NALA Convention Update

New Officers & Awards at Convention

     The third day of NALA’s 35th Annual Convention in Jacksonville, FL, began Friday, July 16, with the opening of the Affiliated Associations Exhibits and closed with a reception and installation of new officers announced at the afternoon annual meeting.
    The onsite computer polls that opened Thursday morning, closed 30 minutes after the end of morning educational sessions Friday, and results were announced at the 35th Annual Meeting Friday afternoon.
    In the contested offices, Kelly A. LaGrave, ACP, was elected Second Vice President, and Jill I. Francisco, ACP was elected Treasurer. Other new officers are Ann L. Atkinson, ACP, First Vice President; and Cassandra Oliver, ACP, Secretary.
    Region Directors elected for the next year are: Janet L. Holmgren, CP, Region I; Julie D. Hunt, CP, Region V; Melissa Hamilton, ACP, Region VI; Karin M. Scheehle, ACP, Region VII; and Joan Wiley, ACP, Region IX.
    Approved amendments to the NALA Bylaws Article III included a new definition for “Quorum,” and a new dues refund policy for membership resignations.
    Mr. Bob Ross, Chief Development Director, representing the Greater Jacksonville Area USO made a moving address accepting donations of money and items for service men. He stated his USO is working with 4 MASH units in Afganistan who will greatly appreciate the NALA contributions.
    The annual awards presentations were headlined by the Founders Award, NALA’s highest honor, which went to Patricia G. Elliott, ACP, in recognition of a career-long record of service to the paralegal profession. Pat was NALA President from 2000 to 2002 and has served in numerous leadership roles for the association.
    The 2010 Affiliated Associations Outstanding Contribution Award for exceptional achievement in leadership and service to his local affiliated association was made to Lee A. Paige, CLA, of the Los Angeles Paralegal Association.
    There was also a “Special Award” from President Linda J. Wolf, ACP, made to the Arkansas Paralegal Alliance, Inc., for their extraordinary help and compassion shown for an out-of-state paralegal who travelled to Little Rock for life-saving surgery in 2008. The award was in the form of a presidential letter and a cash contribution in APA’s name to the Greater Jacksonville Area USO.
     Karen Greer McGee, ACP, elected NALA President by the Board of Directors last March, officially took office along with the rest of the new officers and directors at the installation ceremonies Friday evening. The new Board of Directors will have their first meeting of 2010 before the beginning of the educational programs on Saturday, July 17.
    The convention educational program of institutes in “Bankruptcy,” “Elder Law,” and “Veterans Law,” and the tracks in “Corporate Law,” “Litigation,” and “Hot Topics” drew to a close Friday morning. The final session of “Essential Skills” will be Saturday morning, along with the prestigious Member Exchange presentations.
    Adjournment of the 2010 convention came at the conclusion of the closing presentation on “Ethics” by Petra H. Mandigo Hulm, an Associate at the firm of Crowley Fleck PLLP, in Bismarck, ND. 

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