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Paralegal Division - Farewell Message

by Sanda R. Kirkham, Chair - Paralegal Division

The Paralegal Division of the Utah State Bar is doing great things. The success of the Division is the result of many volunteers who participate in - and direct - our Division. It is also a tribute to our history of strong leadership, as well as continued support from the Bar. For a paralegal to improve his/her skills, network, experience leadership, and generally develop as a paralegal is to participate in the Paralegal Division.

The Division offers many opportunities to get involved. One such event is the Division's Annual Meeting and Seminar which will be held this year on Friday, June 18, 2004. In addition to a great lineup of CLE topics and speakers, members will be able to participate in the Paralegal Division Annual Meeting, and vote for new Directors. The seminar is also a great opportunity to complete the yearly 10 hours of CLE requirement. At the Annual Meeting, members will get the opportunity to meet their new Chair, Tally Burke, and to volunteer for committee assignments. We hope to involve many more of our members in the operation of the Division this coming year.

As this year comes to a close, I would like to publicly thank my outstanding board for their endless support and commitment to the Division and to me. These paralegals are leaders in the legal community and have earned the respect of lawyers and judges throughout the State. We have met every month for the past year to tackle paralegal issues in the State of Utah as well as address concerns and hopes for the future. We have worked through some tough issues and have made tremendous strides. Division members can be proud of their representation from this wonderful board.

Due to a career change which takes me out of direct supervision of an attorney, I have turned the reins over to your new chair, Tally Burke, a little early. Let me take a minute to introduce you to Tally. She brings with her a long history of working in the legal profession. She is currently employed with Kruse, Landa, Maycock & Ricks where she works as a paralegal in the field of corporate and securities law. She is also an instructor at the Salt Lake Community College teaching paralegal studies. She has previously served in various capacities on the board of LAAU, the Legal Assistant Association of Utah. During my term as Chair, she has spear-headed the new Long Range Plan, served as finance officer to the Division, brought the opportunity for members to join Toast Masters, and served on various committees and sub-committees. In years past she has successfully chaired committees for volunteer community service projects. I have great confidence in Tally. She is aware of the issues of the paralegal profession. She cares and is passionate about her role as incoming Chair. I believe that Tally has the ability and confidence to lead our Division with vision and foresight. Please help me welcome Tally and her new board members at our Annual Meeting. You might even consider volunteering to serve under her direction this year.

As I leave office, I plan to continue my involvement in the paralegal community with a new perspective as an educator. I feel great promise for the future of the paralegal profession. I have loved serving and working with you. I am proud of the Paralegal Division and its members. Thanks to every member of the Division for your advice, your comments, your concerns and your friendship. It has been an honor.

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