Legal Assistants of Central Ohio (LACO) was incorporated in June 1973 as a professional association for legal assistants. It was the first Legal Assistant Association in Ohio.
In October 1979, LACO became a voting member of the National Federation of Paralegal Association (NFPA).
On September 18, 1995, the association changed its name to the Paralegal Association of Central Ohio ("PACO").
The name PACO accurately reflects the growing market to recognize the term "paralegal" as being synonymous with the education, experience, and substantive services provided by a paralegal. PACO began with six members and now boasts over 400.
PACO is an active member of NFPA and keeps its membership informed on both local and national issues of importance to the profession.
In 2004, PACO and the Columbus Bar Association (“CBA”) negotiated and entered into an agreement whereby CBA would provide management and other services to PACO. Prior to this agreement, the PACO Executive Board was solely responsible for all administrative matters.
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