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Volume 33, Number 5

May 2012

Celebrate OCPA! President’s Message

Did you know OCPA turns 35 this year? How would you like to see OCPA celebrate its 35th Birthday? If you have any ideas as to how we can give back to our members, please contact me at Hilary. ocpapresident.2011@gmail.com. Orange County Food Bank: In addition, to collecting items at all of our General Meetings you can volunteer your time on at any of the 4 remaining Saturdays in 2012 - May 5, July 14, September 15 and November 3 – from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. to assist the OCFB with assembling food boxes for children and seniors at their distribution center located at 11870 Monarch Street in Garden Grove. If you are interested in participating in the volunteer activities, please contact OCPA’s Pro Bono/Community Services Chair, Cindy Mascio, ACP, CAS, at cmascio@rutan.com or (714) 641-5100, ext. 1625. NALA Conference: This year’s NALA Conference is in Omaha, Nebraska. Save the date – July 25th through July 28th and come celebrate NALA’s 37th Annual Meeting and Educational Institutes. Further details to come.

be OCPA’s 26th Annual Educational Conference. Lots of planning goes into this great event, come help us make this year’s conference better than ever. If you’re interested in helping out with this conference, please contact Kerry Swancutt at kerryswancutt.ocpa@ gmail.com.

Inside this Issue: President’s Message 1 Calendar & Events 2 Membership & Statistics 3 We are going to have a BIG surprise for all of you OCPA members. Stay tuned for more information regarding the Educational Conference. Volunteers: Would you like to volunteer and get more involved with the OCPA? Please contact me at hilary. ocpapresident.2011@gmail.com. Volunteering is a great way to meet your co-paralegals and networking.

Articles: Alternative Paralegal Careers 4-5 Writing Paralegal Resumes 6-7 National Legal Survey 8 NALA Update

- Hilary Martin, OCPA President

Educational Conference: This year will

Disclaimer: The articles contained in this publication have been prepared for and are intended to provide information useful to members of the Orange County Paralegal Association (OCPA) and the legal professional community, at-large. The information presented is not to be taken as legal advice nor do the views represent a statement of OCPA policy.

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OCPA Calendar & Events To learn more, simply visit the OCPA website at: www.ocparalegal.org

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Save the Date!

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Location

5/2

6:00 pm

Board Meeting

Sarnoff/Veritext

5/2

6:00 pm

Bankrupty Section: “Exemptions, Taxes Sarnoff/Veritext and Chapter 11 Business Reorganization

5/5

8:30 am

Pro Bono: OCPA/OCFC Work Day

5/9

6:00 pm

Litigation Section: “Trial Preparation Gibson Dunn Compliance...and Good Trial Outlines”

5/15

6:00 pm

Bankruptcy Section

5/16

6:00 pm

Criminal Section: “The Difference TBD Between Reasonable Suspicion and Probable Cause”

5/17

10:00am

Webinar: Advanced Concordance - NO MCLE OFFERED

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Location

OCFB

TBD

June Date

Time

Title

6/4

6:00 pm

Family Law Section: “Transferring Real TBD Property in a Dissolution Marriage”

6/6

6:00 pm

Board Meeting

6/13

6:00 pm

General Meeting: “Everything You Radisson Hotel Ever Wanted to Know About Federal Subpoenas...But Were Afraid to Ask”

6/14

6:00 pm

Litigation Section: “Lessons From a Mad Gibson Dunn Man - Expert WItnesses and the Art and Science of Persuading a Jury”

6/23

All day

CAPA Educational Conference

Sarnoff/Veritext

Sacramento, CA

Date: Time: Place:

Saturday, September 8, 2012 8:00 am - 4:00 pm Radisson Hotel, Newport Beach

“Established 1977 – OCPA Celebrates 35 years of supporting & educating Paralegals! Who are we and what sets us apart?” Please join our diverse legal community at this annual education opportunity. No matter your level of experience, come see how to enrich your career. MCLE Credit Provided – 5.0 hours Topics to be announced soon. Speaker or Exhibitor Inquires? To learn more, please contact Conference Chair Kerry Swancutt at kerryswancutt.ocpa@gmail.com.

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OCPA 26th Annual Educational Conference

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Title

Location

7/14

TBD

Board Retreat

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OCPA Membership & Statistics New Members Gurpreet Kathleen Judy Kelly Cruzela Priya Colin Ellen Dawn Kristin Nicholas Hope Sabrina Mellisa Ann Czarina Sonia Kristina Denise K.

Voting:  312 Student:  124 Associate:  58 Sustaining:  6 TOTAL:  500

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Sangha 4/15/2012 Thomas Andresen Gennaro Felarca Savadas Engler Eilenberg Cicero Brasher Brokhausen Voller Spruill Williams Ellingson Pandit Fryar Bonnell

April 2012 Net Worth - As of 4/15/2012 As of 4/15/2012

Account ASSETS Cash and Bank Accounts Checking Maximizer PayPal.com Savings Post Office TOTAL Cash and Bank Accounts TOTAL ASSETS LIABILITIES OVERALL TOTAL

4/15/2012 Balance

30,774.26 100,972.62 0.00 6,256.11 300.00 138,302.99 138,302.99 0.00 138,302.99


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Alternative Paralegal Careers: Litigation Support Professional Local law firms have hung out help-wanted signs. The demand for litigation support personnel — an emerging field where the law and technology overlap — is running strong. Local firms are hiring to keep up with demand that stems from fastgrowing litigation practices and the proliferation of digital documents and communication in every area of law. Litigation support hiring among recruiting firm Robert Half Legal clients increased “well in excess of double digits” in terms of percentage growth between 2010 and 2011, said Diane Domeyer of Robert Half Legal, where Domeyer oversees West Coast operations. So far, 2012 looks like more of the same with Seattle experiencing “above average growth,” she said. That jibes with a national survey released by The Cowen Group, a New York-based litigation support staffing firm. They survey asked 22 firms with headquarters throughout the country (but none with headquarters in Seattle) about their litigation support hiring plans. More than half — 57 percent — anticipate hiring

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litigation support staff in 2012 with an average growth rate of 13.7 percent. Apples-to-apples comparisons of litigtion support hiring can be challenging because different firms use different terminology, Jeff Frank, chair of the litigation practice with the law firm of Foster Pepper in Seattle. The titles and duties — legal secretaries, legal assistants and paralegals — vary from firm to firm. One firm’s legal secretary may be another firm’s legal assistant and one firm’s legal assistant may be another firm’s paralegal. Today, these hires increasingly fall under the heading of litigation support. While litigation support is not a new role, the skills needed to do the job in the age of electronic discovery have changed and

firms increasingly view litigation support as a distinct profession. The job also is a ticket to ride for anyone who can juggle the demands of a hybrid profession requiring the courtroom savvy of a paralegal and the technical skill of a database administrator.

“There’s definitely a national trend of increased hiring, increased spending and increased opportunities in litigation support,” Domeyer said.

Frank agrees, saying demand for litigation support is growing faster than the demand for traditional legal assistants/ paralegals. “When you get a good one, you don’t want to let them go, that’s for sure,” he said.


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Foster Pepper expects to hire one or two litigation support specialists during the coming year, but additional hires tell only part of the story. As openings in existing positions have occurred, the firm has made a point of hiring replacements with litigation support capabilities, said Frank. The law firm of Lane Powell in Seattle also expects to add more people with litigation support skills this year depending on how many additional attorneys it brings on board, said Shevette Floyd, manager of legal support staff. “We want to ensure we have that skill set in-house so we don’t have to outsource (very much),” she said. Although firms aren’t eliminating outside vendors, the growing demand for litigation support makes it cost-effective for firms to bring more work in-house, creating additional billable hours while saving clients money by eliminating the middleman. Part of the litigation support boom has to do with an improving economy. Law firms are busier now and litigation is one of their fast-growing practice areas. But the biggest driver is the proliferation of digital documents and communication. “Technology is playing a larger and larger role (in litigation) and a lot of firms are trying to beef that up,” says Shelly Langley,

owner of Langley Recruiting, a Seattle legal staffing firm. “I’m seeing more paralegals being hired with database and e-discovery experience.” One of the primary duties of a paralegal/legal assistant is to organize, review and analyze discovery materials. In the old days, discovery materials would arrive in boxes. Now they come on hard drives full of digital documents, but also packed with emails, Tweets and Facebook postings, creating an avalanche of digital records that is far greater and more complex than the paper files of the past.

“If you’re not up to speed on e-discovery … you can’t compete for the kind of litigation cases everyone wants to get,” said Erle Cohen, chief operating officer with the Seattle law firm of Garvey Shubert Barer. “In our

of litigation support. Clients are demanding more predictability about their legal bills, which requires firms to create and track accurate budgets and update clients on costs much more frequently than in the past. That’s an area where attorneys definitely appreciate assistance. “Lawyers,” Frank says, “aren’t always the best project managers.” Source: TechFlash About the Author: Jeannie S. Johnston has been a Paralegal for over 18 years, has spoken at National Paralegal Conferences and is the Founder and CEO of Paralegal Gateway, Inc. a/k/a www.ParalegalGateway.com – the world’s oldest and largest online Paralegal portal on the world wide web.

case, our paralegals wear dual hats and have morphed into the technical role.” Garvey Shubert Barer recently added a contract position and may add one or two permanent positions before the the year is over, said Cohen. While e-discovery is the meat and potatoes, project management is another increasingly important aspect

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Writing Paralegal Resumes Many paralegal students who have just graduated from college or who have completed a paralegal studies program most likely are searching for their first paralegal jobs. Experienced paralegals also might be looking to change jobs. Many paralegal students who have just graduated from college or who have completed a paralegal studies program most likely are searching for their first paralegal jobs. Experienced paralegals also might be looking to change jobs. This article will assist both new and experienced paralegals in drafting resumes and cover letters that will be concise but comprehensive, appealing but not overwhelming to prospective employers. Sample paralegal resumes and cover letters also are included. Resumes for New Paralegals Let’s begin with some general pointers. Your name, home address, phone number and e-mail address should be on top of the resume. Use more common computer fonts, such as 12-point Times New Roman. Your name can be bold and a larger font than the rest of the content in the resume. Try to keep the resume to one page, if possible. Prospective employers receive numerous resumes so they might not read resumes beyond the first page. Many resumes usually contain four to five sections. Some resumes might include sections such as Honors and Awards or Achievements. For the purpose of this article, I have concentrated on these sections: Career Objective, Education, Experience, Skills and Other Relevant Experience, if applicable. Career objective. This is important for several reasons. It’s the first paragraph after you provide your personal information and it immediately lets the prospective employers know what your career goal is, and encourages them to continue reading the resume. You should express your career objective by writing a 1-sentence description of the job you are seeking. If you are unsure of the area of legal practice in which you want to specialize, focus your objective to a general practice of law. Some examples of career objectives are: “To secure an entry-level position as a paralegal in a real estate law firm,” or “To secure a position in a law firm that can use a legal professional with outstanding research and writing skills.” Education. This section is an important part of the resume for those new

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paralegals who have just completed their education. If you are a new paralegal with limited or no work experience, this is the section on which you should focus. Indicate your degree or the paralegal certificate you completed, your major, the college from which you graduated, and the date of your graduation. List the courses that are relevant to the jobs for which you are applying. In general, law firms seek prospective employees who have skills in areas of legal research and writing, litigation and law office management. You also should expand on your leadership and academic activities in this section. List your membership in all student and academic organizations. Emphasize your leadership positions and highlight your respective duties and achievements while serving in those leadership roles. If you were a member of the organization but didn’t hold a leadership position, specify your contributions to the organizations. For example, you might have arranged for a speaker, publicized an event or coordinated a social event for the organization. Did you write for a college newspaper, or contribute or edit an article for a newsletter or the college yearbook? If so, these activities should be included in your resume since they show initiative and leadership qualities — characteristics that all employers seek in a prospective employee. Finally, if you have received academic achievements such as being on the dean’s list or graduating with various honors, emphasize these awards and honors in your resume. Experience.  This section is the meat of a resume. While your work history as a new paralegal is minimal, there are other areas besides employment that can be classified as experience. Serving in an internship program is an excellent way to highlight your duties and responsibilities as well as the skills you obtained. Under this section, list the duties you performed, as well as the

skills that were enhanced during this internship. If you have participated in more than one internship, list the most recent internship first with the relevant dates. Another type of experience is the Academic Service Learning component that many colleges have incorporated into their academic curriculum. St. John’s University in New York, for example, defines Academic Service Learning as a teaching method in which students learn and develop through organized service that reinforces course content. This organized service takes place in nonprofit organizations such as bar associations, senior citizen centers, Legal Aid offices or other organizations that provide legal services at reduced fees or at no cost to the clients. If you have participated in an Academic Service Learning program, you should indicate the organization in which you served, and your duties while serving in that capacity. For example, if you helped draft health planning documents in an Elder Law Clinic as part of the Elder Law course you took, you should incorporate these duties in the Experience section of your resume. Skills. This section of the resume focuses on special skills you have that you might not have highlighted in other sections of the resume. Are you familiar with Microsoft Word? Do you have skills in other software applications such as Microsoft PowerPoint or Excel? Are you an expert in using Westlaw and/or Lexis as a research tool? Are you proficient in a foreign language? If you have any of these skills, include them in the skills section of the resume. However, be honest in assessing your proficiency. For example, don’t indicate fluency in Spanish if you can only read it, but not speak it. Other relevant experience.  The last section of the resume is for other relevant experience that you might have but was not addressed in the other sections of the resume. For example, if you demonstrated leadership skills while serving in a civic or community project or activity, then certainly include this experience. The Cover Letter From New Paralegals The cover letter is your initial contact with the prospective employer. The purpose of the cover letter is to convince the employer to read your resume and invite you for an interview. Therefore, like the resume it has to be error-proof and neat. It should be well-written since employers are seeking paralegals with


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good writing skills. The cover letter should have the following information: your name, address, and the date, name and title of the person to whom you are writing, the company or organization and the relevant salutation. Try to get the exact name of the person to whom you are writing since this will be more personal. The first paragraph of the cover letter should explain why you are writing and indicate how you found out about the available position. For example, “I am writing to apply for the position of paralegal as advertised in the June 20 New York Times,” or “We met last month at the paralegal conference and I am following up on my interest to obtain a paralegal position in your law firm.” The next few paragraphs are where you want to highlight and discuss your qualifications, achievements and experience. Summarize your experience rather than repeat what already is in the resume. Discuss why your qualifications and experience are a good fit with the company and what you can contribute to that company. The final paragraph closes the letter by thanking the employers for their consideration of your application and notifying them where they can contact you for an interview. Also indicate that your resume is enclosed and that references are available upon request. Resumes for Experienced Paralegals Many of my recommendations for resumes for experienced paralegals are similar to resumes for new paralegals. Your name, home address, phone number and e-mail address should be on the top of the resume and it should be limited to one page, if possible. Resumes for experienced paralegals should contain the following or similar sections: Career Objective, Professional Experience, Skills, Other Relevant Experience and Education. Career objective.  This is important for experienced paralegals. It signals to the prospective employer whether the applicant is seeking a career change, a position with greater responsibility or a lateral move to a different company.

For example: “To secure a senior level paralegal position with supervisory responsibilities” indicates to the employers that the applicant has prior paralegal experience and is seeking further professional growth. Education.  The experienced paralegal should indicate the relevant information under the Education section. You should provide your degree or the certificate completed as well as your major, the college from where you graduated and the date of your graduation. List any awards and honors you received upon graduation. Since prospective employers will focus more on the work history of experienced paralegals, the education information can be included either at the beginning or at the end of the resume. Experience.  For the experienced paralegal, this section of the resume is the most important information provided by the applicant in engaging the interest of the prospective employers. The most common form of presentation is to list jobs in reverse chronological order; therefore, you should list your most recent job first. Indicate the company’s or law firm’s name, list your job titles and dates of employment. Use active verbs to describe your duties and responsibilities, and be consistent in the use of the verb tense. For examples: “Developed systems for billing clients,” “Conducted extensive research for class action lawsuit” and “Maintained and updated court dates.” Skills.  This section is where you can highlight your technological skills. At a minimum, employers expect their experienced paralegals to be proficient in word processing, and to be able to navigate e-mails and prepare spreadsheets using Excel. Do you have computer-assisted research skills using Westlaw or Lexis? Are you proficient

seeking greater and/or more diverse responsibilities. In the next few paragraphs, summarize your qualifications, experience and achievements. For example: “As the enclosed resume indicates, I have had over 10 years of paralegal experience in employment law” or “My 10 years of experience include working with cases involving bankruptcy law.” Follow up as to why this experience will benefit the law firm. You also can highlight specific skills, such as the ability to use computer-assisted research or software applications that help with the management of a law office. The final paragraph closes the letter by thanking the employers for their consideration of your application and notifying the employers where they can contact you for an interview. Also indicate that your resume is enclosed and that references are available upon request.

Linda T. Chin is an assistant professor at St. John’s University in New York City. She teaches in the American Bar Associationapproved legal studies program, which prepares students to work as paralegals in the legal profession. Professor Chin’s field of expertise is employment and elder law.  

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One in Four Attorneys Plan to Hire in Second Quarter According to National Legal Survey More than one-quarter (26 percent) of lawyers interviewed for the quarterly Robert Half Legal Hiring Index plans to hire full-time legal staff during the second quarter of 2012, while 4 percent anticipate staff reductions. The net 22 percent increase in hiring activity compares

with a net hiring increase of 27 percent forecast in the first quarter of this year. Fifty-seven percent of attorneys polled expect no change in staff levels in the next three months. More than half (59 percent) of lawyers said it is challenging to find skilled legal professionals, up eight points from the previous quarter. Hiring activity is expected to take place predominantly at law firms, and bankruptcy/foreclosure is the practice area predicted to see the most growth in the coming months. The survey was developed by Robert Half Legal, a premier legal staffing firm specializing in lawyers, paralegals and other highly skilled legal professionals. It was conducted by an independent research firm and is based on telephone interviews with 100 lawyers at law firms with 20 or more employees, and 100 corporate lawyers at companies with 1,000 or more employees. All of the respondents have hiring authority within their organizations. Key Findings The net 22 percent of lawyers expecting to hire is down five points from a 27 percent net increase in hiring activity projected last quarter. Lawyers interviewed plan to add an average of two full-time positions.

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for experienced in-house counsel. “General counsel are hiring associates to not only handle legal and regulatory matters, but also to support the organization’s objectives by identifying business opportunities that don’t pose significant risks.” “To manage rising caseloads and supplement the work of full-time employees, many law firms and corporate legal departments are bringing in legal professionals on a project basis who possess expertise in key areas,” Volkert said. “Experienced, tech-savvy

The three most in-demand positions are lawyers (85 percent), paralegals (39 percent) and legal secretaries (24 percent).

The practice areas expected to see the most growth in the second quarter are bankruptcy/foreclosure, litigation and general business/ commercial law. Fifty-nine percent of lawyers said it is challenging to find skilled legal professionals, up eight points from the previous quarter. Sixty-eight percent of lawyers are somewhat or very confident in their companies’ prospects for growth in the next three months, down five points from last quarter. Hiring Trends “Hiring is expected to remain active as law firms see renewed demand for their services,” said Charles Volkert, executive director of Robert Half Legal. “As the number of bankruptcies, foreclosures and lawsuit filings continues to increase, the need for legal counsel in these areas should remain strong. Law firms are recruiting experienced candidates to expand lucrative practice groups and pursue new business opportunities.”

Twenty-two percent of lawyers identified bankruptcy/foreclosure as the area of law that will experience the most growth in the next three months. Litigation came in a close second, receiving 21 percent of the response, followed by general business/commercial law (18 percent). Volkert noted that renewed business activity and ongoing regulatory requirements are creating demand

paralegals who can take on increased responsibilities, such as assisting with document management and discoveryrelated projects, are highly marketable.”

About The Legal Hiring Index The Robert Half Legal Hiring Index is based on 200 telephone interviews with lawyers: 100 of the respondents are employed at firms with 20 or more employees, and 100 are employed at companies with 1,000 or more employees. The interviews were conducted by an independent research firm. Information from the study is featured in the Robert Half Professional Employment Report, launched in 2010 and the first study of its kind to monitor the hiring environment for professional-level positions exclusively. Based on more than 4,000 telephone interviews with executives throughout the United States, it provides insight on employment trends to help businesses and job seekers prepare for the upcoming quarter. Source: WSJ Market Watch About the Author: Jeannie S. Johnston has been a Paralegal for over 18 years, has spoken at National Paralegal Conferences and is the Founder and CEO of Paralegal Gateway, Inc. a/k/a www.ParalegalGateway.com – the world’s oldest and largest online Paralegal portal on the world wide web.


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OCPA is a State Bar of California Approved MCLE provider and certifies that this seminar qualifies for MCLE credit.

OCPA will be collecting canned fruits and vegetables for the OC Food Bank at this meeting. Please bring as many items as you can. Thank you! To all Paralegals, Attorneys, and other Legal Professionals:

DINNER AND GENERAL MEETING PRESENTED BY:

Jack Cambre, President and Jim Ayer, Vice President of Titan Legal Services, Inc.

TOPIC:

“Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Federal Subpoenas….But Were Afraid to Ask” This presentation will cover all the forms, rules, timelines and proper preparation of Federal subpoenas and notices. A 65 page bound Resource Guide will be provided to each attendee!!

DATE & TIME:

Wednesday, June 13, 2012 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (sign-in begins at 5:45 p.m.)

LOCATION:

RADISSON HOTEL - NEWPORT BEACH 4545 MacArthur Boulevard, Newport Beach, CA 92660

COST:

$30 OCPA members | $40 for non-members (INCLUDES DINNER)

NOTE: Reservation secured by receipt of payment by RSVP deadline; 24 hour notice cancellation policy.

MCLE CREDIT:

1.0 (GENERAL LAW)

DIRECTIONS:

Going north on the 405 Fwy, exit MacArthur Blvd., turn left at the signal. Travel approximately 2 miles to Birch Street. The hotel is on the corner of Birch Street and MacArthur Blvd. Parking is free.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------RESERVATION SLIP (RSVP NO LATER THAN 6/11/12) NAME: ________________________________________ EMAIL: ________________________________________ Please reserve via email to kerryswancutt.ocpa@gmail.com AND pay online via PAYPAL at www.ocparalegal.org OR mail reservation slip and check payable to OCPA to: Hospitality Coordinator, P.O. Box 8512, Newport Beach, CA 92658 PASSPORT HOLDERS ARE ASKED TO RSVP

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Orange County Paralegal Association’s 26th Annual Educational Conference Saturday, September 8, 2012 8:00 am – 4:30 pm Radisson Hotel Newport Beach 4545 MacArthur Boulevard, Newport Beach, California 92660

OCPA Celebrates of Success and Stepping into the Future! Registration Fee: All attendees $35 – Special 35th Anniversary price!! Registration Deadline: September 1, 2012 MCLE Credit Available: 4.75 hours (includes 2.25 hours legal ethics) Name: ___________________________________________________________ Specialty Designation? CP, CLA, ACP _________________ Address: ___________________________________________________________________________________ Phone: (

) ____________________________ E-mail address: ________________________________________________________________ MCLE Breakout Sessions:

Please mark ONE Morning & ONE Afternoon session to attend (see Program for details):

Morning MCLE Sessions Immigration Law Real Estate Law Litigation (Technology) Bankruptcy Law

Afternoon MCLE Sessions Labor Law Criminal Law Litigation (E-Discovery) Entertainment Law

Lunch Choice:  vegetarian  non-vegetarian Conference Syllabus: OCPA is “Going Green” – A link to upload your e-syllabus will be e-mailed to you one week prior to the conference. Return this Registration Form with Payment via check payable to OCPA or via PayPal to: OCPA Attention: Educational Conference P.O. Box 8512 Newport Beach, CA 92658 PLEASE NOTE: Due to greater attendance this year, no walk-ins and no switching breakout sessions after selection. RSVP confirmed via receipt of completed Registration Form and Payment by Sept 1st. OCPA is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider and certifies that this event qualifies for MCLE credit.

Questions? Please contact Conference Chair Kerry Swancutt at kerryswancutt.ocpa@gmail.com.

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NALA May Update NALA is the leading paralegal association in the US. Its mission is to provide continuing education and professional development programs to all paralegals. NALA’s 37th A n n u a l Meeting and Educational Institutes We are getting closer to this year’s Annual Meeting and Educational Institutes which will be held on July 25-28, 2012 at the Hilton Omaha in downtown Omaha, Nebraska. The educational institutes planned for this year are: Bankruptcy, e-Discovery, Essential Skills, Family Law, Personal Injury, and Real Estate. Saturday’s line up will include sessions on public speaking and how to promote your skills. There are some fantastic speakers lined up. The Member Exchange Closing Presentation choices are: “Beyond the Basics, Microsoft Office Tricks for the Legal Professional” or “Ethical Considerations in the Age of Technology.” This is going to be a great educational experience. NALA has arranged for discount bookings through American Airlines in the amount of five percent off the lowest published airfare. To access the discount book online at www.aa.com and use promotion code 4972BY or call American Airlines Meeting Service Desk at (800) 433-1790 to book your flight and use the same promotion code. There is a $15 ticket fee for booking through the American Airlines Meeting Service Desk. Some restrictions apply. NALA has also arranged for discount flights with United Airlines Continental Airlines for 2-10 percent savings. To access this promo call (800) 521-4041

and use meeting code 590LW. Also be sure to check discount internet travel services such as bookingbuddy. com, Travelocity.com, and Priceline. com. If you wish to rent a car, Avis Worldwide Discount Number is D470060; call (800) 331-1600 for discounted reservations. Check the OCPA and NALA websites for more information regarding educational institutes registration and hotel reservations. NALA Making a Difference Recognition NALA also recognizes outstanding achievements of a current NALA member or a NALA Affiliated Association who has made a difference in the paralegal profession or in their communities. This recognition is designed to inspire and motivate, as well as celebrate who paralegals are and what paralegals have accomplished. The nominee must be either a current NALA member in good standing or a current NALA affiliated association. Current NALA members who are Board Members, Committee Members, and Chairs are ineligible. You can submit a nomination at any time of the year. Please contact me if you know someone deserving this recognition and I will be happy to help you get your nomination submitted. My email is maria.conzelman@bbklaw.com. LEAP Class of 2013 - Good Time to Sign Up! NALA’s Professional Development Committee is now accepting applications for the LEAP class of 2013. The class members will be announced this summer at the 2012 NALA Annual Meeting of Members, in Omaha. 

The LEAP curricula is designed to support NALA members who are also serving as leaders of their state and local NALA affiliated organizations by reading the latest in association management and developing skills that support leadership growth. Remember, LEAP is open to members of NALA who are also Certified Paralegals. There is no cost for participating in this year-long, web-based training, however LEAP class members are expected to attend the NALA Annual Meeting of Members at the end of their year. Applications will be accepted until May 15, 2012. The 2013 LEAP Participants will be notified by June 15, 2012. See the NALA website to learn more!  LEAP is one of the best bargains around - and a perfect example of your NALA membership dues and affiliated association fees at work for you! Spring classes offered by NALA Campus Live NALA started the year off with another impressive program line up! The new courses include programs for preparation for the Certified Paralegal Exam, and advanced programs in real estate, intellectual property, administrative law, bankruptcy and litigation. The program brochure is available online. Registration fees are $80 per course for NALA members, and $105 for nonmembers. Active members: your NALA CLE Gift Certificate will cover the cost of one course. Till next month

Maria Conzelman, CP

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Compendium // May 2012 // Volume 33 // Number 5 Committed to Excellence through Education, Certification and Ethical Responsibility Publisher: Orange County Bar Association Editorial Team: Tracy Hermans, Dawn Martin, Karlene Miller, Krystal Pazanti, Liz Spinazze, Tamira Stewart The Compendium is the official publication of the Orange County Paralegal Association (OCPA). P.O. Box 8512, Newport Beach, CA 92658 This subscription is provided as a member benefit of OCPA. For member information, please visit www.ocparalegal.org. Š 2012 Orange County Paralegal Association Advertising Inquiries Only: Valerie Pittz, ValeriePitts@clevelandgolf.com

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