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Message from the President

I tried to write a message to you, our members, before now, but just could not find the words to express how I was feeling. As I reflect on the past year, many emotions come to mind - anger, fear, frustration, and disappointment. We have heard so often that 2020 was an unprecedented year, or was challenging, but actually talking about it and sharing those feelings is equally challenging.

The country and nation had to endure and overcome many obstacles and tragedies. The murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota by a white police officer while three other officers stood by; Jacob Blake’s shooting in the back by white police officers in Kenosha, Wisconsin; Breonna Taylor’s execution while she was asleep in Louisville, Kentucky by white plainclothes police officers; and the equally disturbing circumstances of the death of Andre Hill in Columbus, Ohio, who was simply holding a cell phone when shot and killed by a white police officer. We have also had to deal with protests, peaceful and some not so peaceful; parents who were home schooling their children, working as they continue to parent; racial injustices; and elections challenges; all while living through a pandemic.

How did we manage to get through it all? Only you have the answer to that question. Whatever helped you make it through, be thankful that you did, because over three million Americans did not. Last year, we could not celebrate birthdays, holidays, retirements or anniversaries with our families as we have in the past. High school seniors and college graduates did not have an opportunity to really celebrate seeing their years of hard work come to fruition. We did the best that we could to make those occasions as special as possible by gathering from our individual homes while in front of a computer even though we may have spent the past eight hours working remotely. Many of us are “Zoomed out” with the new normal for working and meeting.

I am deeply saddened and my heart goes out to anyone who has lost a loved one to the Coronavirus. I am hopeful that we will be in a better place this time next year as the vaccines are rolled out and administered.

Whatever recent holiday you may have celebrated, be it Thanksgiving, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, etc., I hope you were able to celebrate in a safe and socially distanced manner that was enjoyable to you and your family. I wish each one of you and your families a Blessed, Happy, Healthy, Safe, and Prosperous New Year as we say goodbye to 2020 and welcome the promise of 2021 with open arms.

- Lyndora Patterson

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DEFINITION OF A PARALEGAL

A Paralegal is a person qualified through education, training or work experience to perform substantive legal work that requires knowledge of legal concepts and is customarily, but not exclusively performed by a lawyer. This person may be retained or employed by a lawyer, law office, governmental agency or other entity or may be authorized by administrative, statutory or court authority to perform this work. Substantive shall mean work requiring recognition, evaluation, organization, analysis and communication or relevant facts and legal concepts.

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