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I am honored and pleased to announce that I am now a certified Paralegal through the American Alliance of Paralegals, Inc., “(AAPI”). I am not one to brag but I am so thrilled to finally have reached this milestone in my paralegal career!

AAPI was formed in 2003 by a group of paralegals who wanted to promote and improve the profession of paralegals; to advance the educational and literary standard of the paralegal profession; and to foster, encourage and disseminate information concerning the profession.

The American Alliance Mission Statement and Goals:

The goals and standards are to:
• Establish minimum educational criteria
• Adhere to ethical standards
• Provide networking opportunities
• Create a resource center
• Associate with national and local organizations

The American Association for Paralegal Education (“AAfPE”) has adopted a policy statement on short-term programs. AAPI agrees that short-term programs do a disservice to the paralegal profession and opposes any program that does not meet minimal standards as set forth by AAfPE (www.aafpe.org). AAPI strongly recommends quality paralegal education provided by formal institutions that are ABA approved or are in substantial compliance with the ABA guidelines. AAPI applauds and supports AAfPE for its statement regarding short-term programs.

AAPI has a strict Code of Ethics as well, which in reality are the standards that the Paralegals I know already adhere to.

As a Certified Paralegal with AAPI, I now can add “AACP” to my name. I have taken a little flack from my friends this week (you know who you are, lol) adding AACP to my letterhead, business cards, etc., but it has been well worth it. I promise I won’t let it go to my head and I won’t brag anymore, I will just sign off as Lori J. Paul, AACP and get back to work!

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