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  • January 30, 2019 7:58 AM | Jered Brown (Administrator)

    Buckfire & Buckfire, PC Paralegal Scholarship

    The Paralegal Scholarship was created in 2018 as part of Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C.'s commitment to helping aspiring paralegals who are in need of financial assistance achieve their academic and professional dreams.

    In order to be considered for the scholarship, the student must be enrolled in any paralegal education program for the 2019 spring, summer, winter or fail semester of classes.

    The scholarship will award $I,000.00 to one student selected by our scholarship selection committee.

    The deadline to apply is October 1, 2019. The scholarship will be awarded on November 1, 2019. Visit Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. (https://www.buckfirelaw.com/library/scholarships.cfm)* to apply.

    Applicants must meet the following criteria:

    • Recipient is a US Citizen currently attending a paralegal education program within the United States.
    • Academic achievement as reflected by a minimum 3.0 GPA and have completed at least one semester of classes at a paralegal education program.

    Paralegal Scholarship Application Requirements

    In order to apply for the 2019 Buckfire & Buckfire, PC Paraleal Scholarship Programs, an applicant must submit the following items on or before October 1, 2019:

    • A completed scholarship application form.
    • A 500-750 word typed essay, describing your educational and career goals. Explain how you plan to achieve these goals, and any adversity that you may face on your journey to success. Please include your degree or major, why you chose to pursue it, and how it will help you achieve your goals.

    How to Apply for the 2019 Paralegal Scholarship

    If interested in applying for the first annual 2019 Buckfire & Buckfire PC Paralegal Scholarship, please complete the scholarship application form found here*: https://www.buckfirelaw.com/library/scholarships.cfm

    Application materials may be mailed to:

    Buckfire & Buckfire PC
    Attn: Paralegal Scholarship
    29000 Inkster Road, Suite 150
    Southfield, MI 48034

    *This is an external link. It has not been verified by OPA for accuracy or security. Members are responsible for verifying accuracy and security of this link and any resources contained therein.

  • November 12, 2018 8:39 AM | Jered Brown (Administrator)

    Portland, Ore. (November 9, 2018) – At the November 9, 2018 Annual Membership Meeting, the Oregon Paralegal Association ("OPA") announced the 2018/2019 Election and Award Results. The OPA Board of Directors elected for the 2018-19 year are as follows:

    President 1 year term – Samantha Blair, CRP©
    Vice President 1 year term– Jered Brown, RP©
    Secretary 1 year term – Brenton Sambuceto
    Treasurer 1 year term – Niki Harrison
    Board Member Position #1 2 year term – Teresa Chrisinger, RP©
    Board Member Position #3 1 year term – Jennifer Stammer
    Board Member Position #4 1 year term – Elizabeth D. Dye
    Emeritus Representative 1 year term – Joyce S. Kent, Emeritus RP©
    Associate/Student Representative 1 year term – Brandon Rueda

    Continuing on in their second year of a two-year term:
    NFPA Primary Representative – MaryAnn Ivie, RP©
    NFPA Secondary Representative – Thomas Holmes, RP©
    Board Member Position #2 – Kelley Chaney, RP©

    Additionally, Board Advisor 1 year appointment – Leah Aldred, RP©, OCP

  • October 08, 2018 10:29 AM | Jered Brown (Administrator)
    Registration is now open for OPA's 39th Annual Convention! Be sure to register now at the following link: OPA's 39th Annual Convention : Unleashing Your Paralegal Superpowers

  • October 08, 2018 10:28 AM | Jered Brown (Administrator)

    The August 2018 edition of the Paragram is out now!

    You may check out the newest edition by signing in to your OPA account and clicking the following link:  Paragram

  • August 14, 2018 2:23 PM | Jered Brown (Administrator)

    The August 2018 edition of the Paragram is out now!

    You may check out the newest edition by signing in to your OPA account and clicking the following link:  Paragram

  • November 13, 2017 7:56 AM | Jered Brown (Administrator)

    The results are in for the 2017 Membership, Salary, and Student Surveys. Members may access the survey reports while logged in to their accounts by clicking the following link:

    Annual Member Survey Results

  • October 16, 2017 8:10 AM | Jered Brown (Administrator)

    Leah M. Aldred, RP, OCP Named NFPA's Outstanding Local Leader. At the 2017 NFPA annual convention in New Orleans, Leah M. Aldred, RP, OCP, OPA's President, was the recipient of NFPA's Outstanding Local Leader Award. This award recognizes an individual NFPA member for outstanding local leadership contributions to her local association.

    Dardie E. Robinson Awarded NFPA's Individual Pro Bono Award. At the 2017 NFPA annual convention in New Orleans, Dardie E. Robinson received NFPA's Individual Pro Bono Award.  This award recognizes an individual paralegal who has exhibited extraordinary dedication to the delivery of quality legal services to a portion of the population that cannot afford to pay for legal services. 

  • October 16, 2017 8:07 AM | Jered Brown (Administrator)

    The Board of the Directors of the National Federation of Paralegal Associations, Inc. ("NFPA") has selected the Oregon Paralegal Association as the host of NFPA's 2021 national convention.  The exact dates of the 2021 national convention are still to be determined.

  • August 02, 2017 7:39 AM | Jered Brown (Administrator)

    We are thrilled to announce that several of OPA's leaders have been nominated for national awards presented by the National Federation of Paralegal Associations, Inc.

    The nominees are as follows:

    William R. Robie Leadership Award Nominee - Thomas C. Holmes, RP®

    Outstanding Local Leader Award Nominee - Leah M. Aldred, RP®, OCP

    Paralegal of the Year Award Nominee - Kelley D. Chaney, RP®

    Individual Pro Bono Award Nominee - Dardanel ("Dardie") E. Robinson

    Certification Ambassador Award Nominee - Linda Odermott, RP®, OCP

    To see the other nominees nominated in these categories, please use the following link: https://www.paralegals.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3281

    Congratulations to all of the nominees! Wishing all of OPA's nominees good luck! The winners will be announced at NFPA's annual convention, on Saturday, October 14, 2017.  We encourage you to join us at the NFPA Annual Convention October 12-15 in New Orleans, Louisiana, to celebrate their outstanding achievements. NFPA will also award scholarships for paralegal education and certification at this time. Interested in more information about NFPA's annual convention or want to register? Go to: https://www.paralegals.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3282.

    If you have any questions about the NFPA awards, please contact your NFPA representatives:

     Brenna C. Dickey, RP, OPA NFPA Primary Representative (e-mail: brenna.dickey@millernash.com) - and - Thomas C. Holmes, RP, OPA NPFA Secondary Representative (e-mail: tch@bhlaw.com)

  • July 05, 2017 1:07 PM | Jered Brown (Administrator)

    The 2017 OPA Annual Surveys are now live. We urge you to complete all surveys that apply to you, and forward the links to other paralegals, legal assistants or paralegal students so that they can participate, as well.

    Know Your Current and Future Worth! The OPA Salary Survey is open to all Paralegals! Forward this link to your co-workers, even if they aren’t yet an OPA member. This applies to students who are working, as well. For a few minutes of your time, you can compare your pay and benefits to others performing the same job, and find out if you're being fairly rewarded. Learn the particulars of compensation plans and career satisfaction levels of Oregon and SW Washington paralegals. Leverage this data to evaluate new career possibilities and trajectory as a new paralegal or to assess your current career progress.


    For all OPA Members, your participation in the Membership Survey is critical in helping the organization expand, grow and improve in countless ways. Those who complete this survey will be entered into a drawing for a  $25 Amazon Gift Card. Just complete the survey to enter!


     If you are an OPA Student or Associate Member, your participation in this survey can improve the student experience with OPA through a safe and open communication channel. The Mentor/Mentee Program has grown and evolved due to student input and we want to expand and grow our student involvement. By taking this survey, you will also be entered into the drawing for a $25 Amazon Gift Card. Just complete the survey to enter!


    The survey period begins July 1, 2017 and ends August 15, 2017 at midnight.. The Annual Survey Committee will compile the results in time for OPA's Annual Meeting in November, with publication immediately following the event. Please assist OPA in collecting relevant data by completing these surveys today! Thank you. 

     Note - The information you provide in these surveys will remain strictly confidential and will not be identified with any individual. Completed surveys will be seen only by the OPA Annual Survey Committee. If you have any questions, please contact the Annual Survey Committee Co-Chairs, Mary VanKleeck, CRP™ or Megan Gallagher, at mvankleeck@bpmlaw.com

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