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Deborah Boyle, program manager of Paralegal Studies, presented at the National Federation of Paralegal Associations' (NFPA) Annual Convention and Policy Meeting held October 3-6 in Hartford.
Boyle’s presentation, “Paralegal Student Involvement in Pro Bono,” described a service-learning component she has developed and instituted in several classes. The project involves students working on a pardon assistance project on behalf of Connecticut Statewide Legal Services (legal aid). Each student is assigned a client to assist with the voluminous paperwork to be submitted to the Board of Pardons in an attempt to have his or her criminal records expunged. Quoted student reflections before and after the service-learning experience helped participants understand the growth that occurs in students who participate in service-learning activities.
Founded in 1974, NFPA was the first national paralegal association. Created as a nonprofit federation, NFPA is an issues-driven, policy-oriented professional association directed by its membership. It comprises more than 50 member associations and represents over 9,000 individual members reflecting a broad range of experience, education and diversity. This is the first time that the NFPA Annual Convention has been held in Hartford.