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Join the American Alliance of Paralegals, the national paralegal association that continues to set standards that others follow. The American Alliance was the first to host the National Paralegal Summit, the first to host a webinar, and the first to set educational standards for voting members. The successful leadership of the American Alliance has been echoed by other paralegal organizations and proprietary educational groups, thus affirming the old adage that copying someone else is the highest form of flattery.

NOTE - Our web site has no connection with the commerical web site - americanallianceofparalegals.com. This commerical web site is endorsing paralegal programs. The American Alliance does not endorse paralegal programs.

Be a member of the association that leads the way instead of follows; be a part of the future with the American Alliance
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IN THE NEWS!
In January 2013, the American Alliance celebrated its tenth anniversary. From the early days of its inception, when a group of paralegals met in Phoenix, Arizona, to form the American Alliance, the focus was on education. The original Board felt that experienced paralegals needed a way to differential themselves from persons who merely performed clerical duties in a law office or corporate setting, and thus the American Alliance of Certified Paralegal (AACP) program was formed. Although a paralegal exam is not required, the Certification Commission follows strict protocols before approving an AACP, and 18 hours continuing legal education each 3 years is required of anyone choosing to renew his/her certification.

NATIONAL PARALEGAL SUMMIT
The American Alliance will host the Ninth Annual Paralegal Summit on Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Savings Time.  The Summit will be held via Webinar.  Topics to be presented:  (i) Bankruptcy; (ii) Ethics; (iii) Medicaid.  This interactive educational program is designed to fit the busy schedules of all paralegals.  All legal professionals are invited to attend.  Cost is $35.00 for members; $60 for non-members.  For a brochure contact:  president@aapipara.org or sign-up on line utilizing the registration tab on the web site.  Details as to speakers will be available shortly.  This course is approved for 3 CLE credit hours by the American Alliance;  other approvals pending. 

ARTICLES WORTH READING:
Interested in learning more about American Alliance's board members? Read the interviews with LawCrossing.com under the Articles tab.

Position Statement on Paralegal Education Standards in New York State Adopted January 2006 by the Empire State Alliance of Paralegal Associations.


Deborah McKinney, RP, AACP, AAPI’s past Education Director and Carolyn Saenz, AACP, AAPI’s President, co-authored two articles titled "How to Hire a Quality Paralegal" and "Do Paralegals Need to be Certified?" that were recently published in the Cincinnati Bar Association Report. Congratulations Deborah and Carolyn!


CERTIFICATION:
AACP RENEWAL GUIDELINES ARE ON THE WEBSITE UNDER THE CERTIFICATION TAB.
Below is an excerpt from an interview with one of the American Alliance's newest AACPs, Renée Cipriani. The complete interview is in The Alliance Echo, a quarterly publication of the American Alliance.

Renee earned an Associate Degree in Applied Business/Legal Assistant Program from the University of Cincinnati and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Paralegal Studies from the College of Mount St. Joseph. She is an American Alliance Certified Paralegal, OSBA Certified Paralegal, and Pace Registered Paralegal.
As you can see, Renée is no stranger to education in fact she has a strong belief in paralegal education. She endorses regulation and believes it will provide standards for ethics, discipline, education, and competency by which paralegals can validate their value to the legal industry. She believes that regulation will provide a standard by which clients can evaluate a paralegal’s competency and allow for the expansion of paralegal roles. She believes that some form of regulation is inevitable and hopes that paralegals are able to maintain a proactive role in influencing the direction of regulation.
In Renée’s opinion, the most valuable skill for a paralegal is resourcefulness.
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