Paralegals Section

The Onondaga County Bar Association has an active Paralegals Section; please see below for some recent activity and upcoming events.

March Paralegals Luncheon Meeting

Roni Dickhaut from Department of Homeland Security (DHS) traveled all the way from Adams, NY to present at the luncheon meeting at Spaghetti Warehouse on March 13th. Roni spoke about the myths v. facts and the indicators regarding human trafficking. She also urged the paralegals to join in the fight to end human trafficking by getting involved in DHS’ Blue Campaign.

What is the Blue Campaign?

The Blue Campaign is the unified voice for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s efforts to combat human trafficking. Working in collaboration with law enforcement, government, non-governmental and private organizations, Blue Campaign strives to protect the basic right of freedom and to bring those who exploit human lives to justice. DHS is responsible for investigating human trafficking, arresting traffickers, and protecting victims. DHS also provides immigration relief to foreign-born victims of human trafficking. Increased awareness and training will lead to more tips to law enforcement, which results in more victims being identified.

To find out more about DHS’ Blue Campaign and the fight to end human trafficking, please check out the DHS website at:

Save the Date

April 10, 2014 at Spaghetti Warehouse: Christie VanDuzer, Paralegal with the Domestic Violence Project at Frank H. Hiscock Legal Aid Society will join us to speak about Domestic Violence.

Please invite your bosses, legal administrators and co- workers. These luncheon meetings are not restricted to just Paralegals Committee members.

The cost for lunch is $11 for members and $12 for non-members. Reservation deadline is noon the day before the luncheon. Please RSVP by e-mailing or calling Jean Swanger at or 442-0174. E-mails are preferred. Please keep in mind that your reservation is binding unless you cancel on or before the reservation deadline.

ESAPA Meeting Scheduled

The Empire State Alliance of Paralegal Associations’ next meeting will be hosted by Paralegals Association of Rochester, Inc. The meeting will be held on Saturday, March 22, 2014, at Nixon Peabody LLP, 1300 Clinton Square, 14th Floor Conference Room, Rochester, New York. There will be a continental breakfast set up at 8:00 a.m. and a buffet luncheon set for noon. If you would like to attend, please contact Cynthia Wade at for further details.

The Executive Committee Could Use your Help

The next Paralegals Executive Committee (“EC”) meeting is scheduled for April 2, 2014. The EC meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month except July and August beginning at noon at Gilberti Stinziano Heintz & Smith, P.C., 555 East Genesee Street, Syracuse, NY 13202 (parking is available in front of the building on East Genesee Street, at the rear of the building at 510 East Fayette Street, and the parking lot between the GSHS offices and Hamilton White House). EC Chair Kathrine Cook extends an invitation to paralegals who would like to find out more about serving on the Executive Committee. We are currently looking for people who are interested in scheduling guest speakers, working on the membership subcommittee and researching pro bono opportunities for paralegals. If you are interested in attending the EC meetings to share your ideas for upcoming programs and ways to better serve the paralegal members, please contact Kathrine Cook at

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.