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Paralegal Division MEMBERSHIP DRIVE

Posted by Texas Paralegal Division Blogger at blog@txpd.org on December 3, 2016

PD HeaderPresident’s Membership Drive Challenge begins December 1, 2016
Meet the challenge and be entered to win $500 cash prize!

DECEMBER 1, 2016 – FEBRUARY 25, 2017

PRESIDENT MEMBERSHIP DRIVE CHALLENGE:  Be entered to win $500!  The Paralegal Division will hold a membership drive challenge for Active and Associate members between December 1, 2016 and February 25, 2017 during our pro-rated (1/2 price) period for the remaining 2016-2017 membership year.  For every five new members (Active, Associate, Subscribing, Sustaining, and/or Student) whom you refer from anywhere in the state (not just your district) and who join the Paralegal Division, your name will be entered into a drawing for a $500 cash prize! Be sure to give your PD member referral code to the individuals who are joining as new members during the challenge period.  This challenge is for current Paralegal Division Active and Associate members and excludes current Directors.  The District Director of the winner will receive a $50 gift card.

To receive credit, the NEW member must enter the PD member’s referral code.  See the instructions below for your referral code.

Here’s how to determine your referral code that you’ll provide prospective members:
Your 9 digit referral code is made up of the first 5 letters of your last name in lower case, plus the last 4 digits of your membership number from your Bar card.  (If your last name has less than 5 letters, please add “0” to fill the remaining 5 characters.)  Omit any spaces or special characters.

Here are some examples for a referral code, using Bar card number XXXX2222:

(Need last name up to 5 letters, plus last 4 of Bar card, for 9 total)

Lee – input lee002222

La Costa – input lacos2222

O’Kelly – input okell2222

Hart-Tucker – input hartt2222

Smith – input smith2222

The winner of the President’s Membership Drive Challenge will be announced on March 13, 2017 (10 business days following the deadline of February 25).

Thank you!

Megan Goor, TBLS-BCP, President

 

Please note Paralegal Division membership criteria can be found HERE.

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PD District 2 Visits El Centro College

Posted by Texas Paralegal Division Blogger at blog@txpd.org on November 23, 2016

District 2 Director, Jay Williams, TBLS-BCP, spoke to approximately 20 members of the El Centro Student Paralegal Association on Saturday, November 19, 2016. The members asked many questions regarding Texas Advanced Paralegal Seminar and certification through TBLS. They seemed intrigued, and brought up engaging questions on CLE and networking opportunities offered by the Paralegal Division. Paralegal Student Members also took a keen interest in the last printed issue of the Texas Paralegal Journal that was brought to the event.
Thank you to the organizers of the meeting, and to El Centro College for hosting District 2.
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PD Districts 4 and 5 Member Accomplishments!

Posted by Texas Paralegal Division Blogger at blog@txpd.org on November 9, 2016

Congratulations to District 4 members on your accomplishments.

District 4

–          Tove Sebring was named 2016 Paralegal of the Year at the CAPA/District 4 Paralegal Day Celebration on October 20, 2016. (pictured on the right)

–          Pamela Etie received the 2015-2016 Outstanding Chair Award from the Paralegal Division of the State Bar of Texas. (pictured on the left)

District 5

–          Heidi Helstrom was selected for Paralegal of the Year at the San Antonio Paralegal Day Celebration on October 19, 2016.

 

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Paralegal Division Webinar-November 16

Posted by Texas Paralegal Division Blogger at blog@txpd.org on November 8, 2016

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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.

November 16, 2016 (Wednesday)
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm (CST)
The Difference Between Litigation in State and Federal Court
Credits:  1 CLE Hour, TBLS Credit TBD
Speaker:  Leslie Hyman, Attorney at Law, Pulman, Cappuccio, Pullen, Benson, & Jones, LLP, San Antonio, Amarillo, TX
Ms. Hyman will cover the distinct differnces that a litigator needs to make sure they know between litigating in state vs. federal court.
(click HERE to register)

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

 

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Paralegals to Fly to Switzerland-Deadline NOVEMBER 15

Posted by Texas Paralegal Division Blogger at blog@txpd.org on November 7, 2016

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Paralegal Division Online Store

Posted by Texas Paralegal Division Blogger at blog@txpd.org on November 3, 2016

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Online Store
A Division With Vision . . . Empowering Paralegals!

The State Bar of Texas was the first bar association in the United States to create a separate division for paralegals. The Division was created on October 23, 1981, and charged with “enhancing legal assistants’ participation in the administration of justice, professional responsibility, and public service in cooperation with the State Bar.”  The term legal assistants later was changed to “paralegals.”  The Division looks forward to fulfilling its mandate enthusiastically, energetically and professionally.

The Paralegal Division of the State Bar of Texas offers members merchandise to promote the paralegal profession and their Paralegal Division membership!

www.txpd.org

This year, we are celebrating our 35th Anniversary and offering all products with our 35th Anniversary seal! These products will be available for a limited time.

The PD is offering PD products with its traditional logo, as well as 35th Anniversary logo products.

(in Black and White or Bronze)

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Go to the PD online store today!

http://www.cafepress.com/paralegaldivision

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D1’s Paralegal Day Celebration!

Posted by Texas Paralegal Division Blogger at blog@txpd.org on November 1, 2016

District 1 of the Paralegal Division, State Bar of Texas, celebrated Texas Paralegal Day in style with a CLE and Luncheon held on October 19, 2016 at the Winstead PC firm.  The Luncheon was sponsored by three fantastic companies, Hanna & Hanna, Kim Tindall & Associates and Easy Serve.  We want to express a heart-felt “Thanks” to each of them for making this day special for those in attendance.  Our CLE, “Ethics in the Movies,” was presented by Teresa Schneider, Shareholder at Winstead PC.  The presentation was absolutely engaging and informative.  Thank you, Ms. Schneider!  Each of the 32 members in attendance, were presented with goodie bags from each of the sponsors.  There were some awesome door prizes given as well.  All in all a great celebration put together by our District 1 Director, Kim Goldberg.  Thank you, Kim.  The following are some photos from the event.

Be on the lookout for our next CLE event.  District 1 is also planning study opportunities for those interested in taking the TBLS exam.

Sharon Taylor

Bohreer & Zucker, LLP

Paralegal, CP, TBLS-BCP – Civil Trial Law

District 1 CLE sub-Chair

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Paralegal Membership – Texas Bar College

Posted by Texas Paralegal Division Blogger at blog@txpd.org on November 1, 2016

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Highlights from the Capital-PD D4 News

Posted by Texas Paralegal Division Blogger at blog@txpd.org on October 28, 2016

Avoiding the Legal Bermuda Triangle

A Collaboration between the Travis County District Clerk and Law Library

 Author: Danikae Doetsch, Travis County District Clerk Family Law Division Director

Contributors:  Velva Price, Travis County District Clerk and Lisa Rush, Travis County Law Library Manager

Most people in Travis County, Texas, don’t realize it but there is a legal “Bermuda Triangle” in downtown Austin. It is located in the one block that separates the civil courthouse from the Law Library.  And somehow, someway, it causes the information both offices give to self-represented litigants (SRLs) to just vanish as they travel between the two buildings. The result: The correct information and even paperwork given in one office gets forgotten and/or misplaced by the time the SRL crosses the street to the other office.

The Travis County solution? The Travis County District Clerk’s office and Law Library partner to co-locate services in the Law Library. A deputy district clerk has an office and all the equipment she/he needs in the Law Library.

This project will try to bridge the information gap and reduce the need for SRLs to move between the two offices multiple times to file a divorce or civil lawsuit, obtain a name change, file various legal documents, and ask questions about a pending matter. Instead, reference librarians direct the litigant 20 feet to the deputy clerk to file or discuss the paperwork. Throughout the day, the librarians can ask the deputy district clerk questions and verify their own understanding of clerk procedures.

With collaborative support and leadership between the Travis County District Clerk’s Office and the Law Library management, the Legal Bermuda Triangle will be eliminated and a new, seamless environment will be created. An additional benefit will be a deeper understanding between the District Clerk and Law Library staff of each other’s services, needs, and procedures.

PD Black and WhiteMost importantly, though, eliminating the Legal Bermuda Triangle helps to create an environment that enhances access to justice.

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D4 Paralegal Day Celebration Recap

Posted by Texas Paralegal Division Blogger at blog@txpd.org on October 27, 2016

District 4 recently celebrated Texas Paralegal Day on Thursday, October 20, 2016 from 6-8 pm at Parkside on 6th Street.  It was a joint event with the local association, Capital Area Paralegal Association (CAPA).

We had approximately 75 attendees for the cocktail reception with keynotegive-away speaker, Ace Pickens.  Mr. Pickens is a local Austin attorney who spoke on the value of paralegals and importance of paralegal membership in professional associations at both the local and state levels.

Each member who attended received a special gift compliment of the Paralegal Division in honor of the Paralegal Division’s 35th Anniversary!  It was a great time for all who attended.

 The cost was free for members to attend because of the tremendous support of our sponsoring vendors!

Vendor support provided by:

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