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Committees

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Continuing Legal Education

The Continuing Legal Education Chairperson and Committee shall plan legal educational programs for membership meetings, seminars and workshops and shall work with NALA in the event of co-sponsorship of any programs. This Committee shall also be responsible for fulfilling the education requirements set forth in these Standing Rules.

The Chairperson of this Committee shall be responsible for reporting such educational meetings upon request to the NALA Liaison of NePA. This Committee shall submit a written report to the Board of Directors on a regular basis of its plans for such legal education programs, seminars and workshops.

This Committee shall also plan the Membership Meetings of NePA and present periodic reports on progress to the Board of Directors for its approval. It shall recommend the date, time, place and registration fee for the Membership Meetings for approval and handle all arrangements for costs, meals and meeting rooms at the facility where held. This Committee shall plan an educational program, seminar or workshop in conjunction with the Membership Meetings and arrange for speakers, topics, handout material and publicity.

Audit

The Audit Committee shall audit NePA’s accounting records within thirty (3) days following the close of the fiscal year and prior to the transfer of accounts to the newly elected Treasurer.

Library

This Committee shall work in conjunction with the Continuing Legal Education Committee and Chairperson. This Chairperson and Committee are responsible for the collection, identification, cataloging, indexing and retention of any and all articles, publications and books pertinent to the paralegal and continuing legal education. The Chairperson and Committee are responsible for establishing and maintaining a permanent library for NePA and for the lending or supply of such information to its members.

Membership

This Chairperson is the Vice President, who, along with the Committee, shall process the membership applications according to the procedure set out in these Standing Rules of NePA. It shall actively solicit new members at all times and handle membership drives and programs for new members. Records of prospective members shall be maintained and mailing lists of the current membership and potential members shall be supplied to members of NePA for meetings and seminars. Information concerning membership shall be supplied to those making inquiries. This Committee shall be responsible for maintaining the membership roster and keeping the Treasurer informed of any additions or changes.

Nominations/Elections

This Committee, consisting of a Chairperson and two members, shall be appointed by the President and approved by the Board of Directors at least ninety (90) days prior to the date of the September Membership Meeting. The duties of the Committee shall be in accordance with the election of Officers procedures herein.

Offical Publications

This Chairperson and Committee are responsible for the publication of the official bulletin or newsletter on a quarterly basis. This Committee is responsible for the content, format, preparation, printing, obtaining permission to reprint articles and mailing (which electronic mail shall meet this requirement) of the newsletter to members of NePA and to prospective members and other associations if deemed necessary or beneficial. Any newsletters received from other associations shall be forwarded to the Library Chairperson for placement with library materials.

Public Relations (NSBA Liaison/LawDay)

This Chairperson and Committee will solicit assistance from the entire NePA membership for the purpose of acquainting the legal profession and general public with NePA. The Chairperson and Committee are responsible for developing and continuing a harmonious liaison with the local, state and national bar associations and shall report the names and pertinent information of newly elected Officers to the Nebraska State Bar Association (“NSBA”) office for its directory. The Chairperson or a Committee member shall act as NePA’s representative to the appropriate committees of local, state and national bar associations when requested. This Chairperson should supply articles and information to the NSBA.

Scholarship – CP/ACP

This Chairperson and Committee are responsible for study and recommendation of the feasibility of awarding scholarships and for the procedures, eligibility and amount of scholarships for the Certified Paralegal and Advanced Certified Paralegal exams administered by NALA, if deemed feasible, but such feasibility, procedures, eligibility and amounts must be approved by the Board of Directors. The Committee is also responsible for recommendations concerning obtaining funds for such scholarships.

Student Education Award Committee

This Chairperson and Committee are responsible for study and recommendation of the feasibility of awarding scholarships and for the procedures, eligibility and amount of scholarships for Students in Nebraska and Iowa, if deemed feasible, but such feasibility, procedures, eligibility and amounts must be approved by the Board of Directors. The Committee is also responsible for recommendations concerning obtaining funds for such scholarships.

Student Membership

This Chairperson is the Parliamentarian, who, along with the Committee, shall actively solicit new members and coordinate educational, mentoring and scholarship programs for student members.

Website

This Chairperson and Committee are responsible for administering, maintaining and updating NePA’s official website as well as any other electronic media NePA registers for, including but not limited to Facebook and LinkedIn.

Employment Referral Committee

The Employment Referral Chairperson and Committee shall maintain a record of inquiries regarding positions made known to this Chairperson or this Committee by potential employers and paralegals. The Chairperson and the Committee shall make no other affirmative efforts at placement except to make available the requests. No charge shall be made to any paralegal or prospective employer for any placement. All records filed with this Chairperson and Committee shall be available only to members of NePA and must be kept strictly confidential and may be destroyed if the position or inquiry involved is fulfilled.

Ad Hoc – CP Review Course

This chairperson and committee shall be responsible for the development of a CP review course that offers preparatory study opportunities and materials to those planning to take NALA’s CLA/CP examination. This committee will consult with the NALA Liaison to keep up-to-date with NALA’s recommended study materials and current testing procedures. The committee is also responsible for evaluating the course’s design, structure, and effectiveness on an annual basis and implementing appropriate process improvements.

Ad Hoc – Ad/Sponsorship Committee

This chairperson and committee shall be responsible for obtaining and maintaining sponsorships for NePA.

Distance Membership

This chairperson and committee shall be responsible for the development and promotion of the distance membership category including the tools necessary to allow for distance members to participate in local district or live streaming events such as luncheons Membership Meetings, seminars, workshops, etc. Such tools will meet the requirements for distance members to receive CLE credit for attendance at such meetings via live streaming with prior approval; provided, however, this will only apply if CLE credits are offered to those attending in person at such events.

Leadership Development

This chairperson and committee shall be responsible for the creation and implementation of educational programs that are intended to develop and enhance individual leadership skills within NePA members. The content, format and frequency of such programs shall be subject to timely approval by the Board of Directors.

Bylaws-Standing Rules Amendment

This chairperson and committee shall be responsible for the review and proposed amendment of the Bylaws and Standing Rules as needed to incorporate changes that arise from various Board of Directors’ and Membership Meetings, changes to NALA’s Bylaws or Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility or due to changes in the paralegal profession over time.