Volume XLVI                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      January 19, 2018

Bringing you complete, up-to-date Paralegal Division information since 2014.
We welcome your contributions, feedback, and comments.  Please contact us anytime at e-newsletter@txpd.org.
100 PD Club Members

Bylaw Changes for 2018

CLE Calendar

Committee Spotlight

Contact the PD

Did You Know . . .

Ethics Tip - May a Paralegal Sign a Certificate of Service?

Frequently Asked Question - Register with the State Bar

Job Bank

Member Accomplishment - Districts 3 and 5

Membership Pro-Rated Dues - Began 12/1/17

New Ethics CLE Requirement

New Membership Cards

Paralegal Ethics Handbook - 2017 Edition

PD Merchandise

Quick Links

Random Question Winner, Sponsors, and the Rules

Sustaining Members

- PD Board Meeting - February 9-10, 2018, Embassy
   Suites Hotel, 3880 W. Northwest Highway, Dallas, TX

- Annual BOD Meeting - June 21-23, 2018, 4415 South
  IH-35, Austin, TX
  (Annual Meeting of Members - June 22 - 1/2 day of  
   CLE; watch for details)

Member Accomplishments
2017 San Antonio Paralegal Association Paralegal of the Year
Susi Boss
was named
2017 Paralegal of the Year
at the
District 5/San Antonio Paralegal Association
Paralegal Day Celebration
on October 27, 2017.

Congratulations Susi!


Fort Worth Paralegal Association
District 3 Members

Susy Johnson is completing
her year as President
Jessica Amyett will serve as 2018-2019 President
Monty Mayes will serve as2018-2019 President-Elect

Congratulations Susy, Jessica and Monty!

2017 Fort Worth Paralegal Association Paralegal of the Year
Mary Wintermote
District 3 Director
was named

2017 Paralegal of the Year
for the
Fort Worth Paralegal Association
at the FWPA Christmas Luncheon

on December 14, 2017.
Congratulations Mary!


LinkedIn Discussion - PD

Record CLE Hours

Texas Paralegal Division

PD Membership Application

Texas Paralegal Journal

PD Blog

PD Facebook

State Bar of Texas

PD App

Texas Bar College

TBLS - Paralegal

TBLS Examination Helpful Hints Guide
   (Members Only Login Required)

Paralegal Pulse Archives

PD Quick Notes


Law firms and legal departments with 100% of their paralegals enrolled as PD members, will qualify for the "100 PD Club” and receive recognition in the summer 2018 TPJ.

For a “100 PD Club” questionnaire, please e-mail tpj @txpd.org and type “100 PD Club” in the subject line.

Order Your TAPS Merchandise Here

As a Paralegal Division member, you have access to the PD Job Bank!

Log in at txpd.org and check it out on the Members Only tab.

Paralegal Division CLE Calendar

The Paralegal Division website has a CLE calendar with events all over the State of Texas.

When looking for live events in your area, remember to visit our CLE calendar at https://txpd.org/calendar/calendar.asp.
Looking for affordable CLE?


Visit the PD On-Line CLE store for some of the most affordable
CLE around.


Obtain the CLE programs and many more!

Just a couple of available titles:


The TPJ Winter 2018 Edition is available today!

The Paralegal Division of the State Bar of Texas digital Texas Paralegal Journal (TPJ) is available!

Please take the time to review the digital TPJ!

Winter 2018 Texas Paralegal Journal


Take a look at prior TPJ editions
at https://txpd.org/TPJ/tpj_archive.asp.
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CLE CEtoGo Podcasts and On Demand Programs
Presented by the Paralegal Division

Don’t have time to leave your desk for a CLE event? If you need CLE, the Paralegal Division offers Online CLE. The Online CLE catalog @ http://txpd.inreachce.com/ is a combination of past on-site CLE as well as webinars that have been presented by the Paralegal Division.

January 17, 2018; 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Texas Notary Laws - Updates and Best Practices 

Speaker:  Ellen Lockwood, PD Ambassador, ACP, RP

“Texas Notary Laws - Updates and Best Practices” covers updates to Texas notary laws, including the upcoming availability of video notarization, as well as best practices for Texas notaries and paralegals.

CLE Credit:  Ethics

Registration Link 


More CLE topics are added monthly. View the catalog to see what may interest you. If you are a certified paralegal, this may just be the “go to” place to obtain the CLE. You may also download most of the CLE topics to a podcast so you can listen as you drive to work!


Have you seen an especially helpful CLE in your district?   If so, please let us know.  We are always looking for good presentations to present through webinar.

Please contact Shannon Shaw OnlineCLE@txpd.org to provide information about potential webinars.
The Paralegal Ethics Handbook is a resource for all paralegals that addresses ethical
 considerations for 17 practice areas as well as considerations for in-house, corporate, freelance, administrative, governmental, and regulatory law paralegals.

How to Order and Save 10% - Order online at LegalSolutions.com, and at CHECKOUT enter Promotion Code 10ETHICS and the discount will be applied. Or order by phone at 1-800-344-5009. 10% discount applies to this book only; expires 12/31/2017.

This handbook:

  • Examines such topics as defining ethics, ethical obligations, and remaining ethical
  • Addresses ethical considerations for e-filing, e-discovery, and technology
  • Provides resources for state information and paralegal association ethics canons and related information
  • Contains rules and regulations for all 50 states and Washington, D.C.
  • Explains how to determine whether an action may be an ethical violation
Eligible paralegals can become members of the Texas Bar College. See here for details of member benefits and how to become a member.
Mentors & Protégés
The Paralegal Division has an excellent mentorship program.  If you are new to the profession or an experienced paralegal venturing into a new field, our mentors would be happy to assist you in your transition.

Mentoring knows no bounds, including geography! Be paired up with someone in the State of Texas and communicate by phone, email or face-to-face. We are currently accepting new applications, if you wish to become a mentor or a protégé. Please see the following criteria:

Mentors - Voting, active members in good standing, with at least seven (7) years of paralegal experience, are qualified to serve as Mentors. Mentors must complete the requisite application acknowledging Mentor has read and agrees to follow the Mentor Program Guidelines.

Protégés - Protégés must be Division student members in good standing, or active or associate paralegal members of the Division in good standing, with two (2) years or less of paralegal experience. Protégés must complete the requisite application acknowledging Protégé has read and agrees to follow the Mentor Program Guidelines.

Please fill out the Mentor and/or Protégé request form under the members-only area of the Paralegal Division website ( www.txpd.org).

Once completed, submit them to Deb Pointer, Mentor Program Coordinator, MentorProgram@txpd.org. If you have recently submitted an application but have not been contacted by anyone, please forward it to Deb so it can get processed promptly.
Frequently Asked Questions

Visit the PD's website for more FAQS regarding membership, ethics, and other topics - www.txpd.org and click on "FAQ" tab.


Need to replace your membership card?  Please send $25.00 made payable to the Paralegal Division along with a letter requesting a new membership card to:

Rhonda Brashears
Paralegal Division Coordinator
P.O. Box 19163
Amarillo, TX 79114

The Paralegal Division
of the State Bar of Texas
P. O. Box 19163
Amarillo, TX 79114
Email:  pd@txpd.org
Phone:  (806) 803-3267


The Paralegal Division Board of Directors is hard at work for you.  Here are some interesting highpoints from our last quarterly meeting on October 27th and 28th as well as some membership highlights.

New Ethics CLE Requirement
In keeping with the Paralegal Division’s vision of empowering paralegals, the Board of Directors passed a new CLE requirement. Effective for the 2017-2018 Renewal Period, all active and associate members will be required to have one (1) hour of the current six (6) hour requirement in ethics by May 31, 2018. Please note that the 1 hour ethics credit must meet the criteria for approval of continuing education courses as listed in the Standing Rules (see I.I.4.) and cannot be counted as a self-study hour.

The Annual Spring Election time is quickly approaching on March 24, 2018. That is when online voting for Active members will begin for the even District Director Elections (Districts 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, and 16), as well as there will be four (4) proposed Bylaw amendments that will be voted on at the same time. Please click HERE to view the proposed Bylaw amendments.

Additionally, the Board of Directors will be voting in the next couple of months on the 2018-2019 President-Elect, Secretary, Treasurer and Parliamentarian. Those announcements will be made as soon as the voting results are returned.

Membership Spot-Audit
The Spot-Audit is currently underway. What is an audit and have you ever been audited? As you know, all Active and Associate members must list their 6 hours of CLE at renewal time. In order to ensure compliance with the CLE requirement, the Paralegal Division performs audits of a random sample sort of 10% of the membership (roughly 119 members) each year. It is our duty as paralegals to maintain competence and attend continuing legal education to effectively support our attorneys. To comply with the audit, you must submit your CLE Proof of Attendance Certificates, so be sure to keep them in a safe place.

TAPS 2018 – SAVE THE DATE – Texas Advanced Paralegal Seminar
September 26-28, 2017 in Addison, Texas is the dates for the next TAPS. The TAPS Planning Committee is getting underway to plan another great event with approximately 14 hours of CLE, socials, networking and Friday luncheon. We hope to see everyone there!!

Possible Transitioning of Annual Meeting to TAPS Friday Luncheon
The board is considering transitioning our Annual Meeting in June to the TAPS Friday Luncheon and would like your feedback and comments. As a result, be on the lookout for a survey from your District Director for you to complete to provide us with your feedback.


Paralegal Division's vision is empowering paralegals; as such the Board of Directors feels that ethics education is important and voted to approve a new ethics CLE requirement. Effective for the 2017-2018 Renewal Period, all renewing active and associate members will be required to have one (1) hour of the current six (6) CLE hour requirement in ethics obtained by May 31, 2018. Please note that the 1 hour ethics credit must meet the criteria for approval of continuing education courses as listed in the Standing Rules (see I.I.4.) and cannot be counted as a self-study hour.
The Paralegal Division Active members will be voting in the Spring 2018 Election on the following four Proposed Bylaw Changes. The Online Election will commence on March 24, 2018 and conclude on April 7, 2018.

The Proposed Amendments are being posted for your review prior to the Election. Should you have any questions about these changes, please contact your District Director, and/or the President, Mona Tucker, at president@txpd.org.

See the proposed bylaw changes here.
Membership Pro-Rated Dues Period Began December 1st -

That's right! the Membership Pro-Rated Dues Application Period is December 1, 2017 through February 25, 2018. So from now until February 25, 2018 you can join the Paralegal Division for half price! There has never been a better time to see what the Division has to offer you!
(See here for full details.)
Membership approved during this pro-rated period will expire on May 31, 2018, at the end of the Paralegal Division fiscal year. Active and Associate members will be required to obtain 6 hours of CLE prior to May 31, 2018 to renew. One hour of the required CLE must be ethics and 2 hours of self-study can be claimed.

       The Paralegal Division owes a great debt of gratitude to the following sustaining members of the month:

Attorney Resource - 214.922.8050

Law Pay - An Affinipay Solution





Thank you for your support of the Paralegal Division!

               For more information about the sustaining members of the month, please visit our

        webpage at http://txpd.org/vendors.asp.
                                  If you would like to be a sustaining member or have a recommendation, please contact Susan Davis at vendors@txpd.org.
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Question Winner!

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December Random Question Sponsor

January Random Question Sponsor

Find the random question in this month's newsletter; and send an email with the subject line "Random Question" and the correct answer to e-newsletter@txpd.org no later than midnight, February 1, 2018. The names of all members who respond with the correct answer (by the deadline) will be placed in a random drawing, and the winner will receive a $25 gift card from the sponsoring sustaining member. The winner will receive notification of the award and the prize, and his/her name will be announced in the next volume of The Pulse. Winning participants are ineligible to win again for the next 2 consecutive months.

May a paralegal sign a certificate of service or certificate of mailing?

                                                          Submitted by Ellen Lockwood, ACP, RP

No, only an attorney may sign a certificate of service.  The certificate by an attorney or party shall be prima facie evidence of the fact of service.  See T.R.C.P. 21a.  The only person who may sign by permission for a licensed attorney is another licensed attorney.

New 2017 ed.
Frequently Asked Questions

                                     Top 5 Smartphone Apps for Paralegals

                                        Submitted by Becky Lopez, District 16 Director
                                (reprinted with permission from My Paralegal Place)

Technology has entered every sphere of our lives. Smartphones have brought technology to our fingertips. Apps geared towards making us more efficient in our work have grown in numbers. It is no different for paralegals. They run a tight schedule and work on several things at the same time. Let’s take a look at five apps that can make our jobs a little easier.

Black’s Law Dictionary

This app contains over 43,000 legal terms that a paralegal can refer to at a moment’s notice. Black’s Law Dictionary has been used by lawyers and paralegals for over a century and now this app brings all that information to your smartphone. It can be accessed at any time and isn’t bulky. It is a bit expensive though, but considering its utility the money spent is worth it.

Burton’s Legal Thesaurus

Writing legal documents, memos, and even daily correspondence is an important part of a paralegals job. Wasting time on searching for the right word or term can be detrimental to the client’s case. Burton’s Legal Thesaurus comes in handy in such situations. It has more than 8000 legal terms, the definitions and even synonyms that you can browse through. It is not as in-depth as Black’s Law Dictionary, but does serve an immediate purpose. It will improve your efficiency and accuracy. This is a paid app as well.


Court Days

Missing a court date is a catastrophe. Court Days allows paralegals to keep a track of court dates, number of days between two court dates, and much more. You can even mail these date calculations to yourself. This makes case management a lot easier for a paralegal. This app can’t be the only scheduling strategy that a paralegal uses, but it is an additional tool.


It is necessary for a paralegal to stay abreast of all rulings and the reasons for those rulings made at the Supreme Court. PocketJustice enables just that through a few simple clicks on your phone. You can also look up the top 100 constitutional laws and graphic representations of votes on the app. Paralegals can identify the currents trends in cases, which can be of great assistance to their work.

Time Master+Billing

Often paralegals need to take care of the lawyer’s billing. This is an unfortunate additional task entrusted with paralegals, but a reality. Time Master+Billing is the perfect app in this scenario. It’s a combination of a scheduling tool and billing calculator.

Sustaining Members of the Paralegal Division can advertise (listed as a vendor) on the Paralegal Division website.

To become a Sustaining Member, please go to Membership/Applications Tab at www.txpd.org and follow the directions for applying online. 

If you have not set up your ad, please contact Rhonda Brashears, PD Coordinator: pd@txpd.org to get started.

View current sustaining members at

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Each month, in our DID YOU KNOW... section, we strive to bring you useful tips and tricks contributed by paralegals like you, specifically for fellow paralegals.

The best tips and tricks are learned by practicing paralegalism. Please share your wealth of knowledge...send your comments, suggestions, and advice to us at e-newsletter@txpd.org, and you too can be featured in the Paralegal Pulse!

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