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2010 PACO Holiday Social - A Chilly Fun Experience

The Paralegal Association of Central Ohio Public Relations Committee hosted the 2010 Holiday Social at the Chiller Easton on December 11. The event allowed ice skaters of varying skill levels to showcase their moves. Many first time skaters attempted it while many other seasoned skaters enjoyed watching those first time skaters.

The kids were able to enjoy open skate time with Santa, cookie decorating, ornament decorating, and Broomball games. All attendees were able to socialize with fellow PACO members, friends, and family in a fun festive environment. The evening was topped off with drawings for prizes including an iPod Nano courtesy of Anderson Reporting, totes from Professional Reporters, and too many other items to list.

The Public Relations Committee and Public Relations Director Mindi Schaefer would like to thank its wonderful sponsors for this event. Their generous support for the Holiday Social and many other events is appreciated by the Committee and the entire PACO membership.

Pictured, left to right: Karen Stone, Jackie Grime, Mindi Schaefer, Teresa Scharf, and Garth Rowbotham.

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Nell B. Chambers - 2010 McCormac Award Recipient

During the John W. McCormac Award Ceremony held at the Columbus Bar Association on December 8, 2010, Nell B. Chambers was the award recipient for Outstanding Service to the Paralegal Profession. Mrs. Chambers has been a paralegal for over 20 years and is currently employed at Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP.

The McCormac Award was established in 2003 for Hon. John W. McCormac who created Capital University Law School’s Paralegal Program in 1972. The Award is presented to a paralegal with lengthy involvement in the legal field that supports paralegal education, strives to increase the recognition of the paralegal profession, and serves the legal community. The Award is presented yearly by Capital Law School Paralegal Program, Columbus Bar Association, and Project Lawyers. It is a unique award that recognizes the paralegal profession.

Mrs. Chambers attended Ohio Dominican College’s American Institute for Paralegal Studies in 1989. Prior employers include Schottenstein Zox & Dunn, Co., LPA; Buckingham Doolittle and Burroughs, LLP; John P. Lavelle, Attorney at Law; and Emens, Hurd, Kegler & Ritter. She also attended the U.S. Army Military Police Academy subsequently serving in Okinawa, Japan.

Mrs. Chambers is currently in her fourth term as the President of Paralegal Association of Central Ohio. She was vital to the enhancement of PACO’s Pro Bono Committee and PACO & CBA joint membership agreement. She has also written multiple articles for local, state, and national magazines. Mrs. Chambers is also working with the CBA and Franklin County Common Pleas Court system on the online pleadings project.

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National Individual Award Benefits Local Society

As was reported in the October 22, 2010 edition of The Daily Reporter, the Paralegal Association of Central Ohio’s own Teresa Scharf, Chairperson of PACO’s Pro Bono Committee, was awarded the Individual Pro Bono Award for Exhibiting Outstanding Dedication in the area of Pro Bono Service to the Public by the National Federation of Paralegal Associations at its annual convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Three weeks later, NFPA announced that in addition to this recognition, the national organization would be contributing $1,000.00 to the pro bono project of Ms. Scharf’s choice.

Naturally and without hesitation, Ms. Scharf asked that the funds be disbursed to the Legal Aid Society of Columbus. Last week, the check was sent to Marcia Palof, Manager of Intake at Legal Aid. “It has been very humbling and equally exciting to receive this recognition,” Ms. Scharf stated. “My hope is that this gift from NFPA will help ease the financial strain upon LASC at least a little, and that the award will call greater attention to the efforts that PACO and LASC are making in reaching and helping people in our society who simply cannot afford to pay for much-need legal services.”

During a recent interview, Ms. Palof stated “it has been an honor to work with Teresa Scharf and PACO on the Pro Bono Wills Clinics and Interfaith Legal Clinics. She is an inspiration for both her dedication to the cause and ability to manage huge projects quickly and smoothly.” Ms. Palof further stated “the Legal Aid Society of Columbus is currently setting up a Volunteer Resource Center to be staffed by volunteer attorneys, and we intend to use this wonderful gift as seed money for new projects to increase our pro bono efforts.”

PACO’s Pro Bono Committee, led by Ms. Scharf, has collaborated with LASC and Ms. Palof to conduct Wills Clinics at senior citizen retirement facilities and community centers across the Central Ohio area each month. Last month, a training class was conducted to instruct and equip attorneys and paralegals in volunteering at these Clinics. The course was videotaped and will available on DVD for those who would like to complete the instruction and volunteer at any of the upcoming Clinics in 2011. If you would like more information, please send an e-mail to Ms. Scharf at

Ms. Scharf is a litigation paralegal at the law firm of Newhouse, Prophater, Letcher, and Moots, LLC. She credits and thanks the senior partner of the firm, Wes Newhouse, for his support and encouragement in her role of organizing and facilitating the Wills Clinics, as well as all the partners and attorneys at the firm.


A Huge Success...

The response to and feedback from the first Mentoring Program Social at Miami-Jacobs Career College was wonderful! This event allowed current and prospective mentees and their mentors to interact together about the legal field, job experience, paralegal education, and current paralegal employment trends. The Social also allowed for networking, which everyone knows is vital in the current market.

A BIG THANK YOU to Miami-Jacobs Career College for hosting and Key Evidence for promotional sponsorship of the event.

If you are interested in being a part of the Mentoring Program, please contact Mindi Schaefer at 614/737.2914 or

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Anderson Reporting Receives Green Certification

Anderson Reporting is proud to announce its green certification! Issued on June 18th by Duane O'Geil, President of the NNRC, the company have been recognized for their contributions and commitment toward environmentally responsible business practices.

Anderson Reporting has successfully transformed paper forms used on a daily basis to PDF electronic forms, limiting the amount of printing involved in day-to-day business transactions. Offering clients electronically delivered transcript files in place of hard copies, and printing double-sided miniature transcripts has also helped to lessen paper consumption. The office also did away with plastic water bottles and invested in a water filtration system to reduce the amount of waste produced, and makes a conscious effort to recycle as well.

The Anderson team will continue to investigate environmentally responsible business practices and encourages others to join! Click here for more information about NNRC.

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