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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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TAPS SCHOLARSHIP AVAILABLE – APPLY NOW!

Posted by PD President on July 10, 2014

TAPS 2014 - The Beat Goes On

Texas Advanced Paralegal Seminar (TAPS)
October 13, 2014
DoubleTree Hotel – Austin, TX

APPLY FOR TAPS SCHOLARSHIP TODAY!

TAPS Scholarship Announced – Deadline July 15, 2014

The Paralegal Division will award two (2) educational scholarships for the upcoming 2014 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 the following:  The conductor is to the symphony as education is to the paralegal profession–do you agree?  Why or why not?  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 15, 2014).

Detailed information – 2014 TAPS is located at www.txpd.org/taps 
 

 

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PARALEGALS IN FRANCE FOR 2015!

Posted by PD President on June 8, 2014

 

PARALEGALS FLY TO PROVENCE FRANCE

April 17 – April 25, 2015

(Eight Days and Seven Nights )

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Help spread the word!!  The Paralegal Division announces its 2015 Trip to Provence, France.  Please note there is a $100 discount if you sign up by July 1, 2014.  By signing up by July 1, 2014, the travel company that manages this tour will guarantee no additional airline fees will be passed along to traveler even if airline fees are increased to the public.  Please note the $300 deposit is non-refundable.

Detailed information has been uploaded to the NEWS area on the home page of the PD website at www.txpd.orgDirect Link to the Provence itinerary and instructions to sign up are located HERE.

Friday, Apr 17, 2015: Overnight Flight Depart for Europe.

Saturday, Apr 18, 2015: Avignon. Upon arrival at Nice airport, meet your Travel & Company Tour Manager. Transfer to Avignon in the heart of Provence, France’s cultural icon tucked between the Alps and the Mediterranean. Make a stop to stroll the wide mansion- and fountain-lined avenues of Aix-en-Provence. Continue on and enjoy a welcome reception and dinner after spending an afternoon getting to know this charming town. (D)

Sunday, Apr 19, 2015: Avignon. Launch into the spirit of Provence with this morning’s sightseeing of Avignon, which includes a guided visit of the Palais des Papes, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and Pont St. Bénézet with your tour manager. Started in 1335, the Pope’s Palace is Europe’s largest Gothic palace and remains a testament to the church’s influence at that time. Today, visitors are left impressed by Giovannetti’s frescoes along with the pope’s quarters then visit the Roman aqueduct Pont du Gard in the first century delivered 44 million gallons of water daily and was used as a footbridge up to the 1700s. Today, the engineering marvel continues to span 300 yards and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Cap off the afternoon with a vineyard tour and wine tasting in the Chateauneuf du Pape region, famous for producing wine since the 13th century. (B)

Monday, Apr 20, 2015: Avignon. This morning discover the secrets to delicious Provençal cuisine during a morning cooking class. Don an apron and work with French chefs in a 19th century kitchen to prepare a meal. When you’re done, you can grade your work as you enjoy your lunch with wine selected by a sommelier. (B,L)

Tuesday, Apr 21, 2015: Avignon. Explore two of the region’s most famous villages: Saint Rémy and Les Baux. The first stop of the day is Saint Rémy-de-Provence, a favorite destination for historical figures as diverse as Nostradamus, van Gogh and Gertrude Stein. After lunch (included) continue to magnificent Les Baux, where you can check out the working medieval-era catapault, castle ruins, and view from the rocky outcropping on which the village is perched. Next visit Les Carrieries de Lumieres, a unique multimedia experience that will immerse you in art. (B,L)

Wednesday, Apr 22, 2015: Avignon. The stop on today’s excursion is Arles, which you may recognize from Van Gogh’s popular oil painting Cafe Terrace at Night. Arles was on the map long before 1888, as you’ll see when visiting the Roman Arena which is still used today, often for bullfights, with a 13,000-seat capacity. Later this afternoon return to Avignon where you will have the remainder of the day to explore on your own. (B,L)

Thursday, Apr 23, 2015: Nice. This morning journey through the countryside back to the Cote d’Azur arriving in Nice. Enjoy an orientation tour of Nice with your tour manager this afternoon. See the city’s many sights, including the Promenade des Anglais. (B)

Friday, Apr 24, 2015: Nice. Today is free to do as you wish. Perhaps take the train to Eze and Monaco to see Eze’s castle ruins, visit the Fragonard Perfume Factory and Jardins Exotique before continuing along the Riviera to glamorous and tiny Monaco. Or, you might like to hop on a bus to the medieval hilltop village of Saint-Paul de Vence, former home to painter Marc Chagall and now full of charming art galleries, boutiques and restaurants. Alternatively, slow it down and enjoy a final day in Nice to relax in the sun and do some shopping. At tonight’s farewell dinner share your memories and start to plan your return visit. (B,D)

Saturday, Apr 25, 2015: Departure Depart for the USA. (B)

FEE WITH AIR INCLUDED: Fee is based on registration by October 31, 2014 ($100 discount & guarantee of no increase in fuel surcharges if registered by July 1, 2014)

Fees: Departing DFW– $4,861; Houston – $5,039; Austin/San Antonio – $5,118; Amarillo/Midland – $5,219; Abilene – $5,379(includes program fee). Note: Registrations after July 1 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:  $780; Ultimate Protection Plan:  $270; Comprehensive Protection Plan:  $225

LAND ONLY FEE: (if you wish to make your own air travel arrangements): $3,822.00

PAYMENT SCHEDULE: Deadline for registration is October 31, 2014; Initial non-refundable deposit is $300; second payment of $500 is due November 15, 2014; third payment of $500 is dues on December 15, 2014, with balance due on Sunday, February 1, 2015. 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.

MAKE IT EASY ON YOURSELF; SIGN UP FOR AUTO PAYMENTS: Automatic Payments plan available. Automatic Payments makes planning your trip budget easy because your payments are spread out evenly, giving you more time to pay. You choose a payment frequency (every 2 weeks, every 4 weeks, monthly, or quarterly) and your payments are automatically deducted from your checking or savings account. Automatic Payments are available for all registered participants in “My Account:” at www.acis.com/accounts.   

EXTENSION: To extend stay at the end of the trip, an Alternate Request Form must be completed (found at http://www.acis.com/cmsfiles/file/2014-ACIS-Alternate-Request-Form.pdf) and returned to ACIS at least 90 days prior to your trip’s departure.  There will be an additional fee of $175 for this extension, plus any additional airline ticket costs.

REGISTER at http://www.travelandcompany.com/register/, by selecting the REGISTER tab above the logo on the top left on the home page, choose Participants, and sign in using:   Group Leader ID: 91260    Group Leader Last Name: Hackler – Click on the appropriate circle for your departure city for the “At Home in Provence” trip and fill in your information.

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PARALEGAL DIVISION ANNUAL MEETING – JUNE 27, 2014

Posted by PD President on June 5, 2014

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REGISTRATION to the 2014 ANNUAL MEETING has been extended to Monday JUNE 16, 2014.

Annual Meeting:  Friday, June 27, 2014 – REGISTER Online HERE by check or credit card. 
Registration fees and deadlines:  $35 on or before May 30, 2014; $40 on and between June 1 – 16, 2014

The Paralegal Division’s Annual Meeting, The Paralegal Express; Your Train for Success, is scheduled for Friday, June 27, 2014 from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm at the Fort Worth Club, Fort Worth, Texas.  The Annual Meeting of the Paralegal Division (per the Bylaws) is conducted to transition the new incoming Board of Directors and present annual awards to members of the Paralegal Division.  In addition to conducting the official business of the Paralegal Division, a one hour CLE topic will be presented.  This year’s Keynote Speaker will be Lyn Robbins, Senior General Attorney with BNSF Railways, who will share his insight as to what in-house counsel looks for from paralegals, including why formal education, CLE, certifications, professional association involvement and networking are so important.

Please note the deadline to register for the 2014 Annual Meeting has been extended to Monday, June 16.  If you know of anyone who may want to attend, please let them know they can register through Monday, June 16, 2014.  If you are a District Director in District 2, 3, and/or 12, can you please make sure members are notified?  This has also been updated on the PD website.

The Fort Worth ClubFort Worth Club

306 W. 7th Street

Fort Worth, Texas

Please contact Norma Hackler, CMP, if you have any questions.

 

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Name the PD E-Newsletter Contest

Posted by PD President on June 1, 2014

Name the eNewsletter Contest!

Please help us name our newsletter and you could win a $50.00 gift card. Send your name suggestions to e-newsletter@txpd.org no later than June 20, 2014. One lucky winner will be selected by the Committee and announced at the Annual Meeting. Get creative! We want a fun name that reflects the Division’s values and diversity.


Contest sponsored by:
The Legal Connection, Inc

Name the E-newsletter

 

*The domain that originated the eNewsletter, just in case you did not receive it is:  e-newsletter@pmta87.dedicated.bmsend.com (add e-newsletter@txpd.org to your email inbox and/or white list the domain from which the email originated (pmta87.dedicated.bmsend.com) on the list of acceptable sources. 

 

 

 

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The Paralegal Division’s Annual Meeting – JUNE 27, 2014

Posted by PD President on May 17, 2014

The Paralegal Express; Your Train for Success

Annual Meeting:  Friday, June 27, 2014Register Online HERE by check or credit card.Regis062009_2058_Thankstothe2.pngtration fees and deadlines:  $35 on or before May 30, 2014; $40 on and between June 1 – 7, 2014

The Paralegal Division’s Annual Meeting, The Paralegal Express; Your Train for Success, is scheduled for Friday, June 27, 2014 from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm at the Fort Worth Club, 306 W 7th St, Fort Worth, TX 76102.  The Annual Meeting of the Paralegal Division (per the Bylaws) is conducted to transition the new incoming Board of Directors and present annual awards to members of the Paralegal Division.  In addition to conducting the official business of the Paralegal Division, a one hour CLE topic will be presented. 

This year’s Keynote Speaker will be Lyn Robbins, Senior General Attorney with BNSF Railways, who will share his insight as to what in-house counsel looks for from paralegals, including why formal education, CLE, certifications, professional association involvement and networking are so important.

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PARALEGAL DIVISION IS HAPPENING! SEE WHAT’S GOING ON

Posted by PD President on May 16, 2014

Annual Meeting                                     Helping Hands

Friday, June 27, 2014 – REGISTER Online Beginning May 1!

The Paralegal Division’s Annual Meeting, The Paralegal Express; Your Train for Success, is scheduled for Friday, June 27, 2014 from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm at the Fort Worth Club, Fort Worth, Texas.  The Annual Meeting of the Paralegal Division (per the Bylaws) is conducted to transition the new incoming Board of Directors and present annual awards to members of the Paralegal Division.  In addition to conducting the official business of the Paralegal Division, a one hour CLE topic will be presented.  This year’s Keynote Speaker will be Lyn Robbins, Senior General Attorney with BNSF Railways, who will share his insight as to what in-house counsel looks for from paralegals, including why formal education, CLE, certifications, professional association involvement and networking are so important.

Online CLE

Don’t have time to leave your desk for a CLE event?  If you are in need of CLE, please note the Paralegal Division offers Online CLE.  The Online CLE catalog @ http://txpd.inreachce.com/ is a combination of past on-site CLE as well as webinars that have been presented by the Paralegal Division. More CLE topics are added on a monthly basis.  View the catalog to see what may interest you.  If you are a certified paralegal, this may just be the “Go To” place to obtain the CLE.  You may also download most of the CLE topics to a podcast so you can listen as you drive to work!

TAPS 2014The Beat Goes On!SAVE THE DATE! 

The Texas Advanced Paralegal Seminar will be held in Austin, Texas, October 1-3, 2014. As always, the TAPS 2014 committee is working on great speakers with plans to offer up to 14 CLE hours, and great entertainment during the social. Members of the Paralegal Division receive a special discounted registration fee; it pays to join the Paralegal Division. View www.txpd.org/taps with more details coming soon!  Online Registration begins on June 16, 2014.


TAPS 2014 Scholarship

The Paralegal Division of the State Bar of Texas will award up to two (2) educational scholarships to PD members for the three-day registration to attend the TAPS 2014 seminar, The Beat Goes On!  Download the application HERE.

Enrollment Began for the Texas Bar Private Insurance Exchange

The State Bar of Texas is excited to offer its members a service to help them find a health insurance choice that is best for them. The Texas Bar Private Insurance Exchange is a multi-carrier private exchange designed for State Bar of Texas members, their staffs, and dependents. Available to both individuals and employer groups, the exchange offers a wide range of health insurance choices, including access to and choices from the public exchange, the private exchange, and non-qualified health plans. The Texas Bar Private Insurance Exchange is divided into two online portal components—one for individuals and another for employer groups. Individual enrollment began Nov. 1, 2013. Members can sign up to receive more information here or call (800) 282-8626. You must maintain a PD membership to qualify.

Courthouse      Pro Bono Opportunity for Texas Paralegals

Low income Texans need your help!  Volunteer as a Live Help Navigator. Live Help is a free service of Texas LawHelp @ www.texaslawhelp.org.  TexasLawHelp is a program of the Texas Legal Services Center (LSC) and is funded by a grant from the State Bar’s Texas Access to Justice Foundation.  Volunteer as a Live Help Navigator at www.TexasLawHelp.org. For more information contact Elliot Fontenette (email address).

For additional pro bono opportunities, you may also sign up at Texas Lawyers Help via their website at http://www.texaslawyershelp.org/.  Texas Lawyers Help is a website for pro bono lawyers and legal services staff.  The website contains password-protected resources to help attorneys provide free legal services to low-income Texans.  Free membership to TexasLawHelp.org is available to staff of Texas-based programs funded by LSC or the Texas Equal Access to Justice Foundation, and Texas attorneys and paralegals who are interested in volunteering with a Texas pro bono program.

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).

The Paralegal Ethics Handbook, 2013 ed.

This handbook is an essential resource for experienced paralegals, those new to the profession, as well as attorneys who supervise paralegals. The Handbook is also an important reference for paralegal students and educators. Visit the Paralegal Division website (Home Page under NEWS) and learn how to order and save 20%!

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