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  • 02/17/2021 3:24 PM | Amy McGuigan (Administrator)

    SFPA is an affiliate member of NALA, which means all of our members are eligible to be nominated for one of  these NALA awards.  Do you know a paralegal who had gone above and beyond?  Use the link below to nominate them.  

    NALA is accepting nominations for the next two prestigious awards in the 2021 NALA Awards Program. Recipients of the Founders’ Award and President’s Award will be recognized during the Annual Membership Meeting at the 2021 NALA Conference & Expo! Please take a moment to consider submitting a nomination.

    Nominations for the Founders’ Award are due by April 1. The purpose of this award is to recognize extraordinary or outstanding contributions to the growth and future of the paralegal profession which impacted or affected the paralegal profession in a positive manner for a significant period of time.

    Nominations for the President’s Award are also due by April 1. The purpose of this award is to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of NALA members and their contribution to the future of the paralegal profession.

    To learn more about nomination criteria, who can submit a nomination, and the details of each award, please visit the NALA website by clicking here:

  • 01/12/2021 3:43 PM | Amy McGuigan (Administrator)

    I am honored to have been elected to serve a second term as president of SFPA.  2020 was a roller coaster, at times it was on fire with the wheels of the coaster falling off, but it was continually a wild ride.  I truly enjoyed working as your president last year and I am excited to carry on.  (Don't tell anyone, but I think I will miss it greatly next year.)

    I am lucky enough to have an amazing board of directors to help me guide SFPA from 2020 to 2021.  There are some great things happening in 2021 that I will discuss in a later news release, but for right now, I would like to take a moment to welcome the new SFPA board members, thank existing board members for continuing on, and to wish a fond farewell to outgoing board members.  

    My vice-president for 2021 is Katie Oliver.  She  was a board member last year and was a strong force in getting our social media back up to 2020 standards.  I can't wait to see how she helps transform SFPA in 2021.

    The vice-president from 2020 was Kibibi Shaw.  Kibibi has stepped down from the board to pursue her law degree and other amazing adventures.  She was the glue holding our sustaining members together and will be missed, but we know she will become an amazing legal advocate.

    Continuing on as treasurer for 2021 is Erin Keller.  Erin is the spreadsheet to my jumbled but colorful pie chart.  Between her and Trish, I'm more organized than I need to be.  She keeps me grounded and I'm lucky to have her on my team. 

    Also continuing on is Trish Watson as secretary.  Trish has a great sense of humor and helps the board realize that everything isn't all serious at all times.  She is a welcome pause and I am grateful to have her round out my executive committee.     

    Staying on the board of directors from 2020:

    Greg Johnson, brings a different perspective to the board.  He helps us focus not on just the current working paralegals, but the students and the non-working paralegals looking for work or for education.  

    Gloria Torres,  provides a wealth of knowledge from her work on previous boards, and she is passionate about championing the paralegal profession.  We also couldn't get through our meetings without her quick wit and seriously funny mom-jokes. 

    Kimberly Heller, has a true passion for helping others.  She has some great ideas for SFPA in 2021 and I'm excited to see them come to life.   

    New to the board of directors for 2021:

    Lauren Jensen, a wealth of knowledge in all things compliance.  To say that I am happy to have her on my team is an under statement.  

    Lucindy Harrison.  I had the pleasure of working with Lucindy during the 2019 board.  She is kind and the first to step up to volunteer or help out with a project.    

    Richard Steele, also brings the board a fresh perspective as a new paralegal. The fact that he was a CPA is just an added bonus.  

    I'd like to wish the departing board members a fond farewell.  Eric Logsdon, Malcom Campbell, Cyn Reese and Michael Schiraldi.   Thank you for volunteering your time to SFPA.  We could not have made 2020 work  without you and I wish you all of the best in your future endeavors.  

    Finally, I'd like to say a HUGE thank you to Michael Schiraldi.  Even though he stepped down from the board to focus on his teaching, he is still assisting SFPA on a daily basis.  To say that SFPA would not be functioning  without him working behind the scenes is far from an exaggeration.   He agreed to assist for a few more months until we take the training wheels off.  Thank you Mr. Schiraldi.  

    I learned a lot in 2020.  I hope to learn a lot more in 2021.  I just hope to leave SFPA in a better place than I found it, and I hope the person after me does the same. 

    -Amy Jo McGuigan, SFPA President 2020, 2021  

  • 11/05/2020 12:00 PM | Michael Schiraldi (Administrator)

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  • 10/26/2020 7:47 AM | Michael Schiraldi (Administrator)

    This is an official communication from the Election & Nomination Officer.

    Following a nominations period distributed to the Members of the San Francisco Paralegal Association, those nominees were sent an email whether they would confirm to be placed on the ballot.  After these emails were received, a ballot was prepared and distributed to the Voting Members of the SFPA.  

    Following the election ballot period, the results were tallied and announced at the Annual Meeting on Sunday October 24, 2020.  

    Your 2021 San Francisco Board of Directors as elected is as follows:

    Amy Jo McGuigan - President

    Kibibi Shaw - Vice President

    Erin Keller - Treasurer

    Trish Watson - Secretary

    Directors at Large

    Lucindy Harrison

    Kimberly Heller (Louie)

    Lauren Jensen

    Greg Johnson

    Kate Oliver

    Richard Steele

    Gloria Torres

    Congratulations to the 2021 elected board of directors.

  • 09/06/2020 9:44 AM | Michael Schiraldi (Administrator)

  • 06/10/2020 11:25 AM | Michael Schiraldi (Administrator)

  • 06/05/2020 2:37 PM | Amy McGuigan (Administrator)

    The violent, senseless and unnecessary death of George Floyd in a street encounter with police in Minneapolis is a tragedy to all.  The San Francisco Paralegal Association (“SFPA”) grieves the death of George Floyd, and also the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor  – and too many others before them.  We affirm the value and dignity of Black life and Black people. We stand in solidarity with the Black community affirming that Black Lives Matter.  


    We stand against systemic racism and hatred and we cannot and will not stay silent.  We are committed to action and solidarity with our Black community in SFPA and across the country to demand justice for all Black lives lost.  SFPA is committed to working actively to be part of the change. We invite all to join in our commitment to deepen our anti-racism work.  SFPA will offer webinars geared at educating against racial bias, most will be free to attend, and SFPA pledges to donate any fees collected for programing to Black Lives Matter.


    Please take care of yourselves and each other.


    In solidarity,

    SFPA 2020 Board members

    Amy Jo McGuigan, President

    Kibibi Shaw, Vice-President

    Erin Keller, Treasurer

    Trish Watson, Secretary

    Malcom Campbell, Director at Large

    Greg Johnson, Director at Large

    Eric Logsdon, Director at Large

    Kimberly Louie, Director at Large

    Cynthia Reese, Director at Large

    Michael Schiraldi, Director at Large

    Gloria Torres, Director at Large

  • 05/18/2020 7:14 AM | Michael Schiraldi (Administrator)

    The SFPA is seeking nominations for the CAPA Paralegal of the Year.  The SFPA has won the award 2 years in a row!

    Please submit nominations by July 1, 2020 to

    The criteria for this prestigious award is below:


    A candidate must be a voting member of a CAPA member association and compliant with Business & Professions Code Section 6450 et seq. to be eligible for nomination.


    A candidate is nominated by a CAPA member association.  It is up to the member association’s Board of Directors and/or Membership to select the candidate it wishes to submit for nomination.


    The judges will be looking for the following qualities/experience:

        Contributions to the paralegal profession by:

    • Teaching or tutoring paralegal students
    • Speaking at seminars and conferences on substantive legal topics, on issues concerning the paralegal profession, or on leadership
    • Mentoring paralegal students or other working paralegals
    • Displaying commitment and providing services to professional organizations such as local, state and national paralegal associations.
    • Writing articles for legal publications
    • Commitment to continuing legal education
    • Commitment to community through volunteering or pro bono services within the legal profession or outside the legal profession
    • Contributions to their firms, in-house counsel, governmental agency or non-profit

    Member associations should nominate an individual for Paralegal of the Year by submitting a brief written essay describing why the nominee deserves this honor.  Essays should be kept to a maximum of 500 words.  Supporting materials such as letters of recommendation should not be attached to the essay.  However, you may consider obtaining statements from individuals who have worked or served with the candidate and quote from these statements in the written essay.  Such statements can provide excellent examples of what distinguishes the nominee from other paralegals.  Essays should be submitted to the designated Paralegal of the Year award coordinator who will provide the written essays for the sponsor, who will choose CAPA’s Paralegal of the Year. 

    Judges will be looking for candidates who have demonstrated their value as members of a legal services team, shown dedication to the legal profession, and shown dedication to CAPA’S mission:


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