Kristine Farmer, Ph.D. is a Litigation Consulting Analyst at Perkins Coie LLP, where she facilitates focus studies and mock trials and conducts jury research with the firm’s in-house Senior Litigation Consultant. Kristine also has over 25 years of experience as a trial paralegal, working in the areas of privacy and data security, complex commercial litigation, and patent litigation.
Kristine earned her Ph.D. in Applied Technology and Performance Improvement with a minor in Criminal Justice from the University of North Texas, where she is an Adjunct Professor for the Department of Criminal Justice and teaches Computer Crime. She previously taught paralegal and legal studies courses at El Centro College and the University of Arkansas – Pulaski Technical College.
Kristine is a past president of the National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA) (2005-06); a past president of the Paralegal Division of the State Bar of Texas (2002-03); and a past president of the Dallas Area Paralegal Association (DAPA) (2000). Kristine was the recipient of the Paralegal of the Year Award by the Dallas Area Paralegal Association in 2002 and was Paralegal Today’s Paralegal of the Year in 2005. In 2009, Kristine was the recipient of the Hon. William R. Robie National Leadership Award by the National Federation of Paralegal Associations.
I became involved with the Standing Committee on Paralegals Approval Commission in 2014 when I was elected to serve as the representative from the National Federation of Paralegal Associations, and served three years in that role. NFPA sets specific requirements for its members who may be interested in serving as its representative to the Approval Commission. Having served in several leadership roles for NFPA for over two decades and having also been a paralegal educator for several years, it seemed a natural progression for me to pursue the opportunity to serve as a member of the Approval Commission. I have enjoyed serving in this way, which I view as an opportunity to improve the education of paralegals, to promote the role of the paralegal, and the effective utilization of paralegals. Importantly, practicing paralegal members of the Approval Commission are able to underscore the important role paralegals play in the delivery of quality cost-effective legal services during the paralegal program site visits, to provide input in promoting and improving quality paralegal education, and gives us the opportunity to provide viewpoints and perspectives from the practical side of working with attorneys in the practice of law.
In 2018, I was appointed by the ABA President to serve as the general public member.
The Standing Committee on Paralegals Approval Commission has a deep bench of talented attorneys, paralegal program directors, paralegal educators, and practicing paralegals. As provided by the Guidelines, members of the Approval Commission consist of representatives from national paralegal associations, from paralegal educators from two-year, four-year, and certificate paralegal programs, a general public member, and attorney members of the ABA. This group of talented individuals work tirelessly to promote the goals of the Standing Committee and Approval Commission, and I am privileged to count myself among those who give back to our paralegal and legal professions through my service on the Approval Commission.