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Posted by PD President on February 23, 2015

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We are excited to report that the Paralegal Division App has launched!  The app is a web-based app that will allow PD members to add the app icon to their homepage on their handheld devices.  Once members log on, they will be able to manage their CLE hours on the go, and call up the Texas Paralegal Journal (TPJ) on their handheld devices! We hope you will enjoy this new member benefit!  To download the app, please go click or go to http://txpd.org/myapp.

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Posted by PD President on February 12, 2015

 State Bar College

Paralegal membership in the College of the State Bar of Texas, is an honorary society of qualified professionals who are interested in both high ethical standards and improved training. Memberships is $35 per year and benefits include:


  • A certificate of membership and a leather portfolio with the State Bar College logo
  • Newsletter sent three times a year
  • Distinction of attaining a higher level of professional membership
  • Unlimited free access to the Online Library of TexasBarCLE.com that includes thousands of CLE articles from State Bar courses
  • A twenty-five dollar discount to all TexasBarCLE.com or video replay seminars

Membership information and benefits can be found at: http://texasbarcollege.com/MembershipParalegal.html

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Posted by PD President on February 8, 2015

11-15-2010 10-18-35 AM EXCEPTIONAL PRO BONO SERVICE AWARDHelping Hands 2 Sponsored by the Paralegal Division Deadline: March 31, 2015 The Paralegal Division (PD) of the State Bar of Texas is proud to sponsor an Exceptional Pro Bono Service Award. Its purpose is to promote the awareness of pro bono activities and to encourage PD members to volunteer their time and specialty skills to pro bono projects within their community by recognizing a PD member who demonstrates exceptional dedication to pro bono service. Paralegals are invited to foster the development of pro bono projects, to provide assistance to established pro bono programs, and work closely with attorneys to provide unmet legal services to people with low incomes. This annual award will go to an individual PD member who performed the pro bono service(s) in the State of Texas and has volunteered his or her time and special skills in providing uncompensated services in pro bono assistance to their community. The winner of the award will be announced at the 2015 Annual Meeting to be held in San Antonio, TX on Friday, June 19, 2015, his/her expenses to attend the Annual Meeting will be incurred by the Division, and a profile of the individual will be published in the Fall 2015 issue of the Texas Paralegal Journal. Please complete the following nomination form, and return it to: Constance Nims Carrington Coleman 901 Main Street, Suite 5500 Dallas, TX 75202-3767 (214) 855-3547    FAX: (214) 758-3756 ProBonoAward@txpd.org Nominees must be received no later than March 31, 2015.  

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Posted by PD President on February 2, 2015

11-15-2010 10-18-35 AMMegan Goor 2It is the sincere pleasure of the Texas Paralegal Division to announce that Ms. Megan Goor, District Three Director, has been elected to serve as our 2015-2016 President-Elect, taking office as President after Ms. Erica Anderson, in June of 2016!

Please help the Texas Paralegal Division congratulate Megan!

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Posted by PD President on December 17, 2014


I do not know about you, but my December arrived with such force that I find myself off kilter!  It is easy to get caught up in everything that the season entails, but take hold and do not forget that it comes but once a year.  No matter how overwhelming it may seem, I hope that you will enjoy this time, as it is a time when the world is engaged in the magic of the season, love and family!

I wish you the strength of heart to forgive those who have wronged you; the heart and love of your family and friends; charity; respect; and tolerance for all those who need it—all of us!  Remember we are all worth it!

Happy Holidays to you and yours!  Stay safe!  ‘Tis the season to be merry!

Clara Luna Buckland

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Posted by PD President on December 1, 2014

DECEMBER 1, 2014 – FEBRUARY 25, 2015


Be entered to win $500!  The Paralegal Division will hold a membership drive challenge between December 1, 2014 and February 25, 2015 (membership dues between December 1 and February 25 are pro-rated (1/2 price) for the remaining 2014-2015 membership year).  For every five new members (Active, Associate, Subscribing and/or Student) that you refer and who join the Paralegal Division, your name will be entered into a drawing for a $500 cash prize! Be sure to give your PD member referral code to the individuals who are joining as new members during the challenge period.  To receive credit, the NEW member must enter the PD member’s referral code.  See the instructions below for your referral code.

Here’s how to determine your referral code that you’ll provide prospective members:
Your referral code is made up of the first 5 letters of your last name in lower case plus the last four digits of your membership number from your Bar card.  If your last name has less than 5 letters please follow the letters with the appropriate number of zeros to pad the total length to 5 characters.  Omit any spaces or special characters. Here are some examples of the name portion of the referral code: Lee = lee00, La Costa = lacos, O’Kelly = okell, Hart-Tucker = hart0, Smith = smith.  Using “2222” as the last four digits of our example bar number, the resulting example referral codes would be Lee = lee002222, La Costa = lacos2222, O’Kelly = okell2222, Hart-Tucker = hart02222, Smith = smith2222.

Winner of the Membership Drive Challenge will be announced on March 13, 2015 (ten business days following the deadline of February 25).

Please note Paralegal Division membership criteria can be found HERE.

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Posted by PD President on November 26, 2014

eblast_bannerDear Members:

As we prepare to give thanks for all the blessings that we enjoy, I am writing to thank you for your membership in the Paralegal Division. I wish you abundance in health, joy, family, friends, laughter, and all the little things that matter in life!

If winter is slumber and spring is birth, and summer is life, then autumn rounds out to be reflection. It’s a time of year when the leaves are down and the harvest is in and the perennials are gone. Mother Earth just closed up the drapes on another year and it’s time to reflect on what’s come before.Mitchell Burgess,

Happy Thanksgiving, stay safe and warm!

God’s blessings!



Clara Luna Buckland, C.P.

NALA Certified Paralegal

2014-2015 President

Paralegal Division of the State Bar of Texas

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direct dial:  915.521.4659

For more information on the PD please visit us at www.txpd.org

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PD Webinar – The Impact of the Affordable Care Act on Texas

Posted by PD President on November 6, 2014

The Paralegal Division of the State Bar of Texas

$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, November 12, 2014
 (1 hour CLE)
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM (CDT)

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

The Impact of the Affordable Care Act on Texas (ACA)
(Approved for TBLS Credit: Civil Trial Law, Family Law, and Personal Injury Law)

Kathy Poppitt
Attorney at Law
King & Spaulding
Austin, TX

A discussion of the impact of state regulation to ACA – laws signed/enacted and Constitutional amendments, 2014 changes and mandates.  It will cover the differences in individual coverage v. large employer coverage.  Employer Shared Responsibility penalties and reporting requirements delayed until 2015-2016 and what employers are subject to play or pay.

(click here to register)

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

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Posted by PD President on November 2, 2014

TX Paralegal Day Seal



In Dallas, District 2 joined with the Dallas Area Paralegal Association, the North Texas Paralegal Association and the J.L. Turner Association Paralegal Section to host their 12th Annual Texas Paralegal Day joint celebration at the Belo Mansion in Dallas.  This year’s theme was “Flying High in Your Profession” with Gary Kennedy, former general counsel for American Airlines.  Mr. Kennedy spoke on attributes that he looks for in paralegals and what he seeks in a successful legal team member. Michele Boerder read the Texas Senate Proclamation No. 1144, declaring every October 23rd Texas Paralegal Day.

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District 3 had its Paralegal Day Luncheon on October 15th! It was held at Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen in Fort Worth. Reservations filled up within three days! The moderator was Tarrant County Bar Association President, Mike Henry, Esq. Mr. Henry read Proclamation No. 1144. The speaker was Bill Bowers, Esq. He gave a very insightful presentation on “Tips for Being an Ethical Paralegal.” Both were very complimentary of each other, the paralegal profession, and the program. There were door prizes and wonderful goodie bags. A big thank you to our sponsors, iDocket, Kim Tindall & Associates, and dessert sponsor, Thomson Reuters. Also, a big thank you to District 3 team leaders for all of their efforts!

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District 4 of the State Bar of Texas – Paralegal Division and Capital Area Paralegal Association members attended their joint Texas Paralegal Day Celebration. Thursday, October 23 from 6-8 pm at the Sheraton Austin at the Capitol, in the Creekside Room (2nd Floor) located at 701 E. 11th Street, Austin from 6pm – 8pm.  The keynote speaker was  Karin Crump, Austin Attorney, Mediator and Judge-Elect of the 250th District Court of Travis County.  District 4 hosted a Cocktail Reception with Hors D’oeuvres, Dessert, Cash Bar, Door Prizes from their sponsors.

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District 5 joined the two local organizations, Alamo Area Paralegal Association and South Texas Organization of Paralegals, to put on the 11th Annual San Antonio Paralegal Day Celebration.  The president-elect of the State Bar, Allen DuBois, was our keynote and, in keeping with our theme, The Winds of Change, gave a great presentation about the evolution in the practice of law, and then discussed some of the initiatives he intends to pursue when he steps into office next May.

Due to the success of the event over the years, we were able to donate $1800 to the San Antonio Bar Association, Community Justice Program, which is the largest local pro bono program in the area.

Last, but not least, Sharon Vetters was awarded Paralegal of the Year.  Her attorney wrote a lovely letter of recommendation about the nature of their practice, spanning 30+ years.  It was a great day for District 5, and I wish all other paralegals a Happy Paralegal Day – today, tomorrow, and every day!


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Hear Ye, Hear Ye . . . Happy Texas Paralegal Day!

Posted by PD President on October 23, 2014

Hear Ye, Hear Ye . . . Happy Texas Paralegal Day!

On October 23, 1981, the Board of Directors of the State Bar of Texas honored Texas paralegals by establishing the Legal Assistants Division of the State Bar of Texas, now known as the Paralegal Division. This spoke volumes in terms of recognizing the profession, and the important work that we do in the furtherance of legal services. Texas made history in that it was the first state bar association in the country to establish a division for its paralegals!TX Paralegal Day Seal

Texas paralegals were again honored for their contributions by the Texas Senate when by Proclamation No. 1144, it recognized October 23 each year as Texas Paralegal Day, describing paralegals as “vital . . . with exceptional talents and expertise [they] provide valuable services that contribute significantly to the efficient functioning of the judicial system . . .” and concluded that the proclamation “. . . be prepared as an expression of high regard from the Texas Senate.”

My fellow Texas paralegals, on this our special day, I salute you! I am proud to be a part of this group of remarkable professionals. Let us never forget nor take for granted the many steps taken, and the hard work of our predecessors to get us where we are today, 33 years later!

Celebrate each other, and our profession, and continue the tradition of working to make the paralegal profession and the Paralegal Division influential! Enjoy your day—make it a great one!


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Clara Luna Buckland, CP


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