lee Zurik of WVUE, Fox 8 television, who will explain "Navigating through the Freedom of Information Act requests for Clues". Paralegals can earn up to six hours of credit towards requirements for maintaining their certification.

"It’s a great time to be a paralegal!", NOPA President, Becky Rolland said. "Our association has been working hard to advance the paralegal profession since 1978 and all that hard work is finally paying off." Rolland explained that in 2012, one of NOPA's primary goals was to improve relations with the local, state and national bar associations. In order to facilitate paralegal involvement and membership, she has already met with the New Orleans Bar Association, the Louisiana State Bar Association and the American Bar Association. "The majority of NOPA members are educated, experienced paralegals who are constantly seeking ways to improve their skills and educate themselves on the latest technology. This is our time!", she said.

Paralegals who attend the New Orleans Paralegal Association's Annual Educational Seminar may choose from the following topics for their CLE credits:

Fashion, Footwear, and Intellectual Property - Lesli Harris, Esq. of Stone Pigman;
Panel Discussion on Alternative Paralegal Careers - Sonjanita Jordan, Freelance Paralegal and Owner of Jordan Legal Solutions, LLC, David Ebert, N. P., Owner of Notary Instruction and Services, LLC, Carroll Lanassa, Owner/ Vice President, Litigation Support Specialist and Special Process Server of Magnolia Legal Support, LLC, and R.P. Smith, Practice Support Specialist at Jones Walker;

Increase Your Billable Hours and Record Your Time Efficiently Cindy Little, Paralegal at Forman, Perry, Watkins, Krutz & Tardy;
Cyber Crimes: Digital Forensics and Defense - Stephen Villere of Jefferson Parish Digital Forensics Unit and Elizabeth B. Carpenter, Esq.;

Family Law Basics - Amy Winters, Esq., of Jones Walker and Bonita Watson, Law Clerk for Judge Regina Bartholomew at Orleans Civil District Court;
Labor & Employment: Title VII, Discrimination and Harassment Prevention in the Workplace -
Wendy Stark, Esq. , Director of Institutional Equity at Tulane University; and

Ethics: Paralegal Conflicts of Interest – Deborah Cunningham Foshee, Parish Attorney, Parish of Jefferson

Members and non-members are invited to apply for scholarships available to defer the costs of registration. Law Firms that register three or more of their paralegals (for a full or half day) are eligible for discounted registration. The Marriott is also offering a special discounted rate for Thursday overnight stay and discounted parking for Thursday and Friday.

NOPA offers additional educational opportunities at its monthly membership meetings including a complimentary lunch and CLE credits approved by the National Federation of Paralegal Associations. NOPA encourages paralegals to advance their careers through voluntary certification exams.

For more information about how to join the New Orleans Paralegal Association or attend the Annual Educational Seminar, visit our website, or call (504) 309-0969. You can register on line and pay by credit card or mail a check to NOPA, 650 Poydras Street, Suite 1521, New Orleans, LA 70190.

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