If you can’t easily get to your closest paralegal association, then maybe creating one that is more accessible is a creative solution, especially with gas prices in the $4 per gallon range. That’s just what the new First Coast Chapter of the Paralegal Association of Florida, located in Jacksonville, did.

The Jacksonville Daily Record reports that the economy and the rising costs of CLE were a significant factor in the group’s formation:

…Travel, time off from work and the expense of Continuing Legal Education (CLE) seminars for paralegals led to the creation of the new association, said Linda Whipple, president of the local chapter of the Paralegal Association of Florida.

“Because of where we are, there are not a lot of CLE opportunities available here, so we have to travel,” said Whipple, who is a paralegal with the law firm of Spohrer & Dodd. “A lot of paralegals can’t afford to travel and most firms are not covering those CLE costs, so this association was formed to keep those costs down.”

The association already has its first CLE program scheduled in July 2011, and has started a mentoring program for area paralegal students.

For more information about the state group, Paralegal Association of Florida, Inc., and its other chapters, you can check out the website at http://www.pafinc.org/#. For more information about the new chapter and membership, contact Helen Westbrook at hwestbrook@sdlitigation.com.

Practical Paralegalism congratulates the First Coast Chapter of the Paralegal Association of Florida and its new executive board, and wishes the group the best of success in its educational, charitable, networking, and mentoring endeavors.

Source:  Jacksonville Daily Record

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