New Orleans Paralegal Association to Host National Joint Conference on Paralegal Leadership, Regulation, and Certification at the Marriott Hotel on April 19 to 21, 2013

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The National Federation of Paralegal Associations' Joint Conference in New Orleans, features Walt Leger III, Speaker Pro Tempore of the Louisiana House of Representatives, Renee Roberts, Legislative Liaison to St. Tammany Parish and Becky Rolland, President of the New Orleans Paralegal Association

"Paralegals are an educated, professional, experienced group who constantly seek ways to improve their skills and educate themselves on the latest technology. We want to be visible, valued and utilized!"

The National Federation of Paralegal Association's Joint Conference, one of the most popular and beneficial gatherings for paralegals, will be held in New Orleans on April 19-21, 2013 at the Marriott Hotel at 859 Convention Center Boulevard. The conference, hosted by the New Orleans Paralegal Association("NOPA"), offers paralegals the opportunity to network and share ideas with their national colleagues regarding the leadership, certification and regulation of the paralegal profession.

"The timing for the Joint Conference is perfect because NOPA is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year. Hosting the conference in New Orleans will help us raise the bar for paralegals in Louisiana," President, Becky Rolland said. "Paralegals are an educated, professional, experienced group who constantly seek ways to improve their skills and educate themselves on the latest technology. We want to be visible, valued and utilized!"

Rolland explained that NOPA's 2013 goals are to improve relations between paralegals and the Louisiana State Bar Association and to form alliances with paralegal associations across the state. On March 15, she spoke at the Louisiana State Paralegal Association's, "Forum on Issues Facing Louisiana Paralegals" regarding her proposal to allow paralegal membership in the state bar. "I want to make sure all Louisiana paralegals know about the NFPA Joint Conference, so we can come together and dialog about the future of our profession."

On Friday, April 19, the Regulation Conference, open to all paralegals, will feature Walt Leger, III, Louisiana State Representative and Speaker Pro Tempore, Louisiana House of Representatives who will provide an overview of Louisiana Legislation. Other speakers include Lisa Vessels, CP and FRP, who will give an update regarding paralegal regulation, Becky Rolland, RP, President of the New Orleans Paralegal Association, who will discuss how paralegals can form relationships with bar association, Renee Roberts, Legislative Liaison to St. Tammany Parish, who will discuss how lobbyists can help paralegals achieve their goals and Lynn-Marie Reveliotis, who will present the "Ethics of the Paralegal Profession".

The Leadership Conference, on Saturday, April 20, is available only to NFPA members and will feature paralegal speakers on such varied topics as "Developing Your Own Leadership Style and Potential", "The Many Personalities of Your Board of Directors", "Building the Leader / Follower Relationship", "Using Social Media to Engage and Retain Membership" and "Volunteer Training, Recruitment and Retention".

From Saturday, April 20 to Sunday, April 21 at noon, the Certification Conference, available only to NFPA members will be chaired by SueEllen Honeychuck, NFPA Vice-President & Director of Paralegal Certification and Loris J. Boris, RP, Paralegal Certification Coordinator. This conference features information and resources regarding the Paralegal Advanced Certification Exam and the Paralegal Core Competency Exam along with a comparison to other paralegal certification exams. Special Guest Sallie J. Davis, Director of Tulane University's Paralegal Studies Program will participate in a panel discussion regarding "Partnering with Paralegal Schools".

The Joint Conference is Friday and Saturday, April 19-20, from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM and Sunday, April 21 from 9:00 AM to Noon. Registration opens at 8:00 AM. The conference is free to NFPA members. If you are not a member, you may attend the Regulation portion of the conference for $75 or join NOPA for $35 (special price through April 15). Lunch is optional at $20 per person per day. For more information about the Joint Conference or membership in the New Orleans Paralegal Association, visit paralegals.org or http://www.nopa.onefireplace.com.

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