Paralegal Potpourri: Upcoming Paralegal Meetings and Announcements

Take advantage of our many Paralegal Division activities this spring

Paralegal Division and Small Firm and Technology Social | April 10, 2019

The Small Firm and Technology Section is hosting a joint social with the Paralegal Division. Please join us on Wednesday, April 10 at Bond Brothers Brewing in Cary. The social starts at 5 p.m.

Click here to RSVP.

NCBA PD 2019 Distinguished Paralegal Award | April 19, 2019 Nomination Deadline

We are currently seeking nominations for the 2019 Distinguished Paralegal Award. Do you know a paralegal who actively participates in civic/community volunteering, demonstrates leadership, and promotes the paralegal profession? And, yes, you can nominate yourself. The deadline for nominations is Friday, April 19. The winner will be announced at the PD Annual Meeting on May 3 in Winston-Salem and recognized at the June NCBA Annual Meeting during the Awards Dinner on June 20.

Click here to access the registration form.

2019 NCBA Paralegal Division Annual Meeting | May 3, 2019

The Annual Meeting is back in the Triad. The Division has an outstanding lineup of speakers and topics, including an ethics discussion by Justice Anita Earls.

The NCBA Paralegal Division Annual Meeting will be on Friday, May 3, at the Benton Convention Center in downtown Winston-Salem. You will receive a 10% discount on the registration cost if you register by April 12. The Annual Meeting is a great opportunity to network and meet inspiring guest speakers and paralegals. Justice Anita S. Earls, NC Supreme Court Justice, will be delivering a speech on ethical dilemmas in the paralegal profession.

For more information on the Annual Meeting please visit:

Members are also invited to a welcome reception on Thursday, May 2, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the Benton Convention in Winston Ballroom 1A. The Convention Center is conveniently located across the street from the Marriott Hotel. Check your email for an invitation and to RSVP online by April 29.

NCBA Annual Meeting | June 20-23, 2019

The North Carolina Bar Association’s Annual Meeting is from June 20-23 and will be at Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC. Paralegal Division members are invited to join and participate in events planned with paralegals in mind, including:

  • Thursday night’s Awards Dinner, including recognition of the 2019 Distinguished Paralegal,

  • Night on the Town with the Paralegal Division, Young Lawyers Division, and Senior Lawyers Division,

  • 3.0 hours of CLE credit at the Friday and Saturday morning sessions with CPE forms available

Speakers at the Friday and Saturday morning general sessions will focus on wellness for legal professionals. Afternoons will be free for fun activities on the estate, including winery tours, floating on the French Broad River, and guided hikes. Additionally, attendees will receive daytime access to the Biltmore House throughout the Annual Meeting for $50.

The special Annual Meeting registration rate for paralegals is $129, which includes the Friday and Saturday morning sessions. Annual Meeting attendees can reserve rooms at the DoubleTree near the estate for the discounted cost of $168 per night.

If you are interested in volunteering to work a four-hour shift at the registration booth, your registration fees will be waived.  The time slots available:

Thursday, June 20, 2019

4 p.m. – 8 p.m. | 2 slots

Friday, June 21, 2019

8 a.m. – noon | 2 slots

Noon – 4pm | 2 slots

Saturday, June 22, 2019

8 a.m. – noon | 2 slots

Email Amy Kemply ( directly to sign-up.

Paralegal Division Survey | Results and Next Survey Coming Soon!

Thank you so much to everyone who participated in the Paralegal Division survey. We have had an overwhelming number of responses, and we really appreciate the high participation level. A second survey will be announced soon, so stay tuned!

The survey should take about 5 to 10 minutes. Your responses to the survey are completely anonymous.

2019 IP Institute and Request for Program Planners

The annual IP Institute is the premier CPE program for Intellectual Property and Trademark paralegals and administrators of all experience levels. This day-long program offers 6 hours of CPE credit, including one hour of ethics. Our tentative date for the 2019 IP Institute this year is November 14 at the Bar Center in Cary.  We are in need of volunteers to help plan this program.

Planning for our live CPE programs begins six months out from the date and does require a small  commitment of your time (including recruiting speakers; deciding on content, keeping up with deadlines and speaker materials). Planners do have support from the CLE staff.  As a thank you for your time serving as a planner, registration for that CPE is complementary! Additionally, if you present a CPE topic, you can earn CPE credit hours! If you are interested in serving as a planner, please reach out to Division Chair, Leslie Pegram (