Happy Friday!  2017 is quickly coming to a close. Take a minute to catch up on the latest news around the Paralegal Division you might have missed.

Holiday Closings

Don’t forget to check the calendars of your local courts, government agencies and federal courts for when they will be closed over the holidays.

State Courts and State Agencies:  Court and offices closed December 25-27, 2017 and January 1, 2018.

Federal Courts:  The Middle and Eastern District of North Carolina will be closed December 25 & 26, 2017 and January 1, 2018.  The Western District of North Carolina will be closed on December 25 & 26, 2017 (Note the website did not include January 1, 2018 at time of this post).

Application Period Opens For the 2018 Paralegal Division Scholarships

The NCBA Paralegal Division provides a scholarship award to two members each year – a Membership Scholarship and a Student Scholarship.

The Paralegal Division Membership Scholarship (package valued at approximately $800.00) provides an award of the following:

  • Paralegal Division Membership (2018-2019)
  • Section Membership (2018-2019)
  • Registration for the 2018 Paralegal Division Annual Meeting and Seminar
  • A CLE/CPE Passport to attend eligible programs tuition free
  • Up to $100 travel expense reimbursement

The Paralegal Division Student Scholarship provides an award of $500.00 in tuition paid directly to your educational institution.  You must be a student member of the NCBA Paralegal Division to be eligible for the scholarship.  Student membership in the NCBA Paralegal Division is FREE!  Visit the Division’s website to complete an application today.

Reminder: Big Changes to Business Annual Report Laws

Don’t forget effective on January 1, 2018:

  • ALL corporate Annual Reports must now be filed directly with the Secretary of State’s office, and
  • Annual Report forms will be changed to include voluntary reporting of small business ownership by veterans and service-disabled veterans.

For a more in-depth explanation, read the December 7 Blog.

Special holiday message from Student Relations Committee

The Student Relations Committee wishes you and yours very well this season, awesome things will soon happen; so get Tweetin’. Paralegal directors, instructors and students take note, the SRC will have more fun than a root beer float. Career Toolbox will be front & center, stay tuned for the time and date; it will be a winner. Networking and professionalism will be there too,

I’ll save you a seat at the Annual Review. The Paralegal Division Student Scholarship always has a theme, winning $500 in tuition paid directly to your educational institution is an awesome dream! Instructional videos, webcasts and live sessions will be on tap, hurry to the website and register. Don’t take a nap, call the NCBA 1-800-662-7407 to complete a student application,

Free membership is always like a good vacation!

Happy Holidays, Kimberly M. Johnson, Chair

Ugly Sweater Holiday 5K Raises More Than $18,000

December 9 was a great day for the NCBA, its Young Lawyers Division, and the North Carolina Bar Foundation’s N.C. Lawyers for Entrepreneurs Assistance Program, or NC LEAP. The inaugural YLD Ugly Sweater Holiday 5K raised $18,000 for NC LEAP, which coordinates pro bono legal services for low-wealth entrepreneurs. Congratulations to event coordinator Leah Hermiller and her YLD army of volunteers, and special thanks to the 280 registrants and event sponsors who made the chilly, drizzly day a huge success.

A special thanks to our fellow Paralegal Division participants and volunteers!  Alice Johnson (2nd place winner in her bracket – yay!), Donna Evans, Leslie Pegram and Melissa Stockley Jones braved the cold, wet weather to run for the cause!