Annual Meeting Featured Speaker - Robert Trent Vinson
Robert Trent Vinson is the Frances L. Cummings Associate Professor of History and Africana Studies at William and Mary. He received his Ph.D. in African History from Howard University. Vinson has written The Americans are Comming!: The Dream of African American Liberation in Segregationist South Africa (Ohio University Press, (2012) and Albert Luthuli: Mandela before Mandela (2018). Vinson is also the Co-author of two additional books in preparation, Shaka's Progeny: The Cultural Politics of Global Zulu Identities in the US and South Africa,and Crossing the Water: African Americans and South Africa, 1890-1965.
Vinson is currently Conference Project Leader for the biennial conference of the Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora (ASWAD), the leading professional organization of African Diaspora scholars. William and Mary will host this year's conference (Nov. 5-9, 2019), which will be a remembrance of the 1619 Africans that first arrived in English North America. Vinson also was founding co-director of the Lemon Project at William and Mary, a long-term research project named after Mr. Lemon, one of many enslaved blacks owned by William and Mary before the Civil War. The Lemon Project involves College faculty, staff and students as well as members of the Greater Williamsburg community. The project is actively meeting its objective to better understand, chronicle , and preserve the history of blacks at the College and in the community and to promote a deeper understanding of the indebtedness of the College to the work and support of its diverse neighbors.
Vinson teaches a range of courses in African history, African-American history, and Africa Diaspora history. Vinson has given invited lectures in Africa, Europe, North America and the Caribbean and speaks regularly about African and African American history to a range of local and national government, civic, church and fraternal organizations.
2019 CASA Super Hero Fun Run
RPA was a sponsor and several RPA members attended the 2019 CASA Superhero Run on Saturday, May 4th. A fun time was had by all and this event is quickly becoming a yearly tradition. Several of our members assisted the children with a fun activity and some of our members ran or walked the race, while others put together the activities. (Nicole Hurley, Kimberly A. Paulsrud, ACP, Tracey A. Huang, CP, VARP, Stephanie Meharg, ACP, VARP, Sheila Kennedy, Jackie Perkins-Ross, Teresa Clark, ACP, S. Nicole Terry, CP, VARP).
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Law Day hosted by the Richmond Bar Association
RPA Members, Teresa A. Clark, ACP; Kimberly A. Paulsrud, ACP and Kitty Bice, ACP attended the Richmond Bar Association Law Day Luncheon on May 1, 2019, which was held at the Omni Hotel downtown. RBA's annual event featured speaker G. Zachary Terwilliger, US Attorney for the Easter District of Virginia. The Event also highlights the Association's year in review, and swearing in of the 2019-2020 Board of Directors, who will take office on June 1, 2019.
Mission and Purpose
The Richmond Paralegal Association (“RPA”) is a non-profit corporation organized December 8, 1982, under the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
RPA's mission is to foster professionalism, continuing legal education, public service and networking for paralegals in Central Virginia.
RPA members are from metropolitan Richmond and surrounding counties.
RPA members benefit from network opportunities, continuing education programs, an employment job bank, On The Record quarterly newsletter, affiliation with the National Association of Legal Assistants (“NALA”) and the Virginia Alliance of Paralegal Associations (“VAPA”), and much more.
RPA encourages all members to take an active role in their profession by volunteering in the community through Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) and the Central Virginia Legal Aid Society. Through participation in these programs, members find opportunities to network with local attorneys, paralegals, court personnel, and community leaders while gaining invaluable real world experience.
RPA supports new paralegal development at many levels, offering student memberships, providing scholarship opportunities for promising candidates, offering a mentor program to help recent paralegal graduates make the transition from school to successful employment as a paralegal, and hosting a CLA/CP study group to assist members in adding credentialing to their profession.
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