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Our Mission

The International Practice Management Association is your primary resource for information and education on the management of practice support professionals including paralegals in law firms, corporations, and law departments globally. Its mission is to advocate for the effective use and management of these professionals, to promote and enhance the proficiency and professionalism of its members, and to provide practical resources and cutting-edge solutions to the membership, the legal industry, and the public at large on the value of utilization and management of practice support professionals.

Committees

For information about how to participate on one of the IPMA's committees, contact headquarters staff at 404-467-6757.


Membership Division

Jane Anne Gross, Vice President - Membership / Board Liaison

Membership Committee
Participate in the IPMA's efforts to provide relevant and valuable member benefits and coordinate the first-time attendee orientation at conference.

Chair: Candace Martin

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Professional Development Division

Michelle Hess, Vice President - Professional Development / Board Liaison

Conference Committee
This committee plans the educational content and selects presenters for the IPMA Annual Conference.

Co-Chair: Laura Porter
Co-Chair: Eileen Hanley

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Management Resources Committee
Assist in the identification and development of content and speakers for training programs offered to IPMA members and prospective members. Develop best practices and resources to support member success in practice support management.

Co-Chair: Angela Monroe
Co-Chair: Virginia Weeks

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Trends & Positions Division

Tara K. Eberhart, Vice President - Trends & Positions / Board Liaison

Compensation Survey Advisory Board
This advisory board provides direction for carrying out the IPMA's annual compensation survey initiative.

Chair: Gary Melhuish

Emerging Trends Committee
Explore recent and developing trends that affect the responsibilities of paralegal and practice support managers and the employees they manage. The information gathered is used to develop appropriate and timely educational content.

Chair: Tara K. Eberhart

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Communications Division

Carol Van Buren, Vice President - Communications / Board Liaison

Communications Committee
This committee develops member and public communications plans in coordination with the IPMA management team. Participate in the editorial process and content development for Inspired Leadership, the IPMA's quarterly professional publication.

Chair: Brian Bernhard

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Executive Division

Laura Porter, Immediate Past President / Board Liaison

Awards Committee
The IPMA maintains several awards that serve to recognize achievements in IPMA volunteerism, community service, and pro bono activities.

Co-Chair: Paige Stepan
Co-Chair: Alison Sinclair

Nominations Committee
This committee identifies candidates to run for the IPMA's Board of Directors.

Chair: Laura Porter

Business Partner Advisory Panel
This committee develops and nurtures IPMA relationships with business partner members and other industry service providers.

Chair: Laura Porter