Heartland Paralegal Association
Promoting and supporting the Paralegal profession in Kansas City, Overland Park, and surrounding areas since 2001

Heartland Paralegal Association offers continuing legal education programs for member and non-member paralegals, legal assistants, and paralegal students nine times per year.   Special events and volunteer opportunities will also be posted below.  If you are thinking about membership, we invite you to join us at one of our upcoming events!

Please note that registration for some events may not open until several weeks before the event.  Click show details next to each event to determine registration availability.   

Upcoming events

    • Tuesday, August 08, 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • O'Neill's Restaurant, 9417 Mission Rd., Leawood, KS
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    Speaker:  Norma Fordham, Attorney and JCCC Professor

    Forensic Science & the Law

    Presentation Highlights

    • Summary scope of forensic science
    • Current state of the discipline
    • Acceptance of scientific evidence by the courts
    Norma Fordham is an attorney and a JCCC Paralegal Studies Program professor.  She specializes in teaching Legal Research and Civil Litigation.  Depending on the semester you can also find her teaching Forensic Science and the Law, a course she developed for the program.
    Norma earned her Juris Doctorate from University of Missouri Kansas City and did graduate work in Forensic Anthropology at University of Kansas.  She has also attended multiple field schools providing training skeletal trauma, death scene investigation, and mass fatality investigation.

    Dinner and CLE:  $20.00 HPA Members and $23.00 Non-Members   

    Select dinner entree when registering:

    • Kenilworth Club - grilled chicken, bacon, cheddar, swiss, tomato, lettuce, and garlic mayo w/ french fries
    • Pork tenderloin - lettuce, tomato, onions, pickle, and horseradish w/ french fries
    • I'm a vegetarian

    Dinner includes entree, side salad, dessert, water, tea, coffee, and pop.

    Check-in available at 5:30 p.m.

    Registration deadline:  Friday, August 4, 2017

    • Saturday, September 09, 2017
    • 6:30 PM
    • Starlight Theater, 4600 Starlight Rd., Kansas City, MO 64132
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    Join HPA at Starlight Theater to take tickets and handout programs prior to the September 9th showing of Grease.  Volunteers are invited to stay and watch the show for free!  Our service at this event is to benefit Hope House.

    Due to a limited number of spaces, this event is first open to HPA members only.  If spots are still available as we near the show date, volunteers may be allowed one guest (18+) on a first-come, first-serve basis.

    A waitlist is available if the event fills.  Because of this, if you register to attend and are later unable to make it, please cancel your reservation so that another member may attend.

    Volunteers must wear a white shirt and khaki pants, skirt, or shorts.

    • Friday, November 03, 2017
    • 8:00 AM - 2:45 PM
    • Thompson Barn, Lenexa, KS

    Exhibiting Legal Vendor:

    • HPA provides a table in the exhibit area for seminar for promotional items, and information. Prize entry slips with attendee contact information will be provided for any giveaways vendor brings. (Exhibit vendors should arrive by 8:00 a.m. for set-up)
    • Introduction during door prize drawings.
    • Lunch for 2
    • Half-page advertisement in seminar program books.  May be upgraded to full page for an additional $50.00.
    • Quarter-page advertisement in main seminar flyer.
    • Logo and sponsorship acknowledgement in other seminar advertising.
    • Social media recognition as seminar sponsor.


    Sponsoring Legal Vendor:  

    • Company name printed in list of sponsors in program materials.
    • Company name and/or logo included in seminar advertising
    • Promotional materials in gift bags.


    Prize Donations:  Door prizes for seminar attendees are accepted and appreciated, and may be given in addition to any sponsorship above.  Donor will be acknowledged at time of prize drawing.

    Promotional materials and payment must be provided by sponsor by stated deadline.

    Registration and payment deadline before offer is made to non-sustaining members:  July 15, 2017

    Registration and payment deadline for inclusion in advertising:  July 22, 2017

    Please note that HPA makes every effort to avoid having more than one vendor in attendance at seminar in any legal support category.  However, sustaining members are given first opportunity to participate and if there are two sustaining members in the same field, we feel it's appropriate to give the same opportunity to both which may result in overlap.

    • Friday, November 03, 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Thompson Barn, 11184 Lackman Rd., Lenexa, KS
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    HPA Fall Paralegal Seminar

    Date:   Friday, November 3, 2017
    Time: 8:30 a.m. Check-in & Continental Breakfast

    Morning Session
    9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
    Environmental Law in Real Estate
    Margaret H. Richards, Lathrop Gage LLP

    10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
    Ethics (more details to follow)

    Lunch & CLE
    11:45 a.m. to 12:55 a.m.
    Cutting Edge Deposition & Trial Technology
    Sponsored and presented by 
    Appino & Biggs Reporting Service

    Afternoon Session
    1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.
    Legal Writing Concepts & Issues
    Emily Grant, Washburn School of Law

    2:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.
    Hot Topics in Employment Law
    Kristi Kingston, Employee & Labor Law Group

Past events

Saturday, June 24, 2017 Volunteer Event - Heart of America Shakespeare Festival
Tuesday, June 13, 2017 HPA Paralegal Summer Social at Pinstripes
Saturday, May 20, 2017 HPA Volunteer Event - Missouri Department of Conservation
Tuesday, May 09, 2017 Dinner Meeting & CLE - Preparing Evidence for Trial
Tuesday, April 11, 2017 Annual Meeting & Awards Dinner
Thursday, March 30, 2017 Shawnee Mission West Career Fair
Tuesday, March 14, 2017 Dinner Meeting & CLE - Social Security Disability
Saturday, March 11, 2017 Volunteer Event - My Father's House
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 Dinner Meeting & CLE - Employment Discrimination
Tuesday, January 10, 2017 Dinner Meeting & CLE - NALA - National Association of Legal Assistants
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 HPA Holiday Happy Hour
Tuesday, November 08, 2016 Dinner Meeting & CLE - Copyright and Fair Use
Friday, October 14, 2016 HPA Annual Fall Paralegal Seminar
Saturday, October 08, 2016 HPA Volunteer Event at Harvesters
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 Criminal Law - Dinner Meeting and CLE
Tuesday, August 09, 2016 Immigration and Naturalization - Dinner Meeting and CLE
Tuesday, June 07, 2016 Heartland Paralegal Association Summer Social
Saturday, May 21, 2016 HPA Volunteer Event at Starlight Theater
Tuesday, May 10, 2016 American Indian Law - HPA Dinner Meeting & CLE
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 Heartland Paralegal Association Annual Meeting & Awards Dinner
Saturday, March 26, 2016 Volunteer Event - My Father's House
Tuesday, March 08, 2016 Federal Court and What You Need to Know - HPA Dinner Meeting & CLE
Tuesday, February 09, 2016 Online Legal Research for the Paralegal - HPA Dinner Meeting & CLE
Sunday, January 24, 2016 Heartland Paralegal Association CP Exam Study Group
Tuesday, January 12, 2016 HPA Dinner Meeting & CLE
Thursday, December 17, 2015 NAU Open House/Networking and Free CLE Event
Friday, November 06, 2015 2015 HPA Paralegal Fall Seminar
Sunday, October 25, 2015 HPA CP Exam Study Group
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 HPA Dinner Meeting & CLE - Managing Liens in Personal Injury Cases
Tuesday, October 06, 2015 Organizational Development Work Session
Saturday, September 12, 2015 Volunteer Event - Hands to Hearts Bookmobile
Tuesday, September 08, 2015 HPA Dinner Meeting & CLE - Real Estate Law for the Paralegal
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 Datamax KC - Aligning Four Generations for Success in Today's Legal Practice Workforce
Tuesday, August 11, 2015 HPA Dinner Meeting & CLE - 4 Pillars of Estate Planning
Saturday, June 13, 2015 Hope House Volunteer Event at Starlight Theater
Tuesday, June 09, 2015 Heartland Paralegal Association Summer Social
Tuesday, May 12, 2015 KS and MO Mechanic Liens
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 HPA Annual Meeting and Election of Officers
Saturday, March 14, 2015 Volunteer Event - TurnStyles
Tuesday, March 10, 2015 Legal Ethics in Online Law Firm Marketing
Tuesday, February 10, 2015 Scattered to the Four Winds - Examining Civil Liberties v. Government Powers
Tuesday, January 13, 2015 An Introduction to Equine Law
Friday, November 14, 2014 HPA Paralegal Fall Seminar
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 Scattered to the Four Winds - Examining Civil Liberties v. Government Powers
Saturday, September 27, 2014 HPA Members' Volunteer Event for Harvesters
Tuesday, September 09, 2014 Sex, Drugs, and Employment Law CLE & Meeting
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 HPA Meeting and Paralegal Roundtable
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 NALA 2014 Annual Meeting
Sunday, June 29, 2014 CASA 5k SuperHero Run - Volunteer Event
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 HPA Summer Social
Tuesday, May 13, 2014 General Membership Meeting & CLE
Heartland Paralegal Association
P.O. Box 12413
Overland Park, KS 66282
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Disclaimer:  Heartland Paralegal Association is a not-for-profit professional association comprised of paralegals, legal assistants, paralegal students and administrators, and businesses and individuals who support and promote the paralegal profession.  We are not attorneys and not authorized to practice law or provide legal advice.  Nothing contained herein should be construed as legal advice.

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