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What is the Paralegal Division Doing Lately?

Posted by Texas Paralegal Division Blogger at blog@txpd.org on May 17, 2013

From District 7:  The Snack Pak:

Paralegal Division members worked hard at Snack Pak 4 Kids in the Texas Panhandle on April 2, 2013, packing over 3,800 bags for children that would otherwise go hungry on the weekends.

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From District 5: The Blanket Brigade:

“Every child has a dream of what he wants to be when he grows up. Unfortunately, not every child gets a fair chance at acquiring that dream.”  The Children’s Shelter of San Antonio gives children that chance. They also give them the things that every child deserves: to grow up in a loving environment, eat three meals a day, receive proper health care, wear clean clothes, get an education… and not be abused.

Since 1901, The Children’s Shelter has been giving children the chance to dream. With emergency shelter services, residential treatment, basic and therapeutic foster care, special needs adoption, teen parenting services, and abuse prevention programs, the shelter helps create brighter futures for children every day.  Blanket Brigade photo 2The usual daily census of the shelter is between 48 and 52 children, ranging from infants to adolescents.  Some stay for a brief time, others for an extended time.  Sometimes siblings are placed together; sometimes a child is all alone.  However, every child who crosses the threshold of the shelter experiences the apprehension and fear of not knowing what may happen to them.Blanket Brigade photo.

For any of you who have children, it is likely that there was a special blanket or other transitional object that was critical for your child’s sense of security.  For those of you without children, you may have had a treasured blanket that was a source of comfort for you.

District 5 of the Paralegal Division is sponsoring an ongoing project to provide a fleece blanket for every child who arrives at the shelter.  We will be meeting once a month to make these blankets after work, with fabric that will be either underwritten or donated.  You do not have to have any sewing skills to make these blankets; you just need two hands and a heart open to the possibility of bringing comfort to a child.

From District 2:  Night at the Museum

District 2 members were treated a a Member Appreciate night exploring the new Perot Museum in Dallas.

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Statewide:  Paralegal Division Luncheon and Annual Meeting
(in conjunction with the State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting)  

Paralegals Evolve Into Success  Annual Meeting Banner

FRIDAY, JUNE 21, 2013

11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Parlegal Division Keynote Luncheon Speaker
Justice Mary Murphy of the Fifth District Court of Appeals

Registration includes Luncheon and one (1) hour of CLE.  Fee is $40.00 on or before June 1; $45 June 2 – 7, 2013.  Register via mail-in form with payment by check or money order; register online (credit card) beginning May 1, 2013.  Note:  $5 convenience fee applies for all credit card registrations.

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Nominations Now Being Accepted For: Exceptional Pro Bono Service Award

Posted by PD Membership on November 24, 2010

The Paralegal Division (PD) is proud to sponsor an Exceptional Pro Bono Service Award.  Its purpose is to promote the awareness of pro bono activities and to encourage PD 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.  Nominees will be accepted until March 31st.

Please complete the nomination form, and return it to:

Allen Mihecoby, CLAS, RP
Chair, Professional Development Committee
BNSF Railway Company
2500 Lou Menk Drive, AOB-3
Fort Worth, TX 76131-2828
817.352.2371 (d)
817.352.7635 (fax)

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PD District 16 visits the Reynolds Home in El Paso

Posted by PD Membership on November 23, 2010

Linda Gonzalez, PD District 16 Director, recently coordinated a visit to the Reynolds Home in El Paso, TX, with members of the Paralegal Division and the El Paso Paralegal Association.  The Reynolds Home provides shelter to homeless women and children, and provides case management to residents to empower them to better themselves educationally and vocationally.  On November 20th, 2010, volunteers sponsored a pizza party and cupcakes for the guests of the Reynolds Home and brought various clothes and toiletries to donate.  Thank you to Linda and all of the volunteers from the Paralegal Division and the El Paso Paralegal Association for your efforts!

About the Reynolds Home:

“Our mission is to provide shelter and to assist homeless youth, women and children to reach self-sufficiency within our community.  We strive to accomplish this with an integrated system of care that respects human dignity, strengthens partnerships and maximizes resources.”

Contact the Reynolds Home:
8023 San Jose, El Paso Tx, 79915
(915) 274-2598

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