Thursday, June 19, 2008

Ready to Run Wild?

Approximately 200 of the nation’s top paralegals will be descending upon Northwest Arkansas beginning on October 8, 2008 at the John Q. Hammonds Center at Embassy Suites in Rogers, Arkansas.

ArPA (Arkansas Paralegal AssociationTM) is proudly hosting the 2008 National Federation of Paralegal Associations, Inc. (NFPA) Annual Convention and Seminars.  Since 1974, NFPA has proactively supported the growth and expanded role of paralegals nationally. 
The lineup of distinguished speakers lends the opportunity for excellent learning experiences for paralegals. Continuing legal education hours through NFPA, NALA, and NALS is pending.  Segments include topics relating to general paralegal knowledge, enhanced writing and research skills, meeting juror expectations, profitability and the proper use of paralegals, investigation matters, the paralegal role in intellectual property, and more!

ArPA will introduce Justice Annabelle Clinton-Imber, speaking at the Friday Luncheon!  Justice Clinton-Imber has been an Associate Justice with the Arkansas Supreme Court since 1997.  Justice Clinton-Imber served as the Chancery and Probate Judge for Perry and Pulaski Counties from 1989-1996 before being elected to the Arkansas Supreme Court.  She was appointed Circuit Judge for Pulaski and Perry counties by former Governor Bill Clinton in 1984.  Prior to joining the bench, she was a practicing attorney with Wright, Lindsay & Jennings in Little Rock, Arkansas. 

Justice Clinton-Imber graduated magna cum laude from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts.  She received her Juris Doctor in 1977 from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law where she was a Comments Editor on the Law Review.  From 1989 to 1994, Justice Clinton-Imber also attended the National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada.

ArPA and NFPA will be hosting a train ride dinner on fully restored dining cars (thanks to the great folks at the Missouri-Arkansas Railroad). Dueling pianos will be part of the Wednesday reception.  And of course, there will be plenty of other networking functions.  Paralegal students from the Northwest Arkansas Community College and the University of Arkansas - Ft. Smith will be volunteering throughout the Convention. 

Information and convention news are continually updated on the ArPA website and the NFPA website

ArPA Board of Directors:  Kelly S. Montgomery, RP, President, Terri Vanlandingham, Vice President, Paula Adams, RP, VP-Membership, Dee Dee Lantz, RP, VP-CLE & PACE Ambassador, Marilyn Clifton, Secretary, Maggie Haase, RP, Treasurer & Primary Representative.

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