2018 Paralegal Day and Distinguished Paralegal of the Year Award
Julie Emery, J.
On June 15, 1989, Governor Norman Bangerter signed a declaration designating a day to recognize paralegals for their contributions to the legal community. Subsequent declarations have been signed over the last twenty-nine years and the name eventually became “Paralegal Day,” which takes place on the third Thursday of May every year. Governor Gary Herbert signed the most current declaration this year.
On Thursday May 17, 2018, the Paralegal Division of the Utah State Bar and the Utah Paralegal Association held their Annual Paralegal Day luncheon at the Radisson Hotel in Salt Lake City. Mayor Ben McAdams was the keynote speaker and talked about ethical responsibilities concerning homelessness. Mayor McAdams shared with us his insight on homelessness in Salt Lake County and the growing need for the community to take part in helping find solutions for homelessness and to have empathy in understanding the many reasons a person may become homeless. His address was compelling, and all who attended earned an hour of ethics CLE credit.
One of the highlights of this annual event is the opportunity to recognize individuals who have achieved their national certifications through NALA. This year there were fourteen individuals recognized: Patricia Allred, ACP; Lexi Balling, ACP; Cyndie Bayles, ACP; Andra S. Edmund, ACP; Carolyn L. Howe, C P, Whitney Johnson, ACP; Debra Kenter, ACP; Shalis M. Larsen, C P, Melissa A. Luke, C P, Susan L. Mumford, CP, Nicole L. Nielsen, C P, Shelly Sisam, ACP; and Janet Wagner, ACP. Congratulations!
Paralegal Day is also the day we recognize the Distinguished Paralegal of the Year. The purpose of this award is to honor a Utah paralegal who, over a long and distinguished career, has by his or her ethical and personal conduct, commitment, and activities exemplified for his or her fellow paralegals the epitome of professionalism and rendered extraordinary contributions and service.
This year we received many exceptional nominations, and I am...