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Paralegal Perspectives: PAR keeping on top of Civil Legal Services hearings

Deborah King

Deborah King

Wow, where did the summer go?

I think that we should talk a little about the Hon. Judge Jonathan Lippman and the hearings on Civil Legal Services that will be happening all over the state very soon.

The first was in the Third Department in Albany on Tuesday (the meeting happened as I wrote this article); the next was in the First Department on Thursday in Manhattan. Upcoming hearings will be at the Second Department in Long Island City on Oct. 1, and in the Fourth Department in Buffalo on Oct. 3.

Recently, I participated in a telephone conference with the vice president and director of Positions and Issues of the National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA), the representative from the Capital District Paralegal Association (CDPA), the representative from the NYC Paralegal Association (NYCPA) and the Western NY Paralegal Association (WNYPA). We spoke with the vice president about our concerns and where we all stand on this issue.

The four paralegal associations also belong to the Empire State Alliance of Paralegal Associations (ESAPA). ESAPA had its semi-annual meeting this past weekend in NYC and we discussed this at length. New York City is asking to give oral testimony and, also, is writing a statement. NFPA has also sent a statement that said “NFPA and their NY member Associations applaud the strides that the Washington State Supreme Court made with the implementation of the LLLT Rule (Admission to Practice Rule 28). The creation of a separate board to oversee the operational details, which includes non-lawyers and educators, is essential to efficient implementation of a new profession. The due diligence employed in the creation of the program by the state of Washington is a model for all.” Our associations across New York state are ready, willing and able to assist the New York Task force in any way we can.

At this point I am unable to attend the hearing in Buffalo, which is at SUNY at Buffalo Law School. I have been told by the vice president and director of Positions and Issues from NFPA that it is quite an experience to attend these hearings. If anyone is interested in attending, please contact me and I can give you more detailed information.

Let me catch everyone up with the goings on for the Paralegal Association of Rochester. Sept. 25 is PAR’s Annual Kick-Off Dinner and Chinese Auction at the Italian American Club. Information can be obtained by contacting Michele McKay at mmckay@Harrisbeach.com.

On Oct. 16, PAR is holding a networking cruise aboard the Sam Patch.  We are leaving from Schoen Place at 5:30 p.m. Come join us for a little cruise, some food and good conversations. To get more information, please contact Patty Sextone at patty@forsythlawfirm.com.

On Nov. 19, PAR will be having an identity theft seminar.  More information will follow.

Also, save the date for this year’s PAR Annual Christmas Luncheon, which will be Dec. 11. As the date gets closer, more information will be disseminated.

And, finally, for those of you who did not tour the Monroe County Crime Lab with us last year, another tour is on the schedule for Jan. 31, 2014.

Deborah King is a paralegal and PAR’s primary representative to the National Federation of Paralegal Associations and can be reached at debbi16@rochester.rr.com.

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