Amy S. Hodgson

Seminar: The Evolution of LGBT

Amy is a local of Northern Nevada, who graduated from Reed High School, and later attended Morrison University, obtaining her Associate of Science – Paralegal degree. For a brief time she relocated to Florida, working for the Lee County Guardian Ad Litem program.  In 2001 Amy answered the call home, returning to the Reno/Sparks area where she grew up and lived the majority of her life.

Upon her return from Florida, Amy worked at Silverman, Decaria & Kattelman, Chtd., a firm exclusively dealing in family law.  In 2007 she received her Certified Paralegal designation from NALA, and in 2009 received her Advanced Certified Paralegal designation in Trial Practice.

In 2012, Amy  left Silverman, Decaria & Kattelman, Chtd., and went to work for Surratt Law Practice, P.C., working in family law and estate planning. Amy is active in her local NALA affiliated association, Sierra Nevada Association of Paralegals, and is a past President, First Vice President, Second Vice President, NALA Liaison and Secretary.  She also serves on NALA’s certifying board

Christine Randall

Seminar: Sailing Along with Technology

Christine Randall is a Certified Shorthand Reporter in the State of California and a Registered Professional Reporter with the National Court Reporters Association.  Christine is also the President of Wood & Randall, a court reporting agency doing business in the Central Valley of California since the early ’80s. With a philosophy of “Moving Forward with Technology and Excellence,” Wood & Randall identifies the needs of the client and exceeds their expectations. This philosophy and practice of providing excellent service and state-of-the-art litigation support has defined them as a leader in the industry.

Ed C. Schneider

Ed C. Schneider is a freelance pro bono paralegal and also works in staff administration in the Colorado and California operations of Faegre Baker Daniels, LLP. Since 2007, he has worked as a litigation paralegal for a variety of firms in Illinois and Colorado.

Between 2009 and 2017, he held a Tier 4 Practicing License with the United Kingdom of Institute of Paralegals and was elected fellow of the organization in 2015. He has since retired the post in 2017 to focus on his graduate studies and his work with the Rocky Mountain Paralegal Association. Ed is a graduate of Grand Valley State University with a BA in Criminology and Legal Studies. He will graduate with this Master of Arts in Legal Studies and National Security Studies this spring from American Military University and is currently awaiting admission to the University of Colorado-Denver PhD in Public Affairs Program.

He has presented on a variety of topics ranging from same-sex marriage to international law and also wrote for the National Paralegal Reporter on HIPAA, LGBT Diversity, and Attorney/Paralegal Relationships.

Ed has held the roles of VP of Administration and President-Elect. Currently, he is the NFPA Regulation Review Coordinator. Previously, Ed has served on a variety of other community boards and bar associations.

James Connor

Seminar: Sailing Along with Technology

Jim Connor, RPR, CRR, CSR, CLVS, is a 36-year reporting veteran, and an owner of Connor Reporting in Indianapolis, Lafayette and Bloomington, Indiana.  Jim has also attained his trial presentation certification in both Trial Director and Visionary softwares.  He has extensive deposition and arbitration reporting experience, and specializes in international labor

union convention reporting.  During his reporting career he has worked with every U.S. President since Jimmy Carter, as well as former South African President Nelson Mandela, and former president of Poland, Lech Walesa.  Another of his expertise is reporting press conferences for sporting events such as the Indianapolis 500, NASCAR’s Brickyard 400, Formula One, and MotoGP races with immediate turnaround for dissemination to the world’s press.

Jim definitely considers his current assignment with the GTMO team in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to be the highlight of his long career.  Reporting the trials of al Nashiri, the mastermind of the bombings of the USS Cole and USS The Sullivans, and the 9/11 terrorists, has been very challenging but extremely rewarding and exciting.  He feels honored to play a vital role in these historical proceedings.

Jill I. Francisco

Seminar: Stepping Up and Stepping Out:  How/Why to get involved in a professional association and out of your comfort zone

Jill I. Francisco, ACP, received her BA in Criminal Justice, (concentration in Legal Studies), from Marshall University in 1994. She became a certified paralegal in 2005 and obtained two advanced certifications (trial practice and discovery) in 2010. Mrs. Francisco is employed as a paralegal with Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP, in their Huntington, West Virginia office. She previously worked as a paralegal at Huddleston Bolen LLP, 1997 through January of 2015 when they merged with Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP.

She is very active in local and national professional associations within her profession. She was Charter President of the Legal Assistants/Paralegals of Southern West Virginia 2004-2006, and has served as a member of the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) Professional Development Committee 2003-2006, NALA’s Affiliated Associations Secretary 2006-2007, Affiliated Associations Director 2008-2010, NALA’s Treasurer 2010-2012, NALA’s Secretary 2012-2014, NALA’s Second Vice President 2014-2016, NALA’s Vice President 2016-2018, and is currently serving as NALA’s President.

She also currently serves on the Legal Assistant Program Advisory Board for Mount West Community College and the Marshall University Big Green Scholarship Foundation Board of Trustees. She resides in Kenova, West Virginia, with her husband, Shawn and their son, John David.

Lee Strausberg

Seminar: Making Medical Records Your Bitch: A Love Story

Lee Strausberg is a smartass with a penchant for fun. He is an RN with experience in ICU, Cardiac Care, Rehabilitation, Nursing Homes and the management of a doctor’s office. After completely destroying his back in nursing, he returned to school for a paralegal studies degree. He currently combines both of his degrees working as a nurse paralegal doing insurance defense, personal injury litigation for a medium-sized firm in the loop in Chicago.

Nancy N. Beaty

Seminar: Gone to the Dogs: a Closer Look at Support Animals

Nancy N. Beaty, MA, ACP, FRP has been a practicing paralegal for over 30 years and a Certified Paralegal® since 1990.  She was graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in journalism and earned a Master of Arts in Communications from Marshall University in Huntington, WV.  She qualified for the Florida Bar’s designation as a Florida Registered Paralegal at the onset of the program in 2008 and earned the designation of Advanced Certified Paralegal in 2009.

A founder and two-time past president of the Gulf Coast Paralegal Association (GCPA), Nancy also served as its treasurer and  NALA Liaison.  She was a member of the board of directors of the Florida Alliance of Paralegal Associations for three years, and served on the NALA board of directors from 2013-2015.  She has been a frequent instructor for CP review courses and a proctor for several sessions of the CP Exam.

Nancy has been presented with the NALA Affiliated Associations Outstanding Contribution Award twice, and in 2016 was honored to receive NALA’s Outstanding Contribution Award in recognition of her service to GCPA.

She is employed by the firm of Lindsay & Allen, PLLC, Naples, and the owner of Beaty Scoping & Proofreading, LLC, providing scoping, proofreading, transcription and editing services to court reporters and others.

Paul Pelton

Seminar: Conceptualizing, Creating & Producing In-House Mediation & Trial Exhibits

Paul Pelton, FRP, is a Senior Litigation Paralegal with The Maher Law Firm in Winter Park, FL and has over 30 years of experience in all phases of civil trial work.  With an educational background in medical science and paralegal studies, Mr. Pelton concentrates his practice in high-exposure cases involving medical malpractice, nursing home resident’s rights claims, product liability matters and complex BI claims.  Paul has handled casework for plaintiffs and defendants in State and Federal courts throughout Florida from inception through post-trial matters, and in arbitration and mediation proceedings.  He is a published author and a CLE provider to national audiences on paralegal practice.  Mr. Pelton serves the citizens of Florida by appointment of the Supreme Court of Florida to the Standing Committee on the Unlicensed Practice of Law for The Florida Bar through 2020.  In addition, Mr. Pelton is a member of the Executive Council of the Orange County Bar Association Paralegal Section and currently serves the membership as the 2018–2019 Immediate Past President; he also serves as Chair of the Paralegal Mentorship Program with that organization, and has served as a member of the governing Board since 2015.

Shelly Hunter

Seminar: Sailing Along with Technology

Shelly Hunter is the president and owner of Hunter + Geist, Inc., a successful court reporting firm in Denver, Colorado.  Her firm has been serving the legal community for over 35 years.  Hunter + Geist has continually been a leader in integrating and leveraging evolving technologies and employs court reporters that stay abreast of the ever-changing technologies and strive for the highest certifications.