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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.
Upcoming Events...

March 26, 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.

PACO Scholarship Application
PACO Awards of Excellence

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Mark Your Calendar

Our next General Membership Meeting will be on Tuesday, March 26, 2019. Watch for next week’s “Message” for additional information and details to register!


A reminder to please respond to the online survey as requested by the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Paralegals. This short, four-question survey will only take five minutes of your time. Please click here to take the survey.

A reminder also to please reach out to Callie Kessler (nfpa@pacoparalegals.org) and let her know if you have been a member of PACO and/or NFPA for 25 years or longer. The NFPA is preparing to celebrate its 45th anniversary and would like to feature members who have belonged for that length of time.

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.

Register to Attend PACO’s Paralegal Day Celebration – Monday, May 20, 2019

You’re invited to join the Paralegal Association of Central Ohio to spend an Enchanted Evening with PACO!

Our Paralegal Day 2019 celebration will feature:
- Delicious catered buffet style dinner by Schmidt’s
- Awards of Excellence for Paralegal Members
- Service Award Recognitions for Paralegal Members
- PACO Scholarship Award Winners
- Special Guest Speaker: Justice Judith French

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

Your Membership Profile

We ask that you please complete and submit a Change of Information form to PACO if you have changed employers recently, or graduated from a paralegal program and are no longer a student, or changed your e-mail or home address. This will allow us to update our membership roster and the NFPA membership roster, and will assure that you continue to receive information from us. You may access the change form here. Please complete it and submit it as instructed on the form.

Student Liaison Committee

The 2019 Application for Scholarship is still open for interested candidates! PACO will be awarding one paralegal student scholarship in the amount of $500 and one paralegal certification scholarship in the amount of $250. These awards will be presented to the award recipients at PACO’s Paralegal Day celebration on May 20, 2019. The deadline for the application is April 26, 2019. Click here to fill out the application. If you have any questions, please email Becky Lewis at SLC@pacoparalegals.org.

Biennial Workshop & Exhibition

Mark your calendars for September 27, 2019 for PACO’s all day Biennial Workshop & Exhibition event which will be held at the Capital University Law School, 303 E. Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215. Our Executive Sponsor for this event is the Capital University Law School and the Paralegal Programs at Capital University. Keep an eye out for the Save the Date in the near future along with more information to come! If you have any questions, please email Becky Lewis at BWE@pacoparalegals.org.

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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