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At PACO, we work to promote the interests of paralegals, foster relationships with the legal community, serve the public, advocate the Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility, and endorse the mission of PACO.
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April 23, 2019
General Membership Meeting

May 20, 2019
Paralegal Day 2019

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Paralegal Day 2019:

For PACO paralegal members celebrating their 5th, 10th, 15th, 20th or 25th plus year of service to the paralegal profession in the calendar year of 2019, please email your current Resume reflecting all paralegal employment along with your anniversary year being celebrated (5th, 10th, etc.) to Public Relations Chair, Mindi Schaefer, at pr@pacoparalegals.org. Submission deadline: 4/26/19.

Paralegal Day Sponsorship
PACO Scholarship Application
PACO Awards of Excellence

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PACO Monthly General Membership Meeting – Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Our meeting this month will be held on Tuesday, April 23, 2019. We will gather in the large meeting room at the Columbus Bar Association.

Our guest speaker and topic will be slightly different than previously advertised, although similar. Luis M Alcalde from Kegler Brown Hill + Ritter will present an overview of the Ohio Medical Marijuana Program, an overview of the legal cannabis industry, and where it is heading.

Mr. Alcalde is a Director at Kegler Brown Hill + Ritter. He has a Jurist Doctor degree from the Ohio State University and a Masters of Law in Business and Tax from Capital University Law School. Luis has a long and diverse career including serving as an Army JAG, an Ohio Assistant Attorney General, general counsel for an international investigations firm, private practice and entrepreneur. His career in law has encompassed criminal law, administrative law, torts, products liability, litigation, compliance, corporate and international investigations, business, cross border international transactions and entrepreneurship. For the past several years Luis has been deeply involved representing national and international clients entering the Ohio medical marijuana market. He is a frequent speaker and presenter on a variety of legal issues including compliance, cannabis and U.S.-Cuba relations.

Come and hear what Mr. Alcalde has to share! Please click here to register.

An option to participate remotely via livestreaming facilitated by Anderson Reporting will allow those of you who cannot come to the CBA, to not miss out. Lunch will be provided for those who attend in person.

This will be our final General Membership Meeting of this term. In May, we will gather for our Paralegal Day celebration (please see below). Plans for meeting during the summer have not been decided upon.

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PACO’s Paralegal Day Celebration will be a terrific evening to enjoy the company of other paralegals, many whom we do not see often, and to honor our colleagues who have exhibited excellence in the paralegal profession. Please join us at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, May 20, 2019, for a delicious dinner and activities at the Reception House at the Raymond Memorial Golf Course. The location is six miles from downtown at 3860 Trabue Road, between the Dublin Road and Wilson Road. There is plenty of cost-free parking available. The evening will be highlighted by our keynote speaker, Justice Judith French of the Supreme Court of Ohio. Please invite other paralegals and attorneys to join you on May 20th. Tickets are $30.00 for PACO paralegal members, $35.00 for non-member paralegals, and $25.00 for paralegal students. If you would like to purchase a table, $250.00 will seat eight people. Dress attire is professional and business casual. A cash bar will be available.

To register for PACO’s Paralegal Day 2019 Celebration Dinner, please click here.

If you have a dietary restriction, please contact Mindi Schaefer at pr@pacoparalegals.org.

Awards of Excellence

One of the features of our annual Paralegal Day event is to honor our professional colleagues. If you have in mind a paralegal, PACO sustaining member, and/or a law firm or legal department whom you would like to nominate for an Award of Excellence, please access the nomination form here, then submit the completed form to president@pacoparalegals.org by April 26, 2019. The Awards of Excellence will recognize those who have demonstrated remarkable strengths and commitment to the paralegal profession and to PACO.

In addition, if you are celebrating your 5th, 10th, 15th, 20th, 25th, etc., year as a paralegal during calendar year 2019, please email your current résumé reflecting all paralegal employment along with your anniversary year being celebrated, to PACO’s Public Relations Chair, Mindi Schaefer, at pr@pacoparalegals.org. The submission deadline is April 26, 2019.

And that’s not all! Each year PACO presents one paralegal student with a $500 scholarship for college tuition, and $250 to one working paralegal who wishes to pursue a certification designation. The deadline for submission is April 26, 2019. See below under “Student Liaison Committee” for additional information regarding either scholarship.

NOTE: All award and scholarship recipients must be present at the Paralegal Day dinner.

Lawyers Quarterly - Spring 2019 Issue

You should have received via e-mail on Tuesday of this week, an electronic version of the Spring 2019 Lawyers Quarterly magazine, a publication of the Columbus Bar Association. Be sure to check out the article on pages 29-31, written by our own Garth Rowbotham, PACO’s Secretary and archivist (he’s the one you see at all the meetings and events with his camera, taking pictures). Be sure to read his article entitled, “The Paralegal Profession: Past, Present, and Future.” Thanks Garth, for writing the article!

OSBA Certification Exam – Information from Capital University Law School

The Paralegal Programs at Capital University Law School will host an annual Refresher Course for those individuals taking the OSBA Paralegal Certification Exam. The date of the 2019 Refresher Course is Saturday, April 13, 2019 from 8:00 am - 4:15 pm (registration will begin at 7:30 am). The Refresher Course will have sessions for all core content topics covered in the certification exam.


PLEASE NOTE: The Refresher Course, its instructors, and the Paralegal Programs at Capital have no connection with the OSBA Paralegal Certification Exam or the examination process. The sessions provide only an overview of the core content topics as a refresher for those sitting for the certification exam.

The cost of the 2019 Refresher Course is $75, which includes (1) attendance at all core content sessions, (2) core content course materials, and (3) refreshments provided throughout the day.

The deadline to register is noon on Monday, April 8, 2019. We must have a minimum of 7 registrations by the deadline to go forward with the course. To register for the 2019 Refresher Course, please complete the following form: OPEC Refresher Course Registration Form

The Refresher Course fee is due at the time of registration or within 5 days before the start of the 2019 Refresher Course. If we have to cancel the course, you will receive a refund of your registration fee.

If you have any questions, please contact Lisa M. Diem at (614) 236-6444 or ldiem@law.capital.edu.

The 2019 Refresher Course is optional, and the OSBA does not require that you attend this or any other review course for paralegal certification. Attending the 2019 Refresher Course is not a guarantee of your success on the examination.

More information about the exam and requirements for paralegal certification is available from the Ohio State Bar Association.

Fireproof/Esker Technology Summit – Building a Case for AP and AR Automation

Make your processes best-in-class and optimize the end-to-end benefits of workflow and automation in the workplace. Organizations can use Esker to eliminate AP and AR pains and maximize their business potential. This event will be conducted on Thursday, May 9, 2019, at the Hilton at Easton. The agenda will include:

11:00 - 11:30 Introduction & meet and greet
11:45 - 12:30 Complimentary Lunch
12:30 - 2:45 Presentations & Speakers

  • Brian Erlien, Head of New Partner Engagement at Esker
  • Matt Postlethwait, Director of Business Development at FIREPROOF
  • Marks Riggs, CFO at FIREPROOF
  • Brian Hankins, Director of Accounting at Red Roof Inn
2:45 - 4:00 Round Table Discussion (Q + A)
4:00 - 6:00 Happy Hour at Hotel Bar

For more information and to register, please access this link:
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Please contact any of our Board members if you have any questions or concerns:

Teresa Scharf – President (president@pacoparalegals.org)
Shannon Reames – Vice-President (vp@pacoparalegals.org)
Kemmily Kwok – Assistant Vice-President asstvicepres@pacoparalegals.org)
Angela Vohsing – Treasurer (treasurer@pacoparalegals.org)
Garth Rowbotham – Secretary (secretary@pacoparalegals.org)
Becky Lewis – President-Elect (presidentelect@pacoparalegals.org)

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