Globe Paralegal Students Coordinate a Learning Session for Legal Professionals
Becky Meyer, Paralegal Instructor at Globe University-La Crosse, coordinated a service learning project to enhance the understanding of ethical issues surrounding the paralegal profession while providing support and resource information to professionals in the La Crosse area.
“While studying ethics in the legal field, students learn about resources available for those who may be struggling with addictions and other mental health issues in the profession. One of those resources is the Wisconsin Lawyer Assistance Program (WisLAP). WisLAP provides resources for lawyers, law students, and judges who may be suffering from issues that might impact one’s ability to practice law at the required ethical standard. The students, while learning about ethical violations, organized a Continuing Legal Education (CLE) event and invited WisLAP coordinator, Linda Albert, to present on Safe Lawyering. The students coordinated the event by inviting local legal professionals and attending the presentation,” said Becky Meyer.
The students received hands-on learning to complete this service learning project and facilitate the presentation. Meyers shared that “the students helped arrange a speaker, applied for Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit for those who attended, invited area, and introduced the speaker on the day of the CLE before attending Ms. Albert’s presentation on Safe Lawyering.
The presentation brought in several guests from the legal community and students also attended the event they coordinated. “This service learning experience was successful in several ways. First, it allowed our community partner, WisLAP, the opportunity to deliver its information to this part of the state which was the initial goal of the community partner. Second, it provided a no cost CLE option for area attorneys. Finally, the students became even more familiar with the ethical problems that can arise because of impairment and resources that are available to help with these issues,” Meyers stated.
In addition to the students benefiting from planning and attending the event, the community benefited as well. Meyers explained that “WisLAP, as part of the Wisconsin State Bar, was able to spread information about its services to the La Crosse area. Attorneys in attendance received a CLE credit at no cost and became more aware how warning signs that might suggest someone is struggling with addiction or mental illness and ways WisLAP can help.”