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Posted by Texas Paralegal Division Blogger at blog@txpd.org on December 6, 2013

Enrollment Begins 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.

TAPS 2014 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. More details will follow!

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.

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 currently or interested in volunteering with a Texas pro bono program.

Exceptional Pro Bono Service Award. The Paralegal Division of the State Bar of Texas is proud to sponsor an Exceptional Pro Bono Service AwardImage. Its purpose is to promote the awareness of pro bono activities and to encourage Division members to volunteer their time and specialty skills to pro bono projects within their community by recognizing a PD member who demonstrates exceptional dedication to pro bono service. The winner of the award will be announced at the Paralegal Division 2014 Annual Meeting Luncheon, his/her expenses to attend the Paralegal Division Annual Meeting Luncheon will be incurred by the Division, and a profile of the individual will be published in the Texas Paralegal Journal. To nominate a member of the Paralegal Division for this prestigious award, please complete the nomination form (PDF). The deadline to receive nominations is March 31, 2014.

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 Imageimportant reference for paralegal students and educators. Visit the Paralegal Division website (Home Page under NEWS) and learn how to order and save 20%!

Social Networking – Check out the PD Blog, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn® professional networking services! It is a great networking opportunity. Be sure to “like” us on Facebook, follow on Twitter, read the Blog and become a member of LinkedIn® professional networking services.


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