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NALA has produced continuing education materials for paralegals for over 30 years. From the release of the first NALA Manual for Legal Assistants in the 70's, to today's web-based Advanced Paralegal Certification programs, NALA is dedicated to providing the best in CLE for all paralegals. 


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Certified Paralegal Program Receives National Accreditation

The National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) has accredited the NALA Certified Paralegal certification program for a five year period, expiring April 30, 2019 ...

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NALA Advanced Paralegal Certification courses, and NALA Campus self-study programs are now available from the Apple Store and Google Play! Paralegals may now purchase or login to courses in which they are currently enrolled through this app. The app features a free course preview for each of the 32 programs, and access to course pre-tests for CP Exam prep courses!

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New Advanced Certification Course - Child Custody

A new Advanced Paralegal Certification (APC) course in Family Law – Child Custody, Support and Visitation is now available to paralegals seeking advanced certification in this specialty practice area ...

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Certifying Board Releases Job Analysis Report

The report is used by the Certifying Board to validate and update the Certified Paralegal exam as needed and ensure NALA has current information about the roles and responsibilities of paralegals.

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LIVE! Bankruptcy
Registration fees are $80 per course for NALA members, and $105 for non-members. Fees vary for courses presented in two parts.

The audio portion of the presentation is conducted via telephone conference call. This is a toll free call.

For groups, more than one participant per site, is $80 for one NALA member or $105 for one non-member registrant plus $45 for each additional person. Participants must register in order to receive Certificates of Attendance and CLE credit. Registrations of groups are handled through NALA Headquarters. Contact Mariah Williams at
mwilliams@nala.org.

CLE credit toward maintenance of the CP credential is available for completion of NALA Campus LIVE! programs. The maximum credit available is two hours per course.

For a list of the courses as in date order please click here.

Bankruptcy Basics
Darleen T. Dozier, ACP
Friday, September 12, 2014
Noon - 1:30 pm Central Time
Click here to register
Conference ID – 3805

Specific topics to cover:
• Brief history of bankruptcy
• Players in a bankruptcy case
• Bankruptcy Code
• Chapter 7 Bankruptcy
• Chapter 13 Bankruptcy
• Chapter 11 Bankruptcy
• Bankruptcy Crimes
Learning objectives:
• Participants will understand how our current bankruptcy system evolved into what we have today
• Participants will know the professionals and laypersons found in the bankruptcy system
• Participants will understand how the Bankruptcy Code is organized
• Participants will learn the difference in the bankruptcy chapters and who can and cannot file each chapter
• Participants will learn about bankruptcy crimes and the consequences for committing those crimes

Darleen Dozier has a Bachelor of Science degree in Paralegal Studies from the University of Southern Mississippi and a Masters of Social Sciences degree from Mississippi College.  She became a Certified Paralegal with NALA in 1991.  Mrs. Dozier worked as a paralegal for 20 years, while teaching paralegal classes part-time, before obtaining a full-time teaching position.  She now directs the paralegal program and teaches full-time at Holmes Community College, in Ridgeland, MS.  She is the 2013 President for the Mississippi Paralegal Association (MPA) and is on the Continuing Education Council (CEC) for NALA.  She is a regular speaker for MPA and NALA Campus LIVE!  As a member of NALA’s CEC, she is assigned a standing column on education in Facts & Findings, where she continues to encourage paralegals not to become complacent in their careers and the knowledge they currently have.  Her career push at the moment is to encourage others to never stop learning. Darleen received her ACP from NALA in February 2013 in Commercial Bankruptcy.
 

Bankruptcy - the Creditor's Perspective
Darleen T. Dozier, ACP
Friday, October 3, 2014
Noon - 1:30 pm Central Time
Click here to register
Conference ID – 3821

I. Chapter 5 – Creditors, The Debtor and the Estate
A. How the creditors will get paid, what property the debtor may keep and what debts the debtor will have to pay despite the bankruptcy
B. Subchapter 1 discusses creditors and claims
C. Creditors Proof of Claim - the form filed by a creditor with the bankruptcy court that states the nature of the creditor's claim and the amount owed by the debtor
II. Bankruptcy Crimes affecting Creditors
A. Section 727 of the Bankruptcy Code allows for a debtor to lose the right to a discharge if he or she commits certain bad acts in connection with a bankruptcy case
B. If a debtor commits a criminal act in relation to a bankruptcy, the automatic stay may be lifted
C. Section 152 of Title 18 makes it a crime punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000 or imprisonment of not more than five years, or both, to knowingly and fraudulently perform one of the following acts in connection with a bankruptcy:
1. conceal property of the estate
2. make a false oath
3. present a false declaration
4. present or use a false proof of claim
5. receive a material amount of property from a debtor after the commencement of a bankruptcy case
6. give, offer, receive or attempt to obtain money or property
7. transfer or conceal any property before the commencement of a bankruptcy case, but with the contemplation of filing the case
8. before or in contemplation of filing a bankruptcy case, conceal, destroy, mutilate, falsify, etc., any recorded information
9. withhold any recorded information from any person entitled to possession of that information
D. Prosecution of bankruptcy crimes is handled by the US Attorney, with investigation provided by the US Trustee, the IRS, the FBI and the US Marshal.
III. Section 342 meeting of creditors; aka “First Meeting of Creditors”
A.  Creditors can attend and participate in the:
 *collecting the property of the estate and reducing it to money
 *investigating the financial affairs of the debtor
 *examining the claims filed by creditors and objecting to improper claims
 *opposing the discharge of the debtor is advisable
 *furnishing information concerning the estate and its administration by interested parties
*making a final report and filing with the court a final account of the administration of the estate
B. Determination of whether Creditor’s Claims will be nondischargeable - meaning they will have to be paid back, regardless of a discharge received in bankruptcy.
C. Determination of whether Creditor’s Claims will be reaffirmed - debt is paid back despite the bankruptcy; debtor keeps the collateral
E. Determination of whether Creditor’s Claims can be avoided by Debtor
F. Determination of whether Creditor’s Claims can be redeemed; value of collateral paid in exchange for the release of the security interest
IV. Monitoring the Bankruptcy
A. Does the debtor convert to another chapter or dismiss
V. Creditors in Chapter 7 BK
A. Determine classification of claim
B. Monitor proceedings for debtor’s asset collection, liquidation and payment
C. Close file and write off debt if applicable
VI. Creditors in Chapter 13 BK
A. Determine classification of claim
B. Monitor proposed Plan of Reorganization for creditor treatment; object if appropriate
C. Once plan has been approved, monitor receipt of payments
D. Close file and write off any remaining debt if applicable
VII. Creditors in Chapter 11 BK
A. Participate in involuntary petition of debtor if applicable
B. Participate in Creditors Committee if estate is large enough
1. consulting with the DIP concerning the administration of the case
2. investigating any matter relevant to the case or the plan of reorganization
3. participating in the process of plan formulation and confirmation
4. performing any other service that is in the best interest of its constituents
5. appear before the court on any issue
6. hire professionals to assist in duties and functions
C. Propose a Plan of Reorganization, if the plan exclusivity period ends without debtor proposing a plan
 D. Review the Disclosure Statement to determine whether to vote for or against the Plan of Reorganization
E. Once plan has been approved, monitor receipt of payments
F. Review regularly filed financial reports for compliance with Plan
G. Close file and write off any remaining debt if applicable

Darleen Dozier has a Bachelor of Science degree in Paralegal Studies from the University of Southern Mississippi and a Masters of Social Sciences degree from Mississippi College.  She became a Certified Paralegal with NALA in 1991.  Mrs. Dozier worked as a paralegal for 20 years, while teaching paralegal classes part-time, before obtaining a full-time teaching position.  She now directs the paralegal program and teaches full-time at Holmes Community College, in Ridgeland, MS.  She is the 2013 President for the Mississippi Paralegal Association (MPA) and is on the Continuing Education Council (CEC) for NALA.  She is a regular speaker for MPA and NALA Campus LIVE!  As a member of NALA’s CEC, she is assigned a standing column on education in Facts & Findings, where she continues to encourage paralegals not to become complacent in their careers and the knowledge they currently have.  Her career push at the moment is to encourage others to never stop learning. Darleen received her ACP from NALA in February 2013 in Commercial Bankruptcy.