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Established in 1980, the Idaho Association of Paralegals, Inc. is an organization formed to promote the paralegal profession by:

            • Encouraging a high order of ethical attainment among its members;

            • Facilitating networking opportunities among its members;

            • Sponsoring continuing legal education in a variety of formats;

            • Promoting goodwill and cooperation with local bar associations;

            • Networking with regional and national paralegal associations on professional issues;

            • Addressing statewide issues through membership in the Idaho Alliance of Paralegal Associations

The Association sponsors a Spring and Fall Seminar and several Brown Bag Luncheon CLEs annually. In addition, the Association sponsors a Paralegal Day Luncheon each September and a Holiday Party in December.

The Association publishes a bi-monthly newsletter, has established a Job Bank to advise members of available job opportunities, maintains an Association website, and conducts a salary survey every two years.

Adoption of the Definition of a Paralegal

In 1994, the Association worked successfully with the Idaho State Bar Association in adopting the American Bar Association’s definition of a paralegal and model utilization guidelines. The ABA defines a paralegal as:

        A person qualified by education, training or work experience, who is employed or  retained by a lawyer, law office, governmental agency, or other entity and who performs specifically delegated substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible.

Relationship with the Idaho State Bar

A considerable amount of time was spent in working with the Idaho State Bar to explore various ideas regarding paralegal participation in the Bar Association. The Association looked into affiliate membership and creation of a paralegal section of the Bar. A task force to explore these options was formed and met regularly for several years. In the end, the Association learned a lot about what it needed to do as paralegal professionals to get the validation from the legal community that it was seeking. That is when the Association finalized the six-point membership criteria, as well as established the requirement for CLE credits for its members. Through these efforts, the Association established IAP as an association of highly trained and educated professionals who would be recognized as such by the attorneys with whom members worked.

This dialogue also fostered a great working relationship with the Bar when the Association proposed that they adopt the ABA definition and utilization guidelines for working with paralegals. Most members are unaware that task force members were able to participate in the Bar’s annual “Roadshow,” held each year for revisions to the Idaho Rules of Professional Conduct, in the Association’s endeavor to convince the Bar that the ABA’s utilization guidelines for working with paralegals would be appropriately placed within the Idaho Rules of Professional Conduct. Task force members attended the Roadshows in Boise, and in eastern and northern Idaho, to speak in favor of adoption of the Model Guidelines for the Utilization of Legal Assistant Services. Those adopted guidelines can be viewed on the Bar website at http://www2.state.id.us/isb/rules/irpc.htm.

The End of Affiliation with NALA

Many of current IAP members may not realize that the Association was ever a NALA affiliate, but it was affiliated with NALA from almost its inception until 1992. While the affiliation was beneficial when the Association was starting up – it helped with the establishment of bylaws and membership requirements, etc. – a time came when the benefits of affiliation did not really justify the cost of the affiliation, especially once the National Federation of Paralegals came into being. The two national organizations did not agree on many things, and neither of them completely represented the consensus of the views of the Association’s membership. Much discussion was held before taking such a drastic stance, but once the Association felt confident that as an organization it could remain strong with independent status, IAP members voted in support of discontinuing NALA affiliation. IAP remains a strong, independent association to this day.

Six-point Membership Criteria

In the early years, IAP worked with very broad membership criteria, which served the Association well when it was new and needed to grow. The profession was still relatively new in Idaho and so the early criteria were quite general. Then, with the advent of schools offering paralegal education, and those graduates coming to Idaho, the Association recognized that the profession was moving toward a more educated population. As a result, it was necessary for the Association to tailor its criteria to reflect the educational accomplishments of paralegals throughout the state. It was a difficult, controversial, and risky move, however, the Association recognized that education was going to be the key to the paralegal profession and wanted to be an association for those individuals who had pursued an education and were working as paralegals. Those personal qualifications would be necessary to be competitive in the market.

Student and Active-Status Pending Membership

IAP student membership was designed by the Association for a two-fold purpose: to provide a way to support paralegal students as they prepared to enter the profession; and to increase membership in the Association. The Board realized that the students would need the support that membership could provide through networking, newsletter and job bank, but also realized that paying full membership rates would likely be prohibitive to students. So a student membership with a lower dues rate was established. This was to be used for students enrolled in a paralegal program that was specifically tailored to meet the specific criteria as set forth in the IAP Bylaws. Not just for a person enrolled in single classes or taking any classes – but rather a student enrolled in a program to become a paralegal.

In order to transition that student to full-fledged membership, the active-status-pending status was created as a bridge from being a student to having the requisite experience level that would qualify an individual for full active status membership.

Idaho Association of Paralegals, Inc. Scholarship in Memory of Denise O’Donnell-Day

The Idaho Association of Paralegals, Inc. scholarship was named for the late Denise O’Donnell-Day who died on December 28, 1996 at the age of 39 following a valiant fight with cancer. A graduate of Georgetown University and Marquette Law School, Denise was director of the Idaho Volunteer Lawyers Program (IVLP). Through her work at IVLP, she worked successfully to pair disadvantaged persons needing legal services with those willing and able to provide those services on a pro bono basis.

Denise was also a champion of the paralegal profession. As one of the first instructors in the Paralegal Studies Program at Boise State University, she taught her students the basics of the law. Beyond that, she shared her passion for providing quality legal services to the poor, and encouraged her students to volunteer their time in that endeavor. She cared deeply about education for paralegals and always made herself available to a student with a question or one in need of more information. If she didn’t know the answer to a student’s question one week, she’d have the answer by the next. Her commitment to the educational process was unflagging.

Everyone who knew Denise was touched by her gentleness, compassion and desire to make the world a better place. The Association named its scholarship in her honor and pledged to carry forward the commitment to quality legal services she inspired in so many of the Association’s members and that she worked for throughout her life.

In August 2007, Boise State University’s Paralegal Studies Program established a scholarship named in honor of the late Denise O’Donnell-Day. The scholarship was to be awarded annually to a student in the Paralegal Studies Program. BSU’s Paralegal Studies Program scholarship was modeled after the Idaho Association of Paralegals’ scholarship of the same name. Since 2003, IAP’s scholarship had made available a $200 per semester scholarship to a student in the Paralegal Studies Program. At its inception, IAP’s leadership envisioned the scholarship to eventually provide for a tuition scholarship for program classes. Due to IAP’s nonprofit status and limited funds, the Association knew this was a long-term goal. BSU’s Paralegal Studies Program Advisory Board was aware of IAP’s annual scholarship and wanted to help to expand the scholarship to include funding for tuition. The Advisory Board voted to begin the groundwork to establish such a scholarship and adopt IAP’s dedication of the scholarship by continuing the name in honor of Denise O’Donnell-Day. The Boise State University Foundation required $10,000.00 to set up a scholarship program. The Association passed a Resolution to acknowledge IAP’s support of the scholarship and pledge a minimum of $2,000.00 towards BSU’s scholarship once the funding was in place to begin the scholarship awards. By joining resources, the goal of offering a tuition scholarship would be realized much sooner.

Unfortunately, the spring of 2011 yielded the final graduating class from Boise State University’s Paralegal Studies Program. BSU discontinued the Program, in part, due to funding issues. It was again time for the ABA approval process, which was a costly procedure. The 2010-2011 IAP Board President appointed a Scholarship Review Committee to look into the possibilities of redirecting the Scholarship funds. The Committee proposed that nothing be done with the Scholarship funds for at least one year. Waiting a year would allow BSU to reinstate the Paralegal Studies Program, or should another program become ABA-structured or should another program come to Boise. Ultimately, any ideas concerning the redesignation of the Scholarship funds would be brought before the membership for discussion and vote, since the Scholarship funds were initially voted upon by the membership, as was the Resolution to transfer the Scholarship to the BSU Foundation in the future.

Job Bank

The Association’s Job Bank is a great resource for notifying IAP’s membership about available paralegal/legal assistant positions, but it evolved into an even greater asset to the local legal community. Periodically, the Job Bank had received requests from the legal community to post legal secretary or other non-paralegal/legal assistant position openings. In Article II of the IAP’s Bylaws, one of the objectives and purposes of the Association is “[t]o promote cooperation, good will, and good fellowship between this Association and bar associations, paralegal educators, other national, regional and local paralegal associations, and members of the legal community.” Although the main thrust of the Job Bank was intended to disseminate information regarding paralegal/legal assistant position openings to the Association membership, the Board made a policy choice to post some other law-related openings as a benefit to, and in support of, the legal community. It was noted that the Idaho State Bar provided a similar service on its website, posting position announcements for attorneys, paralegals, legal assistants, legal secretaries, billing assistants, receptionists, runners, faculty, etc. Attorneys and firms who had contacted IAP’s Job Bank for assistance in this regard felt that paralegals and legal assistants in the local legal community were particularly well equipped to provide them with leads to qualified individuals and were grateful for Association’s assistance. The Board also determined to provide them with contact information for other entities that may be of assistance in publishing their announcements, such as the Boise Legal Secretaries Association (BLSA), the Association for Legal Professionals, the Idaho State Bar, and the BSU Legal Office Technology and Paralegal Studies programs. The Board would not solicit announcements for legal secretaries, etc., and the bulk of Job Bank announcements would continue to be for paralegal/legal assistant positions.

HISTORY

of the IDAHO ASSOCIATION OF PARALEGALS, INC.

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1980-81

President – Paula Stiegler

Vice President – Garianne Erwin

Secretary – Vickie Kelley

Treasurer – David Ragan

NALA Liaison – Caroline Vogel

 

 

 

1984

President - Cathy McMenamy

Vice President – Tanya Rossum

Secretary – Jeri Rose

Treasurer – Wanda Tschirgi

NALA Liaison – Signa Treat

Parliamentarian – Margarita Santos

Public Relations – Joyce Krahn/Vickie Jauregui

 

1987

President - Signa Treat

Vice President – Pat Smith/Ruth Holtz

Secretary - Margarita Santos

Treasurer - Rayleen Doss-Myers

NALA Liaison – Shirley Spratt

Bar Liaison – Rosemary Wimberly

Parliamentarian – John O’Hagan

 

 

 

 

1990

President – Joanne Kimey

Vice President – Frank Hitchcock/Susan Miller

Secretary - Nancy Schwend

Treasurer - Jean Rosenthal

NALA Liaison – Signa Treat/Penny Wilcox

Newsletter – Karen Drake/Dora Morley

Education Committee – Sue Miller/Penny Wilcox

 

1993

President – Nancy Schwend

Vice President – Kecia Reynolds

Secretary – DeeAnn Transtrum

Treasurer – Todd Montgomery

NALA Liaison – Virginia Rayne

ISB Task Force – Joanne Kimey/Joyce Krahn/Judy Imlay

ILF CLE Committee – Sue Miller

 

 

 

 

 

1995-1996

President – Penny Mustard

VP Membership & Communication – Melody Fielder

VP Education – Bernice Myles

VP Policy & Administration – Carol Liese

Secretary - Jeannie Baughman

Treasurer – Pam Raybourn

Administrative Liaisons – Sharon Knipe/ Susan Carlson

Board Advisors – Nancy Schwend/Todd Montgomery

 

 

1998-1999

President – Joanne Kimey

VP Policy & Administration – Barbara Feraci

VP Membership & Communication – Shannon Menard

VP Education – Beth Rountree

Secretary – Linda Jones

Treasurer – Becky Harvey

National Affairs Representative – Barbara Feraci

Board Advisors – Nancy Wood/Beth Rountree

 

2001-2002

President – Beth Rountree

VP Policy & Public Affairs – Pam Packard

VP Membership – Carrie Hagge

VP Education – Open

Secretary – Maryann Duncan

Treasurer – Kim Schwisow

National Affairs Representative – Barbara Feraci

Board Advisors – Joanne Kimey/Nancy Wood

 

2004-2005

President – Maryann Duncan

VP Policy & Public Affairs – Bernice Myles

VP Membership – Kathryn Brandt

VP Education - Bonnie Streufert

Secretary – Deb Taylor

Treasurer – Melody Whigam

National Affairs Representative – Ellen Ozmon

Board Advisors – Linda Jones/Beth Rountree

 

2007-2008

President – Lauren Paul

VP Policy & Public Affairs – Mary Beth Blair

VP Membership – Lori Peel

VP Education – Renea Ridgeway

Secretary – Annette Bottaro-Walklet

Treasurer – Pam Packard

National Affairs Representative – Toni Orth

Board Advisors – Maryann Duncan/Bernice Myles

 

2010-2011

President – Kendra Fiscelli

VP Policy & Public Affairs – Colleen Kohler

VP Membership – Lisa Warren

VP Education – Greg Bradford

Secretary – Maryann Duncan

Treasurer – Kathryn Brandt

National Affairs Rep – Lisa Hoag

Board Advisor – Lauren Paul

Historian – Bernice Myles

Scholarship Committee Chair – Beth Rountree

 

2013-2014

President – Beth Rountree

VP Policy & Public Affairs – Shannon Menard

VP Membership – Lesa D. Thomas

VP Education – Kimberly Schwisow

Secretary – Lisa M. Warren

Treasurer – BryonAnn Green

National Affairs Rep – Kathryn Brandt

Board Advisor – Maryann Duncan

Historian – Bernice Myles

 

2016-2017

President – Chantel Elkins

VP Education – Connie Kelley

VP Policy & Public Affairs – Shannon Menard

VP Membership – Audra Kerby, RP

Treasurer – Lesa D. Thomas

Secretary – Kathryn A. Brandt

National Affairs Rep – Keri Guiberson

Board Advisor – Kimberly Schwisow

Board Advisor – Maryann Duncan

Historian – Beth Rountree

1983

President – Joyce Krahn

Vice President - Cathy McMenamy

Secretary – Caroline Vogel

Treasurer - Tanya Rossum

NALA Liaison – Vickie Jauregui

Parliamentarian – Jeri Rose

Public Relations - Signa Treat

 

1986

President – Nancy Rafferty

Vice President – John O’Hagan

Secretary – Pat Smith

Treasurer - Margarita Santos

Public Relations – Rayleen Doss-Myers

 

 

 

1989

President – Kellie Gilbert

Vice President – Joanne Kimey

Secretary – Kathie Brack

Treasurer – Heidi Moncrief

NALA Liaison – Judy Gallemore

Education – Nancy Schwend/Jean Rosenthal

 

 

 

 

 

1992

President – Nancy Schwend

Vice President – Todd Montgomery

Secretary – Sue Miller

Treasurer – Hilary Lopez

NALA Liaison – Virginia Rayne

 

 

 

1995

President – Virginia Rayne

VP Membership & Comm. – Penny Mustard

VP Education – Janeen Sanchez

Secretary – Teresa Meeker

Treasurer – Todd Montgomery

Administrative Liaison – Sharon Knipe

Board Advisors – Nancy Schwend/

      Todd Montgomery

 

 

 

 

1997-1998

President – Joanne Kimey

VP Policy & Administration – Barbara Feraci

VP Membership & Comm. – Beth Rountree

VP Education – Shannon Flower

Secretary – Nancy Schwend

Treasurer – Bernice Myles

Administrative Liaisons – Donna LaRue/

      Penny Mustard

Board Advisor – Kellie Gilbert

 

2000-2001

President – Beth Rountree

VP Policy & Public Affairs – Shannon Menard

VP Membership – Carrie Hagge

VP Education – Cori Barrera

Secretary – Linda Jones

Treasurer – Kim Schwisow

National Affairs Representative – Barbara Feraci

Board Advisors – Joanne Kimey/Nancy Wood

 

2003-2004

President – Maryann Duncan

VP Policy & Public Affairs – Kimberle English

VP Membership – Kathryn Brandt

VP Education – Bonnie Streufert

Secretary – Deb Taylor

Treasurer – Ellen Ozmon

National Affairs Representative – Kim Schwisow

Board Advisor – Beth Rountree

 

2006-2007

President – Bernice Myles

VP Policy & Public Affairs – Mary Beth Blair

VP Membership – Lori Peel

VP Education – Lauren Paul

Secretary – Deb Taylor

Treasurer – Melody Whigam

National Affairs Representative – Kim Schwisow

Board Advisor – Maryann Duncan

 

2009-2010

President – Lauren Paul

VP Policy & Public Affairs – Kendra Raver

VP Membership – Lisa Warren

VP Education – Greg Bradford

Secretary – Annette Bottaro-Walklet

Treasurer – Kathryn Brandt

National Affairs Representative – Lisa Hoag

Board Advisor –

 

2012-2013

President – Beth Rountree

VP Policy & Public Affairs – Shannon Menard

VP Membership – Lesa D. Thomas

VP Education – Kimberly Schwisow

Secretary – Lisa M. Warren

Treasurer – BryonAnn Green

National Affairs Rep – Sara Jane Gronberg

Board Advisor – Maryann Duncan

Historian – Bernice Myles

 

 

2015-2016

President – Kathryn A. Brandt

VP Policy & Public Affairs – Shannon Menard

VP Membership – Audra Kerby, RP

VP Education – Chantel Elkins

Secretary – Sara Jane Gronberg

Treasurer – Lesa D. Thomas

National Affairs Rep – Keri Rowland

Board Advisor – Kimberly Schwisow

Board Advisor – Maryann Duncan

Board Advisor & Historian – Beth Rountree

IAP BOARD MEMBERSHIP HISTORY

1982

President – Vickie Kelley

Vice President – Sherry Pruett

Secretary – Caroline Vogel

Treasurer – David Ragan

NALA Liaison – Joan Maucione

 

 

 

1985

President – Tanya Rossum

Vice President – Susan Sahlberg

Secretary - Wanda Tschirgi

Treasurer - Margarita Santos

NALA Liaison – Signa Treat

 

 

 

1988

President – Rosemary Wimberly

Vice President – Kellie Gilbert

Secretary – Joanne Kimey

Treasurer – Kathie Brack

NALA Liaison – Shirley Spratt

Bar Liaison – Becky Vaage

Parliamentarian – Carol Layne

Public Relations – Nancy Rafferty/Ruth Holtz

State Bar Pro Bono Program – Signa Treat

State Bar CLE Committee – John O’Hagan

 

1991

President – Joanne Kimey

Vice President – Frank Hitchcock/Susan Miller

Secretary - Nancy Schwend

Treasurer - Jean Rosenthal

NALA Liaison - Signa Treat/Penny Wilcox

Newsletter – Karen Drake/Dora Morley

Education Committee – Sue Miller/Penny Wilcox

 

1994

President – Virginia Rayne

VP Policy & Administration – Mary Harper

VP Education – Cheryl Myers

VP Membership & Communication – Ralph Blount

Secretary – Penny Mustard

Treasurer – Laurie LaFollette

Administrative Liaison – Jeanette Norris Green

Board Advisors – Nancy Schwend/Todd Montgomery

ILF CLE Committee – Nancy Schwend

ISB Task Force – Joanne Kimey

IALA CLE Committee – Chris Mohlman

 

1996-1997

President – Carol Liese

VP Policy & Administration – Shannon Flower

VP Membership & Communication – Beth Rountree

Secretary – Bernice Myles

Treasurer – Pam Raybourn

Administrative Liaisons – Donna LaRue/

      Sharon Strickland

Board Advisors – Todd Montgomery/Cheryl Myers

 

 

1999-2000

President – Joanne Kimey

VP Policy & Administration – Shannon Menard

VP Membership & Communication – Donna Larue

VP Education – Cori Barrera

Secretary – Linda Jones

Treasurer – Becky Harvey

National Affairs Representative – Donna LaRue

Board Advisors – Nancy Schwend/Kellie Gilbert

 

2002-2003

President – Beth Rountree

VP Policy & Public Affairs – Linda Jones

VP Membership – Kathryn Brandt

VP Education – Kim Schwisow

Secretary – Maryann Duncan

Treasurer – Ellen Ozmon

National Affairs Representative – Carrie Hagge

Board Advisor – Shannon Menard

 

2005-2006

President – Maryann Duncan

VP Policy & Public Affairs – Bernice Myles

VP Membership – Kathryn Brandt

VP Education – Kim Schwisow

Secretary – Deb Taylor

Treasurer – Melody Whigam

National Affairs Representative – Ellen Ozmon

Board Advisors – Linda Jones/Beth Rountree

 

2008-2009

President – Lauren Paul

VP Policy & Public Affairs – Ramona Banjac

VP Membership – Lori Peel

VP Education – Renea Ridgeway

Secretary – Annette Bottaro-Walklet

Treasurer – Kathryn Brandt

National Affairs Rep – Maryann Duncan

Board Advisor – Bernice Myles

 

2011-2012

President – Greg Bradford

VP Policy & Public Affairs – Colleen Kohler

VP Membership – Lesa Thomas

VP Education – Sara Gronberg

Secretary – Maryann Duncan

Treasurer – BryonAnn Green

National Affairs Rep – Kimberle English

Board Advisor – Bernice Myles

Historian – Bernice Myles

 

 

2014-2015

President – Kimberly Schwisow

VP Policy & Public Affairs – Shannon Menard

VP Membership – Kathryn A. Brandt

VP Education – Open

Secretary – Sara Jane Gronberg

Treasurer – Lesa D. Thomas

National Affairs Rep – Audra Kerby, RP

Board Advisor & Historian – Beth Rountree

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