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Indiana Paralegal Association Holds Installation and Awards Ceremony - Paralegals News

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Paralegals News

Posted on: Aug 8, 2016

The Indiana Paralegal Association, Inc. (“IPA”) held its annual swearing-in and awards ceremony at the Sheraton Indianapolis City Center on Wednesday, July 20, 2016. The featured guest speaker was The Honorable Robyn L. Moberly, Chief Judge of the United States Bankruptcy Court – Southern District of Indiana, who honored the IPA newly elected officers and directors by conducting the installation ceremony.

The officers and directors of the IPA serve on the Board of Directors. The Board consists of four (4) officers and twelve (12) directors. These sixteen (16) paralegals volunteer their time to serve a one-year term. During their term, the officers and directors swear to represent IPA’s members’ interests to the best of their skills and abilities. The newly elected officers and directors are as follows:


President: Arlene Morris of Marion County, Indianapolis, IN (Whitham, Hebenstreit & Zubek, LLP)
Vice President: Linda McGirr of Brown County, Nashville, IN (Barnes & Thornburg LLP)
Secretary: Lottie Wathen of Johnson County, Edinburgh, IN (Whitham, Hebenstreit & Zubek, LLP)
Treasurer: Tracey Woolsey of Morgan County, Mooresville, IN (Cummins Inc.)


CLE Director – Everlla Savage of Marion County, Indpls., IN (Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP)
Education Director – Nichole Miller of Hendricks County, Avon, IN (Mallor Grodner LLP)
Ethics Director – Jamie Collins of Hamilton County, Carmel, IN (Shartzer Law Firm, LLC)
Fundraising Director – Tonya Brock of Morgan County, Camby, IN (Cohen & Malad LLP)
Job Bank Director – Julie Johnson of Marion County, Indpls., IN (Bose McKinney & Evans LLP)
Marketing/PR Director – Laura E. A. Thirion of Marion County, Indianapolis, IN (Hoover Hull Turner LLP)
Membership Director – Debi Binkley, RP®, IRP of Morgan County, Camby, IN (Bose McKinney & Evans LLP)
Monthly Meeting Director – Rhonda Murphy of Hamilton County, Fishers, IN (Bose McKinney & Evans LLP)
Newsletter Director – Robert Cooper of Johnson County, Greenwood, IN (Pavlack Law LLC)
NFPA Primary Rep. – Angela R. Hopson, IRP of Marion County, Indpls., IN (Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart)
Parliamentarian – Beth Wendling of Hancock County, McCordsville, IN (Cummins Inc.)
Technology Director – Anita Haworth of Tipton County, Sharpsville, IN (Cohen Garelick & Glazier, P.C.)


Each year, the IPA presents awards to honor its members who have displayed exceptional abilities and who put their many virtues to work to better the organization. Five awards were presented at the ceremony this year. The awards and recipients are as follows:

Lifetime Achievement Award was awarded to Debi Binkley, Bose McKinney & Evans LLP
Paralegal of the Year Award was awarded to Laura Thirion of Hoover Hull Turner LLP
Outstanding Board Member of the Year Award was awarded to Rhonda Murphy, Bose McKinney & Evans LLP
New Member of the Year Award was awarded to Robert Cooper, Pavlack Law LLC
Paralegal Employer of the Year was Jones Wallace LLC (Evansville, IN)

This is a new award which was started in 2015 wherein IPA votes for the award to be given to a law firm, corporation, organization or governmental entity that encourages membership of its paralegals in IPA, supports its paralegals attending IPA monthly meetings, supports IPA by sponsoring events and actively promotes the education of current and future paralegals.

Congratulations to the award recipients and newly elected officers and directors! We're very proud to note that some of these individuals are also members of the Indianapolis Bar Association.

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