Thursday, August 2, 2007

PACO Elects First African-American as President of Organization

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Catherine Hawes was sworn in on Friday, July 20, 2007 by Judge James Green of the Franklin County Municipal Court as the first African-American President of the Paralegal Association of Central Ohio (PACO) in the 34-year history of the organization.

Catherine was voted in along with nine other board members at the last general membership meeting of PACO on June 18, 2007, and officially took office as of the swearing in ceremony. She is a member of the law firm of Lane, Alton & Horst and has been a litigation paralegal for 18 years. Catherine obtained her paralegal certificate from the University of Texas at San Antonio, where she graduated with honors. After graduation, she interned with the Honorable Judge Carmen Kelsey, 289th U.S. District Court in San Antonio, Texas. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Paralegal Studies from Hampton University, where she graduated Cum Laude.

As a member of the Paralegal Association of Central Ohio, she served three years on the board as PACO’s Primary Representative to the National Federation of Paralegal Associations. She most recently chaired the 2007 Annual Paralegal Day Event for central Ohio in which NBC 4 News Anchor Colleen Marshall emceed the event, and Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner was the keynote speaker.

As Judge Green addressed the incoming board, he issued a charge to each of the new board members to not take the position as a resume builder but to accept their newly elected post only if they were up for the challenges. He then swore in the newly elected president and handed off the gavel, stating that it was symbolic of her new leadership position.

Catherine Hawes being sworn in by Judge James Green

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