Association Spotlight - GLPA
Association Spotlight - Greater Lexington Paralegal Association
The GLPA was formed in 1980, then known as the Lexington Paralegal Association, by a small group of paralegals wanting to move the profession forward. In 1990, the LPA applied for and was accepted by the NFPA to become a member. By 1993, the LPA board voted to expand our membership to include paralegals working outside of Lexington, but close enough to be involved, thus changing our name to the Greater Lexington Paralegal Association which became effective in 1994.
The GLPA has an excellent working relationship with paralegal programs in central Kentucky (Sullivan University, Eastern Kentucky University and Morehead State University) as well as the Kentucky Paralegal Association (state-wide association). We partner on several projects throughout the year to reach employers, paralegals and students. Fortunately, we are able to offer a student scholarship on an annual basis, reaching out to the various paralegal programs, encouraging the students to apply. Monthly CLE meetings are held with members of the local Bar presenting on topics of interest. These are well attended with lunch sponsored by either law firms, employers or local vendors who choose to advertise and sponsor throughout the year. We meet in the Multi-Purpose Room of the Fayette County Courthouse.
The Board’s Certification Ambassador, throughout the year, promotes the PACE and PCCE by organizing study groups and informational lunch meetings. In addition, there are two PACE/PCCE scholarships given annually.
For the past two years, we have teamed up with a local nursing home, have been given a “wish list” from each resident, and the lists disbursed throughout the membership. Each name is taken by a member with each item on their respective lists purchased, wrapped and delivered. A party is thrown by the Home for these precious men and women with gifts for each one. No matter your age, everyone enjoys surprises with a party to boot. The GLPA has drawn much enthusiasm and interest in this endeavor and hopes to continue with similar giving.
We continue to partner with our local Bar Association on projects such as the Divorce Clinic where volunteers will assist the attorneys with forms to be completed and information gathered. We also enjoy organizing and participating in two blood drives each year through the Kentucky Blood Center with a challenge between the local Bar and the GLPA on which group can donate the most. It is well-attended throughout the day and helps those in need. The past several years we have also prepared and served meals at the Ronald McDonald House.
Fundraising is always a challenge, but each Fall we team up with a local nursery and sell Mums! They are delivered to an office/building downtown where those that have ordered will come during their lunch break for pick-up. These mums are always beautiful and well worth the cost and the wait.
Each year, we continue to come together as a group to celebrate the anniversary of the association. This is routinely held in July at a local hotel with lunch and a speaker, charging members a fee for attendance. In December, we have our Holiday Luncheon at a local location, often at the University of Kentucky’s Hillary J. Boone Center, inviting attorneys, where we acknowledge the outgoing board and incoming board as well as several awards which are voted upon by the membership – Donald E. Eppler Commitment Award, Most Supportive Employer and Best Monthly Speaker (from our monthly CLE luncheons). There is also the President’s Award for Outstanding Service presented to a board member at the December luncheon.
The GLPA may be somewhat small in number, but together we do great things for the community and to further the profession.