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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

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, 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)

Speaker:
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.

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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TEXAS PARALEGAL DAY 2014!

Posted by PD President on November 2, 2014

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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!

Sincerely,

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Clara Luna Buckland, CP

President

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PD CLE WEBINARS STARTING TODAY

Posted by PD President on September 10, 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.
)
Conference image $50.00 – Non PD Members
The audio and slides for this course are through your computer.
Upcoming Webinars

September 10, 2014
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm (CDT) -  (1 hour CLE)

Prosecutorial Immunity - (Approved for TBLS Credit: Criminal Law)
Speaker:  Jonathan Wharton, Attorney at Law, Longview, TX
When people are convicted of crimes they did not commit, most people expect the prosecutors involved to be held accountable. Even in cases in which the prosecution hides evidence, however, they are rarely, if ever, liable in a civil lawsuit. Courts are extremely reluctant to hold the prosecutors’ feet to the same fire as a typical criminal defendant. This presentation will cover the limits of civil liability, the possibility of ethical consequences for prosecutors, and the two instances in which a prosecutor has been prosecuted himself for misconduct.
Register HERE.

September 17, 2014
 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm (CDT) -  (1 hour CLE)
 Divorce Financial Help – (Approved for TBLS Credit: Civil Trial Law and Family Law)
Speaker:  Carrie D. Wilson, CFP®, CDFA™, Investment Advisor, McKinney, TX
The presentation is a summary of a case where additional communication between counsel and the financial professional would have saved the client money and effort.  Differences between a pre-mediation proposal and post–divorce results are highlighted and quantified.  Focus is given to several drafting, processing and calculating errors that might have been avoided with more extensive teamwork.
Register HERE.

September 18, 2014
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm (CDT) -  (1 hour CLE)
Creating Effective Records Requests (Approved for TBLS Credit: Civil Trial Law and Personal Injury Trial Law)

Speakers:  Dr. Ron Luke and Kacy Turner, Research & Planning Consultants, LP
The move towards doing all things digitally in the work place has made many daily tasks much easier and more straightforward. However, a paralegal’s job of creating effective and comprehensive medical records requests is not one of them. A great deal of the clinical and billing data an attorney or expert witness needs to evaluate a case may never  be printed or put in a paper file. If you don’t know how to request digital records and data, your firm won’t have all the information it needs. In many personal injury cases and medical payment disputes, electronic medical records and billing data contain the most crucial information . It is important for expert witnesses for both plaintiff and defense attorneys to have all of the information they need to develop an informed opinion on a case.
Register HERE.

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

 

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UPDATE – WIN AN IPAD AIR FROM THE PARALEGAL DIVISION!

Posted by PD President on September 4, 2014

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Paralegal Division
Utilization and Compensation Survey
Enter to Win an IPad Air!!

Salary Survey for Texas Paralegals
Deadline to complete Salary Survey has been extended  – NEW deadline on Monday, September 15 @ 5:00 pm CST
Please share this email with all paralegal colleagues.

To thank you for your participation you will be entered in a drawing for a new iPad Air.  This survey is completely anonymous, and the process is secure. Your email address will only be used to verify that your survey is unique and for the iPad Air drawing.  Your email address will then be deleted, and not associated with your response.  [Note:  If you have already participated, no worries you will be entered into the drawing.]

The Paralegal Division’s Utilization and Compensation Survey of paralegals in Texas is now underway!    Use the direct link below to complete the 2014 Paralegal Division (Division) of the State Bar of Texas Compensation Survey.  The information from this survey will be used to generate reports that will allow paralegals in Texas to see how their compensation packages compare to others in their geographic region.

Questions cover educational backgrounds, work environments, duties and responsibilities, billing and salary levels, and regional demographics affecting paralegal utilization and compensation.  Participation in the convenient “scroll-and-click” survey is totally anonymous.  The survey is open to all paralegals – not just members of the State Bar of Texas Paralegal Division.  Please participate and tell others of this opportunity.

By completing the survey you are helping the Paralegal Division to provide the most accurate and up-to-date information.  Each question can be answered by simply checking a response or filling in a blank.  All responses will be kept anonymous.

Please complete this survey by Monday, September 15, 2014 at Salary Survey.

Thank you for your participation.  This information will provide summary demographic information about paralegal work, compensation, benefits, and job satisfaction in Texas.

Note:  The survey findings will be summarized and published on our website. Findings should be available by November 2014.

 

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SURVEY DEADLINE SEPTEMBER 8TH!

Posted by PD President on August 27, 2014

Dear fellow Texas Paralegal:

As you may be aware, the Paralegal Division is conducting its 2014 Salary Survey open to all Texas paralegals, regardless of member status.  It takes but a few minutes to complete the survey, so we hope you will participate and share this invitation with all your fellow paralegals.  In an effort to take an accurate count of participants, you will be asked to enter your PD membership number, and if you are not a PD member you will be asked to enter your email address.  Please note that this is solely to ensure a unique response from each paralegal, but the survey is completely (emphasis added) anonymous.  Furthsurvey1ermore, the survey is being administered by the department of Research and Analysis of the State Bar of Texas on behalf of the PD, and it is that department that will collect the data and issue a report on its findings.

I hope this puts you at ease if you had any reservations about participating.  Remember that this is a valuable tool for us and our profession.

Please follow this link to participate:  https://texasbar.informz.net/survistapro/sn.asp?gid=D2193B69-5063-44B3-AFDE-288E9E56E3FC

The deadline to take the survey of September 8 is fast approaching so I hope you will a few minutes to participate in the survey and help us spread the word.

Thank you for your attention and professional courtesies.

Sincerely,

Clara

Clara Luna Buckland, C.P.
NALA Certified Paralegal
2014-2015 President
Paralegal Division of the State Bar of Texas
c/o El Paso Electric Company
direct dial:  915.521.4659

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

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WEBINAR – PREPARING CLIENTS FOR CIVIL LITIGATION

Posted by PD President on August 18, 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, August 27, 2014
(1 hour CLE)
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM (CDT)
The audio and slides for this course are through your computer.
Preparing Your Client for Civil Litigation
(Approved for TBLS Credit: Civil Trial Law, Family Law and Personal Injury Law)

Speaker:
Lucia M. Ceaser
Kittleman Thomas, PLLC
McAllen, TX
This presentation will provide a foundation to help prepare your clients for the different aspects of civil litigation. Additionally, it will address the general do’s and don’ts of client relations.

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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PARALEGAL Utilization and Compensation Survey

Posted by PD President on August 5, 2014

Paralegal Division
Utilization and Compensation Survey

Salary Survey for Texas Paralegals
(August 4 – September 5)

Deadline to complete Salary Survey is Monday, September 8 @ 5:00 pm CST

Please share this email with all paralegal colleagues.

survey1The Paralegal Division’s Utilization and Compensation Survey of paralegals in Texas is now underway!    Use the direct link below to complete the 2014 Paralegal Division (Division) of the State Bar of Texas Compensation Survey.  The information from this survey will be used to generate reports that will allow paralegals in Texas to see how their compensation packages compare to others in their geographic region.

Questions cover educational backgrounds, work environments, duties and responsibilities, billing and salary levels, and regional demographics affecting paralegal utilization and compensation.  Participation in the convenient “scroll-and-click” survey is totally anonymous.  The survey is open to all paralegals – not just members of the State Bar of Texas Paralegal Division.  Please participate and tell others of this opportunity.

By completing the survey you are helping the Paralegal Division to provide the most accurate and up-to-date information.  Each question can be answered by simply checking a response or filling in a blank.  All responses will be kept anonymous.

Please complete this survey by September 8, 2014 at Salary Survey.

Thank you for your participation.  This information will provide summary demographic information about paralegal work, compensation, benefits, and job satisfaction in Texas.

Note:  The survey findings will be summarized and published on our website. Findings should be available by November 2014.

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THANK YOU SPONSORS – TAPS 2014 OCT. 1 – 3!

Posted by PD President on July 31, 2014

TAPS - Texas Advanced Paralegal Seminar
Texas Advanced Paralegal Seminar

October 1 – 3, 2014
DoubleTree Hotel (North IH-35)
Austin, TX

A Three Day Multi-Track CLE Seminar sponsored by the Paralegal Division, State Bar of Texas

TAPS 2014 SPONSORS

TITLE SPONSOR

Innovative Legal Solutions

PLATINUM SPONSORS

Center for Advanced Legal Studies
Hollerbach & Associates, Inc.

GOLD SPONSORS

Esquire Deposition Solutions
Kim Tindall & Associates, LLC
Texas Board of Legal Specialization
US Legal Support, Inc.

SILVER SPONSOR

Texas File
Brief Lynx

INTERNET ACCESS SPONSOR

Thomson Reuters

BUS SPONSORS

Compex Legal Services, Inc.
The Legal Connection, Inc.

GRAND PRIZE SPONSORS

Husch Blackwell, LLP
Rivers McNamara, PLLC
Saunders Norval Pargaman & Atkins
Law Office of David Sheppard

EXHIBITORS

Advanced Depositions
Attorney Resource, Inc.
Avansic E-Discovery and Digital Forensics
Brief Lynx
Capitol Services, Inc.
Center for Advanced Legal Studies
Confidential Communications International, Ltd.
DepoTexas
easy-serve, LLC
Elite Document Technology
Esquire Deposition Solutions
File & ServeXpress, LLC
Fredericks Reporting & Litigation Services, LLC
Haag Engineering Company
HG Litigation Services
Huseby Court Reporting
iDocket.com, LLC
Innovative Legal Solutions
Kim Tindall & Associates Litigation Support Services
LegalPartners, LP
Merrill Corporation
NALA – The Association of Legal Assistants/Paralegals, Tulsa, OK
Parasec
Professional Civil Process of Texas, Inc.
Providus
Registered Agents Solutions, Inc.
Research & Planning Consultants, L.P.
Second Image National, Inc.
Stratos Legal
Team Legal
Texas Board of Legal Specialization
Texas File
The Legal Connection, Inc.
Thomson Reuters
U.S. Legal Support, Inc.
Vocational Solutions
Written Deposition Service, LLP

 

 

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CLE WEBINAR-The Foreign Language of Medical Records

Posted by PD President on July 16, 2014

medical_recordsCLE 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, July 23, 2014
 (1 hour CLE)
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM (CDT)

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

The Foreign Language of Medical Records: 
If You Don’t Know What You are Looking For, You Won’t Find It

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

Speaker
Susan Wilen, RN
Nurse Paralegal
Brin & Brin, P.C.

San Antonio, TX
 

Medical Records are part of a legal puzzle and are an important tool for developing a legal strategy.  Most paralegals are not nurses, nor do they have medical training, but are often required to take these very important pieces of evidence and turn it into something that their attorney can use to begin their review and evaluation of the case.  Whether you work on behalf of a Plaintiff or the Defendant, Susan will provide you you with several tips to help you make it through the initial evaluation of your client’s case.  She will give you information on how to compare the petition to the evidence in the medical charts and how to organize these materials and begin compiling a chronology or timeline of events that are crucial to your case.  Do not miss this presentation!

 
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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