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  • Wednesday, October 26, 2016 9:08 AM | Sara Jarvis

    HPA members voted at the September 2016 meeting to focus this year's annual fundraiser on Mother's Refuge in Independence. Specifically, HPA is collecting cash or check donations to be given to the organization in December.

    Each year, Heartland Paralegal Association selects an organization for its annual fundraising campaign. HPA matches member donations up to $500.00.

    How you can help:

    Financial contribution by check payable to Mother's Refuge. Please send donations by check to HPA Community Outreach, P.O. Box 12413, Overland Park, KS. 66282.

    Volunteer to assist with delivery of the monetary donation to Mother's Refuge. The date will be determined.

    Please contact Sara Jarvis for further information.

  • Wednesday, January 06, 2016 7:13 PM | Tomi Holt (Administrator)

    Thanks to the generosity of HPA members, we were able to present over $1,000 in financial and item donations to City Union Mission in Kansas City.  Members donated travel sized personal hygiene items which will be given in the welcome bags to men and women who seek shelter at City Union Mission.  

  • Tuesday, October 20, 2015 4:33 PM | Tomi Holt (Administrator)

    HPA members voted at the October 2015 meeting to focus this year's annual fundraiser on Kansas City's City Union Mission.  Specifically, HPA is collecting cash and goods donations for the welcome bags presented to the men, women, and children who seek shelter through City Union Mission.  

    Each year, Heartland Paralegal Association selects an organization for its annual fundraising campaign.  HPA matches member donations up to $500.00.  

    How you can help:  
    Donate items from the following wish list along with your receipt (for financial matching purposes):

    deodorant, soap, shaving cream, shampoo, conditioner, disposable razors, toothpaste, toothbrushes, mouthwash (alcohol-free), hand/body lotion, women's hygiene products, disposable diapers, baby shampoo, baby wash, baby oil,  and baby powder.  Travel size items work best when available.

    Financial contribution by check payable to City Union Mission.  Please send donations by check to HPA Community Outreach, c/o Tomi Holt, Morefield Speicher Bachman, LC, 11814 W. 135th St., Overland Park, KS 66221.

    Cash and item donations accepted at HPA's Fall Seminar on November 6, 2015 at JCCC.

    Volunteer to deliver donations to City Union Mission.  The date will be determined.

    Please contact Tomi Holt for information about donating your items.
  • Monday, June 22, 2015 11:51 AM | Nicole Conner (Administrator)

    Professor Anita Tebbe (center of photo, holding the award) was honored yesterday by the Kansas Bar Association. She received the Distinguished Service Award, recognizing her continuous and longstanding service on behalf of the legal profession and the public. Pictured congratulating Professor Tebbe at the event (from right to left) are JCCC Business and Technology Dean Mike West, Associate Professor of Legal Studies Jay Nadlman, the Honorable Karen Arnold-Burger of the Kansas Court of Appeals, and JCCC Legal Studies Advisory Board Member Connie Shidler, Esq. Please join us in congratulating Professor Tebbe on her lifetime of service to others.

    JCCC Legal Studies Program's photo.


  • 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 (houserne@hotmail.com) and Tomi Holt (tlhhpa@gmail.com)


  • Friday, January 30, 2015 12:22 PM | Tomi Holt (Administrator)

    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:  http://news.uscourts.gov/new-year-old-juror-scam

    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 | Tomi Holt (Administrator)

    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 | Tomi Holt (Administrator)

    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 www.hearttoheart.org.

    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 | Tomi Holt (Administrator)

    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!

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