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  • 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

  • April 21, 2017 7:59 AM | Jered Brown (Administrator)

    Paralegal Students - please apply now for two NFPA student scholarships (First place: $3,000; Second place: $2,000)!

    The application for the 2017 National Federation of Paralegal Associations, Inc.'s Thomson Reuters Student Scholarships is available now! Attached are the scholarship guidelines and the application. 

    We would love to see one of OPA's Oregon or Southwest Washington members as the scholarship winner at the annual convention - in New Orleans!  The student scholarship winners have traditionally had their expenses paid to attend the NFPA national convention to receive their scholarships.

    The deadline is July 1, 2017.  Don't delay in applying today for these great scholarship opportunities!

    For more information about NFPA, including its annual convention and paralegal student scholarships, please go to: http://paralegals.org or contact one of your OPA representatives below:

    Casey McFarlane, OPA Associate Representative (e-mail: cmcfarlane@bittner-hahs.com)

    Brenna C. Dickey, RP, OPA NFPA Primary Representative (e-mail: brenna.dickey@millernash.com)

    Thomas C. Holmes, RP, NPFA Secondary Representative (e-mail: tch@bhlaw.com)

    2017 NFPA Thomson Reuters Scholarship Application.pdf

    NFPA Student Scholarship Procedures 2017.pdf

  • February 17, 2017 7:31 AM | Jered Brown (Administrator)

    Space is Limited, Click Here to Register: 1st Quarterly Business Meeting & CLE

    When: March 15, 2017, 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

    Location: Dunn Carney LLP, 851 SW 6th Avenue, 15th Floor Portland, Oregon 97204


    5:00 pm–5:30 pm  Registration

    5:30 pm–6:30 pm  CLE

    6:30 pm–7:00 pm  Social (light refreshments and hors d'oeuvres to be provided)

    7:00 pm–7:45 pm  Business Meeting

    (Meeting will include current status of the Oregon Certified Paralegal program)                        

    7:45 pm–8:00 pm  Networking

    CLE Credit: 

    Qualifies for 1.0 credit for OPA and their national affiliates.


    Becoming Your Own Devil’s Advocate – Making Your Writing Bulletproof & Effective
    Become your own devils’ advocate: Making your writing bulletproof and effective.  How you write demonstrates your effectiveness as a paralegal.  Your natural enemies are inaccuracy and lack of clarity, but your natural friend is your professional intelligence.  The path to greater accuracy and clarity – and persuasiveness—comes from the cues you gain when you listen intelligently to your audience’s critical, inner voice.  This session helps you understand how and when to challenge yourself about what you have written, what it takes to get it right, and how to enjoy playing your own devil’s advocate. 


    Aubrey Baldwin is the Chair of the Paralegal program at Portland Community College.  She is an inactive member of the Oregon State Bar, and was formerly admitted to the bars of the District of Oregon, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.  Her practice before coming to PCC involved complex state and federal litigation of environmental matters on behalf of citizen-activists and non-profit organizations.   She teaches a variety of courses in the paralegal program, including legal research and writing focused courses.  She earned her JD, cum laude, in 2005 from Lewis & Clark Law School, where she earned a Certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law, and was awarded the Williamson Award for an outstanding graduate working in public interest environmental law.  She earned a BSSW, cum laude, in 1997 from the University of Tennessee. 

    Registration Questions: 

    Please contact Michele Davis, CP at Cell: 503-515-9248, Office: 503-412-6734, or by email at redcoach99@aol.com

  • February 07, 2017 4:35 PM | Jered Brown (Administrator)

    Registration for NFPA's annual Joint Conference (Leadership, Regulation, and Certification) is now open! You can register online at: https://www.paralegals.org/i4a/ams/conference/conference.cfm?conferenceID=148.  This year's Joint Conference is being held in New York City, April 28-30, 2017.  The schedule and other important details about the Joint Conference can be found here: https://www.paralegals.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageID=3283. If you have any questions about NFPA's Joint Conference, please contact your NFPA Representatives, Brenna C. Dickey, RP (brenna.dickey@millernash.com) and/or Thomas C. Holmes, RP (tch@bhlaw.com). 

  • February 07, 2017 4:34 PM | Jered Brown (Administrator)

    Please join our Region's local and national leaders at the NFPA Region I Spring Meeting, Saturday, June 3, 2017.  The Region I meeting will be held at the law offices of Forsberg & Umlauf, P.S., located at 901 5th Avenue, Suite 1400, Seattle, Washington 98164.  The Washington State Paralegal Association will be hosting the meeting. If you're unable to attend the Region I meeting and want to provide input to our Region I Director and other Region leaders, please contact your NFPA Representatives, Brenna C. Dickey, RP (brenna.dickey@millernash.com) and/or Thomas C. Holmes, RP (tch@bhlaw.com).  Please also contact us if you want more information about the NFPA Region I meeting.  More details to come! 

  • December 09, 2016 7:42 AM | Jered Brown (Administrator)

    OPA Holiday Campaign Reminder

    OPA is still collecting donations and gifts for Morrison Child and Family Services, but the deadline is next week! We need your help to meet our goal of providing Christmas gifts to five children. The deadline for donations is December 13, 2016 at 5:00 pm. 

    Below is the list of children assigned to OPA.   Please email me to sponsor a child, or a single item on their list.  Gifts should be unwrapped but gift bags are encouraged.  You may deliver your gifts to Dunn Carney, or call me to arrange pick-up.  If you don’t have time to shop but would like to contribute, we will gladly take cash donations and do the shopping for you. We have received several cash donations, but to date the only item claimed is the Pie in the Face game for Zuleika.

    Morrison Wish List*

    Jaden HW 16  F  M Target gift card, art supplies
    Zuleika A 12 F  8.5 Women's wide Black Nike tennis shoes, Pie in the Face game, kinetic sand
    Hana H 11 F   Trolls, makeup, hair accessories
    Hunter G 16  M   Legos, remote control car 
    Hidie H F   Trolls, dolls and hair accessories 

    Morrison Child and Family Services is a non-profit organization that delivers specialized services to children, from birth through age 18, and families coping with adversity and trauma, partnering with schools, neighborhoods, public agencies and families to create programs for young people, ranging from education and prevention services to outpatient counseling and residential treatment.  Your donations and gifts can make a huge difference for these children this holiday season.

    If you have any questions, please contact me.  Thank you and happy holidays!

    Kelley Chaney, RP

    OPA Pro Bono Co-Chair


  • November 21, 2016 9:52 AM | Jered Brown (Administrator)

    Oregon Paralegal Association Announces New Board and Annual Awards

    The Oregon Paralegal Association (OPA) held its 2016 Annual Convention at the Kah-Nee-Ta Resort in Warm Springs, Oregon from November 4 – November 5, 2016. At the meeting, members announced the newly elected 2016-2017 Board of Directors and recognized individuals for their contributions.

      2016-2017 Board Members:

    President:                                   Leah Aldred, RP®, Barran Liebman LLP

    Vice President:                           Samantha Blair, CRP™, Dunn Carney Allen Higgins & Tongue LLP

    Secretary:                                   Jennifer Stammer, McEwen Gisvold LLP

    Treasurer:                                   Niki Harrison, Barran Liebman LLP

    NFPA Primary Representative:  Brenna Dickey, RP®, Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP

    Board Director 2 Year:              Julie Lycklama, RP®, Shumsky & Backman

    Board Director 1 Year:              Jered Brown, Dunn Carney Allen Higgins & Tongue LLP

    Board Director 1 Year:              Ryan Moore, Black Helterline LLP

    Associate Representative:          Casey McFarlane, Holiday Retirement

    Emeritus Representative:           Joyce Kent, RP®

         2016 Annual Awards:

    President’s Award:                   Leah Aldred, RP®, Barran Liebman LLP

    Outstanding New Member:      Samantha Blair, CRP™, Dunn Carney Allen Higgins & Tongue LLP

    Outstanding Members:             Kathleen Miller, RP®, Stephen H. Miller, PC

                                                      Leah Aldred, RP®, Barran Liebman LLP

                                                      Linda Odermott, RP®, Dunn Carney Allen Higgins & Tongue LLP

    Outstanding Legal

         Service Provider:                Unisearch

    Contacts:  Diane Thompson, Co-Chair OPA Nominations& Elections Committee,diane.thompson@holidaytouch.com or Megan Gallagher, Co-Chair OPA Nominations& Elections Committee, megancgal@gmail.com

  • August 23, 2016 4:18 PM | Jered Brown (Administrator)

    Dear Fellow Paralegals: 

    South Louisiana has been hit hard with catastrophic flooding this month.  A number of members of the Baton Rouge Paralegal Association (BRPA) have been left homeless, or had their personal property damaged or destroyed. They are in need of cleaning supplies, building materials, food and everyday necessities.  In an effort to assist our fellow paralegals in need, OPA is coordinating with the BRPA to collect and distribute gift cards to be used by paralegals hit by this flooding as they rebuild. 

    If you would like to donate gift cards, or a check to purchase gift cards on behalf of OPA, please deliver your donations to MaryAnn Ivie, RP, at Schwabe Williamson and Wyatt, 1211 SW 5th Avenue, 19th Floor, Portland, OR 97204, before September 7, 2016, or contact her at mivie@schwabe.com with any questions.  

    BRPA has compiled a list of local outlets which have gift cards that their members can use:

    Building Materials/Outdoor Equipment

    Academy Sports & Outdoors

    Ace Hardware

    Home Depot



    Burger King




    Jack in the Box

    Little Caesars


    Papa Johns

    Papa Murphy’s

    Pizza Hut



    Taco Bell

    Waffle House




    American Eagle Outfitters

    Bed Bath & Beyond






    Old Navy

    Payless Shoe Source







    Dollar General

    Sam’s Club





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