Association Spotlight: Hawaii Paralegal Association

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What are the highlights of the organization's past?

  • Involvement with the Hawaii Access to Justice Commission, its Education, Barriers, and Initiatives committees, and the Task Force on Adjunct Providers.
  • Continuous involvement with the Hawaii Children’s Justice Center. HPA members help abuse and neglected children by providing sleepwear, snacks and beverages, toiletries, clothing and gift cards.
  • 9/11 Day Observance: HPA members wrote thank you cards to local first responders to promote greater unity, compassion, peace and recognition to those who serve the community by risking their lives.
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What fundraising efforts does your organization undertake?

  • Non-member dues income from full and half day education seminars. The funds collected help HPA offer free lunch hour seminars throughout the year and other sponsored events.
  • In the past we have also raised funds by selling chili, frozen cookie tickets from popular local restaurants.

What pro bono efforts does your organization undertake?

  • Young Lawyers Division: Paralegals assist with the Legal Line Hotline held in the evening hours on a weekday. HPA members handle intake and provide administrative support.
  • We also help support organizations by informing our members of volunteer opportunities at the Legal Aide Society of Hawaii, Volunteer Legal Services Hawaii, Guardian Ad Litem Programs,  and the Court-Appointed Special Advocates Program

What types of scholarships does your organization offer its members?

  • 2 - $500 scholarships + one year free HPA student membership

How do you attract and/or increase membership?

  • Discounted student membership rates
  • Free CLE seminars
  • Pau Hana events (after work socials)
  • Education conference discounts for local members
  • General Membership Meetings with free lunches
  • Obtaining more membership benefits such as discounts with AAA, discounts at local/downtown area eateries and other vendors

What are the top 3 events your organization has each year?

  • Fall Education Conference
  • Holiday party
  • Pau Hana events (after work social) sponsored by HPA with free food and drinks.

What types of companies sponsor your organization?

  • Professional Image: printing, copying and graphic solutions
  • Aloha Data: Data management, business process management, information repository company
  • Honolulu Information Services: Public records research, retrievals, filings and transaction support services
  • Ralph Rosenberg Court Reporters: Full service reporting firm. Member of the National Court Reporters Association. 
  • Various law firms for providing use of conference rooms for meetings

What schools are associated with your organization?

  • Kapiolani Community College - Legal Education Department
  • Heald College – Paralegal Program
  • California University of PA – sustaining member

What future projects is your organization working on and/or planning for?

  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) aka Lou Gehrig’s Disease Walk. HPA has also provided monetary donations.
  • 2015 NFPA Convention in Honolulu
  • Student workshop and networking with paralegals in the field
modified 3/26/2014

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