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 Volume XLVIII                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    March 20, 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.
IN THIS ISSUE

100 PD Club Members

Bylaw Changes for 2018

Child Protection Law Section - New Section

CLE Calendar

Committee Spotlight

Contact the PD

Did You Know . . .

Director Elections - Even-Numbered Districts 3/24-4/7

Ethics Tip - Signatures on Mobile Devices

Feature Article - Play it Forward [submitted by Edna W. Garza, TBLS-BCP, District 15 Director]

Job Bank

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

New Ethics CLE Requirement

New Membership Cards

Paralegal Ethics Handbook - 2017 Edition

PD Merchandise

PD Officers for 2018-2019

Pro Bono Service Award Nominations - Due by 3/31

Quick Links

Random Question Winner, Sponsors, and the Rules

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

Sustaining Members

UPCOMING EVENTS

- TAPA Annual Conference - April 6-7, 2018, Double Tree, 400 Dallas Street, Houston, TX

- 1st Annual Advanced Child Protection Law Course - April 19 - 20, Austin, TX  [Watch for details.]

- CAPA and Paralegal Division District 4 4th Annual Joint Spring CLE Seminar - April 27 - Austin, 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)

- TAPS - September 26-28, 2018, Addison, TX


SAVE THE DATE - TAPA CONFERENCE


QUICK LINKS

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



CHILD PROTECTION LAW SECTION
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.

100 PD CLUB MEMBERS

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.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS QUARTERLY MEETING SUMMARY
 
 
PD MERCHANDISE
Order Your TAPS Merchandise Here



PD JOB BANK
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.


PD CLE CALENDAR
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.
ON-LINE CLE
Looking for affordable CLE?

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CLE around.

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NEED CLE??
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Just a couple of available titles:
TEXAS PARALEGAL JOURNAL







 


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.
TPJ ADVERTISING RATES
    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)
T
hird Page                         $125.00           $115.00     ($460.00)

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

Go to https://txpd.org/files/file/webpages/TPJ/2018 Ad Rate Sheet.pdf for details on advertising.
WEBINARS

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.

March 21, 2018; 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Civil Judgment Collection:  Squeezing Blood from "Turnips"


Speaker:  Jonathan Wharton of the Law Offices of Jonathan Wharton

Civil judgments against individuals and small businesses generally aren't worth the paper they're written on. Your client was wronged, the court says you're right, but the defendant never pays. There are some basic techniques you can use to figure out whether a defendant can actually be made to pay, even if they will not cooperate. This presentation will go over the fundamental techniques (primarily online) that paralegals should know to determine if a defendant can be forced to pay up.

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!

     
WEBINAR PRESENTATIONS WANTED
CALLING ALL WEBINARS!

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.
 PARALEGAL ETHICS HANDBOOK
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
EXCEPTIONAL PRO BONO AWARD
 
 
TEXAS BAR COLLEGE
 
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.
4TH ANNUAL JOINT SPRING CLE
 
TAPS 2018 in ADDISON, TX
 
ANNUAL MEETING - JUNE 22ND
 
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.
FAQ
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 A NEW MEMBERSHIP CARD?

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


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

DIRECTOR ELECTIONS FOR EVEN-NUMBERED DISTRICTS - MARCH 24 - APRIL 7
 
DIRECTOR ELECTIONS FOR EVEN-NUMBERED DISTRICTS BEGINS MARCH 24TH!


If you are in District 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 14 or 16, director elections will begin March 24th, so be watching for more information!
-----------------

Be sure to mark your calendars to vote.

MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD!


EXCEPTIONAL PRO BONO SERVICE AWARD
Click here to download a nomination form


   Download a nomination form here.
SAVE THE DATE - CAPA AND PARALEGAL DIVISION DISTRICT 4 JOINT ANNUAL SPRING CLE SEMINAR

Capital Area Paralegal Association & PD District 4
PD Members register here using registration code KOOARJYW by April 18, 2018.
Late registration for an additional $20.00 from April 19, 2018 through April 26, 2018 using registration code PH9ELJUG.
For more information, contact District 4 Director Pam Etie at district4@txpd.org.
QUARTERLY BOARD MEETING SUMMARY - FEBRUARY 2018
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
QUARTERLY BOARD MEETING SUMMARY
February 2018

Submitted by President-Elect, Stephanie R. Sterling, TBLS-BCP

The Paralegal Division Board of Directors is hard at work for you. Here are some interesting highpoints from our last quarterly meeting on February 9th and 10th as well as some membership highlights.
  • The Board of Directors elected the next Executive Committee for 2018-2019
  • 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.
  • Annual Meeting 2018 “Operation: Military Legal Support” is scheduled for Friday, June 22nd in Austin. Network with your fellow paralegals, obtain 3 hours of CLE, learn about veterans services in Texas, and have an excellent lunch all for only $60.
  • The Board of Directors is considering transitioning our Annual Meeting in June to the TAPS Friday luncheon and would like your feedback and comments. Please take a few moments to take this brief SURVEY.
  • Be part of the e-group, one of your membership benefits and such a valuable tool. Be sure to try it out and subscribe to it HERE.
Please read the complete summary report by President -Elect, Stephanie R. Sterling, TBLS-BCP, in the quicklinks to the left.

 PROPOSED 2018 BYLAWS CHANGES - VOTING BEGINS ON MARCH 24, 2018

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.

March Random Question - sponsored by Assure Court Reporting: "What is one of the proposed changes to our bylaws?"
COMMITTEE SPOTLIGHT
PLAY IT FORWARD
Edna W. Garza, TBLS-BCP, Director, District 15
PLAY IT FORWARD
By: Edna W. Garza, TBLS – BCP
[Director – District 15]

Earlier this week I was asked to work with Alexandria “Alex,” a Paralegal student at South Texas College in McAllen, Texas. Alex needs to fulfill sixteen (16) hours a week of internship work (a capstone course requirement) in order for her to graduate in May with her Associate of Applied Science degree in Paralegal Studies.

I wasn’t sure where to start since I’ve never had to mentor anyone before so when Alex arrived at the firm early Tuesday morning, I handed her a notepad and a pen. I asked her to sit and observe the tasks I did. She watched me compile tons of deposition exhibits, draft a letter of representation to the company owner in an automobile accident case, prepare a hearing notebook in addition to other numerous tasks. Throughout the day I gave Alex tidbits and suggestions. She wrote each of them down in her journal. Since my supervising attorney was attending a “Motion For Summary Judgment” hearing after lunch, I asked him if Alex could tag along and be a spectator at the hearing. He agreed. Alex got to attend her first court hearing. When she returned to the office, I could tell she enjoyed it. She got a real glimpse of the pre-trial procedures she’s currently learning about in her Civil Litigation course. She enjoyed hearing the arguments by my supervising attorney and opposing counsel. I think her first day as an intern went very well because it’s one thing to read about civil litigation procedures in a law book and other to be up close and personal and observe same first hand.

At the end of the day as Alex was getting ready to leave, I told her she had homework she needed to complete. She had a puzzled look on her face. I said, “Alex, not only do you need to learn how to write when working in a law firm, but you need to learn how to write well!” I asked Alex to prepare an essay in Word format identifying all the things she learned on her first day as an intern. I explained that I want her to be able to recall her work experiences at the firm and at the same time share her stories with her classmates. She agreed.

I’m really looking forward to working with Alex for the next few months as I train her and prepare her for the real world. Paralegal students need to be prepared for the real work experiences which aren’t taught in a classroom.  I’m sure most of us would’ve appreciated having someone to guide us when we first started working as Paralegals.  My mission now is to properly train Alex on the day-to-day duties of a Litigation Paralegal and teach her how to deal with all the mayhem and stress that goes on in a litigation law firm.  I can’t wait!

Whenever possible, play mentor to a new paralegal, and play it forward!
 SUSTAINING MEMBERS OF THE MONTH


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

Courtroom Sciences, inc.

Litigation Solutions Incorporated. Trusted. Responsive. Experienced.

Special Delivery, Inc.  Courier Service - Investigators - Process Service




    
 


 
 




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.
  RANDOM QUESTION WINNER, SPONSORS AND THE RULES
Congratulations, Becky!
Congratulations - You are the February Random
Question Winner!



US Legal Support ... The Power of Commitment
February Random Question Sponsor









Assure Court Reporting
March Random Question Sponsor


OFFICIAL RULES FOR ANSWERING THE RANDOM QUESTION –
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, April 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 TIP

                                        
                                                                           Signatures on Mobile Devices

                                                                                                          Submitted by Ellen Lockwood, ACP, RP

Regardless of whether you are communicating via a desktop, laptop, tablet, cell phone, or any mobile device, non-attorneys must include their name and title as part of a signature on all correspondence.  Most devices support creation of signatures including website links, and there are also third-party applications for producing such signatures.

Mobile devices now include spell check for emails so continuing to include a justification for misspelled words such as “typed using tiny keys so please excuse any typos” may be perceived as unprofessional and give the impression that the sender is too lazy to spell check emails.

Most mobile devices also include a default signature that says something similar to “sent from my [mobile device],” but these aren’t relevant and may be considered off-putting or even arrogant. 
  CHILD PROTECTION LAW SECTION
                                                                                     INVITATION TO JOIN THE CHILD PROTECTION LAW SECTION
                                                                                                      [submitted by Sally A. Almendarez, Houston, TX]

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.
TAPA ANNUAL CONFERENCE APRIL 6-7

The Houston Corporate Paralegal Association is hosting this year’s TAPA conference from April 6-7.

They have a wonderful line-up of speakers for the all-day CLE.

The conference will offer 6 hours of CLE credit, including 1 hour of ethics, a fun social event and a leadership series. The conference will be at the Double Tree in downtown Houston.

You may have received the registration packet directly
from HCPA, but if not, follow the links below.

Direct link to register for the conference: https://hcpa.starchapter.com/meet-reg1.php?id=36

Direct link to the hotel room block: https://aws.passkey.com/e/49573762


PARALEGAL ETHICS HANDBOOK - 2017 EDITION

New 2017 ed.
SAVE THE DATE - PD ANNUAL MEETING - JUNE 22, 2018

SAVE THE DATE - TAPS 2018 - SEPTEMBER 26-28, 2018

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION
SUSTAINING MEMBERS - HAVE YOU SET UP YOUR SUSTAINING MEMBER AD?

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
https://txpd.org/vendors.asp

  BE FEATURED IN OUR DID YOU KNOW. . . AREA
Share your talents with your colleagues!
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 . . .
Did you know that ...

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has completed its upgrade to the next generation of the national case management and electronic case filing system, NextGen CM/ECF.

     -  Electronic filing is now available at  http://ecf.cafc.uscourts.gov

     -  Electronic filers will need to log in with their PACER accounts and then link their legacy CM/ECF accounts when prompted. Instructions are available at
        
http://www.cafc.uscourts.gov/sites/default/files/announcements/2018/LinkingLegacyAccount.pdf

    -  Additional information is available at http://www.cafc.uscourts.gov/nextgen/ [submitted by Mona Tucker, PD President, 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
Paralegal Division
State Bar of Texas

                   
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