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Posted by Texas Paralegal Division Blogger at blog@txpd.org on September 6, 2012

Members of the Paralegal Division of the State Bar of Texas enjoy sharing with others the good qualities that are necessary to be a great paralegal, and it is always nice to share great examples like this one.  On August 23, District 5 (San Antonio) held a Back to School social geared to student members at Chris Madrid’s Burgers and Nachos. Student members visited with experienced paralegals and enjoyed learning a few things outside of the classroom.

If you are not a member of the Paralegal Division, you are missing invaluable benefits.  Below is a highlight of a few of the benefits offered only as a member of the PD:

E-Group Forum: Join the members-only forum with hot topics, forms, ethics, and general ques­tions posted and answered by paralegals. The eGroup is a way for members to share information and to obtain input to help address questions. Say you have a question and think the group would be a good resource; you could send your question to the eGroup. In a matter of minutes, you can have an answer to your question, a fresh idea about the matter, or a lead in the right direction. The amount of time that you can save with the eGroup is worth the cost of membership alone.

CLE: The Paralegal Division provides many opportunities to obtain CLE. Every year the Paralegal Division sponsors the Texas Advanced Paralegal Seminar (TAPS), a 3-day CLE seminar where you can obtain up to 14 hours of CLE for one low great price. A majority of the topics are TBLS ap­proved for those board certified paralegals. If you are not able to attend TAPS, the Paralegal Divi­sion provides other opportunities by providing at least 3 hours of CLE in your district and online CLE. The Paralegal Division has over 60 different CLE topics available online for those paralegals that are not able to attend CLE outside of the office. You can obtain your CLE hours while at your computer.

Mentor Program: The mentor program is available to all members of the Paralegal Division. The purpose of this program is to provide support on topics such as ethics, career advancement, pro­fessionalism, and the Division. Mentors will provide support, guidance, and direction to new para­legals that will strengthen their links to the paralegal community, and contribute to their success as a paralegal. Protégés also have access to valuable networking opportunities with other paralegals and the legal community through their mentor, as well as at state-wide and district Paralegal Divi­sion events.

Membership criteria and additional member benefits can be found at http://www.txpd.org under “Mem­bership” tab. All applications are accepted and processed online at http://www.txpd.org/apply. Dues pay­ment accepted by check, money order or credit card ($5 convenience fee is charged for all credit card payments). Questions regarding membership in the Paralegal Division can be forwarded to pd@txpd.org or memberchair@txpd.org.

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