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Thursday, September 27, 2018

Tap House Grille 

Come join us for part 2 of WMPA’s Professional Development Series: 

Personal Branding- How to influence what others are saying when you are not in the room 

RSVP to Victoria Ann Rodriguez at vrodriguez@massmutual.com

by Friday, September 21, 2018

See the flyers below for details on the event & charity.



Upcoming Events

After IOLTA scam, loss stays with firm

Bank meets duty of ‘ordinary care’

By: Kris Olson August 23, 2018

In what is being called a cautionary tale for attorneys, a Superior Court judge has found that a law firm that fell prey to a “classic internet scam” must bear the financial loss after wiring a large sum of money from its IOLTA account. ...

This is an article straight out of MA Lawyers Weekly.

It highlights the lengths that a scammer will go to in order to extract $$ from someone and is key for someone who handles the purchase and sales of real estate, stock, assets etc., where receiving checks is routine.

The article also focuses on the importance of understanding that a check from a client or third party does not equate to “good funds”. 

Especially important for those of us who wire funds out in connection with closings. 

Attorney rec’d a check for over $300,000, had it deposited, then at request of the scammer client, had a wire initiated out soon after.  Once that wire had hit the scammer’s account, it came to everyone’s attention that the funds were no good but it was too late to recall the wire.  Law firm was charged back the amount of the wire. 

According to the article, “Had the bank just delayed wiring the money another six or seven hours, the check would have bounced, and the loss would have been averted”.  

Link below. (subscription necessary to read full article)


Getting Ready for Convention!

Agenda/Bylaw/Administrative Topics

Convention Bids:  

We will be accepting bids for the 2022 Convention (which will be held in on the East Coast to the Midwest) on or before September 25, 2018.  

The Procedures are in Section 22.3 of the NFPA Procedures Manual, or contact the Secretary and Director of Operations at secretary@paralegals.org for more information.


Western Massachusetts Paralegal Association Inc. ("WMPA") is a voluntary, nonprofit association that formed in 1988 to promote the professional development and continuing education of paralegals in the Western Massachusetts area.

Click here for the 2018 WMPA membership form.
2018 WMPA Membership Application.pdf

(Fillable pdf)

Save the Date
National Celebration of Pro Bono:
October 21-27, 2018

The American Bar Association (ABA) has announced the National Pro Bono Celebration Week October 21 - 27, 2018. 

Visit the Celebration Website for great organizing ideas and tools. Contact the ABA's Center for Pro Bono to help facilitate your planning. 

More details online

Nominations Open - Sept 7 Deadline

The following positions will be elected at Convention in October. The nomination link is online.

Vice President and Director of Positions and Issues
Vice President and Director of Paralegal Certification
Secretary and Director of Operations
(elected to 2 year terms)

Region Directors (elected to 1 year term)

Education Coordinator
(elected for 3 year term)

Candidates for the Board of Directors must be voting members in good standing of voting member associations.

If you have any questions regarding nominations, elections or coordinator/committee matters please reach out to Tracey Young at any time (nominations@paralegals.org ).



In a general sense. A mandate. precept; a command or direction authoritatively given; a rule or regulation. The distinction between “order” and “requisition” is that the first is a mandatory act, the latter a request. Mills v. Martin, 19 Johns. (X. Y.) 7. In practice. Every direction of a court or judge made or entered in writing, and not ORDER 6 included In a judgment, Is denominated an “order.” An application for an order is a motion. Code Civ. Proc. Cal. i 1003; Code N. Y.

(Black's Law Dictionary)

Letter to ABA requesting revision to their definition of a Paralegal

At the 2016 NFPA Policy Meeting, an agenda topic was brought before the delegates to charge the Vice President and Director of Positions and Issues and the Vice President and Director of Marketing to develop a Marketing Plan for the Paralegal profession and NFPA’s definition and preferred term, “paralegal.” This Marketing Plan, which was approved by the Board at the 2017 Spring Board Meeting, was to include the development of a letter to the ABA.  That letter has now been transmitted to the ABA, and we have received a response indicating that the letter will be shared with the ABA Standing Committee on Paralegals at the October 2018 meeting, after which, they will send a formal response.  We will keep NFPA members apprised of the results of that outreach. 



If you are interested in furthering your career, joining a professional association is a good start. There are associations for nearly every profession or area of interest and many have national, state and regional chapters available to join. An association is a synergistic group, meaning that the effect of a collection of people is greater than just one person. So, how exactly can becoming part of this synergistic group help further your career goals? Here are some benefits of joining an association.

Enhance your network:

For most people, creating professional relationships is important, and joining a group allows you to have a sense of security and trust. From this, you are able to support and help one another in reaching your professional goals. Associations sponsor numerous events throughout the year that allow you to connect with your peers. You can share ideas, ask for advice, volunteer to be a speaker or become a member of a committee. Since most associations have national or local conferences, you can participate and have the opportunity to learn about breaking news in your career, learn "best practices" or new ideas, hear about key achievers in your field and also meet and brainstorm with others who are also looking to share and learn new information. Another benefit of enhancing your network is that you may find a mentor to help you with your professional needs or you may be in a position to become a mentor to someone else. Giving back can be the greatest reward and benefit. Participating in forums, chat groups or discussion boards sponsored by the association is also a great way to grow your network. This allows you to use your peers as sounding boards and often make some great friends with the same interests as you.

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Non-NFPA Member Opening on Ethics Board

There is currently an opening on the Ethics Board for a non-NFPA member with expertise in legal ethics and/or cyber legal ethics.  This individual can be, but doesn’t necessarily have to be, a lawyer.  Please let Pamela Starr, Ethics Board Chair, and me know at ethics@paralegals.org if you know of anybody who would be willing to serve in that capacity.  Thanks!

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