Paralegal of the Year Award

Advocate Capital Inc. AAJ paralegal of the year awardThe 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.

 

The Paralegal Affiliates Membership Committee has closed nominations for 2014 the Advocate Capital, Inc. / AAJ Paralegal of the Year Award.

 

Eligibility:
A candidate must be a Paralegal Affiliate of the American Association for Justice (AAJ) for at least one year to be eligible for nomination. Members of the Paralegal Advisory Task Force are not eligible for nomination.

Nomination:
A candidate must be nominated by an AAJ Attorney Member in good standing or by another AAJ Paralegal Affiliate.

Criteria:
Judges will be looking for the following qualities/experience:
  • Contributions to the paralegal profession by:
    • Teaching or tutoring paralegal students
    • Speaking at seminars and conventions on issues concerning the profession
    • Mentoring paralegal students
    • Displaying commitment and providing services to professional organizations such as local and national paralegal associations.
    • Writing articles for legal publications
  • Commitment to continuing legal education
  • Commitment to community through volunteering
Judges will be looking for candidates who have demonstrated their value as members of a legal services team, shown dedication to the legal profession, and shown dedication to AAJ’s mission:
To promote a fair and effective justice system — and to support the work of attorneys in their efforts to ensure any person who is injured by the misconduct or negligence of others can obtain justice in America’s courtrooms, even when taking on the most powerful interests.

The top candidates will be contacted for a phone interview with one of the judges.

Judges:
Three AAJ paralegal affiliates and one attorney member from the Paralegal Advisory Task Force will be selected to judge the candidates. Judges will come to a consensus to determine the winner and runners-up.

Sponsorship & Prizes:
The winner of the 2014 Paralegal of the Year Award will receive free airfare, hotel and registration to AAJ’s 2014 Annual Convention in Baltimore, MD on July 26-30,. This award is sponsored by Advocate Capital.

 

Past Award Winners

2013 Paralegal of the Year

DennyceDennyce Korb, of Johnson Eiesland Law Offices, P.C., in Rapid City, South Dakota

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.

View photos from the 2013 Award Presentation

 

2011 Paralegal of the Year

ChristinaChristina 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.

View photos from the 2011 Award Presentation

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