Professional Recognition & Awards
2010 NALA Affiliates Award
At the July 15, 2010 Jacksonville Florida NALA convention, ICAP's own Connie Johnson was awarded the 2010 Affiliated Associates Award for outstanding services to her paralegal association. During the past 2 years Connie has brought sponsorship to a new level, implemented the annual Paralegal Day Luncheon and has taken the annual Holiday Party to new heights. Congratulations Connie!
ParalegalGateway.com Superstar of the Month
In December 2007, ParalegalGateway.com named Dawn as one of twelve 2008 Paralegal Superstars nationwide that lead the field and contributed above and beyond in the profession and/or in their community.
ParalegalGateway.com Superstar of the Month
Dawn M. DuRocher, ACP
Dawn DuRocher is a Senior Paralegal at Lobb Cliff & Lester, LLP, and the Paralegal Manager. Dawn’s legal career spans over 18 years of legal experience. Her career in the legal field began in 1989 as a law office receptionist, as a legal secretary from 1990 through 1998, and thereafter transitioning into her current paralegal position where she is the firm-wide paralegal and head of the paralegal department at Lobb Cliff & Lester, LLP. Dawn is very excited to be a paralegal and is devoted to her legal career, certification, education and expansion into paralegal management. In striving to maintain excellence in the paralegal field, Dawn obtained her Certified Paralegal credential through the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) in May of 2006. In September of 2006, Dawn obtained her Advanced Certified Paralegal credential in Discovery through NALA and, in January of 2007, Dawn obtained her Advanced Certified Paralegal credential in Trial Practice through NALA.
Additionally, Dawn has been a member of the Inland Counties Association of Paralegals (ICAP) since 1999 and has served on the Board of Directors since 2000. Dawn currently serves as ICAP’s President, NALA Liaison, Riverside County Bar Association (RCBA) Liaison, Newsletter Editor for ICAPtions, and Corporate Sponsor Chair. Dawn has also served as the Elections Chair. Furthermore, Dawn assisted the CLA Review Chair with ICAP’s 2007 CLA Review Course. In offering assistance in ICAP’s efforts to prepare paralegals with the San Bernardino and Riverside County areas for the CLA/CP exam and achieve their CLA/CP designation, Dawn taught a workshop on the legal ethics area of the exam in June of 2007. Under the CLA Review Chair’s guidance and leadership, Dawn anticipates presenting additional courses that will be a low cost alternative to other providers. This effort will help increase the number of CLA/CPs and thereby promote the professional image of paralegals within the Inland Empire.
ICAP Certificate of Recognition Award
Yvonne Willits received her Certificate of Recognition at Reid & Hellyer in July 2008. Michele Paplanus, ACP, Vice President of ICAP, presented her with the certificate. ICAP wishes to thank Yvonne for serving as the Secretary for the 2008 Board of Directors through July 2008. Yvonne and her family have moved to the East Coast.
ICAP Past President Receives NALA Affiliates Award and Outstanding Contribution Award
ICAP past-president, Donna F. Dupree, CLAS, was given the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) Affiliates Award at the NALA Convention, Affiliated Associations Awards Presentation on Wednesday, July 11, 2007, in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Affiliate Awards are given in recognition of steadfast service and valuable contribution to the members’ affiliated associations. Donna F. Dupree, CLAS, was also given the NALA Outstanding Contribution Award at the 32nd Annual Meeting on Friday, July 13, 2007. The Affiliated Associations Outstanding Contribution Award recognizes exceptional achievement in leadership and service to a NALA affiliated association.
Donna was nominated by ICAP’s board members due to her service to ICAP and NALA and her dedication to the paralegal profession. We are pleased that NALA agreed, and congratulate Donna on this achievement.
Donna has been a legal professional for twenty years and a paralegal/legal assistant for fifteen years. Her dedication to the paralegal profession on a local and national level is evidenced in her involvement with ICAP and NALA over the past nine years.
Donna has been a member of ICAP since 1998 and a member of NALA since 2001. Donna has served on ICAP’s board of directors for the years 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2006, and 2007. During her tenure on the board, she has served as President (2006), Vice President (2003 -2004), Treasurer (1999-2001), and Board advisor (2007). In addition she was the co-editor for ICAPtions, ICAP’s quarterly newsletter (2006) and served as co-chair of the Education Committee in 2001. She was ICAP’s first NALA Liaison (2003-2006) and was instrumental in ICAP becoming a NALA affiliate.
Donna is the chairperson of ICAP’s CLA Review Committee. In 2004, Donna taught a CLA examination preparation course at UC Riverside Extension Center. Building on that experience, Donna has spearheaded ICAP’s efforts to prepare paralegals with the San Bernardino and Riverside county areas for the CLA/CP exam and achieve their CLA/CP designation.
Donna is one of two paralegals in the State of California and one of forty-eight paralegals in the nation to have earned the NALA’s CLAS credential in the field of Bankruptcy Law.
Donna also serves as a liaison between ICAP and the Inland Empire Foster Parent Association (“IEFPA”). In an effort to become more involved with the greater community, ICAP’s board of directors in 2006 elected to assist with fund raising efforts for the IEFPA by holding a special opportunity drawing at each general membership meeting. IEFPA supports and promotes foster parents and children within San Bernardino and Riverside counties.
Donna has been employed by the Department of Justice/Office of the United States Trustee since October 31, 2005, and prior to that time was employed by Best Best & Krieger, LLP, for seven years as the firm’s sole bankruptcy paralegal.
Dawn M. DuRocher, ACP, (right) accepting the NALA Affiliated Award on behalf of Donna F. Dupree, CLAS, from NALA President, Tita Brewster, ACP (left) at the NALA 32nd Annual Convention on July 11, 2007.
Donna F. Dupree, CLAS (right), accepting the NALA Affiliated Associations Outstanding Contribution Award from NALA Affiliated Associations Director, Nancy Mendenhall (left) at the NALA 32nd Annual Convention on July 13, 2007.