Welcome to the Michiana Paralegal Association
Michiana Paralegal Association ("MPA") was established in September 1989. As an association of dedicated professionals, MPA has matured into a strong paralegal association with members from every part of northwest Indiana and southwest Michigan, a geographic area known as "Michiana." In addition to our affiliation with the National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA), we are a member of the Alliance of Indiana Paralegal Associations.
The purpose and goals of MPA is to promote the professional and business interests of persons engaging in the paralegal profession as follows:
- Promote the paralegal profession;
- Promote the continuing legal education of paralegals by providing educational seminars;
- Act as a forum for the exchange of information;
- Inform members of the latest developments in the paralegal profession;
- Promote and support professional standards;
- Communicate with the legal community and the general public;
- Participate in local and national professional issues that affect the paralegal profession.
- Engage in projects, solicitations and other activities which the board of directors may deem necessary or desirable to fund the purposes set forth above.
Its that time of year again!!!
NFPA's Annual Convention will be October 26-28 and is right around the corner! All members of MPA need to gear up for the business at hand. In the coming weeks, we will be getting information on what is on the voting table this year.
This will, in turn, be brought to you.
Every member of MPA is needed for their input and vote.
You have a voice and we want to hear it!
Watch for emails on further details and information.
You can always reach out to any board member if you have any questions.
Be in touch soon!
THOUGHTS FROM YOUR PRESIDENT
Summer is in full swing and I hope everyone is enjoying time with family and friends while soaking up some sunshine....between the rain clouds anyway.
We have some very important events in the works and that I wanted to share with you all. First, we have a fun and exciting social event coming up where we can fellowship, enjoy some food, maybe will some prizes and knock a few pins down. All for free!!! That’s right! FREE!! Free bowling, free shoe rental, free food! It’s a great opportunity to bring the family out and enjoy a few hours all while supporting our great paralegal association. You will have a chance to win some money and bid on some really nice things that are sure to appeal to every family member. Please join us the this great event! Did I mention bowling is free!
Also, our Fall seminar is fast approaching and we will be needing some volunteers to join us. This will be another event that we plan on opening to attorneys and offering CLEs. Watch your email and the events calendar for more details on this event. This is our single most important event we sponsor each year and this is a big fundraising event. The Board really needs everyone to come out and join us for what we hope will be an informative seminar.
Finally, NFPA’s Annual Convention will be here before we know it and there is a lot of planning and preparation that needs to be done. This year the Convention will be held in Seattle, Washington. I believe there will be a few topics that we will need to discuss and vote on in the very near future.
With our busy lives between family, friends, and work, it's hard to find a few minutes for the other things that mean a lot to us. Everyone’s time is valuable and ultimately we sometimes find ourselves stretched beyond our limits. I do want to encourage you all to remember to take time for yourself. All too often, we forget that we need time to ourselves. Take a walk, read a novel, meet up with friends for lunch or dinner. Whatever you like to do, just do it and be guilt-free about it.
While you are penciling in some ‘Me time’ on your calendar, please reserve some time for MPA. Keep in mind this is a crucial time for MPA and your efforts and participation are needed now more than ever. Just an hour or two a month is all it takes. The Board's goal is to get more members and a full and active board. It’s absolutely obtainable but your help is needed to accomplish this. If you enjoy playing on websites and think you would be good at building one, contact me and we can talk about it. If you love to organize or plan then we can really use your help with the seminar. Just a little bit of time goes a long way and it so greatly appreciated.
I look forward to seeing everyone at our bowling social and encourage you all to join us then, and for all our our upcoming events. As always, you can reach out to any of our board members if you have any questions or ideas to share. Happy Summer everyone!!!
Brandy L. Henderson