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PARALEGAL DIVISION District Director Elections

Posted by Texas Paralegal Division Blogger at blog@txpd.org on March 23, 2017

PARALEGAL DIVISION
District Director Elections
Vote March 24th-April 7th!

The Paralegal Division’s Director Election for odd-numbered districts (Districts 1, 3, 5, 7, 11 and 15) and a special election in District 4 is currently taking place March 24 through April 7, 2017.

All Active members in odd-numbered districts and in District 4 in good standing as of March 24, 2017 are eligible to vote. All voting must be completed on or before 11:59 p.m., April 7, 2017All voting will be online and no ballots will be mailed to members.

Please take a few minutes to log on to the PD’s website and cast your vote for your District’s Director. The process is fast, easy, anonymous, and secure. Vote Button

*  Between March 24th and April 7, 2017 go to www.txpd.org
*  In the Member-Only section, click on “Vote – Director Election” (see screen below)
*  Follow the instructions to log in and vote [log in for members is:  USER ID: member number; Password:  first five letters of your last name all lower case]

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2017 TAPS – KNOWLEDGE AWAITS!

Posted by Texas Paralegal Division Blogger at blog@txpd.org on March 17, 2017

PLEASE SAVE THE DATE

OCTOBER 4-6, 2017

The Texas Advanced Paralegal Seminar will be hosted at the Crowne Plaza Dallas Galleria in Addison, Texas.

Registration opens JUNE 1

www.txpd.org

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Don’t Forget – Litigation Nuts and Bolts-CAPA, D4 March 24, 2017

Posted by Texas Paralegal Division Blogger at blog@txpd.org on March 8, 2017

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CAPA and Paralegal Division District 4

Present the 3rd Annual Joint Spring CLE Seminar

Litigation Nuts and Bolts: Trial Prep & Voir Dire

on March 24, 2017

Join your fellow paralegals for a full day CLE Seminar providing 6 hours of CLE. Register by March 10, 2017 to avoid late registration charges. Register at www.capatx.org and pay online!

CAPA/PD Members: $65 (Late registration $85)
Non-Members: $90 (Late registration $110)
Free Parking in Lot 40

Capital Area Paralegal Association and Paralegal Division District 4

www.capatx.org
www.txpd.org

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PD District 15 Highlight

Posted by Texas Paralegal Division Blogger at blog@txpd.org on February 27, 2017

February 23, 2017, District 15 held its first 2 hour CLE for 2017 – “Law Office Management 101 for Paralegals.”  Lilly Flores was the guest speaker who offered lots of valuable information, suggestions and recommendations. Lilly did an excellent job covering all the issues that can arise in any law firm  from a Manager’s standpoint. Her presentation included the following topics: accounting issues, billing (savings & checking accounts, IOLTA and dealing with CPAs), types of law offices (solo practitioner, partnerships, professional corporations, and limited liability companies); advertising (per State Bar of Texas statutes), client file management (including opening/closing files), time management, risk management, communication skills, technology/software & backups, , staff management (employment issues, fringe benefits employee handbook, and conflicts of interest), marketing management, and social media in the workplace. Lilly works is a seasoned Paralegal and Law Office Manager at Kittleman Thomas, PLLC, McAllen, Texas.

The house was packed, with enthusiastic attendees who shared stories and ideas. Everyone walked away with valuable information, especially for those working in dual roles as Paralegals and Office Managers.  The guest speaker was generous in her engagement and gave away several gift cards.

All-in-all, it was a great seminar and thank you to those who were able to attend, especially after a long day of work and deadlines.

For the picture on the bottom left:

Left to right: JT Tovar; Ana Lisman Diane Dianne Vidal, Velma Torres, Edna Garza

Left to right (back row): Rose Ouderkirk; Rocio Mayes, Sylvia Rocha, Irasema Gonzalez, Martha Ramirez, Cynthia Cruz and Letty Rodriguez.

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District 4 Member Accomplishment

Posted by Texas Paralegal Division Blogger at blog@txpd.org on February 10, 2017

District 4 member, Marnee Bolen, obtained her board certification in family law through Texas Board of Legal Specialization!

Congratulations to Marnee Bolen

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Donate Blood with PD D4 and CAPA!

Posted by Texas Paralegal Division Blogger at blog@txpd.org on February 6, 2017

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Paralegals Share the Love – Give Blood!
Paralegal Division of the State Bar of Texas, District 4
and the Capital Area Paralegal Association
February 2017 Blood Drive

Please join your fellow District 4 and CAPA paralegals in giving blood during our February 2017 blood drive. Community Service on your own time!

Make an appointment or drop in to any of the central Texas “We Are Blood” donor center locations and donate during the Month of February. Simply use the code: C726 when you make your donation to ensure that it is credited to our blood drive.

Austin North

4300 N. Lamar Blvd.

Austin, Texas 78756

512-206-1266

Hours:

M W F: 8a – 5p

Tu Th:   8a – 6p

Sa:  8a – 3p

Su:  10a – 3p

Round Rock
2132 North Mays, Ste 900

Round Rock, TX 78664

512-206-1266

Hours:

M Tu F: 8a – 6p

Sa:  8a – 3p

W Th Su:  CLOSED

Austin South

3100 W. Slaughter Lane

Austin, Texas 78748

512-206-1266

M Th F: 8a – 6p

Sa:  10a – 3p

W Tu Sa:  CLOSED

 

 

BELL COUNTY

Make an appointment to donate at the Scott & White Blood Center or donate at an area blood drive during the Month of February. The Scott & White Blood Center is the only local, hospital-based blood center in Central Texas. Your donations stay right here in your community to help your friends and neighbors.

The Blood Center is located at the Temple Hospital in Room 115 across the McLane Dining Room. To schedule an appointment to donate at the Blood Center or an area blood drive: Call 877-724-HERO (4376) or Request online

Blood Center Hours
Monday – Thursday: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Friday: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Once you have donated, please email your District 4 Director, Stephanie Sterling at District4@txpd.org to report it and be added to the total numbers.

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PD Has a New President-Elect!

Posted by Texas Paralegal Division Blogger at blog@txpd.org on February 6, 2017

Congratulations to Stephanie Sterling!  Stephanie has been elected as the 2017-2018 President-Elect of the Paralegal Division of the State Bar of Texas!

Stephanie is a Board Certified Paralegal in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and works for DuBois, Bryant & Campbell, LLP in Austin, Texas. She has been a member of PD since 2003, and concurrently served as the District 4 Director and  Parliamentarian.

We look forward to the next chapter of the Paralegal Division.

 

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PD District 16 – Spring CLE Brush Up March 31, 2017

Posted by Texas Paralegal Division Blogger at blog@txpd.org on February 1, 2017

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DISTRICT 16 – SPRING CLE BRUSH UP

Friday, March 31, 2017, 7:30AM to 1:30 PM
EL PASO ELECTRIC COMPANY
Stanton Tower Auditorium
100 N. Stanton Street, El Paso, Texas 79901

4 CLE hours approved by NALA and TBLS hours are pending in:
Criminal Law, Civil Trial Law, Personal Injury, Probate & Estate Planning
Family Law, and Real Estate Law

Registration fee includes speakers’ papers, continental breakfast, box lunch & parking
(if paid before March 10)
PD Members: $45.00
Non-Members: $55.00
Students: $15.00

7:30 am Registration and continental breakfast
8:00 – 9:00 am Avoiding Litigation in Real Estate Purchase and Sale Agreements
Josh Rhoads, Gordon Davis Johnson & Shane P.C.
9:00 am breakfast sponsor presentation (10 min)
9:10 am Break (10 min)
9:20 – 10:20 am Criminal Law, its implications in Civil Law, Personal Injury Law and Family Law
David Ferrell, David J. Ferrell, PLLC
10:20 – 11:20am Probate – the Hard Way
Gregory Martin, Kemp Smith Law
11:20 am Break (10 min)
11:30 – 12:30 pm Written Communications— a Must Have Paralegal Skill
Clara Luna Buckland, C.P., El Paso Electric Company,
12:30 pm Boxed Lunch Sponsor presentation – Express Records (10 min)
12:45 – 1:30pm lunch and written communications Q&As

If you have any questions, please contact your District 16 CLE Sub-Chairs:
Clara Luna Buckland, CP at 915.521.4659 or Clara.Buckland@epelectric.com
Kim Lowry, CP at 915.546.5329 or Kim.Lowry@kempsmith.com

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PD – D11 2017 West Texas Seminar

Posted by Texas Paralegal Division Blogger at blog@txpd.org on February 1, 2017

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2017 West Texas Seminar

Co-sponsored by the Paralegal Association/Permian Basin,

District 11, Paralegal Division – State Bar of Texas

Midland County Bar Association

We are pleased to announce this year’s West Texas Seminar to be held on Friday, February 17, 2017 at the MIDLAND COLLEGE ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY CENTER, 3200 W. Cuthbert, Midland, Texas – Room 160 Lecture Hall

Attendees will receive Texas CLE credit, including one (1) hour of ethics.

Registration fees are as follows:

Attorneys                        $85.00

Paralegals/Legal Staff  $75.00

Judges                               $50.00

Students                          $10.00

Registration brochure to follow.

Please contact Jan McDaniel, CP at jmcdaniel@lcalawfirm.com with any questions.

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PD Member Accomplishment

Posted by Texas Paralegal Division Blogger at blog@txpd.org on January 22, 2017

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Letisia “Letty”Rodriguez, Paralegal to Lance A. Kirby and District 15 member, just became board certified in civil trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.  Congratulations to Letty!

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