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The AAfPE Advisor Vol. 2, No. 2

Monday, September 24, 2018   (0 Comments)
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September 2018

Vol. 2, No. 2

The AAfPE Advisor is a periodic newsletter designed to keep you informed of all the great opportunities and benefits available to you as members of AAfPE. If you have suggestions for the newsletter, please email

Don't Miss Your Opportunity to Participate in the AAfPE 37th National Conference!

Complimentary conference registration available

As the economy continues taking its toll on the education community, with many institutions cutting budgets, AAfPE is stepping in to help members attend its annual meeting. The AAfPE Board of Directors will be awarding one (1) complimentary conference registration by random drawing. To be eligible for the drawing, applicants must meet the following criteria:

·     Currently teaching in a paralegal or legal studies program

·     Membership dues paid for the current year 

·     Could not otherwise attend the conference without assistance 

·     There will be no other attendee at the conference from the applicant's respective paralegal or legal studies program 

The winner bears all other costs associated with attending the conference and will be expected to attend conference sessions, including the business meeting. Eligible applicants should submit a completed and signed application no later than October 1, 2018, to AAfPE Headquarters at

Panelists invited to share peer research

The National Conference Planning Committee is extending an invitation to anyone doing research who would like to share during the peer research panel. This panel has been ongoing since at least 2009 to allow educators who must publish or present scholarly articles for tenure or promotion to have a forum at the AAfPE National Conference. Email to take advantage of this opportunity to present your diverse and interesting research for all to hear.

AAfPE Access to Justice Committee Now Accepting Scholarship Applications

The Access to Justice Committee invites all AAfPE members to select qualified students to apply for the 2018-2019 Annual Paralegal Community Service Achievement Scholarship. This annual scholarship in the amount of $500 is awarded to a paralegal student attending an AAfPE member school who has demonstrated substantial commitment to community service, specifically in the area of law. The selection decisions will be made by the Access to Justice Committee's scholarship sub-committee members.


In order to make this selection, we are requesting nominations of student(s) to be considered. Students that are nominated must:

·     Must be enrolled in a paralegal degree or certificate program at an AAfPE member school with at least two (2) remaining semesters to complete program

·     Must be in good academic standing (at least a 2.5 overall GPA)

·     Must demonstrate strong law-related volunteer service in the community.

To nominate your student(s), please email the following to no later than October 10, 2018:

·     Student's name and preferred email address

·     A letter of recommendation from the paralegal program director

·     A cover letter listing community service above and beyond what might be required for class

·     A verifiable record of community service (i.e., letter from non-profit organization)

·     A typed essay from the student (100-200 words) detailing (1) why the student volunteers, (2) how volunteering has impacted the student personally as well as professionally, and (3) in what ways paralegals can help close the access-to-justice gap.

AAfPE Board of Directors proposes bylaws changes

The AAfPE Board of Directors is proposing two changes to the association's bylaws that will be voted on Friday, November 2, 2018, during the business meeting at the 37th Annual Conference. The first proposed change reduces the number of regions from five to four. This will equalize representation across regions as well as save money by eliminating a board position. You can compare current and proposed regions here. The second proposed change allows AAfPE to broaden its membership without jeopardizing its foundation and purpose or changing its high standard for a voting membership by changing "paralegal" to "paralegal and legal studies" throughout the bylaws. AAfPE President Kye Haymore shares a message from the Board regarding the proposed bylaws changes here.  

AAfPE Bytes now available

The most recent edition of AAfPE Bytes is now availablethank you to the Alternative Delivery and Technology Committee! AAfPE Bytes is a regular publication dedicated to providing tips and tricks to help educators with distance education and technology use in the classroom. This issue includes ideas for enhancing learning opportunities with virtual field trips, an update on legal artificial intelligence, the latest on PowerPoint add-ins and Open Education Resources (OER) as well as a new primer on e-discovery basics. 

AAfPE launches new Career Center

NEW! Post job openings, find potential candidates, search openings and subscribe to new posting notifications. Free to AAfPE members! Visit for more information.

Share your knowledge and experience in the next issue of The Legal Educator

As educators, you know that people learn through shared knowledge and experience. Share your knowledge and experience with thousands of paralegal and legal studies educators nationwide by submitting an article for The Legal Educator, AAfPE's award winning, peer-reviewed professional journal! Submissions must be received by January 31 to be considered. Submit your article here.

More of a reader than a writer? Consider volunteering as a peer reviewer for The Legal Educator. The role of the peer reviewer is not as a proof-reader for typographical errors. Peer reviewers receive one to two articles per issue and provide a thoughtful critique of the submitted article, with suggestions for editing and revisions prior to publication. The time commitment is minimal and the feedback you provide is sent by the editor to the author to ensure your anonymity as a peer reviewer. A critique sheet effortlessly guides you through the reviewing process. Interested individuals may email AAfPE Headquarters to volunteer.

The Legal Educator is also your chance to update your colleagues on your professional pursuits. Pursuing a new degree? Receiving an award? Expanding your program? Publishing a book? Share these milestones with your AAfPE colleagues. You can also share "In Memoriam" announcements. Email

About AAfPE

Recognizing the need to increase and improve access to the legal system, AAfPE promotes quality paralegal education, develops educational standards and encourages professional growth, in order to prepare graduates to perform a significant role in the delivery of legal services.

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