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Ethics Tip - Ethics of Advising Attorney Outside the Attorney's Area of Law

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Paralegal Ethics Handbook - 2017 Edition

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Save the Date - PD Annual Meeting - June 22, 2018

Save the Date - CAPA & PD Dist. 4 Joint Annual CLE

Save the Date - TAPS 2018 - 9/26-28/2018 - Registration is Open

Sustaining Members

- Annual BOD Meeting - June 21-23, 2018, 4415 South
  IH-35, Austin, TX  (Annual Meeting of Members - June 22 - 
  1/2 day of 

- TAPS - September 26-28, 2018, Addison, TX - Registration is Open!


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The TPJ Spring 2018 Edition is available today!

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

This edition includes recognitions, awards, and certifications of our PD members, as well as updates about the upcoming Annual Meeting, TAPS, and more!

Please take the time to review the digital TPJ!

Spring 2018 Texas Paralegal Journal


Take a look at prior TPJ editions at
On January 26, 2018, the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors voted unanimously to create the State Bar of Texas Child Protection Law Section.

This section is encouraging paralegals to become involved with this section so that the needs and legal training of paralegals in this specialized area will be addressed.

To become a member: Use your State Bar of Texas Paralegal Division bar number and log into your “My Bar Page” account via the State Bar of Texas website at www.texasbar.com. From the right side of the welcome page, select “Join Sections”. Then select “Child Protection Law” and follow the instructions to become a member.

Membership is $20.00.


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

Click here for more information.  To register click 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!


What is the deadline to submit an application for the 2018 TAPS Scholarship?


PD 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:


    Ad Size/Location         Per Ad        Starting Summer 2018
                                                                       Per Ad for 4 Issues    
Premium (Inside Cover)    $500.00         $480.00 ($1,920.00)

Full Page                            $425.00          $405.00  ($1,620.00)
Half Page                           $250.00           $235.00    ($940.00)
hird Page                         $125.00            $115.00    ($460.00)

*Sustaining Members receive a 10% discount.  (Discounts cannot be combined with any other discounts.)

For details on advertising in the Texas Paralegal Journal, go to  https://txpd.org/files/file/perma-link/TPJ Ad Rate Sheet.pdf.
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 06/30/2018.

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

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.

July 10, 2018; 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

An "Overbroad" Discussion of Discovery Objections 

Speaker:  William "Buddy" Skazzero

The goal of discovery in civil trial is to facilitate the exchange of all necessary information between the parties prior to trial - but when one side asks for more than they're entitled to, the Rules of Procedure, and case law give attorneys the tools to narrow the scope of the other side's requests. In this webinar, we'll cover the basics of objecting to discovery, the foundation of various kinds of objections, and the function of discovery practice in general.

Credits:  1 TBLS Civil Trial Law

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!

Go to the PD Online CLE tab to see a “New Year Bundle" that has been added to help you get ready for membership renewal. Purchase 3 items for 10% discount and 5 items for a 20% discount.


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.
Eligible paralegals can become members of the Texas Bar College. See here for details of member benefits and how to become a member.
Merianne Gaston has retired after 9 years with State Bar College.  Please contact Katherine Korrodi at Katherine.Korrodi@texasbar.com if you need assistance at State Bar College.
TAPS 2018 ... Register Online Today!
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

TAPS 2018 - SEPTEMBER 26-28, 2018
Registration Began June 1st

TAPS 2018 ... Click to Register Online!Today!


  As I close out my year as Paralegal Division President, I want to thank you all. Thanks for all the kind emails encouraging me, asking questions that made me do some research, acknowledging something I said that may have been helpful.

     Thanks to our Committee Chairs who often work behind the scenes where nobody even recognizes what a great job they're doing.

     Thanks to my wonderful Board of Directors for the teamwork, for being cohesive. It's been great!

     Thanks to Rhonda Brashears for trying so hard to keep me on the straight and narrow.

     And my most heartfelt thanks to Stephanie Sterling. Wow, Steph, I don't know what I would have done without you. Your support, your candid observations, your can-do attitude. You are one amazing woman, and you will be an amazing President for the Paralegal Division in 2018-2019!

     To all of our PD members, however long you've been a member, whatever level of membership, thanks for being a part of this great organization. I'm looking forward to even better things to come! Each one of us has a role to play, whether it's a cameo appearance or a life-time commitment. Now get out there and sparkle!

~ Mona

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

Paralegal Division
2018-2019 Membership Renewals (Online Only) and CLE Requirements

The membership renewal process for all current 2017-2018 members of the Paralegal Division whose current membership expires on May 31, 2018 is entirely online.  Members will NOT receive a paper renewal form.  Online renewals were available as of May 1, 2018.  Visit www.txpd.org under the "Members Only" tab to complete your renewal application.  A late fee of $25.00 will apply to renewals submitted after July 1, 2018.

CLE Requirements for Active or Associate Members:

If you are a current 2017-2018 Active or Associate member (membership expiring on May 31, 2018), you are required to obtain at least 6 hours of CLE, 1 hour of which must be legal ethics (2 hours can be self-study) between June 1, 2017 and May 31, 2018 to renew your 2018-2019 membership. The Standing Rules of the Paralegal Division states that each Active and/or Associate member must obtain at least 6 CLE hours to renew membership for the following fiscal year (June 1 – May 31).  Substantive continuing legal education completed during any membership year in excess of the minimum six (6) hour requirement for such period may be applied to the following membership year’s requirement so long as the CLE was obtained in the membership year in which a person was an Active or Associate member. The carryover provision applies to one (1) year only and does not include legal ethics hours. (If you applied for membership after February 25, 2018 you DO NOT need to renew until May 31, 2019.)

Tracking your Required CLE:

Renewing Active and Associate members must document required CLE PRIOR TO completing the online membership renewal application.  You may enter your CLE by accessing the page found on the PD website at www.txpd.org (Go to the Members Only>Manage My CLE Records and log in). Go online and enter your CLE today!

Need Help tracking your CLE? View HERE for an easy way!

Qualifying CLE:

The Paralegal Division will accept substantive law CLE presented or approved by the MCLE Department of the State Bar of Texas, the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, the National Association of Legal Assistants, the National Federation of Paralegal Associations, and/or presented by the Paralegal Division, local bar associations, paralegal associations, or law firms for credit towards the Paralegal Division's mandatory membership renewal CLE requirement.

If the CLE course is not accredited by any of the above-referenced groups, the Division will accept a seminar, if it is a substantive law course offered by a qualified presenter that would qualify for approval if submitted to one of the above organizations. “Substantive Law Course” means an organized program of legal education dealing with: 1) substantive or procedural subjects of law; 2) legal skills and techniques; 3) legal ethics and/or legal professional responsibility; or 4) alternative dispute resolution. Additionally, law office management programs accredited by the State Bar of Texas will be accepted.

If the requested CLE hours are in connection with auditing or attending a substantive law class, the CLE hours allowed shall be limited to the number of semester hours (usually a three-hour course) rather than the number of clock hours attended.

For a complete detailed list of CLE Requirements, view Standing Rules HERE on page 10.

Congratulations, Deborah!
Congratulations - You are the May Random
Question Winner!

May Random Question Sponsor

June 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, July 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.

                                           Ethics of Advising an Attorney Outside the Attorney's Area of Law

                                                                    Submitted by Ellen Lockwood, ACP, RP

It is unethical for a paralegal to represent to his supervising attorney that his experience and knowledge of an area of law is a substitute for the advice of an attorney who is experienced in that area of law?

Paralegals may provide their supervising attorneys information about issues involving an area of law with which the paralegal is experienced, but not the attorney, and then assist the attorney in providing the pertinent information to an attorney who regularly practices in that area of law who may advise the attorney.
TAPS 2018 - SCHOLARSHIP - Deadline is July 20, 2018
TAPS Scholarship -- Applications Due by July 20, 2018


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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!

Thank you for your participation!

Did you know that ...

You can check to see whether an individual is on active military duty, go to this web site https://scra.dmdc.osd.mil/scra/#/home and click on the “Single Record Request” tab.  Note:  You need either a SSN or DOB to do the search. [submitted by Montye Holmes, Houston, TX]

Attorneys can register to view and print/download free unofficial PDF copies from the Harris County District Clerk’s office. Registration link is https://www.hcdistrictclerk.com/eDocs/Secure/Registration.aspx. [submitted by Montye Holmes, Houston, TX]

Every year the Texas Comptroller's office compiles a report listing the fees charged by sheriffs' and constables' offices in the state of Texas.  Now information will be easier to understand using the newly launched Sheriff's and Constables' Fees Data Visualization Tool . This tool allows you to explore the various fees, compare fees between counties and view fee trends over time.  To help you get started, view the tutorials  If you have any questions about the tool or the fees listing, contact the Comptroller’s office via email or at 800-531-5441, ext. 6-8530, or 512-463-4679. [submitted by Joni Bures, Austin, TX]
If you have any suggestions or questions, feel free to email us anytime. We hope to hear from you soon! Our email address is e-newsletter@txpd.org.

Best regards,

Sheila D. Posey, TBLS-BCP
Chairman, PD E-Newsletter Ad Hoc Committee
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