By: Kristin Tormey, FRP, Florida Bar Affiliate/FRP Committee Liaison, July 9, 2018
The Florida Bar Florida Registered Paralegal (FRP) Committee met on June 15, 2018 at the 2018 Annual Florida Bar Convention. At the meeting, the committee discussed some new and upcoming changes to the FRP Committee. The Program Evaluation Committee (PEC) reviewed the FRP committee and determined there should be two separate but related FRP Committees. The current committee would be tasked with registering applicants, taking grievances, and ensuring compliance. This committee would remain in the Ethics & Consumer Protection Division; while the second committee, potentially known as FRP Enrichment Committee, would be placed in the Professional Development Division.
According to a memo provided at the meeting, the new committee would take on the responsibility of creating awareness of the FRP program, education, and programming targeted toward FRPs. They would also work towards member benefits, expanding the publication of the “Paralegal Corner” and potentially organizing and implementing a CLE programming targeted to FRPs, legal assistants and non-FRP Paralegals. As of my latest information, the committee has not yet been formed and still requires formal approval; however, once it is formed, a notification to all FRPs will be sent out with information on how to apply to the board for the new committee. Keep your eyes peeled and if you are not already an FRP member, I recommend looking into joining the group to be up to date on the latest movements.
The FRP Committee discussed a request from the National Association of Legal Professions requesting their Professional Paralegal (PP) exam be considered as a qualification to become an FRP. The committee decided at this time the exam is not adequately academically rigorous to meet FRP standards; however, they are going to try to work with the organization to meet those standards.
The FRP Committee also discussed FRPs having the technology requirement implemented for FRP members. Not long ago, the Florida Bar began requiring all attorneys to obtain a certain number of technology CLEs. After a vote in October, FRPs may soon have a similar requirement.
Finally, the Committee discussed two applicants that were requesting reconsideration, what is considered a sufficient amount of time working as an employee to be considered a paralegal and requirements at renewal. Each of these items requires more attention and will be addressed at the next meeting.
It was so wonderful to see so many members attend the committee meeting. Our field is growing each year and this committee is working towards ensuring we continue to raise the bar, provide excellent services, and stay up to date on the latest educational advances. Make sure you stay involved, not only will you stay up to date on all the changes; you will also have an opportunity to network with other like-minded individuals. I look forward to seeing more individuals at the next meeting.
|2018 FLORIDA REGISTERED PARALEGAL STANDING COMMITTEE UPDATE
By: Patricia C. DeRamus, ACP, FRP, May 3, 2018
The Florida Bar recently enhanced the Florida Registered Paralegal Standing Committee (FRP Committee) meeting format for the 2018 Annual Florida Bar Convention. A number of events have been planned for the June 2018 The Florida Bar Annual Convention which is being held in Orlando at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek. These exciting changes have been added in response to a number of members inquiries regarding how the FRP Committee meetings are conducted. The FRP Committee will host its meeting at noon on Friday, June 15, 2018 at the 2018 Annual Florida Bar Convention.
All FRPs, paralegals, legal professionals, and paralegal students are invited to attend the FRP Committee meeting which will be followed by a “free” three-hour CLE seminar. The seminar, titled “Timely Technology, Professionalism, and Ethics for the Legal Profession,” will begin 1:15 p.m., and its keynote speaker is American Bar Association President, Hilarie Bass, Esquire. The seminar will be followed by a Florida Registered Paralegal Reception. While the FRP sponsored seminar is complimentary, registration is required via the online Florida Bar Annual Convention registration form or the downloadable printed registration form. Everyone must be registered to attend the seminar.
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