Beginning July 1, 2019, ELPO Law paralegal Nikki McKenzie will begin serving as Treasurer for the 2019-20 Kentucky Paralegal Association alongside the following:
- PRESIDENT: Mary M. Nichols, CKP
- VICE-PRESIDENT/PRESIDENT ELECT: Leslie Smith
- SECRETARY:Tammy Phelps, CKP
- TREASURER: Nikki McKenzie, CKP
- DIRECTOR OF CERTIFICATION: Melissa Reynolds, CKP
- DIRECTOR OF MEMBER RELATIONS: Christina Inskeep, CKP
- DIRECTOR OF STUDENT RELATIONS: Tammy Witt, CKP
- DIRECTOR OF PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Leslie Carr, CKP
- DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS: Melanie Chenot, CKP
- DIRECTOR OF WAYS AND MEANS: Heather Davis, CKP
The purpose of the Kentucky Paralegal Association is to:
* Serve as a unified voice for Kentucky paralegals on any and all issues affecting their profession in accordance with the Mission, Vision and Values of the KPA;
* Encourage educational programs and training of paralegals and promote continuing legal education of paralegals in the legal profession;
* Cooperate with the Kentucky Bar Association (“KBA”), American Bar Association (“ABA”) and local bar associations;
* Cooperate with the local paralegal associations and student paralegal associations within the Commonwealth of Kentucky;
* Promote ethics and high standards of professionalism in compliance with Kentucky SCR 3.700 and in accordance with the KPA’s Paralegal Professional Standards of Conduct;
* Inform paralegals of developments in the paralegal profession and act as a forum for exchanging ideas and disseminating information;
* Encourage the expanded use and full utilization of paralegals in all aspects of the legal profession;
* Further promote the working relationship between paralegals and attorneys in law offices, corporations and government agencies; and
* Increase awareness of the public, the judiciary and the legal community of the scope of paralegal responsibilities.
About Nikki McKenzie
Nikki McKenzie is a Litigation Paralegal/Certified E-Discovery Specialist at English, Lucas, Priest & Owsley, LLP. located in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
Nikki received a B.A. from Vanderbilt University in 2003, then attended law school at the University of Cincinnati College of Law for 1.5 years before deciding a paralegal career would best fit her family lifestyle. She has worked as a legal secretary and paralegal since high school, when she was offered a summer job at the County Juvenile and Probate Court by her mock trial mentor, the Court’s Judge, James W. Kirsch. She has worked in several states including Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee and Texas, and has extensive experience in a number of practice areas including domestic, probate, real estate, professional negligence, personal injury, commercial litigation, and mass torts.
Nikki is the only legal professional in Bowling Green and the surrounding area to pass the E-Discovery Specialist certification exam and be accepted into the Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS), the premier organization dedicated to recognizing those who have specialized knowledge in e-discovery. The CEDS credential may be earned by individuals who submit qualifying experience and education to ACEDS, and pass the rigorous four-hour examination which provides a tough and objective measure of mastery of the challenging field of e-discovery. Since the exam was first offered in November 2010, professionals in the United States, Canada, the UK, South Korea, Germany and China have earned the CEDS certification.
Nikki is married with 4 children and enjoys the country life in Alvaton, Kentucky.