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Paralegal Division Announces President-Elect

Posted by Texas Paralegal Division President on February 11, 2016

PRESS RELEASE
Mona Tucker, ACP, elected as 2016-2017 President-Elect

On January 31, 2016, the Board of Directors elected Mona Tucker, ACP, as the 2016-2017 President-Elect of the Paralegal Division. Mona is a contract paralegal, working with attorneys in Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Pennsylvania, on civil litigation matters, including class actions and mass torts. She currently serves the Paralegal Division as Director of District 14 (northeast Texas area).

Right out of high school, Mona began working for an attorney, and, although she tried both accounting and sales, her heart was in legal work. Through the years, she has worked in real estate, oil & gas, estate-planning & probate, civil litigation, and just a bit in family law.

Going to college while working and raising a family, Mona finally graduated from East Texas Baptist University in Marshall in 1993. While at ETBU, she took advantage of its ABA-approved legal assistant courses. In 2001, she sat for NALA’s certification exam, and earned the coveted CP credential. She now holds two advanced certifications, Civil Trial (2009) and Discovery (2012).

A member of the Paralegal Division since 2001, Mona is now serving her fourth 2-year term as Director of District 14 (2004-2008 and 2012-present). During her tenure, she has served two years as Secretary to the Board and one year as Treasurer. She is currently the Board Liaison to Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans (TLTV), and serves as Board Advisor to three committees.

Mona has been an associate member of the State Bar College since 2007. She has also been an active member of NALA since 2002, and was selected as a member of the inaugural LEAP (Leadership Enhancement and Preparation) class for 2007-2008. She served four terms as President of the Northeast Texas Association of Paralegals (NTAP), and in various other positions, including editing the Key Note newsletter for a number of years. She was elected as NTAP’s Paralegal of the Year in 2005, 2007, and 2011.

Mona has been a contributor to several publications in addition to the Key Note, including the Texas Paralegal Journal, the State Bar College’s Bulletin, NALA’s Facts and Findings, HMPA’s Burden of Proof, DAPA’s On the Record, and Pacific Northwest Paralegal Association’s Hearsay.

Passionate about helping veterans, Mona has organized and headed pro bono estate-planning clinics for military veterans and spouses in Longview, Gilmer, Daingerfield, and Nacogdoches. Another one is in the works for Lufkin. These “Wills for Heroes” clinics have been well-received by veterans and volunteers alike.

Mona and her husband Lonnie live in Daingerfield, where he is a member of the City Council.

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Paralegal Division – D2 Director Election

Posted by Texas Paralegal Division President on February 8, 2016

Dear District 2 Members:Nomination
It is time to elect a Director to represent you and your District at board meetings and other functions within the State Bar of Texas Paralegal Division.  It is important to have someone represent you regarding your concerns and opinions as it relates to your district.  If you have any questions regarding serving as Director, please contact me at Ms_M_Lawson@yahoo.com.
The Nominating Period begins on February 1, 2016, and continues through February 23, 2016.  If you are interested in running for the position of Director in your district (or if you know of someone who is interested), please contact me to receive an election procedure packet.  Packets can only be distributed during the Nominating Period.
The election will take place online on the Paralegal Division website at www.txpd.org from March 25, 2016 through April 8, 2016.
Please remember to TAKE THE TIME AND MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD.

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PD District 3 to Simulcast Annual Forum

Posted by Texas Paralegal Division President on February 3, 2016

34th Texas Annual Forum Simulcast
11-15-2010 10-18-35 AM

“Toward a More Perfect Union:  Attorney and Paralegal Team”

March 30, 2016
9:30 am – 3:45pn
Tarrant County Bar Association, 1315 Calhoun Street, Fort Worth, TX
5.5 hrs CLE
District 3 will be hosting a simulcast of the Tarrant County Bar Association Annual Forum.  Paralegals, Paralegal Students and Law Students receive a $50 credit making the final seminar cost $45.00.  Individuals must register to attend the seminar and pay the applicable fee online using the following link: https://www.texasbarcle.com/materials/Programs/3287/Brochure.pdf.  No registration fees will be collected at the door.  Although there is  no cost to participate in the group, if you plan to attend, please  RSVP to district3RSVP@gmail.com.
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DISTRICT 3 MARCH BROWN BAG

Posted by Texas Paralegal Division President on January 19, 2016

Randy McKechnie, Esq.

CLASS TITLE: HOW PTC 5.008 AND DTPA 17.46

AFFECT REAL ESTATE TODAY

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Tarrant County Bar Association

1315 Calhoun Street, Fort Worth, TX 76102

  1.0  hrs  CLE  Credit  Anticipated

Paralegal Division Members – No cost

Non Paralegal-Division Members – $10.00

 PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN LUNCH AND DRINK The Paralegal Division regrets that refunds cannot be given for non-attendance

 PRESENTED BY

DISTRICT 3 OF THE PARALEGAL DIVISION OF THE STATE BAR OF TEXAS

Please Register by March 4, 2016

DISTRICT 3 2016 CLE #1
PD Member YES / NO
Name: ________________________________ Employer/School: _____________________
Work No. ______________________________ Home No. ____________________________
E-Mail (optional) ______________________________________________________________
Date: __________________________________ Amount enclosed $ ___________________
Please make checks payable to Paralegal Division State Bar of Texas and return
registration to:
Mary R. Wintermote
Cotten Schmidt & Abbott, LLP
550 Bailey Ave., Suite 600
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Telephone: 817.338.4500
Email: mwintermote@csa-lawfirm.com

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CONGRATS NEWLY CERTIFIED PARALEGALS!

Posted by Texas Paralegal Division President on January 18, 2016

 

TBLS CONGRATS

Congratulations to all of our newly TBLS Certified Paralegals! This designation distinguishes you as having the highest commitment to excellence in your area of law. http://bit.ly/1U05fdo

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PD January and February Webinars!

Posted by Texas Paralegal Division President on January 4, 2016

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

NOTE: This program uses the latest version of Adobe Flash.  If you do not have Adobe Flash installed, you will be prompted to download the latest version.  Adobe Flash – Click HERE to install or update.   You may need to close and restart your browser for changes to take effect.  Once you have successfully installed Flash, a test video will appear. If you receive the Webcast Test screen and have audio, your system has been tested successfully.

January 21, 2016 (Thursday)
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm (CST)
Speaking the Language – Rendering Legal Assistance to a Veteran
Credits:  1 TBLS-Civil Trial Law; Criminal Law, Estate Planning & Probate Law, Family Law, and Personal Injury Trial Law: 1 CLE Hour
Speaker:  Janet Totter, Guardianship Attorney, Texas Department of Aging & Disability Services, Austin, TX
Historically, the Department of Veterans Affairs takes a paternalistic approach to the legal representation of a Veteran, highly suspicious of any involvement by legal professionals.  Veterans are openly encouraged to seek assistance only from Veterans advocate groups.  This presents a barrier to legal professionals who attempt to assist the Veteran establish entitlement to benefits that are managed by the Department of Veterans Affairs.  The first step to removing this barrier is to learn how to effectively communicate with the Veteran in a language filled with codes, hidden meanings and military slang. The goal of this presentation is to provide an introduction to common Department of Veterans Affairs’ benefits and identify the “entry point” to request these benefits.
(click HERE to register)

February 10, 2016 (Wednesday)
12:00 pm1:00 pm (CST)
The American Jury
Credits:  1 TBLS-Civil Trial Law, Criminal Law, Family Law and Personal Injury Trial Law: 1 CLE Hour
Speaker:  Timothy Newsom, Attorney at Law, Lovell, Lovell, Newsom & Isern, Amarillo, TX
This presentation will cover the history of the American jury trial.  It will provide the legal processes that brought about the American jury system and why it is so important to the citizens of the United States.  Mr. Newsom will provide you with significant case law which paved the road for the system we currently have in place and will also discuss the current trends as they relate to the number of civil jury trials that are occurring today.   He will also discuss why it is important to our legal system to maintain this Constitutional right.  You will not want to miss this historical and informational look at how the American jury trial is the driving force behind the American legal system.
(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 Division President Elect Nomination

Posted by Texas Paralegal Division President on December 22, 2015

2016-2017 PRESIDENT ELECT Notice of Nomination

Nominations are currently being accepted for 2016-2017 President Elect

Pursuant to Standing Rule XIV of the Paralegal Division of the State Bar of Texas, notice is hereby given of an election for the office of 2016-2017 President-Elect.  This election will be held by mail during the month of January 2016 by the Board of Directors.

Qualifications for serving as President Elect of the Paralegal Division are contained in Standing Rules XIV as follows:

XIV.    OFFICERS

B.  ELIGIBILITY

  1.  Any current or past Director who is currently an active member of the Division and who has completed at a minimum a full term (two (2) years) as Director is eligible to be elected as President or President-Elect.

 

Any qualified individual who is interested in running for office of President-Elect should forward a one-page resume, together with a letter of intent to run, to the nominations committee chair at the following address TO BE RECEIVED NO LATER THAN JANUARY 15, 2016.

Misti Janes, TBLS-BCP
Chair, President-Elect Nomination Committee
Noelke Maples St. Leger Bryant, LLP
901 S. Mopac Expressway
Barton Oaks Plaza II Suite 200
Austin, Texas 78746
512.480-9777 (o)
mjanes@nmsb-law.com

Note:  In the event the Board of Directors of the Paralegal Division elects an individual who is currently serving as a Director, a vacancy will be declared in the district in which that individual serves.  An election will be held to replace the outgoing Director (President-Elect) at the time the elections for the Board of Directors are regularly scheduled.

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Join the Paralegal Division for Half Price!

Posted by Texas Paralegal Division President on December 7, 2015

Membership Pro-Rated Dues Period Begins December 1 – Join the Paralegal Division for Half Price!11-15-2010 10-18-35 AM

That’s right! the Membership Pro-Rated Dues Application Period is December 1, 2015 through February 25, 2016.  So from now until February 25, 2016 you can join the Paralegal Division for half price!  There has never been a better time to see what the Division has to offer you! (Click here for full details.)

Membership approved during this pro-rated period will expire on May 31, 2016, at the end of the Paralegal Division fiscal year.

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NOTARY SEAL REQUIREMENTS

Posted by Texas Paralegal Division President on December 7, 2015

Texas House Bill 1683 – Effective January 1, 2016

Approved during the 84th Legislative Sesnotary3sion, Texas House Bill 1683 requires an identifying number as assigned to each notary by the Secretary of State be present on the notary’s seal when a commission is issued or renewed. This bill was put forth as an effort to reduce fraudulent title transfers and amends Section 406.013 of the Texas Government Code.

William D. Pargaman, Chair of the Real Estate, Probate & Trust Law Section of the State Bar of Texas (REPTL) recommends the safest course of action is to replace your notary seal with one that includes the identification number by January 1, 2016. You may search for your commission, renew, update your information, and find relevant information with the Texas Secretary of State’s Notary Public webpage.

As stated by the REPTL, the danger with using notarizing without an identifying number is that the document could be invalidated. Look for an article in the next issue of the Texas Paralegal Journal for additional information.

Notaries public are primarily governed by Chapter 406 of the Texas Government Code, Chapter 87 of the Texas Administrative Code, and Chapter 121 of the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code.

Read more about HB 1683.

Please address questions to the Secretary of State at:

512-463-5705

Notary Public Unit

Secretary of State

P.O. Box 13375

Austin, Texas 78711-3375

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PARALEGAL DIVISION UPCOMING WEBINARS

Posted by Texas Paralegal Division President on November 11, 2015

PD HeaderUPCOMING WEBINARS

November 18, 2015 (Wednesday)
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm (CDT)
Preparing Your Conflict-Minded Attorney and Client for Conflict Resolution
Credits: 1 CLE Credit (TBLS approval for Bankruptcy Law, Civil Trial Law, Estate Planning & Probate Law, Criminal Law, Family Law, Personal Injury Law and Real Estate Law)
Speaker: Dan Sorey, Sorey Law Firm, Longview, TX
This presentation will inform and educate paralegals with the steps necessary to prepare their attorneys to effectuate a successful mediation.  In his presentation, he will cover the paralegal’s role in communicating with the client, preparing valuable mediation materials, and providing support to the attorney.
(click HERE to register)

January 21, 2016 (Thursday)
12:00 pm1:00 (CDT)
Speaking the Language – Rendering Legal Assistance to a Veteran
Credits:  1 TBLS-Civil Trial Law; Criminal Law, Estate Planning & Probate Law, Family Law, and Personal Injury Trial Law; 1 CLE
Speaker:  Janet Totter, Guardianship Attorney, Texas Department of Aging & Disability Services, Austin, TX
Historically, the Department of Veterans Affairs takes a paternalistic approach to the legal representation of a Veteran, highly suspicious of any involvement by legal professionals.  Veterans are openly encouraged to seek assistance only from Veterans advocate groups.  This presents a barrier to legal professionals who attempt to assist the Veteran establish entitlement to benefits that are managed by the Department of Veterans Affairs.  The first step to removing this barrier is to learn how to effectively communicate with the Veteran in a language filled with codes, hidden meanings and military slang. The goal of this presentation is to provide an introduction to common Department of Veterans Affairs’ benefits and identify the “entry point” to request these benefits.
(click HERE to register)
To report problems after registering for webinar:
Contact at (877) 880-1335
Email support@inreachce.com

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