Mission Statement

AAPi’s mission is to promote the paralegal profession through awareness and education; be a resource center for education and employment; encourage involvement, participation and leadership opportunities in local and national affiliates on issues that affect the paralegal profession; maintain a high order of ethical and professional conduct; develop and maintain strong relationships with state and local bar associations; be assistance in pro bono clinics and community service; and provide networking and  fellowship opportunities among AAPi members.

President’s Message

I am so honored to have been elected as President of this GREAT ASSOCIATION and super excited about the next year.  As some of you know, this year is the 35th Anniversary for the Alabama Association of Paralegals Inc.  Happy Anniversary AAPi! 

For those of you who do not know me, my name is Sonya Graves, and I am an advanced certified paralegal with the Butler Snow law firm in the Birmingham office.  I have worked in the legal field since 1992.  I am married to my very best friend, Grady, and have 3 children, plus their spouses for a total of 6 children, and 2 grandbabies with a third one due in January, 2017. 

I have been a member of AAPi since the mid-90s and on the Board in one position or another since 2002.   I have had the privilege to serve under the last five AAPi Presidents:  Jane McKinnon, CP; Ann Riley, ACP; Jeanie Johnson, ACP; Cathy Davis, ACP and Julie Craft, ACP.  They were all amazing Presidents and I have learned a lot from each of them.  I am fully aware of the huge responsibility I am undertaking, and look forward to working with the 2016-2017 Board to make our 35th anniversary year as special as it should be.  

I wholeheartedly believe that AAPi is “Our” Association and is only as good as its members!  I hope you will all get involved with AAPi:  whether it is attending the seminars/luncheons/events; talking to your fellow paralegals about joining AAPi; running for a position on the Board; or serving on a committee.  There are a lot of ways to get involved – you can even write an article for the Novus.  Please let me or any of the Board members know if you are interested in getting more involved with AAPi.  Definitely plan to attend our seminars this year:  Winter Seminar in Birmingham - February 10-11, 2017 and our Summer Seminar – CLE at Sea - August 31 – September 4, 2017. 

Remember:  It’s all about team work:  Together Everyone Achieves More!

Please feel free to contact me any time should you have any ideas, suggestions, or want to become more involved in AAPi.  I look forward to working with all of you!


                                                                                                            Sonya Graves, ACP


Upcoming Seminars

This year AAPi is celebrating its 35th Anniversary. AAPi will be offering two seminars: February 10-11, 2017 Winter Seminar/CP Preparation Course in Birmingham, Alabama AND a 35th Anniversary Celebration – CLE at Sea Cruise - August 31 – September 4, 2017 aboard the Carnival Fantasy out of Mobile. See brochure for more information.

Latest News

The 2016 AAPi Annual Meeting and Summer Seminar was held on August 12th – 14th at the Perdido Beach Resort.  During the Annual Meeting the 2016-2017 Board of Directors of AAPi was elected.  An installation ceremony was held on Sunday morning where the Directors were installed for the 2016 - 2017 year.  Pictured above - from left to right: Julie Craft, ACP – Past Presidents Chair; Kelly Crowe, ACP – Ways and Means Chair; Susan Conger - Professional Relations Chair; Kineshia Collins - Parliamentarian; Jeanie C. Johnson, ACP – Region I Director; Sonya Graves, ACP – President; Adrienne Berry, CP – NALA Liaison; Jebbie Austin - Secretary; Debbie Paul, CP – 2nd Vice President Seminars; Terri Sargent, ACP – 2nd Vice President Membership; and Angela Henderson, CP – 1st Vice President. Board members not pictured are: Charlene Schieferstein, ACP – Region II Director; Keri Sistrunk – Region III Director and Lauren Stuman – Communications Chair. 

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