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Spring CLE Series: Ethics and the Paralegal: It's the Real World Out There!

Join Caren Mansfield and Sharon Patterson for a real world discussion of Ethics as a paralegal. Review the Codes of Ethics of NFPA, NALA and the ABA. Touch on how knowledge of ethics is critical due to what’s going on today in technology, interactions with others, working from home, security issues, social media and working with clients. Learn about what not to do from past mistakes of other paralegals. This will be a fast paced and fun look at how ethics affects paralegals every day.

Caren Mansfield has been employed as a paralegal since 1987 by the same firm. She is employed by the law offices of Baker, Baker & Krajewski LLC in Springfield, Illinois and specializes in labor and employment law litigation.   She is a graduate of the American Institute for Paralegal Studies and obtained the credential of Certified Legal Assistant (now Certified Paralegal) in 1996.  She has been a member of the Illinois Paralegal Association since 1988 and served on its Board of Directors from 1989 to 2020.  She has held the offices of president, vice president, secretary and treasurer.  The year she was President the IPA saw its highest membership.  She has participated as a speaker at the IPA's Education Seminars, at an NFPA Education Seminar, and in other public settings on topics ranging from Discovery, Ethics, Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Filing a Charge of Discrimination through Trial, Law Office Administration and more.  For 17 years she submitted articles regarding paralegals several times a month to the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin's Legal Employment Weekly.  She serves as a mentor to paralegals.

Caren served on the advisory board to the Sangamon State University (now University of Illinois-Springfield) Legal Studies program and the advisory board to the Robert Morris University paralegal program. She currently serves on the Triton College Advisory Board.

Sharon Patterson has worked in the legal industry in a variety of specialty areas for 36 years, 32 of those as a paralegal.  For the past 27 years, her expertise has been in Commercial Finance and Real Estate.  Sharon is currently employed as the UCC Compliance Supervisor at Mayer Brown LLP.  She received her Paralegal Associates Degree from Cecils College in Asheville, North Carolina, and her Bachelor of Arts double major in Business Administration and Paralegal Studies from Mars Hill College in Mars Hill, North Carolina.  Sharon has been a member of the Illinois Paralegal Association since 1998, and served on its Board of Directors from 2003 to 2014.  She has been past President, past Vice President, and currently Chairs both the Commercial Finance Section and the Education Committee.

REGISTRATION FOR THE SPRING CLE SERIES: All sessions will be hosted on IPA's newest member benefit, IPA Connect, and are all FREE for IPA members. Prospective members can attend the entire series for the low cost of $75, or may join the IPA for 2021 and receive the added benefit of dual membership in the National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA) as well as FREE attendance at all 2021 lunch-and-learns, virtual networking events, and discounted registration for the IPA's Fall Education Conference.

Registration on IPA Connect is required (members will need to be logged in to the IPA Connect platform to register for FREE - if you don't remember your password, enter your email address associated with your IPA membership and click to reset your password).

When it is time to join this webinar, you will log into IPA Connect, click on "Events", then on "Conferences", and join the live event.

Questions? Contact IPA's Executive Director, Yvonne Kriss, at

Tuesday, May 25, 2021, 12:00 PM until 1:00 PM
Additional Info:
Yvonne Kriss
815-630-3535 (p)
Education Conferences
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