Promoting Excellence, Education and Ethical Conduct.

Great Lakes Paralegal Association (GLPA) is committed to providing opportunities for continuing legal education, networking, professional mentoring, and the promotion of national paralegal certification through NALA's Certified Paralegal exam program for paralegals in Michigan.

CP Study Course

May 20, 2016 7:30 AM to May 21, 2016 12:00 PM
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Hyatt Place Lansing - Eastwood Towne Center
2401 Showtime Drive
Lansing, MI 48912

An Intensive Study Course for the Certified Paralegal Exam and for Continuing Legal Education

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Cheryl Nodarse, ACP recently elected to serve as GLPA's President for the 2015-2016 year!

Welcome to the Great Lakes Paralegal Association! We are the Michigan affiliate of the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA). Established as a Michigan non-profit corporation in 2013, GLPA offers continuing legal education and mentoring ad networking opportunities to all paralegals, paralegal students, and other legal professionals. We are dedicated to developing, strengthening, and advancing the paralegal profession here in our home state.

And we want to hear from you. Whether you would like to join GLPA, attend a Michigan paralegal event, have a question or suggestion about GLPA or Michigan paralegals in general, or want to become one of GLPA's business partners, I encourage you to contact me directly at

CP Crash Course

An Intensive Study Course for the CP Exam and CLE

Please join us for a 2 day intensive study course for the NALA Certified Paralegal exam. We are extremely excited to be able to offer to you this "not-to-be missed" opportunity to study for the CP Exam or, if you are already certified, to brush up on your essential skills! The 2 day event will include information about the CP exam, along with detailed information on the following topics, which will be taught by attorneys and certified paralegals:

*     Ethics                                        *    Judgment/Analytical Ability
*     Communications                       *    Legal Research
*     The American Legal System    *    Civil Litigation
*     Business Organizations           *   Contracts

Registration can be submitted using one of the following methods:

*   Register Online

*  Email to – include on the subject line "CP Review Course" and provide the completed registration form (see below)

*   US Mail – including the completed registration form

Terri L. Bolyard
c/o Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.

313 South Washington Square
Lansing, MI 48933

Review Course Schedule

Friday, May 20, 2016:

Time                            Topic                          Speaker

7:30 am – 9:00am       Registration             (Breakfast Provided)
9:00 am -  9:45am      

Exam information   Kelly LaGrave, ACP
10:00 am –11:00am    Contracts                  Sharon Werner, ACP
11:15 am – 12:15pm   Legal Research        Allison L. Eicher, J.D.
12:15 pm – 1:15 pm    Lunch                        (Lunch Provided)
1:15 pm – 2:15 pm      Ethics           Lynn Carlino, Esq. & KellyLaGrave, ACP
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm      Civil Litigation                   Patricia Scott, Esq.
3:45 pm – 4:45 pm      American Legal System       Reid Felsing, Esq.

Saturday, May 21, 2016:

Time                             Topic                          Speaker

7:30 am – 8:30am       Breakfast                   (Breakfast Provided)
8:30 am -  9:30am       Business Org.           Kelly LaGrave, ACP
9:45 am – 10:45am     Communications     Cheryl Nodarse, ACP
11:00 am – 12:00pm   Judgment & Analytical Ability   Kelly LaGrave, ACP


NALA Facts & Findings

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Annual Member Meeting and  Seminar - Election of Officers and Directors

The annual membership meeting and seminar held on June 6th was a huge success!  We want to thank everyone that attended and participated - including our sponsors CT Corporation and GreenStone Farm Credit Services!

Welcome to our new slate of officers and directors:

President: Cheryl Nodarse, ACP
President-Elect:  Melissa Vela
Secretary: Telisa A. Ahn, ACP
Treasurer: Terri L. Bolyard
NALA Liaison: Kelly A. LaGrave, ACP
Director: David Bowker, ACP
Director: Kelly J. Preuss, CP