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2017 Election

AAfPE Institutional Members will vote to fill the following positions during the annual business meeting of the membership at the 36th National Conference, located at the Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown, 2600 Louisiana Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110, on Friday, October 20, 2017 at 12:10 p.m.

All Institutional Members are eligible to vote. If you are an Institutional Member, and will not be attending the 2017 Conference in Albuquerque, you may designate a proxy to cast your ballot. If you plan to vote by proxy, you must, in accordance with association bylaws, notify the Association Headquarters in writing of your Proxy selection using the AAfPE Proxy Form no later than October 4, 2017. 

Having been duly qualified, the Nominations Committee is pleased to present the following slate of candidates for consideration: 

President-Elect

Bruce Davis
University of Cincinnati - Clermont College

Treasurer

Susan Atlas
Bunker Hill Community College

Secretary

Lisa Hutton
John F. Kennedy University, College of Law

Sharron Dillon
University of Hartford

Director, Certificate Programs

Chris Simcox
Bucks County Community College

Carolyn Bekhor
University of La Verne

ABA Commission - Associate Programs

Keeley Mitchell
Delaware County Community College

Director, North Central Region

Gayle Miller
College of Lake County

Director, Northeast Region

Judith Mathers Maloney
Molloy College

Director, Southeast Region

William McSorley
Midlands Technical College

 

Candidate Statements

PRESIDENT-ELECT
Bruce Davis
University of Cincinnati - Clermont College


I am honored to have been nominated for President-Elect of AAfPE.  AAfPE has given much to me and I feel an obligation to give back to this organization.  I have been teaching paralegal students at the Mount St. Joseph University and the University of Cincinnati Clermont College for the past twenty years, both as an adjunct and as a tenured professor.  I received the college-wide excellence in teaching award for my paralegal teaching at Clermont College five times, a record for the school.  I attended every national AAfPE conference since becoming a full-time professor and have presented at the vast majority of them, as well.  For the past six years, I served as your treasurer, guiding the organization through several challenges, including the recent change of management companies and a full independent audit of the finances, which came back squeaky clean.

As your treasurer, I sit on the board of directors of AAfPE, having never missed a board meeting or conference call.  During this time, I observed the role of President through the three-year commitment of President-Elect, through President, to Immediate Past President.  This gave me excellent insight into the roles and responsibilities of this office and I will be honored to serve.

This is an interesting transition time for the organization, with many programs changing their name from paralegal studies to legal studies.  The legal marketplace is also undergoing dynamic changes, as well, with new lawyers finding it difficult to find employment.  Many positions that once went to new attorneys are being filled with paralegals, making this profession even more important in the provision of legal services.  I pledge to help AAfPE rise to the new and dynamic challenges that are facing paralegal and legal studies programs. 

I am honored to have been nominated and I will be equally honored to receive your vote.

TREASURER
Susan Atlas
Bunker Hill Community College

 For those of you who may not know me, I would like to share a little bit about me. By way of background, I am the Chair of the Paralegal and Legal Studies Department at Bunker Hill Community College in Boston, Massachusetts and I would be honored to serve as your Treasurer for AAfPE.

When I started at Bunker Hill Community College, we had a very small certificate program with low enrollment and job placement. I came to BHCC to develop an Associate Degree program, to revamp the certificate program and to ensure that both our Certificate and AS degree graduates gained the knowledge and skills they need to successfully enter the workforce or continue their education. Importantly, I was also asked to forge through and obtain ABA approval for our school. I am proud to say that we are an ABA approved school, recently became a chapter of LEX and our place in the Greater Boston legal community is strong.

Like many of you, I was in private practice for over twenty years before becoming a full time faculty member. I graduated Boston University with a BA in psychology and sociology; obtained my JD magna cum laude from Suffolk University Law School and went on to obtain my Master's Degree in the Law of Taxation at Boston University School of Law Graduate Tax Program. I am very proud of my accomplishments in private practice and am honored to be a nationally rated estate planner by Martindale Hubbell as an AV Preeminent Attorney; however, (other than my own children) I am most proud of my graduates' accomplishments. Their strength, their growth and their successes are inspiring not only to me but to my current students who follow in their footsteps.

My LL.M in taxation would serve me well in assisting AAfPE as Treasurer. I understand the accounting andtaxprinciplesneededtoeffectivelymonitorandkeepthefinancialinformationof our association. I am able to review and approve the payment of expenses, review AAfPE's financialsreportsandpreparethereportsfortheBoardofDirectorsaswellasanannual reportto ourmembers.

AtAAfPE,Ihavefound countlesscolleagues andfriendsthatsharemypassionforteachingand serving my community so I can think of no better way to thank all of you for your membership, commitmentandcamaraderiethantoserveonthisBoard.

 

SECRETARY
Lisa Hutton
John F. Kennedy University, College of Law

 

I am honored to submit this statement of candidacy for the AAfPE Board position of Secretary.  I am the Program Chair for the ABA-approved Bachelor’s in Legal Studies and Paralegal Certificate Programs at John F. Kennedy University in Pleasant Hill, California. 

Prior to entering academia, I worked in the Solano County District Attorney’s Office, and spent many years as an insurance defense litigator in Oakland, California.  In 2003, I began teaching legal research and writing at JFKU’s College of Law, and in 2005 was asked to develop the University’s Bachelor’s and Paralegal Certificate programs.  Having discovered my new-found passion for teaching, I jumped in with both feet and have not looked back since.

Three months after I began my new position at the University, I attended my first AAfPE conference in Tampa, Florida.  I felt like I had come home to my people!  As a brand new program director, I spent those four days taking in every piece of advice, and every nugget of information I could fit inside my head.  I even had to buy a new suitcase to bring back all the books and materials I collected!

It has been 12 years since the Tampa conference. Since that time I have eagerly attended almost every national and regional AAfPE conference over the years, many as a presenter.  I served on the 2015 national conference planning committee, and recently co-hosted the 2017 Pacific Regional Conference in Oakland, California.

At John F. Kennedy University, I teach Introduction to Law and the BA and Paralegal Capstone courses.  I also serve as the University’s Faculty Senate President, a position which has significantly strengthened and grown my leadership skills. I am eager to bring those skills to the AAfPE Board. 

My passion for quality paralegal education, and my dedication to the AAfPE organization and its membership is why I humbly request your vote to serve on the Board as Secretary.  AAfPE has given so much to me professionally and personally.  It is my time to give back! 

SECRETARY
Sharron Dillon
University of Hartford

Thank you for considering me for Secretary of AAfPE.

I am very glad to be a member of AAfPE. Being able to meet with and learn from paralegal educators around the country is a tremendous benefit to me professionally and personally. Now, I want to do more, particularly with regard to growing and sustaining AAfPE's membership.

I am qualified to work with the Board and with the membership to maintain the purposes of AAfPE and to provide support to the President and to the organization.

I am fortunate to have two careers - practicing law and teaching paralegal studies.

I have been active in paralegal education for over 18 years as an instructor, course developer, student advisor, internship coordinator and supervisor, faculty advisor to student organizations, business and paralegal text book reviewer for multiple publishers, and creator/self-publisher of paralegal textbooks. I am a recipient of the Sustained Excellence in Teaching Award for Part­-time Faculty at the University of Hartford, an honor of which I am very proud.

I have been in private practice for over 24 years, focusing on Social Security disability claims and appeals and small business advisor. I am a member of the Connecticut State Bar, the Federal Bar for the District of Connecticut, the Connecticut Bar Association, the Hartford County Bar Association, the American Association for Paralegal Education, the National Organization for Social Security Claimant's Representatives, and Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity International. I have presented seminars and workshops to several of these groups, and to various civic groups. I developed and presented a series of workshops and law clinics with the University of Hartford Entrepreneurial Center's Small Business Technical Assistance Program. I was fortunate to have paralegal student volunteers actively participate in these clinics with me.

I will share my hard work,enthusiasm, and dedication with our organization. I appreciate your consideration and look forward to serving our membership!

DIRECTOR, CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS
Chris Simcox
Bucks County Community College


My name is Chris Little Simcox and I am a Professor as well as the Paralegal Internship Coordinator in the Paralegal Studies Program at Bucks County Community College.  I submit this statement in support of my candidacy for the AAfPE Board position of Director, Certificate Programs. Bucks County Community College is a community college which offers an ABA approved paralegal studies associate degree and certificate program. I started teaching as an adjunct professor for the paralegal program at Bucks in 2003 while practicing law part-time and working full-time as a Domestic Relations Officer for the Bucks County Court System and later officer supervisor.  I was one of only a few adjuncts in the program. I also was an adjunct for Penn State Justice and Safety Institute where I taught law to the employees, masters and Judges in the family law court system across Pennsylvania.  I worked for the county from 1994 to 2008 when I left to change my combination of employment to include more teaching and add private law practice.  In 2012, I left Penn State when I was hired as a full time professor for Bucks County Community College.  Today, I teach many of the classes in the paralegal programs as well as a few classes in the Management department.  I also serve as the Paralegal Internship Coordinator and continue to work my private law practice part-time. 

My connections working for the county and also in private practice have allowed me to be in a great place to assist our students by placing them in great internship opportunities and onto great employment.  I am passionate about helping our certificate as well as our associate students to obtain internships, learn what is really needed in the legal field today and help them obtain employment.  After attending my first AAfPE national conference in 2016, I realized that AAfPE was passionate about the same things.  I was extremely impressed with the organization.  I have been part of many organizations over the course of my career including the ABA, NJsBA, Bucks County Bar Association and yet this organization was so much more welcoming and embracing. I decided immediately that I wanted to be more involved.

I have helped my program successfully through the ABA approval process and now currently through the reapproval process.   I have experience in committee and board service for the ABA, Bucks County Bar Association and New Jersey Bar Association.  I have served as a board member as well as Family Law Chair for the Bucks County Bar Association for several years. I have served as Union Steering representative and served on several committees throughout the college.  I am enthusiastic and put forth 100% in whatever I commit. Not to mention I am a mother of three boys and somehow manage to keep up with them in all they do.If elected, I will bring my exposure to many areas in the field, my dedication and my enthusiasm to the AAfPE board.  I bring a great deal of experience and enthusiasm to learn.  My hope is to move AAfPE into the future and grow with it.   It is in this spirit that I submit my candidacy and ask for your vote. 

DIRECTOR, CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS
Carolyn Bekhor
University of La Verne


Since 2013, I have had the honor of serving AAfPE as the Editor-in-Chief for The Paralegal Educator. Prior to that, I worked with Janet Olejar as her Assistant Editor after some time as part of the general editing team, along with Steve Dayton. Working with Janet, my fellow AAfPE members, and every author interested in publishing an article in the Educator, has been among the most rewarding and enjoyable experiences in my professional life. There is nothing like reading an article fresh from a hopeful author and then seeing that work in its final, refined form, along with LEX essays, our wonderful OM column, the AAfPE Bytes newsletter, and so much more. I first came to AAfPE as a brand-new Assistant Professor for the Legal Studies department at the University of La Verne in 2007. At my very first session, the Newcomer’s session, I met Pam Bailey. There, she shared about the Educator and the Sidebar which struck me as perfect opportunities to volunteer. I didn’t hesitate to step up to the Publishing Committee and I’m so thankful I did. I couldn’t be happier with how my service for AAfPE has evolved, and for so many friendships that have come out of this excellent organization.

So now, in running for a position on the Board of Directors, I hope to continue serving in a new capacity.

As far as my history goes, I have been teaching since 2004. I began at Mt. San Antonio College where I was first introduced to paralegal education. I came from the private sector, having practiced law for ten years in the areas of business law and estate planning. I had worked with paralegals and of course, knew how important the paralegal was to the smooth functioning of a law office. As such, I was excited to participate in education and quickly learned how rewarding teaching paralegals could be. But I was also struck at how difficult a job it is, and how little information is available to lawyers interested in teaching. Lawyers are not automatically effective teachers. So when attended sessions at the AAfPE conferences that specifically offered ideas and best practices on how to teach paralegals, I was thrilled, and to this day, I value the critical role AAfPE plays in bringing quality education to our paralegal classrooms.

The University of La Verne offers a bachelor’s degree program as well as a certificate program. I personally advise our students on their academic progress and have therefore gained familiarity with the needs of both these types of programs. I’ve also assisted in the preparation of our ABA approval for our program, including the site visits. In that vein, I feel confident I can be a voice for other certificate programs across our region. Additionally, I hope my work with the editing team for The Paralegal Educator has allowed members to get to know me a little, and feel comfortable with bringing their concerns to me so that I can convey them to the rest of the Board. As I tell my students and friends, my door is always open and I will always listen to your story.

ABA COMMISSION - ASSOCIATE PROGRAMS
Keeley Mitchell
Delaware County Community College


My name is Keeley Mitchell, and I want to take an active role in improving the associate programs that focus on paralegal and legal studies. Paralegal education has developed tremendouslyovertheyears,andIamexcitedtooffermyworkexperienceandtalentstohelp associate programs adequately plan for the challenges related to the future growth of the paralegalprofession.However,whatIthinkismostimportanttonoteisthatIampassionateabout paralegal education and am committed to its continueddevelopment andpromotion.

I have held many different roles over the years, which I am confident will be beneficial in my role as an ABA Commission Representative - Associate Programs. I practiced law with the assistance of paralegals, taught as an adjunct in paralegal studies program at Burlington County College, served as a legal recruiter for the largest legal recruiting firm in the world, held the position of Director of Government Relations and Public Interest at University of Pittsburgh School of Law, and most recently, hold the position of Director of Paralegal Studies at Delaware County Community College. At BCC, Pitt Law, and DCCC, I have been involved with the ABA reapproval process.

Furthermore, in my position as Director of Paralegal Studies at DCCC, I have worked on insuring my program meets the accreditation requirements of Middle States Commission on Higher Education. My experience with Middle States accreditation has given me some insight into how institutions respond to the accreditation/approval process and efficient steps to take in order to satisfy accreditation/approval requirements.

As a Director of Paralegal Studies of an ABA-approved program, I am knowledgeable about the deliverance of paralegal education in accordance with ABA requirements. In addition, over the years I have gained experience with curriculum design, programming, marketing, and budgeting. I look forward to sharing my trials and tribulations in order to help other associate programs become the best that they can be. Moreover, I aim to be an advocate for associate programs and bring their voice and perspective to the ABA Commission. I would appreciate your vote for me, Keeley Mitchell, to serve as your ABA Commission Representative-Associate Programs.

DIRECTOR, NORTH CENTRAL REGION
Gayle Miller
College of Lake County

 Hello. I’m Gayle Miller from the College of Lake County Illinois, current Certificate Programs Director to the AAfPE Board, candidate for Director, North Central Region.

 

I was elected last year to fill a one year vacancy as the Certificate Program Director and I’d like to be the next Director for the North Central Region. Since taking office last October, I diligently prepared and zealously represented the Certificate program members of AAfPE at each Board meeting. By reaching out to our members, I learned their top concerns, and advocated to the Board to recognize and accommodate the unique challenges facing these members.

 

As many of you know, I have been an enthusiastic (and vocal) member of the North Central Region since my very first year as an AAfPE member. I have hosted and co-hosted three of our regional conferences in Chicago; and have been known to consistently bring a large contingent of faculty from my school to our regionals (literally by the busload, and even RV); generating significant financial support and participation for our conferences.

My school is a public community college in northern Illinois offering two ABA approved programs: a paralegal studies degree and post-degree certificate. I began teaching part time in 1993 while practicing law full time. In 2005, I was hired to develop and implement a new paralegal program. As I navigated the ABA approval process, the culture of academia, developed curriculum, and conducted assessments (while teaching), AAfPE was there for me every step of the way!

By way of other relevant experience: I was appointed to the ABA Approval Commission (2010-13) and conducted over 20 site visits across the country for the ABA. I visited private and public schools, assessing all manner of paralegal degrees and certificates, learning all the diverse ways quality paralegal education can be delivered. I will continue to bring this global perception, reliability and dedication to the AAfPE board.

No stranger to board service and committee work, I was elected to the board of the Association of Women Attorneys of Lake County for over ten years, including a six year cycle as their Vice President, President, and Immediate Past President (2012-2016). I also serve on my institution’s Faculty Development Advisory Committee which plans professional development workshops and conferences for faculty across all disciplines, and I was recently appointed to our Enrollment Management Commission. In 2012, I completed the ABA’s New Bar Leaders Institute. There, I learned about optimal processes, motivation of members, and production for volunteer professional associations- all directly transferrable to serving AAfPE.

My first AAfPE conference was the national in Tampa, 2005. I had been on the job for less than three months (i.e., I knew nothing). With the warm welcome of the AAfPE leaders, this association instantly became my professional community, my primary resource for information, guidance and sympathy. It is in this spirit that I submit my candidacy and ask you to elect me to the position of Director, North Central Region.  Thank you.

DIRECTOR, NORTHEAST REGION
Judith Mathers Maloney
Molloy College

My journey to the AAfPE Board of Directors as Director, Northeast Region began in 2013 when I stepped in to fulfill Pat Lyons’ term after she had been named President-Elect, and I was honored to have been elected to my own first term the following year. I am humbled to have been nominated again  to serve as your Director, Northeast Region for my second (and final)  term.

While maintaining my law practice, I started teaching at both the university and graduate level at institutions throughout downstate New York. I realized early that I was drawn to the field of paralegal education. We are given the unique opportunity not only to prepare our students with a solid foundation in law but also to empower them with marketable skills. Currently, I am the Director of Legal Studies/Paralegal Studies and a member of the adjunct faculty at Molloy College in Rockville Centre, NY, and remain invested in promoting paralegal education.

As an AAfPE member, I discovered a community of colleagues who understood my concerns and complaints, who were ready to share information, and who could offer guidance and direction.  I was home! I  have presented at numerous regional and national conferences and worked on a National Conference Committee.

As Northeast Regional Director, I have, together with various hosts, planned and coordinated our well-attended and popular Regional Conferences.  I  have brought your issues to the AAfPE Board and stood as your representative at the Board meetings. The Northeast Region has a steadfast presence on the AAfPE Board of Directors.

I would be honored to be re-elected to the AAfPE Board as Director for the Northeast Region. I welcome the opportunity to move forward with the work of the Board and to continue to bring Northeast region concerns to the floor at Board meetings.

I ask for your vote so that I may be allowed to further contribute to the fluid evolution of AAfPE on behalf of our Northeast region.

DIRECTOR, SOUTHEAST REGION
William McSorley
Midlands Technical College

My involvement with AAfPE began in 2002, when I became the program director at Midlands Technical College in Columbia, SC.  My school has been involved with AAfPE since the 1980s and we have reaped many benefits from our membership in the organization.

 

I have served as the interim regional director and enjoyed getting to know many of you over the past year.  I previously served a three-year term as an AAfPE rep on the ABA Approval Commission and hosted or co-hosted two Regional AAfPE conferences.  It has also been a great opportunity to have attended 12 of the past 15 national conferences, while presenting at a number of them. 

 

My years in AAfPE and in the profession have given me the ability to serve my colleagues in the Southeast region as an initial contact for a variety of purposes.  I have resources in nearly every facet of the process and enjoy assisting colleagues and helping them network with fellow program directors, vendors, and other professionals.

 

I can also play a key role in setting up worthwhile conferences, as I did this past year in New Orleans, and help make AAfPE an even more valuable resource in the future. Thank you for considering my nomination.

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