The AAfPE 39th National Conference is the optimal place for bench-marking with other institutions and learning new and improved ways to assess program effectiveness. This year's Virtual Experience means you can join educational sessions, take away tools and resources, and exchange information and ideas with others in paralegal and legal studies education without paying for a flight or a hotel room or spending time away from your familyLearn more about conference sessions and activities


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When is the AAfPE 39th National Conference: A Virtual Experience?
The conference will take place from November 4-6, 2020. All times are listed in Eastern Time (ET). Times may be converted to your local time here

Who can attend?
Anyone can register to attend . . . without the expense of travel and with the opportunity to attend more sessions than ever before!  

How do I become a member of AAfPE to take advantage of the discounted member rate?
If you wish to become a member of AAfPE, click here.

How do I attend?
After you register online, you will receive a confirmation email verifying your registration. Once you receive the confirmation email, you can add the conference to your calendar. Roughly a week prior to the conference, you will receive an email with login information to the AAfPE National Conference: A Virtual Experience landing page. 

What if I can't attend some of the sessions?
All sessions will be recorded and can be accessed by registered attendees--whether or not you attended the live session!


Can I ask questions during the sessions? 
Of course! Attendees will utilize the Q&A feature to interact with the presenters. 

Will I have access to the presenter's slides and/or handouts? 
AAfPE asks that all speakers provide their slides and handouts. All slides and handouts provided will be available for attendees to access. 

Can I use my computer or my mobile device to connect? 
The conference is optimized to be accessed on a desktop or laptop computer using the Google Chrome browser. We do not recommend using your mobile device. However, you will have the opportunity to dial in, if need be.

Are there any networking events? 
Yes! Join us at the Virtual AAfPE Happy Hour on Wednesday. This informal virtual meet-up is your chance to connect with fellow AAfPE attendees!

Will there be exhibitors and sponsors? 
Yes, we will have a virtual exhibit hall which will allow attendees the chance to connect with different companies!

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The voters elected Barbara Madsen as the third woman to serve on the Washington Supreme Court in 1992, and she was re-elected in 1998, 2004, 2010, and 2016. Justice Madsen was unanimously elected by her colleagues to serve two terms as the 55th Chief Justice of the Washington State Supreme Court, from 2010-2017. In that role she was the court’s chief spokesperson.

After completing law school, Justice Madsen worked as a public defender in King and Snohomish counties. In 1982, she joined the Seattle City Attorney’s Office and was appointed Special Prosecutor in 1984. Mayor Charles Royer appointed Justice Madsen to the Seattle Municipal Court bench in 1988, where she served as Presiding Judge for two terms.

Justice Madsen is committed to public service and equal justice.  In 1998, she was appointed chair of the Washington State Gender and Justice Commission.  In 2001, Justice Madsen facilitated Washington’s first Glass Ceiling Study. In 2004, Justice Madsen co chaired the Crystal Brame Committee which secured legislation requiring all police agencies to adopt investigation protocol for police perpetrated domestic violence and sexual assault. In 2005, she helped establish the Initiative for Diversity, a program encouraging legal employers to commit to and implement organizational plans to increase diversity. As chief justice, Madsen was instrumental in the development of a limited legal license technician program, the first in the nation, to address the critical justice gap for low and moderate income people. In 2013, Justice Madsen led the Supreme Court efforts to develop the Tribal State Court Consortium, encouraging and building partnerships among tribal and state judicial officers.  

Justice Madsen was the first recipient of the annual Myra Bradwell Award, honoring an outstanding alumna of Gonzaga University School of Law who has made great strides on behalf of women. Twice she received the Washington Women Lawyers Vanguard Award, in 1998 and 2002, for her leadership and inspiration for women in the legal profession. In 2011, she received the Social Justice Award from the Loren Miller Bar Association for her unwavering dedication to the pursuit of justice and equality in Washington State. Justice Madsen received the 2015 Betty Binns Fletcher Leadership and Justice Award in recognition of outstanding leadership of the judicial branch.  

Justice Madsen and her husband, Donald Madsen, live in Pierce County and have four children.

Justice Madsen will speak about how the role of the court in increasing equity and access to justice, lessons from the “sunsetting” of the LLLT, the future of non-lawyer licensing, and her thoughts on the current and future role of paralegals in our system of justice. 

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