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  • Tuesday, February 03, 2015 12:07 PM | Nicole Conner (Administrator)





    The current membership year is counting down, and it will soon be time for election of a new Executive Board for the 2015-2016 membership year. 


    This year's officers are very willing to explain their duties to anyone interested in running for a particular position. None of it is difficult and, in fact, we have a lot of fun! If any member wants to be added to the slate of proposed officers, please contact Nicole Conner or Tomi Holt.


    Here is quick review of the nominations and elections process: 

    ·         Those individuals running for office must complete and return the Declaration of Candidacy form to the Nominations and Election Committee Chair by email no later than February 20, 2015.  

    ·         Late February 2015: newsletter will report all candidates running for office. 

    ·         March 3, 2015: report of potential ballot of candidates due to the HPA Executive Board. 

    ·         Early March 2015: email of voting information, including proxy holder instruction, will go out to all HPA voting members. If no email address, regular mail will be utilized, confirming receipt of each member's voting information. 

    ·         Late March 2015: a second newsletter reporting/review of all candidates for members' review is published. 

    ·         April 6, 2015: completed proxy holder designations (if utilized) are due. 

    ·         April 10, 2015: General membership meeting and election of officers held, followed by installation ceremony of new Executive Board. 

    ·         May 5, 2015: Executive Board "transition" meeting held — outgoing and incoming Board members exchange notebooks and answer questions. 

    ·         May 12, 2015: Names of newly elected or appointed officers are submitted to NALA and the Affiliated Associations Director. 


    Nominations Committee


    Nicole Conner ( and Tomi Holt (


  • Friday, January 30, 2015 12:22 PM | Deleted user

    According to the US Courts website, individuals in Kansas and other states are being targeted once again by a juror phishing scam.  Scammers seek to obtain personal identifiers and credit card and/or debit card information by phone or email, and by use of a fraudulent online jury questionnaire.  Some scammers are going as far as to threaten fines and even arrest for members of the public who do not comply with the request for information.

    Both the Kansas and Missouri Courts’ websites have posted warnings regarding these scams.  Kansas and Missouri courts will not contact potential jurors to request social security numbers or banking information by phone or email.  If you believe you have received one of these calls or emails, please visit your state court website for information on reporting the scam.

    To read more:

    Tomi Holt is a paralegal and legal administrator with Morefield Speicher Bachman, LC.  The content of this blog is for informational purposes only and is not intended to provide legal advice on any issues addressed.

  • Thursday, January 29, 2015 10:27 AM | Deleted user

    The National Association of Legal Assistants and Paralegals (NALA) developed the Certified Paralegal (then CLA) program in 1976.  The CP program provides a nationwide credential for paralegals and legal assistants.  It was the first program, which serves the legal community, accredited by The National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).  Currently, there are over 18,000 certified paralegals in the US.  

    The next testing window for the CP exam is open from May 1-May 31.  For more information and important deadlines, please visit NALA's website.  NALA Certification

  • Friday, October 17, 2014 4:28 PM | Deleted user

    Heartland Paralegal Association members voted at our October General Membership Dinner & CLE, to make Heart to Heart International the focus of our annual year-end fundraising campaign!  

    Heart to Heart International is improving global health with initiatives that connect people and resources to a world in need.  Please visit their website to learn about this and more at

    HPA will be accepting donations now through December 1, 2014.  Donations by check payable to Heart to Heart International, may be mailed to:

    Heartland Paralegal Association (HPA)
    Attn: Outreach
    P.O. Box 12413
    Overland Park, KS 66282-2413

    We can also accept cash or check donations in person at HPA's 2014 Fall Paralegal Seminar on November 14, 2014.  For more information and to register for seminar, visit our Events page.  HPA will match all donations, up to $500, for a combined goal of $1000!

  • Tuesday, July 01, 2014 7:57 PM | Deleted user

    We are pleased to announce that Erica Franco is the recipient of the annual $500 Heartland Paralegal Association Scholarship. Academic merit is one of the factors considered when awarding this scholarship.

    Congratulations Erica and good luck in all your future endeavors!

  • Tuesday, July 01, 2014 8:14 AM | Deleted user

    Last Sunday, CASA of Johnson & Wyandotte Counties joined with CASA of Jackson County in the first ever Superhero 5k.  With over 125 volunteers and 1000 registered runners, the event raised nearly $40,000, making it Kansas City's most successful first-time running event.  HPA members were part of the fun. Some volunteered as registration helpers and course monitors, while others registered to run the race.  The event was held at Town Center Plaza in Leawood, Kansas.

    CASA, which stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates, provides a voice for neglected and abused children who are under the protection of the Court.  For more information on volunteering or giving to CASA, visit CASA of Johnson County and Wyandotte or CASA of Jackson County.

    Get your costumes ready for next year's run!

  • Wednesday, May 14, 2014 9:29 AM | Deleted user

    Heartland Paralegal Association was honored to present Johnson County Community College and National American University each a $500.00 scholarship to support students pursuing a course of study in paralegal education.  Anita Tebbe (JCCC) and Zach Luea (NAU) were on hand at last night's monthly membership meeting at Gordon Biersch to accept the scholarships.  

  • Thursday, April 24, 2014 3:53 PM | Deleted user

    A two-person team from the ABA Approval Commission visited Johnson County Community College on April 21, 2014 to validate an extensive self-evaluation report submitted by JCCC in its request for re-approval of its Paralegal Studies Program.  After a day of meetings with JCCC leaders, faculty, current students, and alumni, Anita Tebbe, Paralegal Program Director, received news that the Commission recommends re-approval for another 7 years.  The recommendation will be sent to the ABA Standing Committee on Paralegals, and ultimately to the ABA House of Delegates for the final stamp of approval.

    Johnson County Community College’s Paralegal Studies Program, then under the leadership of Mike Pener, received its original ABA approval in 1980.  Since that time, JCCC has consistently met ABA Guidelines aimed at fostering high quality paralegal education and training.

    For more information on the ABA’s Standing Committee on Paralegals or the ABA Approval Commission, visit the ABA website.

  • Monday, April 21, 2014 6:08 PM | Deleted user

    Based on the recommendations of our members, HPA is working to provide a more comprehensive website, including online event registration and member directory.  Our goal is keep members connected and engaged by putting everything you need right at your fingertips.  Your feedback as we test this new system is appreciated.

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