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February 26, 2019
General Membership Meeting

May 20, 2019
Paralegal Day 2019

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General Membership Meeting – Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Are you a notary public or do you intend to obtain a notary commission in the future? Do any of the attorneys with whom you work intend to obtain a notary commission? As you probably know, attorneys have lifetime notary commissions because they are attorneys, but non-attorneys like we paralegals must renew our designations every five years.

Many aspects of the notary commission in Ohio are about to change. SB 263 was recently passed by the Ohio Legislature, and it will become fully effective on September 20, 2019. There are other provisions of this statute that will be implemented on March 19th, and still additional mandates effective in July before the entire statute is enacted in September. This new law will impact both non-attorney notaries (you) as well as attorneys.

One of the major changes is a provision for remote / electronic online notarizing of documents. It entails new and additional requirements, including, among others, completion of a course of instruction approved by the Secretary of State and passing an examination based on the course.

For attorneys who have not yet obtained their notary commission, the new law will require them to complete a notary course prior to obtaining a lifetime notary commission. Under existing law, Ohio attorneys receive a lifetime notary commission at the time of application with no notary education, exam or background check required. That will no longer be the protocol.

This is important information that all paralegals and attorneys need to be aware of and prepared for. In that effort, we are pleased to welcome Jill Snitcher McQuain, Executive Director of the Columbus Bar Association, to speak to us about this topic at our General Membership meeting on Tuesday, February 26, 2019. We will gather at the CBA’s offices and begin the meeting at noon. All PACO members are welcome to attend, and please feel free to invite your attorneys as well!

Paralegals who attend will earn one hour of CLE credit. Unfortunately, we are not able to provide CLE credit for attorneys.

Please click here to register. If you are unable to attend in person, you may indicate so when you register by selecting the option to participate remotely, which is a terrific service provided and facilitated to PACO by Anderson Reporting. If you are planning to attend in person, you may indicate that as well when you register. Lunch will be provided at the meeting.

NFPA Region III Spring Meeting

As we have been sharing, this year’s Region III Spring Meeting will be held in Indianapolis on Saturday, March 16, 2019. Thanks to those of you who have expressed interest in attending! Our NFPA Primary Representative, Callie Kessler, needs to report to our Region Director, so the deadline for confirming to Callie that you are attending is Monday, February 18, 2019. Please contact Callie at (CKessler@reminger.com) on or before that date, to confirm that you will attend and to obtain additional information and details about plans and schedules.

Study Group

The Study Group for those who are pursuing an NFPA certification designation has begun, but it isn’t too late to join! The group will have its first face-to-face meeting this Saturday, February 9th, to begin reviewing chapters in the study guide. If you are interested in participating, please contact Callie Kessler right away at CKessler@reminger.com.

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.

Your Membership Profile

Has your status changed recently? Have you changed employers, or graduated from a paralegal program and are no longer a student, or changed your e-mail or home address? If so, please complete and submit a Change of Information form to PACO so that our membership roster and the NFPA membership roster may be updated. Click here to download the Change of Information form. Please complete it and submit it as instructed on the form.

PACO Website

To stay apprised of PACO’s events and those who serve in leadership capacities, be sure to visit PACO’s web site! There are photographs and biographies of each Committee Chair and Board Member, as well as valuable information about past, present, and upcoming opportunities.

PACO Job Bank

PACO’s Job Bank provides employment opportunities that you may be interested in, and notice of new postings are sent to you via e-mail. For information about advertising a new position with us, please click here or contact Cassandra Struble at jobbank@pacoparalegals.org.

Special Paralegal Day Announcement...

Mark your calendars and join PACO in welcoming Justice Judi French from the Ohio Supreme Court as our guest speaker at the 2019 Paralegal Association of Central Ohio Celebration on Monday, May 20, 2019 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at The Reception House at Raymond Memorial.

Justice French is the 155th member of the Ohio Supreme Court and was elected to her first full six-year term in 2014, after being appointed by Governor John Kasich to fill a vacancy. Justice French has spent the last two decades in public service. She has served as an appellate judge, chief legal counsel to the governor, an assistant attorney general, and a state government lawyer. Her legal experience also includes working as a corporate attorney and in private practice.

Come spend an Enchanted Evening with PACO and celebrate with your colleagues, professionals from the legal industry and Justice Judi French!

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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