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The Pittsburgh Paralegal Association is a voluntary, non-profit association formed in 1977 to promote the professional development and continuing education of paralegals.

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PITTSBURGH PARALEGAL ASSOCIATION

COMMITTEES AND SPECIALTY SECTIONS 

COMMITTEES

The PPA maintains several Committees to serve the needs of its members. The Committees have various responsibilities, including revising the by-laws and procedures, marketing, running the mentoring program, updating the job bank, organizing social events, etc. 

SPECIALTY SECTIONS 

PPA Specialty Sections are subgroups of different areas of law. The Specialty Section members organize meetings and seminars specific to those fields.

All PPA members are encouraged to join Committees and Specialty Sections. For more information, contact any of the individuals listed below.

Committee   Description Chair/Co-Chair 

Awards


The Awards Committee solicits nominations for the Paralegal of the Year and Pro Bono Paralegal of the Year awards given out by PPA at the annual Christmas Luncheon.  The Committee reviews the nominations and selects the winners.

Anne Newcomer

atnparalegal@gmail.com


Cher Morgan 

cdmparalegal@yahoo.com

By-Law/Procedures Manual The By-law Committee keeps the PPA By-laws and Procedures Manual updated.

Christine Boyd

clb@qrlegal.com


Virginia Baumgardner

vb@limbachinc.com


Diana Roth

roth006@yahoo.com

 CLE

This committee obtains CLE approvals from the Keystone Alliance and NFPA for seminars hosted by the PPA. In addition, the committee maintains the CLE database for PPA members to confirm Voting Member eligibility and certification applications and renewals.

Bobbi Cramer

rcramer@dflegal.com


Virginia Baumgardner

vb@limbachinc.com

 Job Bank


The Job Bank is a free service for members and potential employers. Employers may contact our job bank coordinator to post paralegal employment opportunities.

Bobbi Cramer

rcramer@dfllegal.com


Deneen McElveen

deneenmcelveen@gmail.com
 Marketing


The Marketing Committee meets monthly to develop programs to market member benefits to current, new and potential PPA members.  The committee also works with PPA's Business Partners and sponsors.

Anne Newcomer

atnparalegal@gmail.com

 

Cher Morgan

cdmparalegal@yahoo.com

 

Michael Vertullo

vertullomichael@gmail.com

Membership Administration


The Membership Administration Committee maintains the PPA membership database, sends welcome packets to new PPA members, and updates membership information with the NFPA.

Saveria Saunders

sssaunders@mcguirewoods.com

 

Christine Boyd

clb@qrlegal.com

 

Laura Timm

laurababish@gmail.com


Jessica Durkin

jessdrkn@yahoo.com

 Mentoring


 The mentoring program matches up seasoned paralegals with new or aspiring paralegals to provide career guidance.

Deb Wallman

dwallman@reedsmith.com


Laura Timm

laurababish@gmail.com
 Parascope


Published quarterly, The Parascope newsletter/blog contains information and articles regarding both national and local news and events.   Vacant 
 Nominating This committee sends out the nomination forms and ballots for the PPA's Annual Election. Committee members also count the ballots and announce the results of the election.

Bobbi Cramer

rcramer@dfllegal.com


Laura Timm

laurababish@gmail.com

Paralegal Certification Ambassador

The paralegal certification ambassador promotes the PACE® and PCCETM exams to paralegals, paralegal educators, lawyers and the public.

The certification ambassador assists with answering questions on eligibility to sit for certification exams, forming study groups, providing practical advice on studying for and taking a certification exam and answering questions on maintaining credentials. 

Diana Roth

droth006@yahoo.com


Anne Newcomer

atnparalegal@gmail.com

 Pro Bono


Pro Bono Committee welcomes members to join them as they plan seminars on pro bono topics and pro bono events.

Diana Roth

roth006@yahoo.com


Jessica Durkin

jessdrkn@yahoo.com

 Special Events  The Special Events Committee plans all PPA social events, including happy hours, the Pirates Game, Paralegal Day Luncheon, and the Holiday Luncheon.

Christine Boyd

clb@qrlegal.com


Deneen McElveen

deneenmcelveen@gmail.com

Student Liaison


This committee is responsible for maintaining communication with local schools and paralegal programs about the PPA and the paralegal profession.

Bobbi Cramer – Chair

rcramer@dfllegal.com


Deb Wallman

dwallman@reedsmith.com
 Social Media 


The Social Media Committee updates the PPA's Facebook and LinkedIn pages.

Diana Roth

roth006@yahoo.com


Jessica Durkin

jessdrkn@yahoo.com


 Specialty  Description  Chair/Co-Chair
 Animal Law

The Animal Law Specialty Section provides a forum for education and advocacy aimed at protecting the lives and advancing the interests of animals through the legal system, and raising the profile of the field of animal law.

 Vacant
 Estates and Trusts This section focuses on estate plans, including wills, trusts, power of attorney and healthcare reform. Elder law, planning for an aging family member whether it is long-term care, home-based care, assisted living, guardianship, abuse, neglect or fraud, is also included in this section. 

Diana Roth

roth006@yahoo.com
 Family Law The Family Law Specialty Section focuses on continuing education for paralegals in the areas of divorce, child support, custody, adoption and protection from abuse claims.    Vacant 
 Litigation The Litigation Specialty Section covers all aspects of litigation. From civil and commercial litigation to consumer collections and trial preparation, this group tries to cover it all and is always looking for suggestions.

Deb Wallman

dwallman@reedsmith.com


Anne Newcomer

atnparalegal@gmail.com

 Real Estate This section provides education regarding real estate procedures focusing on commercial and residential transactions, contracts, real property, tax laws and legal documentation.

Diana Roth

roth006@yahoo.com
 Technology The Technology Specialty Section offers education regarding recent trends in technology, IP, and internet research.

Christine Boyd

clb@qrlegal.com


Michael Vertullo

vertullomichael@gmail.com

 Workplace LawWorkplace Law develops continuing education for paralegals in the various areas concerning the workplace, including employment law and workers’ compensation.

Christine Boyd

clb@qrlegal.com
Bankruptcy Law

The Bankruptcy Law Specialty Section covers all procedural aspects of the bankruptcy process as governed by the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure, along with local rules of each bankruptcy court, and focuses on dealing with the debt problems of individuals and businesses.

Deneen McElveen

deneenmcelveen@gmail.com
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