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CLE Webinar – Fair Labor Standards Act May 14, 2014

Posted by PD President on April 16, 2014

CLE WEBINAR PRESENTED BY THE PARALEGAL DIVISION
$40.00 – PD MEMBERS

(If you are a member of the Paralegal Division, please ensure that your membership number is
correctly reflected in the Membership number field on your account.
)
$50.00 – Non PD Members

 Join us for a Webinar on Wednesday, May 14, 2014
 (1 hour CLE)
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM (CDT)

The audio and slides for this course are through your computer.

Fair Labor Standards Act: An Overview

(Approved for TBLS Credit: Civil Trial Law); Presentation will also cover Labor & Employment Law

Speaker
Jeremi K. Young
Attorney at Law
The Young Law Firm

Amarillo, TX

The speaker will overview the provisions of the FLSA, including its minimum wage and overtime requirements. The presentation will highlight differences between the FLSA and other employment laws, discuss recent litigation arising under the FLSA, and summarize some of the more common violations of the statutes and their potential consequences for employers.


REGISTER FOR THIS WEBINAR:
(click here to register)

To report problems after registering for webinar:
Contact at (877) 880-1335
Email support@inreachce.com

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Win the Pro Bono Challenge with the Paralegal Division – deadline May 31, 2014

Posted by PD President on April 11, 2014

Help the Paralegal Division win this challenge!

The State Bar of Texas – Legal Access Division is excited to issue a “Pro Bono Challenge” to the Sections and Divisions of the State Bar.   The purpose of the Challenge is to recognize the Sections and Divisions for their pro bono participation and add to the competitive spirit amongst Sections.  The Challenge was recently announced and launched through State Bar media and will run through the end of the bar year (May 31, 2014).

Scales of Justice

To “log” pro bono hours, attorneys & paralegals simply log in to their My Bar Page, and click on the Add Pro Bono Hours page to add their pro bono hours. Members can assign their pro bono hours to a Section/Division or combination of Sections by making multiple entries through the “add hours” tab.  (Members may only count their pro bono hours once.)  Winners of the Pro Bono Challenge will be selected in two categories: (1) the highest number of hours reported by a Section/Division; and (2) the highest percentage of Section/Division members reporting pro bono hours.  Winners will be recognized at a special reception at the State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting, in the Texas Bar Journal, and in other media.  If you have any questions please contact the Legal Access Division at  800.204.222 ex 1837.

 

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VOTE FOR YOUR DISTRICT DIRECTOR & BYLAW AMENDMENT NOW – DEADLINE IS APRIL 11, 2014

Posted by PD President on April 8, 2014

ImageVOTE NOW!! NOTICE OF ELECTIONS
March 28 – April 11, 2014 – Even Numbered District Directors, Special District 7 Election and Bylaws Amendment

The Paralegal Division is currently holding elections for District Directors in even-numbered districts (Districts 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, and 16); a special election for District 7; and a Bylaws Amendment Election.  The Election IS BEING held from March 28 through April 11, 2014.  All Active members of the Paralegal Division in good standing as of March 28, 2014 are eligible to vote. All voting must be completed on or before 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2014All voting will be online and no ballots will be mailed to members.  Please take a few minutes to logon to the PD’s website and cast your vote for your District’s Director. The process is fast, easy, anonymous, and secure.
-Between March 28th and April 11, 2014 go to www.txpd.org
-In the Member-Only section, click on “Vote”
-Follow the instructions to login and vote

Renewals - The Paralegal Division will be mailing the 2014-2015 membership renewal forms in April to all current 2013-2014 members of the Paralegal Division whose membership expires on May 31, 2014.  If you are a current 2013-2014 Active or Associate member (membership expiring on May 31, 2014), you are required to obtain at least 6 hours of CLE (2 hours can be self-study) between June 1, 2013 and May 31, 2014 in order to renew your 2014-2015 membership.  The Standing Rules of the Paralegal Division states that each Active and/or Associate member must obtain at least 6 CLE hours to renew membership for the following fiscal year (June 1May 31).

The Paralegal Division is here to help you!  To obtain your CLE, you may attend an on-site CLE or an Online CLE or download a CLEtoGo (podcast) from the PD’s Online CLE.  The Paralegal Division has a CLE website calendar that lists upcoming CLE (view at www.txpd.org) and also houses an Online CLE library for easy access to CLE.  Please see below a new list of Online CLE that you can access today at http://txpd.inreachce.com/

Upcoming Webinar
April 10, 2014 (12:00 noon CDT) – Proving or Disproving Economic Damages in a Personal Injury Litigation
This topic will discuss what a life care plan is and when you need one.  It will also discuss the roles of the life care planner, the physicians and the economist in this very important damage tool. The presenters will provide you with the steps to take in developing and the common weaknesses of life care plans.  Finally, they will provide information on how inflation, present value, and cases such as Escobedo affect your client’s life care plans.

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WEBINAR – APRIL 10TH – ELEMENTS OF LIFE CARE PLANS

Posted by PD President on April 4, 2014

CLE WEBINAR PRESENTED BY THE PARALEGAL DIVISION
$40.00 – PD MEMBERS

(If you are a member of the Paralegal Division, please ensure that your membership number is
correctly reflected in the Membership number field on your account.
)
$50.00 – Non PD Members

 Join us for a Webinar on Thursday, April 10, 2014
 (1 hour CLE)
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM (CST)

The audio and slides for this course are through your computer.

Proving or Disproving Economic Damages in Personal Injury Litigation:
“Clinical and Economic Elements of Life Care Plans”

(Approved for TBLS Credit: Civil Trial Law and Personal Injury Law)

Speakers:

Ronald T. Luke, J.D., Ph.D.
Kacy Turner, MS, CRC, CVE, CLCP
Research & Planning Consultants, LP
Austin, TX

This topic will discuss what a life care plan is and when you need one.  It will also discuss the roles of the life care planner, the physicians and the economist in this very important damage tool. The presenters will provide you with the steps to take in developing and the common weaknesses of life care plans.  Finally, they will provide information on how inflation, present value, and cases such as Escobedo affect your client’s life care plans.

REGISTER FOR THIS WEBINAR:
(click here to register)

To report problems after registering for webinar:
Contact at (877) 880-1335
Email support@inreachce.com

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NOTICE OF ELECTIONS – VOTE NOW!!

Posted by PD President on March 31, 2014

PARALEGAL DIVISION
NOTICE OF ELECTIONS
March 28 – April 11, 2014
Even Numbered District Directors, Special District 7 Election and Bylaws Amendment

VOTE NOW!!

The Paralegal Division will hold an election for District Directors in even-numbered districts (Districts 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, and 16); a special election for District 7; and a Bylaws Amendment Election.  The Elections will take place March 28 through April 11, 2014.

All Active members of the Paralegal Division in good standing as of March 28, 2014 are eligible to vote. All voting must be completed on or before 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2014.

All voting will be online and no ballots will be mailed to members.

Please take a few minutes to logon to the PD’Images website and cast your vote for your District’s Director. The process is fast, easy, anonymous, and secure.

-Between March 28th and April 11, 2014 go to www.txpd.org

-In the Member-Only section, click on “Vote”

-Follow the instructions to login and vote

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Texas Alliance of Paralegal Associations – Above and Beyond – APRIL 4 & 5, 2014

Posted by PD President on March 18, 2014

Texas Alliance of Paralegal Associations (TAPA) 2014
Above and Beyond:  Unlocking Your Leadership Potential

Westin Element DFW Airport North
3550 Highway 635, Irving, TX
IT’s NOT TOO LATE TO REGISTER!!

The Paralegal Division of the State Bar of Texas is hosting the TAPA 2014 Conference on April 4 & 5, 2014.  The purpose of the conference is to bring leaders of paralegal associations from across the State of Texas together to report on activities of their association as well as learn from each other.  Topics span from “what is happening in the associations” to “how to better serve their membership.”  In 2014, the Paralegal Division will provide a Leadership Program to paralegal association leaders during this conference.  To register for the entire conference (leaders of Texas paralegals associations), access registration form at www.txpd.org on Home Page under TAPA 2014.

During this weekend, the Paralegal Division is sponsoring a three-hour leadership event on Friday, April 4 that is open to all paralegals. To register for the Friday leadership summit, access registration form at www.txpd.org on Home Page under TAPA 2014.

For details in regard to this conference, please contact:

Debbie Oaks, TAPA 2014 Chair
doaks@ngptrs.com
972.432.1467

Note:  Payment can be made by check or credit card (via PayPal); all credit card payments include a $5 convenience charge.  To receive specific details to pay by credit card, please send an email to TAPA Chair.
 

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TBLS HELPFUL HINTS GUIDE

Posted by PD President on March 12, 2014

The TBLS Helpful Hints Guide – In 2012, the Board of Directors of the Paralegal Division of the State Bar of Texas appointed a committee comprised of paralegals who have been certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization (TBLS) – Deborah Andreacchi (Bankruptcy); Scheryl S. Beauchamp (Personal Injury); Cindy Curry (Estate Planning & Probate); Ginger Gage (Real Estate); Penny Grawunder (Civil Trial); Debbie House (Real Estate); Javan Johnson, Chair (Civil Trial); Teresa King (Estate Planning & Probate); Janet Nolley (Bankruptcy); Andrea Podlesney (Criminal); Robert Soliz (Civil Trial); Donna E. K. Soules (Family); Kimberly Spivey (Family); and Jody Vann (Civil Trial and Personal Injury). This committee worked together to compose this helpful hints guide for any paralegal who desires to take a specialty examination administered by TBLS. This document is a publication of the Paralegal Division of the State Bar of Texas, which is solely responsible for its content. It is not a publication of the Texas Board of Legal Specialization (TBLS) nor is it endorsed in any way by TBLS. The Guide is now listed under the Members Only Area of the Paralegal Division website (you must sign into the members only area to access The Guide).

Please note that all members of the Paralegal Division have access to the TBLS Helpful Hints Guide developed by the Paralegal Division.  To gain access to this Guide, please sign into the members-only area using your USER ID (membership number) and PASSWORD (first five letters of your last name – all lower case).  The TBLS Helpful Hints Guide is located at www.txpd.org under MEMBERS-ONLY Tab.

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TEXAS ALLIANCE OF PARALEGAL ASSOCIATIONS CONFERENCE – APRIL 4-5, 2014

Posted by PD President on March 7, 2014

ImageTAPA Conference – April 4 – 5, 2014 – Irving, TXDeadline to Register:  March 15, 2014
On April 4-5, 2014, the Paralegal Division will host the Texas Alliance of Paralegal Associations (TAPA) Leadership Conference at the Westin Element DFW North Hotel in Irving.  The meeting brings together local paralegal association leaders and leaders of the Paralegal Division to discuss various topics that effect paralegal associations across Texas.  The meeting on Saturday, April 5 is attended by representatives of Texas paralegal associations.

On Friday, April 4, 2014, from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, the Paralegal Division will be present 3 hours of Leadership/Professional Development Training which is open to all paralegals.  This program will include:

·         Leadership Self-Assessment
·         Leadership Style – Discover Your Leadership “Type”
·         Creating a Vision for Your Association
·         Mentoring – How to Identify, Mentor and Raise Future Leaders

►Interested in attending?  Please view website link HERE for details.
Note:  Deadline to register is March 15, 2014

To register and pay by PayPal please select from the following options (All credit card payments include a $5 credit card convenience charge).

Combination Registrations:
Friday Leadership Seminar with Friday Night Social (Dinner) & Saturday Leadership Conference     $110   PAY NOW
Friday Leadership Seminar with Friday Night Social (Dinner)     $80     PAY NOW

Individual Selections:
Leadership Seminar on Friday, April 4, 2014     $35     PAY NOW
1:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Friday Night Dinner Social     $50     PAY NOW
6:00 pm

Leadership Conference on Saturday, April 5, 2014     $35    PAY NOW
7:00 am Registration & breakfast
8:00 am – 3:00 pm

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PD SUSTAINING MEMBERS

Posted by PD President on March 3, 2014

The Paralegal Division would like to acknowledge and thank our wonderful Sustaining Members.  Please support these firms that support the PD!Hands Applauding

Advanced Depositions

Attorney Resource

Capitol Services, Inc.

Center for Advanced Legal Studies

Central Texas Litigation Support Services, Inc.

CodeMantra LLC

Compex Legal Services, Inc.

Confidential Communications International, Ltd.

Contoural, Inc.

DepoTexas/Sunbelt Reporting Services

Easy Serve LLC

El Centro College Paralegal Studies Program

Esquire Deposition Solutions, LLC

File & ServeXpress, LLC

Fredericks Reporting & Litigation Services, LLC

Haag Engineering Co.

HG Litigation Services

Hollerbach & Associates

iDOC Corp/Texas Legal Copies, Inc.

iDocket.com, LLC

Innovative Legal Solutions

Kim Tindall & Associates, Inc.

Legal Concierge, Inc.

LegalPartners LP

Merrill Corporation

Providus

Registered Agent Solutions, inc.

Regus

Research & Planning Consultants, LP

Santiago Legal Services

Stratos Legal Services, LP

Surety Advisors, LLC

TaurusQuest USA

Team Legal

The Legal Connection, Inc.

Thomas Court Services

Tyler Area Association of Legal Professionals

U.S. Legal Support, Inc.

Westlaw/Thomson Reuters

Written Deposition Service, LP

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Need a Speaker? – PD Ambassadors Rhonda Brashears Can Help

Posted by PD President on February 19, 2014

Looking for a speaker?  Let the Ambassador Program help!  All our speakers are past presidents of the Paralegal Division and each has several CLE and Non-CLE topics ready for presentation. 
 
Rhonda Brashears is one of our Ambassadors, and she is also a two-time past president of the Paralegal Division.  Rhonda has a great presentation on Effective Case Management, but is also very knowledgeable on all aspects of litigation and legal technology.  She is a paralegal with Underwood Law Firm, P.C. located in Amarillo, Texas, and is NALA certified and TBLS certified in Personal Injury Trial Law.  For more on Rhonda and the Ambassador Program, go to www.txpd.org and scroll down to the PD Speakers tab.
Rhonda Brashears

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