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Paralegal Section

The Paralegal Section was established in 2001 to represent paralegals and legal assistants working as paralegals, who are an integral part of the legal practice.


Section Membership is $30.00 for FBA members. For more information on how to join the Paralegal Section, send an e-mail to


Section Officers

Phone Number

Chair: Janet E. Lawson


Vice-Chair: Kimberly LaFave


 CPE Coordinator: Julia E. Nelson  571-328-5020

Activities Coordinator: Tina M. Fewell

 Board Liaison: Elanna D. Weinstein 571-328-9600

Staff Liaison: Jana Sehrer




Section Events & Programs

Back-to-School Supply Drive

Before the start of each school year, the FBA Paralegal Section in a collaborative effort with the Fairfax Law Foundation, help several children through New Hope Housing’s Next Steps Family Program, the RISE Family Program, and the transition­al Stepping Out and STRIDE programs by purchasing school supplies necessary for a successful future. To learn more, please visit the Fairfax Law Foundation website.

Career Advancement Presentation

The Annual Presentation features topics such as Northern Virginia Community College’s Paralegal Studies Program; The Paralegal Advancement Competency Exam (PACE) and other paralegal certification exams and credentialing opportunities; and Success stories from members who worked their way up the legal career ladder


Holiday Food Drive

Each year before the holidays, the Paralegal Section collects non-perishable food and other items from the most-wanted list to benefit FACETS. In addition to promoting the campaign, many law firms set up designated collection boxes in their offices.

Holiday Social

This event is a wonderful opportunity to interact in an informal setting. Held each winter at a local restaurant, this event includes dinner, games, prizes, and a gag gift exchange. We welcome all FBA Paralegal Section members, as well as non-member paralegals, legal assistants, and legal secretaries. 

Personal Enhancement Programs

Annual presentations on topics of interest such as: Multi-tasking, Communications and Public Speaking, Personal Finance, Self-Defense, Interpersonal Relationship Skills, Interview Skills and Resume Tips, and Social Networking

Valentine's Day Project/Book Drive

In 2001, the FBA Paralegal Section, in conjunction with the Fairfax Law Foundation, launched a book drive for benefit of the residents of Foundations (formerly the Fairfax Girls’ Probation House). Based on the general support of our members, the project was expanded in 2009 to include the Fairfax Boys’ Probation House, more than tripling the number of books needed. In addition, we have been able to include the young men in the BETA Program and the residents of the Transitional Living Program, because of your generosity. 

During the month of January, new books, both hardcover and paperback, as well as journals, toiletries, and sundries are collected. Our mission is to change lives and open windows to unfamiliar worlds and innovative ideas through the gift of reading. With the generous support of the Fairfax Bar and members of the community we hope to achieve this goal and further make a positive difference in the lives of our youth. For more information, or to make a donation, please click here


Support Staff Orientation

Usually held the first Friday in June, this program includes presentations by each of the Fairfax Courts, the Fairfax Sheriff's Office and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, as well as a tour of the Fairfax County Courthouse and a full one-hour presentation by the Fairfax County Circuit Court's IT Department.

Spring Bowling Social

This fun-filled evening is open to all, and prizes are awarded to the highest scoring team, highest scoring male, and highest scoring female. 






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