Paralegals Section

The Onondaga County Bar Association has a very active Paralegals Section; please see below for some upcoming events:

October 26th Luncheon at the Onondaga County Courthouse:

Onondaga County Family Court Judge Michael Hanuszczak will be the guest speaker at the October Luncheon ON-SITE at the Onondaga County Courthouse on Monday, October 26th at 12:00 noon.  (NOTE: This is a change of date.) Judge Hanuszczak will offer a presentation on Family Law.  To make your reservation contact Jean Swanger at (emails preferred) or call her at 442-0100, ext. 174 (menu to be announced shortly). The cost for the luncheon is just $11.00 for members of the OCBA, and $12.00 for non-members.  STUDENTS WILL RECEIVE A $1.00 DISCOUNT FOR THIS LUNCHEON.  Invite your boss, co-workers and friends to attend our monthly Paralegal luncheons – they are open to all members of the legal community.  Remember that you will be responsible for the cost of your lunch if you do not cancel your reservation before the reservation deadline, Monday, October 19th at 4:00 p.m.

November Luncheon Speaker:

Our November speaker will be Supreme Court Justice Deborah Karalunas who will be speaking about her role in the Supreme Court.  The luncheon will be held on the usual “second Thursday” of the month — that’s Thursday, November 12; the location will be announced.

OCBA Paralegals Committee to Host a Meet and Greet: “Painting With a Twist!”

Please mark your calendars for Tuesday, October 20, when the Paralegals Committee will be hosting a very different type of gathering.   The place is Painting With A Twist, 7421 Oswego Road, Liverpool, (Route 57, Glen Crossings Mall), from 7:00-9:00 PM.   For $35 you can paint a holiday picture while sipping your favorite beverage.  Bring your completed painting with you to the Paralegals Holiday Luncheon in December, where attendees will vote for their favorite painting.  The “artist” receiving the most votes will receive a prize.

This is not exclusive to Paralegals – the gathering is open to everyone.  If interested in attending and to register, please follow the link ; use the password OCBA.   If you have any further questions please contact Ann Miller at

Syracuse to Host Statewide ESAPA Conference in May:

The OCBA Paralegals Committee is proud to announce that we will be hosting the ESAPA (Empire State Alliance of Paralegals Associations) Paralegal Education & Leadership Conference in May 2016.  The location will be announced shortly – please watch for more information on how to be involved.

Job Bank

Are you an employer with a job that needs to be filled? Listserv can help! This service is free to employers – Just email Paralegals Committee Chair, Kathrine Cook, at to have your job provided to OCBA Paralegal members. The Listserv is open to all OCBA Paralegal members (including student members). Members are added when dues are paid each year. Job openings are submitted to the Listserv and members receive notification via e-mail. Paralegals should contact Peggy Walker at the OCBA offices (471-2667) to confirm current membership or to join the OCBA. Peggy and Kathrine work together to ensure Paralegal members are added to the Listserv. Employers and/or Paralegals can email Kathrine should they have any questions.