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The 2019 Iowa Paralegal Association Spring Seminar will be held in Cedar Rapids, IA at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cedar Rapids Convention Complex!  Our featured speakers bring an abundance of educational information to help you learn and develop your professional skills.

 

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT

 

*NEW FIRST TIME ATTENDEE SPECIAL: $50 (Must register by April 8th)*

 

Members:  $125 ($110 Early Bird)

Non-Members:  $150 ($135 Early Bird)

Students:  $50 ($35 Early Bird)

 

Early Bird Discount Ends March 29, 2019!

If you have multiple people from a given law firm or company you will receive a discount. 

Please contact Shari Wood, ACP-IPA Seminar Director at education@iowaparalegal.org if this applies prior to registering for this event to obtain the priority code for this discount.

 

Please register today and join us at the state's largest paralegal conference!  For this seminar, please note that we are only accepting online registrations, but you will still be able to either pay your registration fees online or receive an invoice to send in your registration fees via mail.

IPA Seminars are approved for attorney and paralegal CLE credit by the NALA Certifying Board, and the Iowa Supreme Court Commission of Continuing Legal Education.  An announcement regarding the assignment of credits will be made at or following the seminar and will appear in the Original Notice newsletter.

IPA is pleased to announce our partnership with Operation Gratitude. Operation Gratitude sends Care Packages filled with entertainment, hygiene, and handmade items, non-perishable snacks, and personal letters of appreciation to Deployed Troops, New Recruits, First Responders, Veterans, Military Families, and Wounded Heroes & their Care Givers.  Operation Gratitude needs donations and IPA will be collecting donations at this seminar, please see below for additional information. 

IPA was able to collect the following at the 2018 Fall Seminar:  146 all purpose wipes, 88 batteries, 14 sticks of deodorant, 264 drink mix packets, 20 packs of gum, 113 lip balms, 20 pairs of socks, 32 sunscreen bottles, 2 cool ties, 10 flash drives, 4 razors, 13 tubes of tooth paste, 6 tooth brushes, 1 floss, 24 note cards, 42 envelopes, 27 stationary pages, 11 travel tissue, and 2 letters of gratitude!   

Click here to view the thank you letter IPA received

By Attending This Event, You Will Have The Opportunity To:

Network with people who are knowledgeable and passionate about the paralegal profession.

Learn how to use your skills to advance in your career.

Identify technologies that could help ease your amount of work.

Meet and talk with various businesses and organizations from all around the state.

LOCATION / HOTEL

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cedar Rapids Convention Complex
350 First Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401

Conveniently located in downtown Cedar Rapids, Iowa, just off I-380, they are only 15 minutes from Eastern Iowa Airport. The hotel overlooks the Cedar River and downtown Cedar Rapids, and is attached to the U.S. Cellular Arena and U.S. Cellular Convention Center.

Unwind in a spacious guest room or suite at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cedar Rapids. Enjoy modern amenities such as a 42-inch HDTV and internet access. Stay active and work out in the 24-hour fitness center or invigorate with a dip in the indoor pool. Dine on delicious local cuisine in the stunning rooftop restaurant. Shuttle service is also available for guests to attractions within a five mile radius.

Check-in time 3PM - Check-out time 12PM

Reservations: Please CLICK HERE to reserve your room.  

 The cut-off date for the IPA room block is March 30, 2019.

Room Rates: $109/night plus tax (Traditional King).

Need help convincing your company to let you attend? 

Download our example letter. 

THANK YOU TO OUR EVENT SPONSORS!

 

 

 

TOPICS

The IPA Seminar Committee is lining up terrific speakers who will be ready to provide you with a wealth of knowledge!

 

Please be sure to check back for additions to our great topic listing! 

 

Cyber Security Threats and Challenges - Kevin Techau, Smith, Mills & Schrock Law

Workplace Investigations in the #MeToo Era - Frances M. Haas, Nyemaster Goode

Discovery, Litigation Hold Protocols, e-Discovery and Responding to Discovery Requests - Siobhan Briley, Pugh Hagan Prahm PLC

Anti-Money Laundering & Anti-Fraud - Molly Possehl, Transamerica

Immigration Update: Criminal Law - Dan Vondra, Vondra & Malott, PLC

Changes to Workers Compensation and Medical Malpractice Laws - Emily Anderson, RSH Legal

Choice of Entity -Tax Aspects - Jared Adam, Shuttleworth & Ingersoll, P.L.C.  (Tentative)

Spousal and Child Support - Rae Kinkead, Simmons Perrine Moyer Bergman PLC

Estate Planning 201 - Gordon Fischer, Gordon Fischer Law Firm

Overview of the Criminal Defense Process & War Stories - Professor Alison Guernsey, University of Iowa Law School

Collection Law - Christopher Pech, University of Iowa Community Credit Union

Family Law Do's and Dont's - Sara Linder, Bray & Klockau, P.L.C.

Automatic Stay Violations & Creditor Consequences - Eric Lam, Simmons Perrine Moyer Bergman PLC (Tentative)

Ethics - Professor Emily Hughes, University of Iowa Law School

Family Law TBD - Kendra Weston, Kids First Law Center

 Ed Haycraft, Veterans Justice Outreach Program

If you have speaker recommendations, please reach out to Shari Wood, ACP-IPA Seminar Director at education@iowaparalegal.org, or click here to fill out IPA’s online “Call For Speakers” form. 

CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION CREDIT

IPA Seminars are approved for attorney and paralegal CLE credit by the NALA Certifying Board, and the Iowa Supreme Court Commission of Continuing Legal Education.  An announcement regarding the assignment of credits will be made at or shortly following the seminar and will appear in the Original Notice newsletter.

 

HANDOUT MATERIAL

This seminar is paperless. Handout material will be available for download on your laptop or mobile device approximately one (1) week prior to the seminar. 
 

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

 THURSDAY, APRIL 18, 2019

 

5:30PM – 6:30PM:  Meet-and-Greet - Please join us at 350 First Lounge (Hotel Bar).  This is a come-as-you-are networking event and is your opportunity to visit with old friends, and break the ice with seminar newcomers.

 

FRIDAY, APRIL 19, 2019

 

7:45AM - 8:30AM:  Breakfast

8:30AM-8:40AM:  Opening Remarks

9:00AM – 9:50AM:  Breakout Sessions

10:00AM – 10:50AM:  Breakout Sessions

11:00AM – 11:50AM:  Breakout Sessions

12:00PM – 1:00PM:  Lunch

12:30PM – 1:00PM:  Mid-Year Meeting of Membership

1:00PM – 1:50PM:  Ethics Session

2:00PM – 2:50PM:  Breakout Sessions

3:00PM – 3:50PM:  Breakout Sessions

4:00PM – 4:50PM:  Breakout Sessions

 

Meet Board Members – These people can be identified by their name tags, and they are truly interested in talking with you.  Don’t miss an opportunity to chat with them.

Meet the Seminar Director

If you should have any questions or would like to join the Seminar Committee, please reach out to Shari Wood, ACP - IPA Seminar Director at education@iowaparalegal.org.

Shari is a Paralegal at American Equity Investment Life Insurance Company. Shari is responsible for managing and assisting with board and committee governance, general corporate governance, insurance and other governmental regulatory reporting. She assists with board preparation, monitoring of officer changes and necessary correspondence and regular reporting with regulators, drafts board and committee meeting resolutions and minutes, maintains records and corporate minute books, and provides a wide range of support and administration to the General Counsel and Executives of the Company. Shari is a member of both IPA and NALA and is an Advanced Certified Paralegal. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Law & Politics from Drake University.

DISCOUNT ON SEMINAR REGISTRATION FEES
 
MEMBER DISCOUNT:
IPA Members receive a discount regarding seminar fees and many other benefits.  If you would like to become a member, please contact Sarah Kennedy, IPA 2nd Vice President-Membership Director at membership@iowaparalegal.org for more information, and/or click on the Membership Application below to join today!

 

MULTIPLE PEOPLE FROM SAME FIRM/COMPANY:

If you have multiple people from a given law firm or company you will receive a discount.   Please contact Shari Wood, ACP-IPA Seminar Director at education@iowaparalegal.org if this applies prior to registering for this event.

  • Member 1 - $125/registrant ($110 Early Bird-Register Before 03/29/19)
  • Member 2 - $115/registrant ($100 Early Bird-Register Before 03/29/19)
  • Member 3+ - $110/registrant ($95 Early Bird-Register Before 03/29/19)
  • Nonmember 1 - $150/registrant ($135 Early Bird-Register Before 03/29/19)
  • Nonmember 2 - $140/registrant ($125 Early Bird-Register Before 03/29/19)
  • Nonmember 3 - $130/registrant ($115 Early Bird-Register Before 03/29/19)
  • Nonmember 4 - $120/registrant ($105 Early Bird-Register Before 03/29/19)
  • Nonmember 5+ - $110/registrant ($95 Early Bird-Register Before 03/29/19)

SAVE THE DATE

2019 IPA FALL SEMINAR

TENTATIVELY SCHEDULED FOR 

SEPTEMBER 20, 2019

DES MOINES, IOWA

IPA's PARTNERSHIP WITH OPERATION GRATITUDE

Overview

IPA is pleased to announce our partnership with Operation Gratitude. Operation Gratitude sends Care Packages filled with entertainment, hygiene, and handmade items, non-perishable snacks, and personal letters of appreciation to Deployed Troops, New Recruits, First Responders, Veterans, Military Families, and Wounded Heroes & their Care Givers.  Operation Gratitude needs donations to show our Heroes they are not alone.

IPA is pleased to support this wonderful project. This project provides our associations with the opportunity to express our gratitude to those who serve. Additional information on Operation Gratitude is available at www.OperationGratitude.com.   

Association Contribution

At the previous two (2) IPA seminars, IPA collected many donations from seminar attendees.  At the next seminar we will be collecting donations again.  We would encourage each attendee to bring at least one item from the wish list (listed below).  We have been advised by Operation Gratitude that they are in great need of ___. Therefore, we would ask members to donate one of these items at the upcoming IPA seminar.  After the donations have been collected from our wonderful seminar attendees, IPA will ship these items to Operation Gratitude and will keep everyone updated on the status.

In addition, IPA will have cards and/or stationary on hand for you to write a letter of gratitude.  Every Operation Gratitude Care Package includes a bundle of letters from the American people, thanking Troops, Veterans, New Recruits, or First Responders for their service to our country. Care Package recipients tell us these letters, notes, and drawings are the most cherished items in their box.  We have been advised by Operation Gratitude that they have a special need for letters specifically written to New Recruits, Veterans, and First Responders.  IPA will have a collection box for you to put your card/letter after your completion.

Questions?

If you should have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact IPA.

WISH LIST

  • All Purpose Wipes (Single & 30ct Packs or Less)
  • Batteries (“AA” and/or “AAA”)
  • Deodorant (Travel Size, non-aerosol)
  • Drink Mix  (Individual Serving Packets)
  • Gum
  • Hand Warmers
  • Jerky  (Individual Bags)
  • Lip Balm
  • Pencils (Mechanical preferred)
  • Playing Cards

* All donated items must have a shelf-life/expiration date of at least 6 months from the date of Operation Gratitude’s receipt. Thank you for your understanding of this important requirement.

www.OperationGratitude.com -  Questions? info@operationgratitude.com

A LETTER/CARD OF GRATITUDE

Write to a:

DEPLOYED TROOP
currently overseas in harm’s way
VETERAN
served our country in the past
NEW RECRUIT
just completed Boot Camp and has sworn to serve for the next 4 or more years
FIRST RESPONDER
a firefighter, paramedic, or member of law enforcement

All deserve to be thanked for their commitment and bravery!

  • Start with a generic salutation, such as “Dear Hero” or “Dear Brave One.”
  • Express your thanks for their selfless service.
  • Avoid politics completely and religion in excess; however, saying you will pray for them is wonderful.
  • Share a little about yourself: Family, Hobbies, Work, School, Pets, Travel, etc.
  • Talk about life and interests: Sports, Weather, Music, Movies, Food, Books, etc.
  • Adults: Include your contact information (mail or email) so the letter recipient can reply. (Recipients may or may not write back; please do not be disappointed if you do not receive a response.)
  • Children’s Letters: Include first names only and do not include addresses (an adult’s address can be used).
  • Can’t find the words? Consider drawing or painting a picture instead; please add a note to kids’ drawings with their age.
  • No glitter or confetti please!
  • Do not put your individual cards or letters in envelopes—they are not needed and create a burden for our letter screeners.
  • Please don’t date your letters, sometimes it can take up to a few months for our Care Packages to be received after they are sent.

The Iowa Paralegal Association is a professional organization for paralegals providing activities on local, regional and statewide levels.  Members of IPA include practicing paralegals, paralegal students, paralegal training program representatives and other interested individuals.  IPA is an affiliated association of NALA.

 



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