Paralegal Division of the Utah State Bar
Front Row: Paula Christensen, Candace Gleed (Chair Elect), Lorraine Wardle (Chair), Greg Wayment, Stefanie Ray
Back Row: Erin Stauffer, Laura Summers, Julie Emery, Cheryl Miller, Shaleese McPhee, Sarah Stronk
(Not pictured: Terri Hines, Robyn Dotterer, Cheryl Jeffs, Deborah Calegory)
Thank you for your interest in the Paralegal Division. The Paralegal Division of the Utah State Bar was created by the Utah Supreme Court in April of 1996. Since that time, the Division, through its members and leadership, has worked to remain an active and respected part of the Utah State Bar. Our members bring a high level of skill and professionalism to the delivery of legal services and come from all venues of the legal community including law firms, corporations, and government offices.
The Paralegal Division will be celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2016 and we are looking forward to a wonderful celebration of this anniversary. The course of our twenty year evolution is highlighted in our will be outlined in a timeline available in early 2016. We look forward to the future with continued success, growth and progress of the Division, its members and the paralegal profession. We are currently looking for volunteers to assist in preparing for the 20th anniversary celebration. If you are interested, please email us here for more information.
There are a variety of activities and committees the Division is involved in throughout the year. The members of our Community Service Committee, our Board and Division Members have been very involved within our local communities, seeking out new opportunities for our members to pull together and make a difference in the lives of others. We are very proud to work hand-in-hand with the Young Lawyers Division serving as notaries and witnesses with the rapidly expanding Wills for Heroes and Serving Our Seniors programs.
Our Continuing Legal Education Committee is hard at work coordinating outstanding CLE opportunities to help us maintain the highest standards. This past year we were able to have Toni Marsh, JD, the Program Director for the Paralegal Studies program at George Washington University. Ms. Marsh was the Keynote Speaker at the Spring Convention 2015 in St. George. Her keynote was well attended, as was the break out session. Her entire time here was to promote proper utilization of paralegals. The Spring Convention planning committee, along with our Board of Directors were very please on how well attended and interactive the presentations were. If you would like to see her address, please see the video posted on our Facebook page. Our CLE committee is working on getting other great speakers to be present at the upcoming conventions.
Our Membership and Utilization Committees oversee impressive programs to increase awareness for membership in the Division and provide information on the utilization of paralegal. Our Region Directors are working hard at planning open houses to give networking opportunities. We believe that through these quick events our members and potential members will have a sense of community with fellow paralegals.
Our website committee recently overhauled our website and plans to implement additional changes to make our site a better resource tool. The website is a continual work in progress. If there is anyone that contains a vast amount of knowledge on this, please contact us, we'd love the help!
In addition, the Division as a whole is committed to assisting the Bar in furthering its purposes and mission and to assist with the Bar’s goal of providing affordable access to justice to the citizens of this state and our various communities.
More information on Division membership, including minimum qualifications, CLE requirements and application forms, is available in our Membership section. (Members must be under the ultimate and direct supervision of an attorney.)
A myriad of opportunities await you, as a member of the Paralegal Division, to get involved. If you are interested in participating on a committee or perhaps assisting on a specific project, please submit a committee volunteer form or contact someone on the Board of Directors. We welcome and encourage your involvement.
Please let us know how we can assist you.
Board of Directors
Paralegal Division, Utah State Bar