SOURCE: National Notary Association

May 16, 2007 12:25 ET

U.S. Notaries to Host Annual Conference and Third International Forum on Digital Evidence in Los Angeles

National Notary Association Event Marks the Organization's 50th Anniversary, and Features TV's Judge Marilyn Milian, Vermont's Tech-Savvy Governor and an Electronic Notarization Lab

CHATSWORTH, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 16, 2007 -- During this time of rampant mortgage fraud, identity crimes, backdating scandals, forgery, immigration fraud and even threats of terrorism, Notaries work quietly behind the scenes to protect the rights, property and identities of American consumers and businesses. Through their role as independent, third-party witnesses and identity screeners, they lend trust, integrity and security to important transactions.

That's why more than 40 states and 30 nations will be represented by nearly 1,800 Notaries, Notary-regulating officials, and electronic document technology experts expected to attend the National Notary Association's (NNA) 29th Annual Conference, celebrating "50 Years of Leadership, Professionalism and Trust" May 30-June 2 in Los Angeles, CA.

The event not only offers in-depth training for Notaries on both paper-based and electronic notarization, it also will host the 3rd International Forum on Electronic Evidence, attracting officials and legal authorities from around the globe.

The four-day event, held at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel, will offer Notaries nearly 40 career-enhancing workshops on subjects that include professional development, notarial ethics, and building a successful Notary Signing Agent business. An electronic Notarization Lab will give attendees hands-on experience and training with the highly secure Electronic Notary Seal.

"For nearly 30 years, the NNA's annual conference has served as the leading venue for America's Notaries to enhance their knowledge and careers as public officials," said NNA Executive Director Timothy Reiniger. "In addition to the many professional development opportunities offered, attendees will learn more about their important role in preventing identity fraud and forgery as well as about the dynamic field of eNotarization."

Among the featured speakers at the Conference are keynote speaker and tech savvy Governor Jim Douglas of Vermont, and Judge Marilyn Milian of "The People's Court." Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich, and L.A. Sheriff Lee Baca will also address the attendees.

The NNA will present its prestigious 2007 March Fong Eu Achievement Award to Pennsylvania Commonwealth Secretary Pedro Cortés for his pioneering efforts with the Pennsylvania Electronic Notarization Initiative. In addition, Joan Sampson, a Notary Public from Sheridan, California, will be recognized as the NNA's 2007 "Notary of the Year."

For more information on the NNA's 29th Annual Conference, please visit www.NationalNotary.org, or call (toll free) 1-800-US NOTARY (1-800-876-6827).

The NNA: Setting the Standard for America's Professional Notary

Founded in 1957, the National Notary Association (NNA) is committed to the professional development of Notaries throughout the United States by providing education, support and advocacy. The NNA also educates lawmakers, businesses and state officials on best notarial practices, and leads efforts to make necessary changes in the state and federal statutory framework. With a membership of 300,000, the Association offers federally accredited Notary education programs.

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