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 Volume XLIV                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       November 15, 2017

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

Annual Paralegal Division Spot Audit Begins Soon


CLE Calendar

Committee Spotlight

Contact the PD

Did You Know . . .

Ethics Tip - Filing an Ethics Complaint

Frequently Asked Question - Requirements to be a Paralegal

Job Bank

Member Accomplishment - District 4, Brittany Posadas

Membership Renewal Period Has Ended; Re-Apply

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
UPCOMING EVENTS

- 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
Brittany Posadas
District 4 Member

was named

2017 Paralegal of the Year

at the
CAPA/D4 Paralegal Day Celebration
in Austin on October 26.


Congratulations Brittany!

Sponsored by Patterson & Patterson Investigations  -   what committees are in the spotlight this month?
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



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 2017 TPJ.

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

 
PD MERCHANDISE
Order Your TAPS Merchandise Here

TAPS merchandise is available in the PD online store -- shop for your TAPS gear today!

In 2016-2017, the Paralegal Division celebrated its 35th Anniversary.  The PD online store has PD products with the traditional logo, as well as the 35th Anniversary seal (in Black and White or Bronze).

 

The 35th Anniversary and TAPS UnMasqued products will be available for a limited time.



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?

CLE

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

http://txpd.inreachce.com/

NEED CLE??
Obtain the CLE programs and many more!

Just a couple of available titles:
TEXAS PARALEGAL JOURNAL







 


The TPJ Fall 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!



     






Take a look at prior TPJ editions
at https://txpd.org/TPJ/tpj_archive.asp.
TPJ ADVERTISING RATES
         Ad Size/Location                                Per Ad          Premium (Inside Cover)                   $500.00
Full Page                                                 $425.00
Half Page                                                $250.00
T
hird Page                                              $125.00

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

Go to www.txpd.org 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.

Past Webinar:

What You Really Need to Know about FMLA and FLSA


Speaker:  Caroline Harrison

One part of this presentation covers Fair Labor Standards Act – compliance of federal and state overtime laws; covered versus non-covered employees; exemptions for each level of employee; salary basis and deductions; overtime, sick leave, vacation, holidays and other absence compensation; and exempt and non-exempt classifications. The other part of this presentation discusses the Family and Medical Leave Act – covered and eligible employees; leave notices; reinstatement; USERRA - Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act; intermittent leave; and light duty.

CLE Credit:  1 TBLS - Civil Trial Law, Corporate Law, Labor & Employment Law

Registration Link

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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 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
TEXAS BOARD OF LEGAL SPECIALIZATION
TESTING DATE IS 11/11/2017.

Texas Board of Legal Specialization



























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.
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

MESSAGE FROM OUR PD PRESIDENT
You know, I don't think it is a coincidence that Veterans Day and Thanksgiving Day come in the same month. How thankful I am for our veterans, both young and old, whether battle-hardened or strictly stateside! And I am thankful for all those parents who have had to watch their children trade schoolbooks for battle gear. What a huge sacrifice for all concerned!

As we approach the national day of Thanksgiving, please don't get caught up in the stress of cooking for "forty-leven" people. And don't get depressed if you are spending Thanksgiving far away from everyone and everything you ever loved.

Those of us of a "certain age" remember a song called "Turn! Turn! Turn!" by the Byrds ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4ga_M5Zdn4) . (I've informed my children that I want this song played at my funeral.) The lyrics are based on Ecclesiastes 3:1-8. The gist of both the song and the scripture is that there is a time for everything – including a time of war and a time of peace. My hope is that peace will envelop you during the upcoming holiday season, no matter where you are, or who is not present at the dinner table. "A time for peace, I swear it's not too late."

Mona



  COMMITTEE SPOTLIGHT

  NEW ETHICS CLE REQUIREMENT

Paralegal Division's vision is empowering paralegals; as such the board feels that ethics education is important. At the June 22nd meeting, the Board of Directors voted to approve that for all renewing active and associate members one (1) hour of the current six (6) CLE hours will need to be in Ethics. This new CLE requirement is effective for the 2017-2018 membership renewal period. Upon renewal, all active and associate members should remember when obtaining your six (6) CLE hours that one (1) of those hours will need to be an Ethics CLE obtained by May 31, 2018.
 SUSTAINING MEMBERS OF THE MONTH


       The Paralegal Division owes a great debt of gratitude to the following sustaining members of the month:
Express Records ... Don't Stress, Call EXPRESS!

Kim Tindall & Associates, Inc.

The Legal Connection, Inc.




       

    


 
 






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, Beth!
Congratulations - You are the October Random Question Winner!


Hanna & Hanna ... Full Service Litigation Support
October Random Question Sponsor









Patterson & Patterson Investigations
November 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, December 1, 2017. 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

                                                               
                                How do I file an ethics complaint against an attorney?

                                                          Submitted by Ellen Lockwood, ACP, RP


Ethics complaints against attorneys may be filed online through the State Bar of Texas. The Chief Disciplinary Counsel of the State Bar administers the attorney grievance system in accordance with the Rules of Disciplinary Procedure.
   NEW EDITION OF PARALEGAL ETHICS HANDBOOK PUBLISHED

New 2017 ed.
  ANNUAL PARALEGAL DIVISION CLE SPOT AUDIT
The annual Paralegal Division CLE spot audit will begin soon. 

Each year, the Paralegal Division must perform a spot audit of a small percentage of its active and associate membership.  If you receive a letter requesting materials regarding your reported CLE, please respond accordingly.  Thank you for your cooperation.
2017-2018 MEMBERSHIP PERIOD HAS ENDED - PLEASE RE-APPLY
IMPORTANT NOTICE

The 2017-2018 Membership Renewals Time Period has Ended, but We Want You Back!

Re-apply online today!



Do not go without your PD membership benefits!  If you did not get the opportunity to complete your renewal, please take the time to apply for membership with the Paralegal Division.  This is the link to re-apply.



Report your CLE hours!

New applications for Active and Associate members require 6 hours of CLE, one hour of which must be on ethics. Active and Associate who are re-applying may input required CLE into the Paralegal Division website portal prior to completing the online membership application.

To properly report your CLE hours to the Paralegal Division, go to www.txpd.org (or click the CLE image to the left); click the Members Only tab. Log on using your member number and the first five letters of your last name (all lower-case letters)>Directory>View My CLE Hours> Add a CLE Item to Your History. Fill out the form and submit.


PD has an app for that!

PD has an app for that ... use the PD App to log on and manage your CLE hours on the go, and call up the Texas Paralegal Journal(TPJ) on your handheld devices! To download the app, go to http://txpd.org/myapp (or click the image on the right).




           Go online and enter your CLE today! 
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION
Frequently Asked Questions

        What are the requirements to become a paralegal in the State of Texas?

                                Submitted by Rhonda Brashears, PD Coordinator



Because there is no regulation for paralegals in the State of Texas; there are no hard and fast rules regarding requirements for someone becoming a paralegal. Law firms and corporations set their own requirements for hiring a paralegal. Many require a college degree plus a paralegal program certificate; others require only a paralegal certificate; and still others only require experience. Sometimes it is a combination of one or more of those things. However, paralegal standards were approved by the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors that outline requirements. Please view those paralegal standards at http://txpd.org/page.asp?p=Paralegal Definition and Standards. To learn more about paralegal education, please search the following website: American Association for Paralegal Education ( www.AAfPE.org).

SUSTAINING MEMBER ADS
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 ...

  • an attorney should be cautious when agreeing to generic injunctions or standing orders as clients can have their right to possession firearms restricted. 18 U.S.C. § 922(g) [contributed by Jennifer Barnes, Dist. 10 Director];
  • you should also be careful when awarding firearms to parties in a Final Decree of Divorce, as some weapons cannot be transferred (Class III weapons, for example) [contributed by Jennifer Barnes, Dist. 10 Director]; and
  • if the parties in a divorce case have non-transferrable weapons, you should know who the actual owner is and whether the weapon is registered. [contributed by Jennifer Barnes, Dist. 10 Director] .
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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