2015 Joint Conference - Leadership Conference Details

2015 Leadership Conference Topics – May 3, 2015

8:45 – 9:45 a.m.
Transforming Committees into Highly Effective Teams
Dick Warn

9:50 – 10:30 a.m.
Does It Take a Village to Accomplish Your Association’s Vision and Strategic Plan?
Debbie Hindin-King

10:35 – 10:45 a.m.
10:50 – 11:45 a.m. 

What Does It Take To Be An Effective Leader?
Kathleen Miller, RP

11:50 – 1:10 p.m.
Lunch and Access to Justice/Use of Paralegals

Thomas A. Balmer
Chief Justice, Oregon Supreme Court 

1:15 – 2:00 p.m.
Judging the Needs of Board Members
Carol Bernick

2:05 – 2:35 p.m.
Wikipedia:  Ethical Leadership –  Knowing and Doing the Right Thing
Cindy Welch, RP

2:40 – 3:10 p.m.
Does Your Personality Drive Others Crazy?
Beth King, RP

3:15 – 3:25 p.m.

3:30 – 4:10 p.m.
Having Ethical Conversations About Race Within Your Association
Kasia Rutledge

4:15 – 4:45 p.m.
Recruiting Your A-Team of Volunteers as Leaders of Tomorrow
Panel – Cindy Welch, RP, Beth King, RP, Tom Holmes, RP

Speaker Highlights

Dick Warn

Dick Warn in 1978 founded Richard S. Warn & Associates, which has been helping business owners, managers, and leaders, achieve greater success in sales, marketing, leading and team building.

He is the author of 3 books: The Miracle Minute: 52 One-Minute Guides to Practical Wisdom published in 2006; More Miracle Minutes published in 2007; and the newest book, Mystical Mentor published in 2008. His weekly column The Executive Sand Trap ran in the Portland, Oregon, Daily Journal of Commerce for five years with reprints appearing nationally and internationally.

Nationally he has shared inspiring insights in over 3,000 keynotes, 900 custom training sessions and his Miracle Minute radio spots are heard by thousands in Southern California.

For 29 years, Mr. Warn delivered the opening keynotes for high school students at Business Week in Washington State. This is a one week program sharing team build skills and business principles with students. Programs were held at Gonzaga, Central Washington, Pacific Lutheran and Western Washington Universities.

At The Salvation Army ARC (Adult Rehabilitation Center) in Pasco, Washington he worked with street people part time for three years helping angry people put their lives together. Beginning in 2000, he has faced the same type of people at Oregon Impact, Clackamas County’s DUII Impact Panel which he facilitated.

While working for Burroughs Corporation he set national sales records both as a salesman and as a sales manager. As sales manager for Communications Engineering, Inc., (General Electric dealer in Anchorage, Alaska) he set additional sales records selling design build systems.

At the close of a nine year career in electronics, he was a civilian employee of the United States Air Force. With a secret clearance and a track record to prove he knew what he was doing, he flew to remote sites in Alaska, helping local technicians solve difficult problems.

Debbie Hindin-King

Debra Hindin-King is a litigation paralegal for the law firm of Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell, LLP in Denver, Colorado.  She has 24 years of experience as a paralegal in commercial litigation with an emphasis in contract, oil and gas and environmental law.  She has extensive case management experience in both federal and state courts from the initial filing through discovery, trial, post-trial motions and appeal.  She has substantial experience with case management using the latest technological advances including different software document management databases and imaging software programs. 

Ms. Hindin-King’s litigation experience includes interviewing clients and witnesses, drafting routine pleadings, summarizing and evaluating documents including transcripts, exhibits and contracts, analysis of documents related to privilege issues, legal research, preparing for and assisting at mediations, arbitrations and trials.

Ms. Hindin-King is the past Region II Director, Strategic Planning Coordinator and Technology Coordinator of the National Federation of Paralegal Associations, Inc. (NFPA).  She currently serves as the NFPA Leadership Training Coordinator.  She also has held various leadership roles including president of the Rocky Mountain Paralegal Association (RMPA).

In 2004, Debra received the RMPA Pro Bono Paralegal of the Year Award and in 2006 received the Minoru Yasui Community Volunteer Award for the City and County of Denver.

In 2009, she received the NFPA Paralegal of the Year Award and was most recently honored as the recipient of the prestigious 2013 William R. Robie National Leadership Award by NFPA.  She has also been profiled in 2010 in Law Technology News.

Ms. Hindin-King is a frequent writer, local and national speaker on computerized litigation support and utilization of paralegals for legal professionals.

Ms. Hindin-King has B.A. degree from Colorado Women’s College, M.M.E. degree from University of Colorado and a paralegal certificate from the University of Colorado – Denver.

Cindy Welch, RPA

After graduating from the University of Texas at Dallas School with a B.S. in Business Administration, Cindy Welch, RP went to El Centro Community College for her paralegal certificate. She has been employed by a group of trial consultants and a national mediation and arbitration firm. She has also worked for a Dallas firm that assisted police officers and fire fighters in legal actions relating to their employment and a defense labor and employment firm. Currently, she is teaching paralegal students and working as a freelance paralegal in the areas of labor and employment, family law, personal injury and representation of peace officers.

Cindy is in her tenth year as an adjunct professor, including five spent in the paralegal department of El Centro Community College. She is the author of many articles for The Reporter and has written for the Texas Paralegal Journal. Over the years, Cindy has served her local association, Dallas Area Paralegal Association, in several capacities: President, Secretary, PACE Ambassador, NFPA Primary and Vendor Advisor. Before serving as Region II Director 2010 - 2012, she served NFPA as CLE Co-Coordinator and as a PACE Assistant Coordinator. Cindy became a PACE Registered Paralegal® in 2001 and is also a member of the Paralegal Division of the State Bar of Texas. She has been honored by the Dallas Area Paralegal Association with the Volunteer of the Year award in 2004, the President's Award in 2008, and the Paralegal of the Year award in 2011.

Kathleen K. Miller, RP

Kathleen K. Miller, RP was a Paralegal in the office of Stoel Rives LLP, located in Portland, Oregon (1980-2002), with an emphasis in civil litigation.  In 2002 she relocated to Reedsport, Oregon, where she is office manager and paralegal in the law firm of Stephen H. Miller, Attorney.  She served as both OPA’s NFPA Secondary and as OPA’s NFPA Primary Representative and previously served as OPA’s PACE Ambassador. Kathleen has also been involved with NFPA affairs for a significant number of years, including having served as NFPA PACE Co-Coordinator, NFPA Foundation Coordinator, and is currently serving as NFPA Coordination for Paralegal Roles & Responsibilities.  Kathleen received her PACE certification in August, 2000 and was awarded the NFPA PACE Ambassador of the Year Award in 2006. 

Kathleen serves on a number of board of directors of non-profits in her community and has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Oregon Law Institute (a Lewis & Clark Law School program providing continuing legal education programs for attorneys and legal staff), since 1994.  She is a past co-chair, Oregon State Bar Committee on Legal Secretaries; past president, Portland LSA and OreALS Scholarship Fund, Inc.  Kathleen faculty panelist, Miller's Court (1991) and "Skills Enhancement for the Legal Services Team" (NALS/American Bar Association 1993) and national and local speaker on many CLE topics (for the Oregon State Bar, Oregon Law Institute, etc.), including litigation techniques and association management.

Carol Bernick

Carol Bernick is the CEO of the Oregon State Bar Professional Liability Fund.  She received her law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law, graduating in 1989.  Ms. Bernick was an associate then partner with Davis Wright Tremaine LLP in Portland, Oregon from 1989 until 2014.  She served in many roles including chair of the firm’s Attorney Evaluation Committee; member of the firm’s Executive Committee and Partner-in-Charge of the firm’s Portland office.  Ms. Bernick is an experienced trial lawyer, including several significant wage and hour class action cases.  She has been recognized as one of the best employment attorneys in Oregon by Chambers USA, Best Lawyers in America and one of the Top 25 Women Lawyers in Oregon by Super Lawyers.  She is the recipient of the Peter Perlman Service Award from the Litigation Counsel of America and a Fellow in the College of Labor & Employment Lawyers.  She has served as outside general counsel to Boards and has served on both non-profit and member Boards over the years, including the Multnomah Bar Association, Metropolitan Family Service and the Northwest Earth Institute.

Kasia Rutledge

Kasia Rutledge is an attorney in the Major Felony Unit of the Metropolitan Public Defenders office where she has been for over 5 years since graduating from Lewis and Clark Law School. Originally from Kansas, she studied environmental science, women’s and gender studies, and race/ethnic relations in undergraduate at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She has clerked for a Federal Public Defender panel attorney, worked at MPD as a Certified Law Student, and worked in both the Multnomah and Washington County Offices. In addition to her public defense work, she is committed to anti-racism/white privilege work, speaks American Sign Language, and is active in the National Lawyers Guild.

Tom Holmes

Tom Holmes, RP has been a paralegal for over 30 years, with exposure to many areas of the law.  He began working as a litigation paralegal at a large Portland, Oregon law firm, on litigation matters both small and large, including motor vehicle accident, workers compensation and business litigation.  The cases grew bigger, and eventually he worked on large and complex litigation matters including business, finance/banking and franchise litigation, as well as patent, trademark and copyright infringement litigation.   And, after several years of litigation, he was assigned to assist with real estate and business transactions, land use, and administrative law in addition to litigation.

He joined a practice for a sole practitioner, and spent 9 years doing real estate, land use, administrative law and some contract litigation.

He currently works for a medium sized firm in Portland doing primarily land use, real estate and environmental work.

He has been a member of the Oregon Paralegal Association since 1986.  He served as their President for three years from 1995-1998, after positions as board member, specialty group chairperson, and vice president.  He attended his first NFPA annual meeting in 1997, in the role of Primary Representative, in the place of the current representative.  Later, he was elected as the Secondary and then the Primary Representative, attending conventions in Las Vegas, Chicago and Tampa.  During that time, OPA was also preparing to host the 2009 NFPA Annual Convention, and he worked as the Local Host Coordinator for that convention.  He has also served on the NFPA Ethics Board, helping to write and publish several opinions during his tenure.

Beth King, RP

Beth King, RP is a senior litigation paralegal at Vestas-American Wind Technology, Inc., a subsidiary of Vestas Wind Systems A/S, the world leader in delivering modern energy. Ms. King has extensive experience preparing for and attending trials, arbitrations and hearings. An adjunct instructor in the PCC paralegal program, she is a contributor to a number of professional publications and is a frequent instructor for legal professionals across the country in case management and organization, ethics, client communications, legal writing, and litigation. Ms. King has been active in OPA and NFPA for over 30 years, most recently as chair of OPA’s ad hoc committee on the Limited Licensed Legal Technician. Ms. King has a degree in management and organizational leadership from George Fox University and is a PACE registered paralegal.

Chief Justice Thomas A. Balmer

Chief Justice Thomas A. Balmer was elected by his colleagues as Oregon's 43rd Chief Justice and began service on May 1, 2012.  He was first appointed to the Supreme Court by Governor John Kitzhaber in 2001; he was elected in 2002 and re-elected in 2008.  Chief Justice Balmer practiced with the Portland law firm of Ater Wynne LLP and its predecessor firm, Lindsay, Hart, Neil & Weigler from 1982-93 and 1997-2001, and also served as Managing Partner. He was Deputy Attorney General of Oregon (1993-97) under Attorney General Theodore R. Kulongoski.  Earlier in his career, he was an associate with Wald, Harkrader & Ross (Washington, D.C.) (19880-82), a Trial Attorney with the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (1979-80), and an associate with the Boston firm of Choate, Hall & Stewart (1977-79).  Chief Justice Balmer received his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School in 1977 and his A.B. from Oberlin College in 1974.  He has been as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College and an Adjunct Professor of Political Science at Lewis & Clark College. He is the author of numerous articles, book reviews, book chapters and op-ed columns on antitrust, constitutional law and other topics.

Chief Justice Balmer's law-related activities include serving as Chair (1992-93) and Board Member (1989-93) of Multnomah County Legal Aid Service, Inc.; Chair (2007-09) and Board Member (1999 to present) of Classroom Law Project; and Board Member (2004-11) of the Oregon Law Institute.  He  currently serves on the Visiting Committee of the University of Chicago Law School and on the Advisory Committee of the Campaign for Equal Justice.  Chief Justice Balmer has participated in various international legal programs, including lecturing on judicial ethics in Tashkent, Uzbekistan (under the auspices of the United Nations); working with judges and schools on law-related education in Zagreb, Croatia, and speaking to judges and court administrators through the Russian-American Rule of Law Consortium.  In the wider community, Chief Justice Balmer has been a volunteer the Goose Hollow Family Shelter  since 1994 and has served as a founding Board Member (2000-01) of the Portland Parks Foundation and as a Board Member of Chamber Music Northwest (1997-2003).  He has coached youth soccer and lacrosse teams, served on several committees of the Portland City Club, and been a member of budget advisory committees for Metro and the City of Portland.

Chief Justice Balmer was raised in Portland and attended Portland Public Schools.  He is married to Mary Louise McClintock, Director of Early Childhood Programs for the Oregon Community Foundation.  They have two adult children.

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