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January 29, 2019
General Membership Meeting

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PACO General Membership Meeting

Our first General Membership Meeting of the year will be held on Tuesday, January 29, 2019. We are excited to welcome Paula Haines as our guest speaker. Ms. Haines is the Executive Director of Freedom a la Cart (“FALC”), a food catering service that works closely with participants of CATCH Court — a specialized docket founded by Judge Paul M. Herbert, bringing hope to survivors of human trafficking. Some of you may remember when Judge Herbert spoke at a PACO meeting several years ago.

The meeting will be held at the Columbus Bar Association’s offices, and we will begin at noon. Lunch is being provided by NSI – National Service Information – one of PACO’s wonderful Sustaining Members.

This is yet another opportunity to learn about efforts to help people, and how paralegals can contribute to those efforts. Please click here to register.

If you are not able to come to the CBA’s offices, please select the option to participate via remote livestream at your computer, courtesy of Anderson Reporting.

We Have a New Treasurer!

As you know, PACO has been searching to fill an upcoming vacancy in the Treasurer position, to comport with the revised By-Laws provisions that were approved a few months ago. The Board is pleased to announce that Angela Vohsing has expressed her interest, and the Board has appointed her as PACO’s Treasurer, effective immediately. Angie will serve in this capacity through June 30, 2020. Welcome, Angie, and thank you for making yourself available to serve PACO and its members!

Our deepest gratitude and thanks to Connie French who stepped into this role last May. Connie has done an absolutely fantastic job as Treasurer these past eight months, and we are so appreciative for her contribution to our Association and to the Board! Thank you very much, Connie!

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!


Our deepest appreciation to Brittany Hays for her commitment to representing PACO so well during the past year! Being a Primary Representative involves attending regional and national meetings in other states throughout the year, participating in frequent conference calls with other NFPA Primary Representatives across Region III, maintaining the NFPA membership roster to accurately reflect current individual PACO members, and submitting mandatory reports to the NFPA in keeping the national office apprised of PACO’s activities. Brittany is a very busy paralegal and the mother of four children, and her family and work obligations require that she trim some of her extra activities at this time. Thank you, Brittany, for all that you have done on behalf of PACO across the regional and national spectrum!

Per PACO’s By-Laws requirements, the Board has appointed Callie Kessler to assume the role and serve as our NFPA Primary Representative, effective immediately. If you have any questions about NFPA, please do not hesitate to contact Callie at nfpa@pacoparalegals.org.

NFPA Opportunity

Now, PACO is in need of an NFPA Secondary Representative to work alongside Callie and represent PACO to our region and nationally. If you have been a member of PACO for at least one year and are interested in exploring this fantastic opportunity, please contact Callie at nfpa@pacoparalegals.org, or Teresa Scharf at president@pacoparalegals.org.

Study Groups

Be sure to contact Callie Kessler if you are interested in pursuing an NFPA certification designation. Callie will begin leading a study group very soon. You may contact Callie 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.

Paralegal Day 2019

Now that 2019 has arrived, Paralegal Day will be here before you know it! Paralegal Day is observed each May, recognized by the State of Ohio. PACO invites you to join our annual Paralegal Day celebration on Monday, May 20, 2019. This year’s event will be held at The Reception House at Raymond Memorial Golf Course. PACO’s Public Relations Committee continues to plan and prepare for this special event, especially now that the new year is here. Be sure to watch for more details in the coming months!

For those interested in sponsoring this event, please click here.

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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