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Bar News - September 8, 2006

Governorís Proclamation Establishes Paralegal Week

Gov. John Lynch recently signed a proclamation naming the week


Gov. John Lynch and April Merchant, a paralegal with Chynoweth Cornell Legal Services in Concord and president of the Paralegal Society of New Hampshire, display the Paralegal Week proclamation that the governor had signed.

of Sept. 18-22 Paralegal Week in New Hampshire. The Paralegal Association of New Hampshire (PANH) encourages employers to take some time during that week to acknowledge their paralegal professionals.


The purpose of the governorís declaration is to remind employers to recognize the contributions and the dedication of their paralegals. In busy work environments, people tend to take for granted the hard work done by paralegals. These professionals assist in providing high-quality legal representation to clients by ensuring accurate work content and making other overall contributions to the legal team.


Paralegal Week ends with the day-long annual meeting of the Paralegal Association on Sept. 22. During this meeting, the PANH presents its Paralegal of the Year and Attorney of the Year awards. Additionally, NH Bar Association President Richard McNamara will present a separate Paralegal of the Year award from the Bar Association.


Paralegals who attend the meeting have the opportunity to meet with fellow paralegal professionals to network and share ideas and resources. Also, certified and registered paralegals can earn CLE credits for NALA and NFPA to maintain their required status. This yearís meeting includes speakers on a variety of topics, ranging from health topics to matters of international law.


PANH strongly urges employers to allow their paralegals time away from the office to attend this day of professional development. The cost to attend is $65 for PANH members and $75 for non-members.


For more information, go to the PANH Web site at





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