Buckfire Paralegal Scholarship 2019
Dear Western Massachusetts Paralegal Association,
Our scholarship committee is pleased to announce the first annual Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. Paralegal Scholarship Program.
This scholarship was established as part of our law firm's commitment to helping aspiring paralegal students who are in need of financial assistance to achieve their academic goals and professional dreams.
Our committee will be selecting one winner each year to be awarded $1,000.00.
Applications are open to students who are enrolled in a paralegal education program for the 2019 spring, summer, winter or fall semester of classes. There is no fee to apply.
If you have not yet publicized this scholarship, the enclosed sheet of paper will provide you with the application criteria and information to post on your website or otherwise share with eligible students.
The deadline to file an application for the scholarship is October 1, 2019.
If you have any questions, please e-mail me at email@example.com.
Download the pdf below for more information.
Buckfire Paralegal Scholarship-2019.pdf
Ad Hoc Committee Request
The Vice President and Director of Profession Development, Mindi Schaefer, is looking to create the Ad Hoc Committee as required in Resolution 18-09 regarding award criteria (Resolution language noted below). Ideally, this Ad Hoc Committee would consist of at least one member from each Region. If you are interested in joining this Ad Hoc Committee, please complete the Committee Member Interest Form in this link:
Resolution 18-09 states:
BE IT RESOLVED that NFPA shall appoint an Ad Hoc Committee to review criteria for individual awards and recommend enhancements of such criteria and methods for verifying statements made in nominations generated outside of the local association; and BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Ad Hoc Committee shall report at the 2019 Policy Meeting.
We raised $1,400 for Courthouse Dogs. Thank you to everyone who donated.
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)
NFPA Joint Conference 2020 Bids
NFPA is now accepting bids for Joint Conference 2020! We are soliciting bids from associations on both the East and West Coasts this year. If we receive no bids from the East or West Coast associations, we will consider bids from other locations. The deadline for submission is November 30, 2018. The Board will review and announce the selected host at the Winter Board meeting in January 2019.
Click here to download the Joint Conference Host Application.
Send a completed application to JointConference@paralegals.org by November 30, 2018.