Day Two of the NFPA Convention-
Region III meeting took place today and we discussed several important topics. Including those agenda topics that I had you all look at and vote on before I came to convention. (See earlier blog post for SurveyMonkey link). A few of the agenda topics that we discussed ended up on the administrative calendar. These topics included the resolution regarding the CLE's (number 2 on my list of potential policy changes), the charity designation (#13 on my list), the Trademark use (#6 on my list), PCC and PACE Accountings (#9 and #10). The reason these are moved to the administration calendar is because these items are considered more administrative matters than policy matters. The policy matters are actually added to the bylaws, whereas administrative matters are considered items that are internal matters. You do have a voice in these administrative matters. I will keep you updated on administrative changes and if you have problems I can either direct your concerns to the correct person, or I can give you the name and contact information of the correct person to contact.
If you ever need to contact a board member or our region director, please let me know. You can also find that information on the NFPA website (www.paralegals.org).
As of 10/12/11 there were 8,545 members from local associations (like us), 169 individual members, 106 individual students, 6 individual military, 2 associate members.
The NFPA has two professional exams. The first, of course, is PACE. This one has been around for a while, although we only have a small handful of RP's (Registered Paralegals). Over the next 12 months, I would like to help you become PACE RP's. This is a fantastic opportunity and nationally recognized. The PACE Exam has much of the same qualifications as the Ohio State Bar Association exam. There are classes and study guides available on the NFPA website and I will work on keeping you updated on these.
The other exam is the PCC exam. This allows those professionals who do not qualify for PACE (or the OSBA Exam) to become registered paralegals. The registration for this exam will be available on November 1. This is a great opportunity for students and younger paralegals to become credentialed. I will work on getting this info to you as well.
The new membership list that is online is getting some updates so it is more "user friendly" (especially to poor Marcia Smith who has to deal with it the most). You can actually update your own profile information, however, I would say please let either myself or Marcia do it as this only updates the information for the CBA. If you do not tell Marcia or I you have changed information and you change it on the NFPA website, we cannot promise that it will be changed in the CBA database. So, again, please let myself and Marcia be the only ones you contact for this! Marcia's email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Another cool thing about the membership list is you can chose whether or not you want to receive third party mailings, if you want to receive the Paralegal Reporter by e-mail instead of mail, or if you want to opt out of the e-mails from the NFPA (not the e-mails from myself, CBA or PACO).
As I always say, you need to visit the website, there is tons of information so check it out www.paralegals.org. Right now, the password is pcc exam (don't forget the space) for the membership information. It will change and I'll let you know when it does. We're also getting a new website soon so stay tuned :)
That's all for now, look for my complete report on the Region III meeting and the Policy meeting when I return. Oh, and pictures to come later as well as the Mall of America is just amazing. We were there for a social on the evening of day two.
Day three is the policy meeting. This is where the business is conducted. Any questions, please shoot me an e-mail (email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org).
Thanks, much love, from your NFPA Primary Tricia Mays