Mindi Schaefer

614 737 2914
mschaefer@poling-law.com
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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.

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.

Mindi has been appointed by the Supreme Court of Ohio to serve as a Commissioner on the Court’s Board for the Unauthorized Practice of Law. The Board conducts hearings, preserves the record, and makes findings and recommendations to the Supreme Court in cases involving the alleged unauthorized practice of law.

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 a past President for the association as well as the Public Relations Representative and Social Media and Website Coordinator.

Additionally, Mindi has served in many capacities for NFPA as the Advertising / Public Relations Coordinator, Leadership Coordinator, Vice President and Director of Profession Development, and American Bar Association Representative.

She is also an Adjunct Professor in Capital University Law School’s Paralegal Program associated with the Introduction to Paralegal Studies and Civil Litigation courses.

Mindi is a continuing legal education presenter with PACO, NFPA, myLawCLE, LawPracticeCLE, and Institute for Paralegal Education focusing on the areas of case preparation from start to Trial and document management.

She is also a featured author with PACO and National Paralegal Reporter (affiliated with the NFPA) focusing on topics associated to paralegals, association involvement, 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
  • Paralegal Association of Central Ohio Leadership Recognition 2017
  • Paralegal Association of Central Ohio Twenty Year Paralegal Service Award in 2019
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Notary Public for the State of Ohio
  • National Federation of Paralegal Associations
  • American Bar Association
  • 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