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Brevard Paralegal Association

February 2011

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I N S I D E

T H I S

I S S U E :

President’s Message

1

Annual Meeting Notice

1

Speaker Bio

2

PAF News

2

Florida Registered Paralegal

2

February Meeting Info

3

BCC Paralegal Program

3

Community Service

3

Remembrances

3

2010 - 11 Board Listing

4

Sponsors

5 - 7

Community Service Flyer

8

Declaration of Candidacy

9

Proxy

10

NALA Updates

11

BCAWL Community Law

School Flyer

12-13

February 12 th and 22 nd

School Flyer 12-13 February 12 t h and 22 n d President’s Message Happy February everyone!

President’s Message

February 12 t h and 22 n d President’s Message Happy February everyone! I just read

Happy

February

everyone!

I

just

read a

great article about why taking a lunch break will

better

make

employee.

you

a

one of

those

employees who worked through her lunch because of a heavy workload and a greater- than-average sense of loyalty to her employer. Not that one shouldn't be a loyal employee, but there comes a point where you just have to draw the line. Getting out of the office, or even just away from your desk helps your mind to recharge. It's not good for anyone to have to exert a constant effort for that many hours non stop. I know my brain can't take it every day!

martyr-like

For

years

I

was

So if you're one of those work-all-day, eat-lunch-at- your-desk type of paralegals, here's some food for thought, pardon the pun. When you skip your lunch break on a regular basis, you're setting yourself up for burnout; eventually waking up one day less than thrilled with the job you have. If you don't feel passion about your job, your performance is more than likely to suffer. After all, who really does a good job at something they hate?

Use your energy wisely. Try doing something different, or even productive, during your mid-day break. Take an exercise class. Get out into the sunlight and do some stretches. Visit your kid at school. You'll find that when you return to the office you're refreshed, and that refreshed feeling can lead to new ideas you didn't have when you left.

This month's speaker is Stephanie Reid, a Senior Compliance Analyst and Educator who is going to explain the ins and outs of HIPAA and The HITECH Act. Please join us on February 10th at the Suntree Country Club.

Regards,

Kim

Pursuant to Bylaw 3.16, notice

is hereby given to the Active,

Student, Associate and Honorary members of the Brevard Paralegal Association that its Annual Meeting will be held as follows:

Thursday, April 14, 2011 6:00 to 8:00 pm

Suntree County Club Melbourne, Florida

If

your

firm

is

one

that

Pursuant to Bylaw 3.10, only Active members in good

frowns

on

lunch

breaks,

standing with Brevard

invite key employees

or

Paralegal Association and the

decision-makers with you. If those people take lunch, it

Paralegal Association of Florida, Inc. will be entitled to

may

change

what

the

vote.

expectations are.

A slate of declared candidates

and proxy forms are attached,

pursuant to Bylaw 3.11.

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Speaker Bio

Stephanie Reid

Stephanie Reid, CHC is lead educator of compliance initiatives at Health First, Inc., a local healthcare organization with four not- for-profit hospitals and over 6,500 associates. She designs, coordinates and conducts system-wide compliance training for all corporate officers, associates, physicians, and other health care professionals, as well as develops role-based compliance curriculum for personnel working in high- risk areas. She also serves as an Adjunct Instructor at Brevard Community College's Health Sciences Institute. She earned her BS and MS at the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio and completed postgraduate work in healthcare corporate compliance at The George Washington University in Washington, DC.

February 15 th

Washington University in Washington, DC. February 15 t h PAF, Inc. News www.pafinc.org C’MON BPA’ers! We

PAF, Inc. News

www.pafinc.org

C’MON BPA’ers! We need help with our basket to be raffled for the upcoming Spring Seminar. We didn’t contribute at the fall seminar! Let’s not fall down on the job this time. BPA has 2-3 months to put the basket together. So put your creative thinking caps on for donations (either cash or an item) for a basket encompassing the Spring

2011 theme of "Weekend of Wishes

a

pampered paralegal".

Big Bend Chapter Meeting, 02/10/2011, 12:00 p.m., Capital City Country Club, 1601 Golf Terrace Dr., Tallahassee, Topic “Bankruptcy” presented by David Howard Abrams

Boca Raton Chapter Monthly Luncheon, 02/10/2011, 12:00 p.m., Bogart’s Bar and Grille, Cinemark 20, 3200 Airport Road, Boca Raton, Topic “Medicare Set-Asides Compliance & Other Litigation Issues” presented by Finnie Cook, PhD, MSCC

Hillsborough Chapter Monthly Luncheon, 03/01/2011, 12:00 p.m., TAMPA CLUB, Bank of

America Plaza, 101 E. Kennedy Boulevard, 41st Floor, Tampa, Topic TBA

Palm Beach Chapter Dinner Meeting, 02/09/2011, 5:30 p.m., Crown Plaza Hotel, 1601 Belvedere Road, West Palm Beach, Topic “Sex, Drugs, and Worker’s Compensation (Part II), presented by Philip G. Thompson

Pinellas Chapter Dinner Meeting, 02/08/2011, 6:15 p.m., Antonio's Pasta Grill 2755 Ulmerton Road, Clearwater

Southwest Florida Chapter Dinner meeting, 02/17/2011, 5:30 p.m., Double Tree Guest

Suites, 12200 Tamiani Trail, 2

nd

Floor, Naples

Suncoast Chapter Dinner Meeting, 02/07/2011, 5:30 p.m., Marina’s Jack in the Bay Room, Sarasota

Treasure Coast Dinner Meeting, 02/17/2011, 6:30 p.m., Cobbs Landing, 200 N. Indian River Drive, Ft. Pierce, Topic “Child Support Guideline Changes”

Ft. Pierce , Topic “Child Support Guideline Changes” Florida Registered Paralegal The grandfathering clause in

Florida Registered Paralegal

The grandfathering clause in the Florida Registered Paralegal Program will sunset on MARCH 1, 2011. After MARCH 1, 2011, you must meet the education/work experience OR certification requirement eligibility. If you are using grandfathering as the basis for registration, your completed application including attorney attestations MUST be dated on or before MARCH 1, 2011. AFTER MARCH 1, 2011, YOU WILL NO LONGER BE ABLE TO USE EXPERIENCE ALONE (THE GRANDFATHERING PROVISION) AS A BASIS FOR ELIGIBILITY FOR REGISTRATION.

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Brevard Community College Paralegal Program

Roma Molinaro, CP, FCP, FRP, MLA

College Paralegal Program Roma Molinaro, CP, FCP, FRP, MLA The Technical Advisory Committee for the Paralegal

The Technical Advisory Committee for the Paralegal Program will host its annual seminar, Elder Law and Nursing Home Liability Seminar, at the BCC Melbourne Campus. The course is pending approval from NALA for three or four hours of CLE. For further information, contact Roma Molinaro at roma@michaelkahnpa.com.

Brevard Paralegal Scholarships

BPA is pleased to announce the award of its 2010 Scholarships. Jasmine Williamson, who is currently enrolled in the paralegal program at BCC, was awarded a $500.00 Scholarship to continue her studies at BCC. Ashley King, a BCC paralegal program graduate, was awarded the “Roseann Nelson, CP” Professional Development Scholarship.

Roseann Nelson, CP was a founding member of BPA and the long time paralegal to Leonard Spielvogel, Esquire. Ms. Nelson exemplified the professionalism required to be a successful paralegal and was a great mentor to all members of Brevard County’s legal community, in particular its paralegals. Mr. Spielvogel, wanting to honor his paralegal after her untimely passing, endowed a scholarship to BPA to be maintain in Ms. Nelson’s name. The “Roseann Nelson, CP” Professional Development Scholarship was established to encourage chapter member to attain the CP, ACP, or CFLA designation, through the National Association of Legal Assistant (“NALA”) and the Paralegal Association of Florida, Inc. (“PAF”).

Community Service

Ashley King, subbing for Toni-Marie D’Alessandro, CP, FCP, FRP

Shout out to Ashley King for helping out with Community Service for the next couple of months!!

This month, BPA will be collecting financial donations for Brevard County Legal Aid, located in Rockledge,

Florida. BCLA is a non-profit organization with the mission “To provide high quality legal assistance to protect personal safety, establish family stability, and ensure equal access to justice for

income and

low

disadvantaged persons.” A flyer detailing BCLA’s impact on Brevard is attached at the end of the newsletter.

Please

Payable to: Brevard

County Legal Aid

Checks

Make

Please Call (321) 631-2500 if you are Interested in Volunteering Opportunities

February

CLE/Networking

Meeting

SUNTREE COUNTRY CLUB

One Country Club Drive Melbourne, FL 32940 When: Thursday, February 10, 2011,

6:00PM

Distinguished Guest:

Stephanie Reid, CHC

Topic: Jumping Through the Hoops of the HIPAA and HITECH Act

Members $19.00 Non-Members $21.00 Pay at the door on day of event.

Note:

A

member

may

attend

the

meeting

without

dinner

for

a

charge

of

$7.00.

Non-

Members may attend one

(1)

meeting

without

dinner

with

no

charge.

Thereafter, a charge of

$7.00

per

meeting

without

dinner

will

be

assessed.

RSVP:

Please

contact

Sabine Martel for entree selection and any additional information at:

bpameetings@yahoo.com.

Membership

53 Active

7

Students

2

Honorary

BPA providing CLE Opportunities

BPA’s January Meeting included a raffle available only to BPA members for registration fees to this week’s seminar by BCC Technical Advisory Committee for the Paralegal Program. The winners were Diana Jacobs (student) and Julie Hochard. Just another reason to join and encourage your fellow paralegals to join BPA!

to join and encourage your fellow paralegals to join BPA! February Birthdays Nicole Dooley Meg Johnson

February

Birthdays

Nicole Dooley

Meg Johnson

Tracy King

Jenny Lawton Seal

Mo Martens

Patty Wright

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Newsletter

Advertising

Half Page $100/Year Or $55/6 months

Business Card $50/Year Or $30/6 months

Special rates available for one-time ads

Submit business card or ad artwork, preferably in .jpg or .bmp format to Kimberly. Nowakowski@ Health-First.Org or send it to:

Kim Nowakowski c/o Health First, Inc. 6540 US Hwy 1 Rockledge FL 32955

The Paralegal Pipeline advertising reaches people throughout Florida. The publication’s revenue supports scholarships and various community service projects, which enables your costs associated to advertising here to be tax deductible.

Please make

your check

payable

to

Brevard

Paralegal

Association.

Thank you.

Meeting Policy

Reminder

Pursuant to Internal

Revenue Code Section 501 (c)(6) if you RSVP for

a dinner and do not attend

the meeting, you will be sent an invoice for the cost

of

the dinner.

If

you

cancel

your

reservation less than 10 days prior to the event, you will be sent an invoice for

the cost of the dinner.

2010-11 BPA Board of Directors & Committee Chairs

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

President Kim Nowakowski, RP, FRP

kimberly.nowakowski@ health- first.org

Vice President Tracy A. King

tracyking@cfl.rr.com

Treasurer

Patricia Bieringer

pbieringer@cfl.rr.com

Secretary

Silvia Cowan

silvinha@cfl.rr.com

Director-at-Large Cathleen M. Cummings, FRP

cmcmlb@bellsouth.net

Immediate Past President Debra A. Clarke, CP, FCP, FRP

debra.clarke7@yahoo.com

Parliamentarian Toni-Marie D’Alessandro, CP, FCP, FRP

Student Liaison Eveling B. Raymond

rico2malo@yahoo.com

Job Bank Coordinator Kim M. Dexter, ACP, FCP

kdexter@gray-robinson.com

Local Bar Liaison Debra A. Clarke, CP, FCP, FRP

debra.clarke7@yahoo.

Meetings

Sabine Martel

bpameetings@yahoo.com

Membership Tracy A. King

Newsletter Editor Cathleen M. Cummings, FRP Jessica Pauley Bill Hickman

Nominations/Elections Nicole Dooley, CP, FRP

Publicity Cathleen M. Cummings,

tdalessandro@gray- FRP

robinson.com

COMMITTEE CHAIRS

Entertainment Nicole Dooley, CP, FRP Dooley_nicole@hotmail.com

Budget

Patricia Bieringer

pbieringer@cfl.rr.com

Bylaws and Standing Rules

Maureen “Mo” Martens, CLA, FRP

momartens@cfl.rr.com

Community Service Toni-Marie D’Alessandro, CP, FCP, FRP

tdalessandro@gray-

robinson.com

Ashley King

Education/Scholarship Roma Molinaro, CP, FCP, FRP, MLA roma@michaelkahnpa.com

Ways and Means Vacant

OTHER POSITIONS

Historian/Photographer Kim Nowakowski, RP, FRP

PAF Website Danielle T. Pirolo

danielle.pirolo@health-first.org

Website Danielle T. Pirolo danielle.pirolo@health-first.org BPA is on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter! Search “Brevard
Website Danielle T. Pirolo danielle.pirolo@health-first.org BPA is on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter! Search “Brevard
Website Danielle T. Pirolo danielle.pirolo@health-first.org BPA is on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter! Search “Brevard

BPA is on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter!

Search “Brevard Paralegal Association” and join! We list useful links, information regarding upcoming meetings and events, and it’s an opportunity to network with fellow members!

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Brevard County Legal Aid is committed to providing high quality legal aid and assistance to

Brevard County Legal Aid is committed to providing high quality legal aid and assistance to protect personal safety, establish family stability, and ensure equal access to justice for low income and disadvantaged persons.

This month’s community service project will benefit a local non-profit organization that provides legal services to indigent citizens of Brevard County.

BCLA was established in 1970 by the Brevard County Bar Association when Bar members recognized the need to provide the county's low-income persons with meaningful access to the civil court system. The program began with one part-time person who performed intake and matched clients with pro bono attorneys. BCLA screened clients for eligibility then referred clients to attorneys who provided representation at no charge. Today, BCLA has a staff of 11 including 6 attorneys. The pro bono program has continued to grow and offers attorneys many options to serve the poor. Four hundred Brevard County attorneys support the pro bono effort through BCLA.

Direct Legal Services

BCLA provides direct legal services in the following areas:

Family Law

Domestic Violence

Guardianships

Consumer cases that exceed small claims

Landlord/Tenant with meritorious defense in dispute with private landlord

Loss of money or property with meritorious defense

Employment Law

Court appointments for children aging out of foster care

Wills/Advance Directives Clinic

Foreclosure Mediation

Legal services, as needed, by persons over 60 years of age or by persons diagnosed terminally ill

Pro Bono Attorney Recruitment

BCLA is a proud participant of the Florida Bar One Campaign: “One client. One attorney. One promise.”

In October 2009, the Supreme Court’s Standing Committee on Pro Bono launched the One Campaign.” The One Campaign allows attorneys to renew the promise to “Never reject the cause of the defenseless or oppressed or delay anyone’s cause for lucre or malice.” BCLA hosted the official kick-off and launch of Florida’s One Campaign, and recruited more than 50 attorneys to sign up for trainings and accept pro bono cases.

Other Services

BCLA provides weekly free advice clinics and referral services for those who do not qualify for direct legal services.

BCLA also coordinates and collaborates with other agencies, such as Salvation Army and Serene Harbor, on projects that will benefit the community and its less fortunate residents. Projects include, but are not limited to, community education, adopt an agency, victims of domestic violence, and volunteer lawyer mentoring.

BCLA offers various training sessions in areas, such as:

Children’s Law

Family Law

Employment Law

Mortgage Foreclosure

DECLARATION OF CANDIDACY

I,

, certify that I am an Active Member in good

standing

with

Brevard

Paralegal

Association,

and

I

hereby

declare

my

candidacy for the following position for the 2011-2012 term of office:

Presidentfor the following position for the 2011-2012 term of office: Vice President Treasurer I further certify

Vice Presidentposition for the 2011-2012 term of office: President Treasurer I further certify that: Secretary Member-At-Large

Treasurerfor the 2011-2012 term of office: President Vice President I further certify that: Secretary Member-At-Large 1.

I further certify that:

SecretaryPresident Vice President Treasurer I further certify that: Member-At-Large 1. I am an Active Member of

Member-At-LargeVice President Treasurer I further certify that: Secretary 1. I am an Active Member of Brevard

1.

I am an Active Member of Brevard Paralegal Association.

 

2.

If I am declaring fo r the position of President, I have served on the

Board of Directors of Brevard Paralegal Association for at least one

year.

3.

If elected, I will serve to the best of my ability and will abide by the

Bylaws

and

the

Standing

Rules

adopted

by

Brevard

Paralegal

Association.

 

Date:

Name:

Address:

Please return to:

Nicole Dooley, Chairman of Elections

304 S. Harbor City Blvd., Suite 201

Melbourne, Florida 32901

DESIGNATION OF PROXY AND ALTERNATE PROXY

Instructions and General Information

1.

If you cannot attend the Brevard Paralegal Association (“BPA”) Annual Membership Meeting

on April 14, 2011, you may designate one BPA Active member to cast your vote during the

meeting. In the event the primary designee is not able to attend, a second BPA Active member

may be appointed as an alternate.

Any Active member may hold your vote with the

exception of the BPA President.

2.

Make sure that your named proxy holder and alternate proxy holder plan to attend the Annual

Meeting. If your proxy holder and/or alternate proxy holder have to leave the meeting before its

conclusion, another member cannot hold your proxy. No proxy or alternate proxy holder

may be designated after April 1, 2011.

3.

Your “Designation of Proxy and Alternate Proxy” form must be sent to the BPA Secretary. IT

MUST BE IN THE SECRETARY’ S HANDS BY NO LATER THAN APRIL 1, 2011.

DESIGNATION OF PROXY AND ALTERNATE PROXY

 

I,

, a BPA Active member, hereby appoint

, a BPA Active member, to serve as my proxy holder at

the BPA Annual Meeting in Melbourne , Florida on April 14 , 20 1 1 . In the event my named proxy

holder is unable to hold my proxy, I hereby appoint

, a BPA Active member, to serve as my alternate proxy at said Annual Meeting.

Dated:

, 2011.

Signature

X

Print or type your name

Address

Send original Designation of Proxy to :

Nicole Dooley, Chairman of Elections

304 S. Harbor City Blvd., Suite 201

Melbourne, Florida 32901

NALA Updates January 30, 2011 By Patricia C. DeRamus, ACP, FRP NALA Applications for the May Certified Paralegal Exam are Due April 1, 2011

April 1 is the deadline date for applications for the Certified paralegal examination, May 2011 testing! Application forms may be found on the NALA web site, Certification/Examinee Information.

The NALA Certifying Board utilizes the network of ACT to administer the examination. This can be costly to the examinees. As a solution, NALA will also open testing sites outside of the ACT network in schools or employer locations for students and employees. Details and an application form to qualify as a testing center are on the web at Certification/Qualifying as a Testing Center.

APC New Course ALMOST Ready!

Another new course from the Advanced Paralegal Certification Board! Criminal Litigation is in its final production stages and should be available within the next 30 days. This is a terrific course, covering constitutional rights, offenses and defenses, proceedings, trial, post conviction proceedings, appeals, juveniles, and technology. Updates and more details to follow.

2011 Annual Meeting News

The January issue of Facts and Findings had voting information for the 2011 annual meeting, and the office notice of the annual meeting of members. All of this information is now on the NALA web site, at Members Area/2011 Annual Meeting Information.

Information on this page includes:

Declaration of candidacy forms, and additional information, for those interested in running for national officer or director of regions 2, 3, 4, and 8.

Information about voting and filing y our designation of proxy if you are a voting member and unable to attend the annual meeting.

Deadlines for filing membership resolutions and proposed bylaw amendments.

The Designation of Proxy form is on the NALA web site, and may be completed electronically. found on the 2011 Annual Meeting Information Page.

The link is

The featured speakers of the 2011 Annual Summer Institutes, July 27 30 in Dallas/Plano, Texas will be provided soon. To start….the instructor for the Litigation/Technology Institute will be Matt S. Cornick, Esq. of Atlanta, Georgia. He has been teaching Civil Litigation, Legal Research, Family Law and Introduction to Law and Ethics to paralegal students for over twenty years.

SIDEBAR Please Note!

FRP GRANDFATHER PROVISION TO SUNSET

The grandfathering provision of the eligibility requirement to become a Florida Registered Paralegal will sunset March 1, 2011.

After March 1, 2011, a paralegal will not be able to use grandfathering to register as an FRP and must meet the education/work experience or certification requirement for eligibility.

For more information about the FRP Program and the application for becoming a Florida Registered Paralegal, visit www.floridabar.org/frp

Space Coast Community Law School Seminar Schedule Spring 2011

Building C: All seminars are held in the Atlantic Room except on 2/10/11 we meet in the Space Coast Room:

February 3: 6-8pm: U.S. Constitution, Amendments -Judge Vincent Torpy

February 10: 6-8pm: Foreclosure - George Gingo and Jim Orth

February 17: 6-8pm: Elder Law - Robin Peterson

February 24: 6-8pm: Criminal Law - Robert Anderson

March 3: 6-8pm: U.S. Constitution, Articles - Judge Silverman

March 10: 6-8pm: Contract Law - Lisa Hogreve

March 17: 6-8pm: Bankruptcy - Roy Praver

March 24: 6-8pm: Consumer Law- James Torres

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