OSBA certifies paralegals

The Ohio State Bar Association recently administered its credentialing program for paralegals and announced the certification of 26 paralegals who have met the requirements to earn the “OSBA Certified Paralegal” designation. (See a list of names below.)
“Lawyers, clients and the public understand that OSBA Certified Paralegals meet objective and uniform standards of competence and professionalism,” said OSBA President Judge Patrick Fischer. “We welcome paralegals as members of the OSBA, and recognize their role in working with lawyers to assist Ohioans every day.” 
By definition, a paralegal eligible for OSBA certification is a person, qualified by education, training or work experience, who is employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental agency or other entity and who performs substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible.
An applicant must meet the definition of a paralegal and becomes eligible to sit for the written examination only after successfully meeting specified education/experience, continuing legal education, and reference requirements.
"Becoming an OSBA certified paralegal has allowed me to provide meaningful assistance in the courtroom,” Amanda Mack of the Delaware County Prosecutor's Office said. "The training I received in legal research has allowed me to better assist in the writing and preparation of legal briefs and has also given the criminal attorneys more confidence in my skills.”
The certification period for an OSBA Certified Paralegal is four years. Biennial reporting is required to maintain certification. At the end of the certification period, a paralegal may be recertified if the continuing legal education and reference requirements continue to be met.
A Paralegal Certification Board was established with members appointed by the OSBA president. The purpose of the OSBA Paralegal Certification Board is to grant, revoke or re-grant certification as an OSBA certified paralegal. The Certification Board determines eligibility, administers the written exam and sets passage rates.

2012 OSBA certified paralegals

Shawna M. Logsdon, Cincinnati Insurance Company
Sarah B. Harris, Ziegler Metzer LLP
Kathryn A. Low, Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Jamie L. Grippi, Black McCuskey Souers & Arbaugh
Leslie M. Allen, Rendigs Fry Kiely & Dennis LLP
Ami M. Armbruster, Nationwide Insurance
Shirley A. Davis-Bailey, Statman, Harris & Eyrich, LLC
Karen L. Rathbun, Lerner Sampson & Rothfuss LPA
Moira A. Dore’, Spieth Bell McCurdy & Newell Co., LPA
Carolyn M. Kinkoph, Rennillo Deposition & Discovery
Kelly M. Sumey, The Law Firm of David A. Young LLC
Millicent A. Edmondson, Ohio Attorney General’s Office
Sherry L. Evanichko, Goldman & Braunstein
Sandra L. Quinn, Carlile Patchen & Murphy LLP
Emily B. Sroka, U.S. Attorney’s Office
Karen Stone, Slowik & Robinson, LLC
Renee M. Tomko, Baker Hostetler
Cuyahoga Falls
Annette M. Falasca, Law Office of Margaret Kreiner
Shaye L. Wynn, Liberty Savings Bank FSB
Deanna L. Schneider, F. Joseph Schiavone Co. LPA
Jennifer A. Pope, Wegman Hessler & Vanderburg
Linda G. DeRan, Baran Piper Tarkowsky Fitzgerald & Theis
Jana A. Gendrich, The DiCello Law Firm
Jennifer L. Radike, GrafTech International Ltd.
Mary S. Shelley, Stege & Michelson Co LPA
Jamie L. Burnett, Reminger Co., LPA



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