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STATE BAR OF TEXAS PRESIDENT – AROUND TEXAS

Posted by Texas Paralegal Division President on July 20, 2015

The State Bar of Texas President, Allan DuBois, was the guest speaker at the Tarrant County Bar Association luncheon on Tuesday, July 14th, in Fort Worth. After the luncheon, Mr. DuBois expressed great appreciation for paralegals and is a staunch advocate for the positive roles that paralegals play in the legal field.  “The paralegal is always there to put out the fire, I call them ‘first responders.'”  Mr. DuBois’ presentation about the state of the State Bar was engagiDubois and PD Presng and his discussion about his initiatives, including calling for support of the Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program (“TLAP”), pro bono assistance programs, and mentorship programs, was not only motivating, but also, extremely heartfelt.  Mr. DuBois is giving this presentation to various bar associations around the state.  As a PD member, you are also a State Bar of Texas member and I encourage you to attend! – Megan Goor, TBLS-BCP, President-Elect, Paralegal Division of the State Bar of Texas.

Mr. DuBois will be traveling around Texas for the following speaking engagements:

August 28, 2015                    12th Annual Advanced Workers Compensation Course
                                                Where: Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol– Austin

September 10, 2015              Advanced Civil Appellate Practice
                                                Where:  Austin Four Seasons

October 2, 2015                     Oil & Gas
                  Where:  Westin Galleria, Houston

October 15, 2015                Texas Minority Counsel Program
                                                Where: Houston – Westin Memorial City

December 4, 2015                 Winding Down a Law Practice Course
                                                Where: Texas Law Center – Hatton Sumners

January 14-15, 2016              Advanced Employment Law
                                                Where: Dallas

April 7-8, 2016                       Marriage Dissolution
                                                Where: Galveston

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Paralegal Division – District 3 and FW Tarrant County YLA Happy Hour – August 13, 2015

Posted by Texas Paralegal Division President on July 17, 2015

FWTC PD Black and White

District 3 of the State Bar of Texas Paralegal Division is buzzing with excitement to partner with the Fort Worth Tarrant County Young Lawyers Association in sponsoring a Happy Hour for its members with a dual purpose: Network with legal professionals in our area and raise funds for a worthwhile cause.

100 Homes for 100 Veterans in 100 Days Campaign                                      

Sponsored by the Tarrant County Homeless Coalition is embarking on a special campaign dedicated to raising funds specifically for use by homeless Veterans!

Help us do our part to support our Homeless Heroes!

Date:               Thursday, August 13, 2015

Time:               5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

                        Place:              Litte Red Wasp Kitchen + Bar

808 Main Street, Fort Worth

RSVP:              District3RSVP@gmail.com

NOTE: Limited space RSVP REQUIRED

Complimentary valet parking for the first 20 RSVPs

Limited drink tickets & lite bites will be provided to D-3 members only.

Receive an extra drink ticket if you present your PD membership card!

Donations to the charity are strongly encouraged!

Special thanks to our event sponsors

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Texas Advanced Paralegal Seminar – SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINE – TODAY!!!

Posted by Texas Paralegal Division President on July 16, 2015

Texas Advanced Paralegal Seminar (TAPS)
September 30October 2, 2015
Sheraton Hotel – Fort Worth, TX

APPLY FOR TAPS SCHOLARSHIP TODAY!

TAPS ScholarshipDeadline July 17, 2015

The Paralegal Division will award two (2) educational scholarships for the upcoming 2015 Texas Advanced Paralegal Seminar (TAPS), a three-day CLE seminar, sponsored by the PARALEGAL DIVISION of the State Bar of Texas.  Below are the scholarship application guidelines.

1.  The Recipient must be a member of the Paralegal Division of the State Bar of Texas.

2.  To apply for a TAPS scholarship, the applicant is required to submit a written essay on specific topic included on the application.  The essay must be two (2) pages in length and double-spaced.

3.  To apply for a TAPS scholarship, the applicant is required to provide two (2) personal references, which describe the applicant’s involvement in the paralegal profession.

4.  Financial need shall be a contributing factor, but not a requirement.  However, if two or more applicants are tied in meeting the criteria for the scholarship, financial need shall be the determining factor.

5.  Recipient(s) are required to volunteer a minimum of three hours on-site during the event.

To print, click HERE.  Print and complete the application; submit (no later than July 17, 2015).

Detailed information regarding 2015 TAPS is located at www.txpd.org/taps 

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TEXAS BOARD OF LEGAL SPECIALIZATION FOR PARALEGALS – APP PERIOD OPEN UNTIL JULY 20, 2015

Posted by Texas Paralegal Division President on July 1, 2015

TEXAS BOARD OF LEGAL SPECIALIZATION (TBLS)

THE PARALEGAL TBLS BOARD CERTIFICATION FILING PERIOD OPENED ON MAY 1, 2015
FILING DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JULY 20, 2015

EXAMINATION DATE:  NOVEMBER 7, 2015tbls-logo


Established by TBLS in 1994, the paralegal certification program recognizes quality services of paralegals who have achieved a level of special knowledge in a particular area of law. The program is the only state organization authorized to certify paralegals as specialist in the following seven specialty areas of law: Bankruptcy, Civil Trial, Criminal, Estate Planning & Probate, Family, Personal Injury, and Real Estate.  This year’s certification applications will be available starting May 1 through July 20, 2015.  Please request a form via email to tbls@tbls.org or visit the TBLS Paralegal website, http://www.tbls-bcp.org. There are currently 356 elite Board Certified Paralegals in Texas.

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PARALEGAL DIVISION – D3 and FORT WORTH PARALEGAL ASSOCIATION LEADERSHIP LUNCHEON

Posted by Texas Paralegal Division President on June 29, 2015

11-15-2010 10-18-35 AMPARALEGALS LEADING THE FUTUREFWPA Logo

A Leadership Luncheon Hosted by the

Fort Worth Paralegal Association and

the Paralegal Division – District 3

Date:  August 13, 2015

Time:  11:30 am to 1:00 pm

CLE:  1.5 Hours – Ethics

Cost:  FWPA & PD Members $10.00, Non-Members – $15.00, Paralegal Students – Free with proof of FWPA or PD Membership

Where:  Tarrant County Bar Association, 1315 Calhoun Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76102

Lunch will be provided!

Speakers:  Allen Mihecoby, CLAS, RP and Michele Boerder, Paralegal Division Ambassador

A Special Thanks to the Sponsors:

Stephanie Rayburn at Dolores Stewart & Associates

Denise Sustaita at Kim Tindall & Associates Litigation Support

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PARALEGAL DIVISION TRIP 2016 – TUSCANY, ITALY – DEADLINE TO REGISTER JULY 31, 2015!

Posted by Texas Paralegal Division President on June 10, 2015

11-15-2010 10-18-35 AM

Paralegals Fly to Tuscany, Italy – April 15 – April 23, 2016
…Join the Paralegal Division on its trip to Tuscany (Florence)


Deadline to Register is October 31, 2015
(travelers must be at least 18 years of age)Florence Italy
$100 Discount if register by July 31, 2015

Travelers have all been educated on these trips as well as forged friendships and enjoyed culture from around the world.  Hope you can join us in 2016.  For complete details of the trip and how to sign up, see below or click here.

REGISTER
at www.acis.com/register, choose Participant from the drop down menu and sign in using: Group Leader ID: 91260 – Group Leader’s Last Name: Hackler – Click on the appropriate circle for your departure city for the “At Home in Tuscany” trip and fill in your information.

[FLORENCE, ITALY: The Plazzo Vecchio, one of the important areas of the city.] *** []

The Plazzo Vecchio

FRI, April 15, 2016 — Depart from the USA.

SAT, April 16, 2016 (Florence) – Arrive in Florence, meet your ACIS Tour Manager at the airport and check into your hotel. After a free afternoon, wind down at a relaxing welcome reception and dinner. (B,D)

SUN, April 17, 2016 (Florence) – Today’s sightseeing tour with a local guide and headsets shows you the splendid Duomo, Ghiberti’s famous Baptistry Doors, Santa Croce and the Piazza della Signoria, the political center of the Renaissance city. Also, enjoy a timed entrance to the Accademia to see Michelangelo’s David. During the afternoon perhaps learn about Florence’s merchant history with a stroll across the Ponte Vecchio. (B)

MON, April 18, 2016 (Florence) – Today there is an excursion to Siena. Drive to Siena, where you visit the Duomo and the Piazza del Campo and enjoy a tasting and lunch. Today’s flavors are huge and hearty, as you might expect. Tastings and discussions delve into breads, oils, cured meats, wild mushrooms, cheeses and Siena’s own Panforte. Lunch at a local Trattoria complements the morning’s talk and samplings. After lunch, stroll through Siena on your own before returning to Florence for the overnight. (B,L)

TUE, April 19, 2016 (Florence) -Today enjoy a full-day excursion exploring regional specialties in a trio of towns. Wine and Montepulciano have been linked since 789; the varietal was then sought after by English royalty in 1669. Today’s tasting features Vino Nobile, a “noble” red wine blend. The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Pienza isn’t just a Renaissance mecca; it’s also renowned for its Pecorino di Pienza. The sheep’s milk cheese is often aged for up to a year and is considered the primo Pecorino. In Montalcino, climb the ramparts for a view down from the medieval fortress before perusing the bottles of one of Italy’s prized and most expensive red wines: Brunello di Montalcino. Continue just outside Montalcino to the Abbey of Sant’ Antimo and surrender your ears to the magnificent Gregorian Chants. Please note: lunch at a local trattoria is included today. (B,L)

WED, April 20, 2016 (Florence) -This morning depart for Assisi to see the stone cell where St. Francis of Assisi lived and founded the Franciscan order of Friars. In the Basilica of St. Francis, located above his tomb, you will see beautiful frescoes by Giotto and Cimabue. Enjoy free exploration time and lunch before returning to Florence. (B,L)

THU, April 21, 2016 (Florence) -This morning visit Lucca, a former Roman colony famous for its full intact city walls and enjoy lunch on your own. Then continue to Pisa with entrance to the ornate Cathedral of Pisa, part of a complex of buildings located on the Piazza dei Miracoli accompanying the iconic Leaning Tower, the cathedral’s bell tower. (B)

FRI, April 22, 2016 (Florence) – Today is a day of free exploration time for you to spend in Florence. Perhaps visit the Uffizi, the Bargello, or the Medici Chapel to see the famous Florentine tombs. Allow some time to shop Florence’s artistic tradition is today expressed in gold and leather. Tonight, enjoy a special farewell dinner. (B,D)

SAT, April 23, 2016 – Depart for the USA. (B)

FEE WITH AIR INCLUDED: Fee is based on registration by October 31, 2015 ($100 discount & guarantee of no increase in fuel surcharges if registered by July 31, 2015)

Fees: Departing DFW– $5,219; Houston/Austin/San Antonio – $5,239; Amarillo/Midland – $5,319; Abilene – $5,339 (includes program fee). Note: Registrations after July 31 may include additional fuel surcharges that are finalized 45 days prior to departure; an invoice will be sent at that time if there are any increases. Other departure cities available upon request. Fees based on 20 persons and includes airfare, hotel, transportation, tours, and meals as indicated above.

Additional/Optional fees: Single room supplement:  $400; Ultimate Protection Plan:  $270; Comprehensive Protection Plan:  $225

LAND ONLY FEE: (if you wish to make your own air travel arrangements): $3,999.00

PAYMENT SCHEDULE: Deadline for registration is October 31, 2015; Initial non-refundable deposit is $300; second payment of $500 is due November 15, 2015; third payment of $500 is dues on December 15, 2015, with balance due on Sunday, January 31, 2016. Please note: there is a one-time $40 convenience fee for any credit card payments after the initial deposit. Non-payment of required on-time monthly payments will result in trip cancellation.

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VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY TO HELP FLOOD VICTIMS IN TEXAS

Posted by Texas Paralegal Division President on June 2, 2015

Helping Hands 2Spring showers have brought devastating floods to Texas.  Below is an opportunity to volunteer and help flood victims. This comes from a member of the Paralegal Division.

A legal clinic has been set up to help flood victims and lawyers and paralegals are needed.

If you are interested, you can register through the Volunteer Spot for legal clinic shifts. VSpot_logo

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click this link to see our Sign-Up on VolunteerSpot: http://vols.pt/jZnEcz

2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.

3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on VolunteerSpot.

Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact Nancy Gray (nancy@austinbar.org)  and she can sign you up manually.

Thanks,

Amy C. Welborn

Chamberlain McHaney

301 Congress, Suite 2100

Austin, Texas 78701

(512) 474-9124

(512) 474-8582(Fax)

(512) 825-3390 (Cell)

www.chamberlainmchaney.com

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PD DISTRICT 3 SPRING FLING A SUCCESS

Posted by Texas Paralegal Division President on May 21, 2015

DISTRICT 3 HOSTED ITS SPRING FLING SOCIAL!spring fling

Thank you to those members and special guests who attended the District 3 “Spring Fling” social May 13, 2015 at the Brender Law Firm.   This was a member appreciation event that included introducing Mary Wintermote, as District 3’s incoming Director, and Megan Goor, as PD President-Elect (2015-2016) and recognizing Committee Sub-Chairs, team leaders and volunteers.  There was fantastic food prepared by Stephen M. Iven, Executive Chef at the Silver Fox.  A big thanks to Megan Goor’s boss, Art Brender, for providing the venue.  Also, thank you to the team leaders and volunteers who donated towards and assisted with the planning of this event. If you attended, please post a comment!  Thank you!11247172_692477337531092_1156509151_o 11269967_692477280864431_1925714623_o 11271658_692478790864280_1490034676_oD3 spring fling pic

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PARALEGAL DIVISION – ANNUAL MEETING AND LUNCHEON

Posted by Texas Paralegal Division President on April 28, 2015

11-15-2010 10-18-35 AM

Luncheon and Annual Meeting
STATE OF THE DIVISION AND SWEARING IN OF NEW OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS

Friday, June 19, 2015
8:00 am – 1:30 pm
Marriott Plaza Hotel (555 S Alamo Street), San Antonio, TX

satpl_phototour65Luncheon Keynote Speaker:
Jonathan Ryan, Executive Director
Helping Attorneys to Help Others: How You Can Make Pro Bono Work
RAICES (raices.org)
11:30 am – 1:30 pm

8:00 am – On-site check-in (pre-registered attendees)
8:30 am – 11:00 am – CLE (2 hours prior to luncheon]

►Reagan M. Marble, Cox Smith, San Antonio
An Oil and Gas Primer: Fundamentals, Fracking, and Recent Litigation Trends

►Pat Boone, Mediator & Special Master, Boone Mediation, San Antonio
Mediation: A Guide for Paralegals

Registration Fees (deadline June 16):
$50 – on or before June 5, 2015
$55 – June 6 – 16, 2015
Parking fee:  $18 (not included in registration fee)
Register Online beginning May 11, 2015 by credit card or check @ www.txpd.org/annual-meeting/

PARALEGAL DIVISION LUNCHEON SPONSORS

Mullin Hoard & Brown, L.L.P.
Orgain, Bell & Tucker, L.L.P.

GOLD SPONSORS

DepoTexas
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PCP

Surety Advisors, LLC

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SADDLE UP FOR CLE! – TEXAS ADVANCED PARALEGAL SEMINAR 2015

Posted by Texas Paralegal Division President on March 25, 2015

TAPS 2015

TEXAS ADVANCED PARALEGAL SEMINAR
Saddle Up For CLE!

(three-day multi-track CLE)
september 30 – October 2, 2015
Sheraton Hotel – fort worth, TX

JOIN US FOR THREE DAYS OF CLE, NETWORKING AND ENTERTAINMENT!

  • Network with paralegals across the State
  • Earn up to 14 CLE Hours
  • Career Advancement through education
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Visit the Exhibit Hall
  • Wednesday Welcome Social, Thursday Networking Social, and Friday Luncheon

TAPS PRICES

Click here to view a complete list of TAPS session prices

HOTEL RESERVATIONS

Sheraton Fort Worth Hotel & Spa located at 1701 Commerce St, Fort Worth, TX 76102. The reservation deadline is Tuesday, September 8, 2015. Hotel reservations must be booked and cancelled through the Sheraton Fort Worth Hotel & Spa. Guest room rate is $109.00 for single/double. All guest rooms are listed under Texas Advanced Paralegal Seminar. To reserve a guest room, either register online, or call 888-627-8556 FREE group code is 3857 (call in only). Note: If the desired room you are reserving is not available online, please call 817.806.3757.

REGISTRATION OPTIONS

Full registration price includes three days of CLE, speaker materials, social events, and the Friday attendees’ luncheon. As an attendee you can attend any session during the three days of the seminar. Pick and choose the classes YOU want to attend.

One-day registration price includes one day of CLE and seminar materials (socials and luncheon at additional price). As a one-day attendee, you can attend any session during the day you register to attend TAPS. Pick and choose the classes you want to attend.

REGISTER EARLY AND SAVE!

Early registration deadline is Friday, August 29, 2015.
Registration opens June 2015

TAPS SCHOLARSHIP
Paralegal Division (PD) awards two (2) scholarships to PD members.  Deadline to Apply:  July 17, 2015.
Download Application HERE.

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