Legal Assistants Paralegals of Southern West Virginia - LAPSWV

Lisa Casdorph, CP

Treasurer


Lisa is currently employed as a Paralegal in the Administrative Law Group at JacksonKelly, PLLC.   She has been with JacksonKelly, PLLC for over twenty years working primarily on defense of workers’ compensation and Federal Black Lung claims. Lisa received an Associates Degree in Applied Science – Legal Assistant program, from Marshall University in 1994, obtained her paralegal certification in 2004 and is a current NALA and LAPSWV member.   


Tammy Welch, ACP

Parliamentarian


Ms. Welch is currently a Claims Consultant with West Virginia Mutual Insurance Company (“WVMIC”), a non-profit, member owned medical liability insurance company that has been insuring physicians since July 2004.    Prior to joining WVMIC in August 2013, she was an advanced certified paralegal with Jackson Kelly, PLLC from July 1999 to July 2013, where she assisted attorneys in the firm’s litigation department, focusing primarily on Medical Liability defense.

She received her Certified Legal Assistant (CLA) in January 2000 and her Advanced Paralegal Certification in Trial Practice in April 2013; and is an active member of National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA). She has been an active member of Legal Assistants/Paralegals of Southern West Virginia (LAPSWV) since 2004, serving as NALA Liaison (2005-2006 and January 2010-June 2010) and as Parliamentarian/Historian from June 2008 to January 2010, June 2010 to June 2012, and June 2014 to present. Ms. Welch was a member of the LAPSWV Executive Committee honored as the 2009 Paralegals of the Year and was individually honored as the LAPSWV 2011 Paralegal of the Year. She also received a NALA Affiliated Associates award in 2011.

Kelly Mullins

President


Kelly Mullins is employed at The Masters Law Firm LC as a legal assistant.  She has been employed with the Masters Law Firm for seven years, working primarily on products liability, medical negligence and personal injury cases.  She has been a member of LAPSWV since 2015. 


Stephanie Green, ACP
Secretary


Stephanie received an AA degree in Paralegal Studies at the University of Charleston in 1998. She graduated with Honors. She also received an AS degree in Legal Studies at the West Virginia University Institute of Technology in 1992. She has been a litigation paralegal for 25 years, and she is currently employed at Jackson Kelly focusing on commercial and general litigation. She received her Certified Paralegal Certification (CP) in 2005, and her Advanced Certified Paralegal Certification (ACP) in Discovery in 2020.

She is an active member of National Association of Legal Assistants
(NALA) since 2005. She has also been an active member of Legal
Assistants/Paralegals of Southern West Virginia (LAPSWV) since
2018. Prior to that she was an active member of Association of West
Virginia Paralegals, Inc. (AWVP). She served as Secretary from 1999-2000, Delegate-at-Large from 2003-2005, Regional Director in 2007, and NALA Liaison from 2005-2008. She also received a NALA Affiliated Association Award in 2006.


                          Patricia Schoolcraft, ACP

                          NALA Liaison


Patricia is currently employed as a Paralegal with The West Virginia State Bar.  She has a diverse background as a litigation paralegal with Preston & Salango, PLLC, a plaintiff law firm, and Flaherty Sensabaugh and Bonasso, PLLC, a defense law firm.  She has been a member of LAPSWV since it’s inception in 2004.  During her membership with LAPSWV, she has served as President, First Vice President, Second Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer.  She has been a member of NALA since 1989.  She obtained her paralegal certification (CP) in 1998 and her advanced paralegal certification (ACP) in 2016.  While working full-time, she graduated from Marshall University, with honors, in 1992 with an AAS in Paralegal Studies and went on to obtain her BA from West Virginia University Institute of Technology in 2003. .


Sara Hardman, CRP

Vice President


Sara received two Associate Degrees at BridgeValley Community and Technical College in Paralegal Studies and Criminal Justice. While attending BridgeValley, she participated in the LAPSWV Student Chapter, beginning as Executive Committee Liaison and then becoming President in her final year. Sara has worked as a paralegal for the Giatras Law Firm, PLLC, for nearly two years, working on criminal defense and consumer protection law.