On September 4, 2014, several members of the Vermont Paralegal Organization Board and Committees accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and nominated the Capital District Paralegal Association and the New York City Paralegal Association to accept the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge! VPO participants were Carie Tarte, Corinne Deering, Cathy Foutz, Lisa Contois Laramee, Evelyn Wetzel, Ashley LaRose, and Heather Moreau. Click here to watch the video!
The VPO congratulates Kristin Mattes who was selected by the National Federation of Paralegal Associations as the 2012 recipient of the Individual Pro Bono Award for exhibiting outstanding dedication and service in the area of pro bono service to the public. Kristin is the Pro Bono Committee Chair for the VPO, and a Paralegal for the law firm of Sheehey Furlong & Behm in Burlington. Click here to read Kristin's nomination submission.
The Vermont Paralegal Organization was chosen to host the 2016 National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA) National Convention in Burlington! The VPO submitted a bid and presentation at the convention this year in Alaska and we were chosen to be the hosts for the 2016 convention. We are all very excited about this news and hope that our members will support and assist us with the planning and organizing of this event. It will be a great opportunity for all Vermont members and for the legal community to become more familiar with NFPA and its benefits to paralegals.
The VPO has obtained a new member benefit and has launched a fundraising effort all in one exciting opportunity for you! We have coordinated with ExhibitSticker.com to offer members a 15% discount on an Adobe Plug-In that creates any color exhibit sticker, with any words that you desire, on your PDF trial exhibits, deposition exhibits, or any documents requiring this type of sticker! What a great option!! You can virtually "sticker" your documents in one quick step saving you time and money in copying and scanning your exhibits. To find out more about this great All-in-One E-Sticker, click on the link below to get the brochure and coupon code for ordering the plug in. Get it Now!! The fundraiser which saves you 15% will also earn 15% for the Vermont Paralegal Organization. It's a win-win for everyone. Get your Adobe Plug-In now!! 15% Offer expires July 5, 2012. Brochure and Coupon Code
The Vermont Paralegal Organization attended two events this month to promote the organization to the legal and educational community.
The VPO had an Exhibitor's Table at the Vermont Bar Association's Mid-Year Meeting on March 23, 2012, at the Hilton Hotel in Burlington. Thank you to Board Members who covered our table to meet and greet VBA members and other exhibitors in attendance at the meeting. Board Members Carie Tarte, Lisa Laramee, Laure Noyes, RP, Louise Reese, Corinne Deering, RP and Heather Moreau, were in attendance on behalf of the VPO. The VPO congratulates Patricia Benelli, Esq., of Chester who won the VPO's Door Prize of free admission to its Annual Meeting and CLE on May 10, 2012.
On March 26, 2012, the VPO was present at Champlain College's Career and Internship Fair on the College's campus. Champlain Alums and VPO Members Melissa Young and Ashley LaRose were present on behalf of the VPO to talk to students about their careers as paralegals and about the benefits of joining the VPO. Thank you to Melissa, Ashley and Carie Tarte who spent their afternoons on campus talking with Champlain's students. Congratulations to Champlain student Kenneth Nosek who won the VPO's Door Prize of free admission to its Annual Meeting and CLE on May 10, 2012.
On Wednesday, October 26, 2011, from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m., the Dress Barn is offering VPO members a VIP Night where members will receive a 15% off discount on purchases. You will most likely be greeted by a VPO member, who also works at the Dress Barn, and all you need to do is identify yourself as a VPO member (on the honor system), and you will receive the discount.
It's time to change over to your fall/winter wardrobe. Visit the Dress Barn on Wednesday the 26th and receive a 15% discount! Happy Shopping!
The VPO announced its Activism Rewards Program on July 20, 2011 at the Hump Day Summer Social. The purpose of the Rewards Program is to increase membership in the VPO and encourage our members to become active and involved in the Organization. The Rewards Program will continue until the VPO Annual Meeting to be held in April or May 2012. For more information and to find out how to earn your "entries," click here.
The VPO recently received notice from the American Cancer Society that it raised a total of $4,918.40 in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Chittenden County event in October 2010. Congratulations and Thank You to the members of the VPO Team who participated in this worthwhile event.
SAVE THE DATE: The 2011 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event will be on October 16th. Let's hope for less wet weather this year so we can keep our feet dry! The start time this year will again be 1:00 p.m.
Through the hard work of our Pro-bono Committee Chairperson, Kristin Mattes, and with the assistance of Attorney Jacqueline Majoros of Vermont Legal Aid, the VPO will have the opportunity to become involved with the Vermont Long Term Care Ombudsman Program. At the annual meeting of the Vermont Probate Court Judges Association on December 3, 2010, the Probate Judges unanimously endorsed the proposed involvement of the VPO in long term care ombudsmanship as probate court designees under 18 V.S.A. §§ 9701(25) and 9702, subject to adequate support by means of a training, and perhaps certification, program. The VPO will keep members advised as we move forward with this opportunity.
The VPO was pleased to be able to participate as an Exhibitor at the Vermont Bar Association's 53rd Mid-Year Meeting on Friday, March 19, 2010, at the Hilton Hotel in Burlington.
The VPO's Exhibit Table included copies of The Paralegal Perspective, the VPO Newsletter, membership applications, PACE Brochures, Sponsorship Applications and information, and a Pro Bono informational brochure outlining what the VPO can offer attorneys to accomplish providing pro bono services.
In addition, the VPO had a raffle for a VBA Member to win free attendance for his/her paralegal to the VPO's Annual Meeting and Conference in May. The exhibit table and our large poster board outlining the benefits of becoming a VPO member gave the VPO a presence with the State Bar Association, and reminded local attorneys of the importance and benefits of VPO membership for their paralegals.
Diane Brown and Missy Woessner, RP providing a presence at the VPO Exhibit Booth featured above.
The VPO is proud to announce that Tina Wiles, former Region V Director and Past VPO President, has accepted the Champlain College Alumni Council's 2009 nomination for the Roger A. Perry Award. The award is given to alumni who show great leadership in his or her career, outstanding service to the community, and/or a notable accomplishment. Tina will be receiving her award on Saturday, October 24, 2009, at ECHO Science Center and Museum in Burlington, Vermont. Please join us in congratulating Tina Wiles on receiving this award.
Burlington Free Press Article, Champlain College to honor alumni