5Meeting Notes - 9/20/2006
- Oct 3, 2006We had another great meeting for the KCBA Paralegal Committee! Our
lunch was provided by the law offices of Daniel G. Parsons. Thank
you Dan, Michelle and company!
The first item on the agenda was our commitment to Community
Service. We again discussed the Hearts in Motion and had several
ideas for various fund raisers. Believe it or not, a mere $100 would
buy a prosthetic leg for a child. Michelle also brought in a list
of other items that are needed, such as personal care (toothbrushes,
soap) and construction items (from paint brushes to chainsaws).
Michelle has a complete list she is more than willing to share.
We also discussed volunteering in the legal community. Marcy Heston
of Prairie State Legal Services shared that Prairie State is in need
attorney volunteers. We discussed the possibility of paralegal
volunteers giving an afternoon or morning each month to help with
form preparation or phone calls (and hopefully we would bring an
attorney or two with us). Marcy will consider this and will let us
know if this type of service would be helpful. We talked briefly
about coordinating with the Delivery of Legal Services, which is
considering a family law training seminar to help attorney handle
pro bono family cases.
You asked for it, you got it! We now have an email sharing group,
which you can access at:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/KCBAParalegals. There is no
commitment and you can opt out at any time. What a great way to
network and share information! Encourage other paralegals you know
to join. You do not have to be a member of the KCBA to sign up for
The Bar Association has secured space for an attorney's work center
at the 3rd Street Courthouse. The space is located in Room 140 on
the first floor and will be available to attorneys and paralegals by
October/November. The Bar Association is responsible for furnishing
the two rooms and is looking for donations from members. The
following things are needed: 3 conference tables, 1 equipment table
to hold computer/printer, chairs, 1 couch, 1 fax/copier/printer and
1 or 2 desktop computers with monitors. Please contact the Bar
association with any donations.
Our next meeting will be held at the Appellate Court in Elgin for
our "Life of an Appeal" tour. The tour is filling quickly ~ call or
email Carolyn at the KCBA to sign up today!
The November meeting will be on 11-15-06 at the KCBA offices. If
your firm would like to sponsor lunch, please let us know.