The Advocate Capital, Inc. and American Association for Justice Paralegal of the Year Award is presented to a paralegal that has consistently demonstrated knowledge of the law, perseverance in their cases and to their attorneys’ clients, superior paralegal skills and whose commitment and overall attitude is an inspiration to other paralegals. Paralegals perform crucial work in helping their law firms get justice on their clients’ behalf. We hope that this award will help to bring well deserved attention to the crucial role that paralegals play in our civil justice system.
As the world’s largest trial bar, the American Association for Justice (AAJ) promotes justice and fairness for injured persons, safeguards victims’ rights—particularly the right to trial by jury—and strengthens the civil justice system through education and disclosure of information critical to public health and safety. With members worldwide, and a network of U.S. and Canadian affiliates involved in diverse areas of trial advocacy, AAJ provides lawyers with the information and professional assistance needed to serve clients successfully and protect the democratic values inherent in the civil justice system.
2015 Advocate Capital, Inc. / AAJ Paralegal of the Year Award
Judging criteria is based on a candidate’s commitment to the paralegal community, continuing legal education and their community through volunteering. Any Paralegal Affiliate of AAJ who has been a member for at least one year is eligible for nomination. A candidate must be nominated by an AAJ Attorney Member in good standing or by another AAJ Paralegal Affiliate.
2014 Paralegal of the Year
Regina Valenti, of Herman, Herman & Katz, LLC, in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Ms. Valenti was nominated for the award by Attorney Leonard Davis. As the senior trial paralegal, Ms. Valenti handles all aspects of file management, client contact and trials in multi-district litigation, mass torts, personal injury and products liability cases. She received her degree in paralegal studies from Nicholls State University and has spoken at continuing legal education courses for the American Association for Justice and the Institute for Paralegal Education. Ms. Valenti is a paralegal affiliate member of AAJ and active on the Paralegal Education Committee.
2013 Paralegal of the Year
Ms. Korb was nominated for the award by Gregory A. Eiesland. Dennyce has been a paralegal for over 30 years. During that time she has worked mostly with clients who have been injured by nursing home abuse and neglect, medical malpractice, or defective products. She has actively participated in the trial of nearly 100 cases. Ms. Korb was unanimously selected from numerous entrants by the AAJ Paralegal of the Year Committee.
2011 Paralegal of the Year
Christina Koch, of Inserra & Kelley, in Omaha, Nebraska
Ms. Koch has been the litigation paralegal at Inserra & Kelley law firm for over nine years. In that time, she has become a valued member of the law firm, acting as not only a paralegal but also in client and computer support as well. Ms. Koch also has been active in her state and national paralegal associations and was elected Nebraska Paralegal Association’s NALA Liaison for 2007 through 2010. In 2011, she was elected President Elect and will be President when NALA brings their national convention to Omaha in 2012. She has also been the Chair of the Nebraska Paralegal Association Public Relations Committee and paralegal liaison to the Nebraska State Bar Association for the past three years. She has served on the Paralegal Advisory Task Force for AAJ from 2008 to 2010 and is an avid supporter of the AAJ mission. She currently serves as Coordinator of the Paralegal Membership Committee and prior to that, volunteered her time recruiting membership for AAJ. She is active in the community and supportive of charitable contributions. Ms. Koch has participated in the Sarpy County Relay for Life for the past four years and has given generously of her time and finances to the following charitable agencies: the National Eating Disorders Association, Lydia House, the Domestic Violence Coalition, Wear Yellow, the American Heart Association and the American Lung Association. Ms. Koch has a two year Paralegal degree, in addition to a four-year Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management. She is currently working on a Masters’ Degree in Justice Administration.