Mindi Schaefer

As Administrative & Paralegal Support Director, Mindi Schaefer is responsible for the management of the administrative and paralegal support staff which includes recruiting, training, work-flow coordination, productivity management, and continuing legal education.  Additionally, she analyzes public relation and promotional strategies for the firm including sponsorship activities, pro bono opportunities, and speaking engagements. She researches print and electronic media options for the firm to promote and advertise the firm. In addition, Mindi focuses on social media implementation and website content management to maintain fresh and current firm content.

With years of experience, Mindi participates in various types of litigation cases in the areas of medical malpractice, professional liability, general liability, governmental entity liability, business planning, and business disputes. She handles all aspects of the legal process including investigation, discovery, file management, and trial preparation. Through her work at Poling, Mindi works closely with clients, counsel, and the legal community to illustrate the firm’s belief in results, service, and relationships.

Mindi actively participates in the Paralegal Association of Central Ohio (“PACO”) and has held various leadership positions including President, President-Elect, National Federation of Paralegal Associations (“NFPA”) Primary Representative, NFPA Secondary Representative, Public Relations Representative, and Mentoring Program Committee Chair.  She is currently an Advisory Committee Member for the PACO Executive Board as the immediate past President for the association.  Mindi is also PACO’s current Public Relations Representative and Social Media and Website Coordinator.

Additionally, Mindi has served as the Advertising / Public Relations Coordinator and Leadership Coordinator for the NFPA.  She currently serves as NFPA’s Vice President and Director of Profession Development.

Mindi is also an Adjunct Professor in Capital University Law School’s Paralegal and Legal Nurse Consultant Programs teaching Introduction to Paralegal Studies and Civil Litigation.  Mindi is a continuing legal education presenter with NFPA, myLawCLE, and Institute for Paralegal Education focusing on the areas of case preparation from start to Trial and document management.  She has been a featured author with PACO and National Paralegal Reporter (affiliated with the NFPA) focusing on topics associated to paralegals, PACO, employment, mentoring, and trial preparation.  Mindi is also a frequent guest speaker at local area high schools and colleges focusing on interviewing, entering the paralegal profession, and the overall paralegal profession in Central Ohio.

EDUCATION

1999 – A.A.S. (Legal Assisting), Sinclair Community College, Dayton, Ohio

2006 – B.A. Cum Laude (Political Science), Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio

2011 – M.S. (Communications & Marketing), Franklin University, Columbus, Ohio

 

CERTIFICATION

2010 – Ohio State Bar Association Certified Paralegal

2011 – American Alliance Certified Paralegal

2013 – National Federation of Paralegal Associations PACE Registered Paralegal

 

AWARDS

Paralegal Association of Central Ohio Outstanding Committee Chair for 2009 to 2010

Paralegal Association of Central Ohio Ten Year Paralegal Service Award in 2009

Paralegal Association of Central Ohio Outstanding Member for 2010 to 2011

Paralegal Association of Central Ohio Paralegal of the Year 2011 to 2012

Paralegal Association of Central Ohio Paralegal of the Year 2012 to 2013

Paralegal Association of Central Ohio Fifteen Year Paralegal Service Award in 2014

 

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

Ohio State Bar Association

Notary Public for the State of Ohio

National Federation of Paralegal Associations

American Alliance of Paralegals, Inc.

Columbus Bar Association

Paralegal Association of Central Ohio

Franklin University Alumni Association

Wright State University Alumni Association

Sinclair Community College Alumni Association

American Association for Paralegal Education

Capital University Law School Paralegal Program Advisory Board