Volume 32, Number 10
Member of California Alliance of Paralegal Associations (CAPA) Member of National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA)
Inside this issue: President’s Message ........................................................1 OCPA Educational Conference .........................................2 OCPA Net Worth ...............................................................3 OCPA Calendar.................................................................4 OCPA Membership Renewal.............................................6 OCPA Passport .................................................................7 CLE Log ............................................................................8 Article: Annual Review? ...................................................9 OCPA Nominations, Election Nominees ...........................10-14 Thank You Letter to the OCBA..........................................15 Article: No Experience = No Job .......................................17-18 CAPA News.......................................................................19 NALA News .......................................................................20 OCPA Board of Directors ..................................................21 OCPA New Member Statistics...........................................22 OCPA Corporate Sponsors, Sustaining Members.............23
PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE Thank you to all of our vendors, speakers and paralegals who attended the “Excellence Through Education” Conference last month. The conference was a huge success! Let’s congratulate the OCPA scholarship winners one more time – Congratulations to: April Cairns and Norman Reyes, from Fremont College; Christine Roots and Daniel Sister, from Irvine Valley College; Lori Wolf and Maria Del Pinto, from Coastline Community College; Mika Yukimura and Ryan Owen, from Kensington College; Paul Nordlund and Penney Mathis, from UC Irvine Extension; and Brandy Pennington and Todd Drakford from Fullerton! The September Food Bank drive went very well.
Our 18 volunteers boxed 2000 boxes in only two hours! As a reminder, the next event is scheduled for November 5, 2011 from 8:30 – 10:30. In addition, we are currently collecting items for the Orange County Food Bank. Bring your canned goods to any of our meetings to donate. Do you need Ethics MCLE? Come join us at the October General meeting where EJ Hilbert, II – Senior Vice President of Cyber Security at Arixmar – will be discussing “Social Networking and Ethical Issues” at the Radisson Newport Beach on October 19, 2011. Our next Specialty section, Litigation: Adobe Acrobat for the Legal Professional, will be held at Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear, LLP on Tuesday, October 11, 2011 at 6:00p.m. I hope to see many of you there! We also have our second webinar for our Corporate Section on October 18, 2011 at 11:30 a.m. on “UCC Filing”, presented by National Registered Agents, Inc. Elections for 2012 are just around the corner; please look out for the e-proxy that will be going out to you soon. Don’t forget to VOTE!!!!!!!! All meeting flyers are now available on the OCPA website at www.ocparalegal.org. Volunteers: Would you like to volunteer and increase your involvement with the OCPA? Volunteers are the backbone of our organization and a great way to network with and meet your paralegal cohorts! Please email me at Hilary.OCPAPresident.email@example.com to get started.
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. Cover Art: Courtesy of www.FreeDigitalPhotos.net
OCPA Educational Conference FRANCES PRIETO, CP OCPA 25th Educational Conference Chairperson RUZEL MACADAEG OCPA 25th Educational Conference Co-Chairperson The OCPA 25th held its annual Educational Conference on Saturday, September 17, 2011 at the Radisson Hotel in Newport Beach. This year’s conference committee and sub-committee volunteers did an AMAZING job and the conference was outstanding. Believe it or not, we had an attendee come from as far away as Iowa to attend this year’s conference. The networking opportunities were invaluable. This year’s conference offered reduced conference rates, which was another savings for the membership and the 150+ conference attendees. The conference had top-notch speakers with up-to-date and fresh topics. Every speaker was fantastic and offered our membership tips and tools to increase our professional development. We had great participation from our community of legal providers, who displayed their services to our members, students, and scholarship winners. We would like to take this opportunity to once again express our sincere gratitude to our exhibitors—without their support our annual educational conference would not be possible!! Please try or continue to patronize these OCPA supporters in your work endeavors. Lastly, thank you to everyone who shared their time and talents to make the OCPA’s 25th “Excellence through Education” a stellar conference. The 25th Annual Educational Conference Committee would like to extend a special thank you to our conference exhibitors and vendors whose contributions help make this year’s Educational Conference a HUGH success. Thank you for your continued support! Arimax Advanced Discovery Barkley Court Reports & Trial Services Davidson Staffing Digital Evidence Group, LLC First Legal Network, LLC HG Litigation Services Jilio-Ryan Hunter & Olsen Court Reports Parasec, Inc. Pro Legal Maxene Weinberg Agency Merrill Corporation Norco Delivery Services NRAI Corporate Services, Inc. Sarnoff Court Reporters One Legal, LLC Titan Legal Services, LLC Trader’s Joe- Huntington Beach, Store 47 UC Irvine Extension United Insurance Partners Veritext National Deposition & Litigation Services Western State University College of Law
Please support those who support us. Page 2
OCTOBER-NOVEMBER 2011 CALENDAR OCTOBER Date
General Meeting OCFB Food Drive
Adobe Acrobat for Legal Professionals Social Media and Ethical Issues
Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear, LLP Radisson Hotel, Newport Beach
11/1 2 11/1 6
Pro-Bono/Community Service Holiday Party/Elections/ Silent Auction
Family Law Paralegal Round Table Make ‘em Pay – California Post-Judgment Enforcement OC Food Bank Work Day
Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear, LLP Orange County Food Bank Radisson Hotel, Newport Beach
dwell on criticism. Do they really hear the constructive suggestions for improvement?
Annual Review? Or Would You Prefer More Frequent Reviews? Contributed by Vicki Voisin
In a recent Wall Street Journal article, author Rachel Emma Silverman suggests that annual reviews are too few and far between. I agree. To quote Ms. Silverman, "With many younger workers used to instant feedback--from text messages to Facebook and Twitter updates-- annual reviews seem too few and far between. so companies are adopting quarterly, weekly or even daily feedback sessions." I wish she hadn't overlooked not-so-young workers who are increasingly involved with social networking and also becoming accustomed to instant feedback! Ms. Silverman points to Facebook, Inc., the social network with 2,000 employees who are encouraged to solicit and give brief feedback regularly...after meetings, presentations and projects. This is a 45-second conversation that answers such questions as "How did it go?" and "What could be done better?" that require no formal meetings.
While an annual review to discuss salary increases (or, perhaps, to discuss WHY there will be no salary increase in these difficult economic times -- I'm speaking from experience here!) will remain necessary, wouldn't you feel better knowing throughout the year that you are doing a good job? Or, if there is room for improvement, what you can do NOW to earn that salary increase? I'm wondering what you think of annual salary reviews? Would you prefer more frequent feedback?
Vicki Voisin, "The Paralegal Mentor", delivers simple strategies for paralegals and other professionals to create success and satisfaction by achieving goals and determining the direction they will take their careers. Vicki spotlights resources, organizational tips, ethics issues, and other areas of continuing education to help paralegals and others reach their full potential. She publishes a weekly ezine titled Paralegal Strategies and co-hosts The Paralegal Voice, a monthly podcast produced by Legal Talk Network. More information is available at http://www.paralegalmentor.com.
In my opinion, instant -- or at least more frequent - feedback is much more constructive. When the employee has done something well, let them know. A pat on the back increases confidence and productivity. If improvement is needed, let them know that, too, so that steps can be taken immediately to rectify the situation. Waiting until December to let employees know they're not quite cutting the mustard is a huge waste of time. Law firms traditionally perform annual reviews. This dreaded ritual (does anyone really look forward to an annual review?) is usually information overload. When employees try to absorb everything from appraisals of past performance, setting future goals, discussing pay, etc, they tend to Page 9
OCPA’S 2012 BOARD OF DIRECTOR CANDIDATES Rafia Aleem (Incumbent) Ms. Aleem seeks a position as a Director at Large for 2012. Rafia has nineteen years of Business and Civil Litigation experience with emphasis in Construction Defects and is currently employed with Green & Hall, APC. She has a B.A. and her Paralegal Certificate from the University of California, Irvine. She also teaches in the Paralegal Program at University of Irvine, Extension and sits on the Paralegal Advisory Board. Rafia is the 2011 recipient of NALA’s Affiliates Award. Rafia has served OCPA in the following capacities: 2004-2005: Litigation Section Chair; Board of Director and Pro Bono Chair; 2006: Vice President, Administration; 2007: President; 2008: Board of Director and Technology and Ethics Chair and Lifetime Achievement Award Chair; 2009: Board of Director, Technology and Ethics Chair; 2010: Board of Director, Technology and Ethics Chair; 2011: Board of Director, Ethics Chair. “I served as President in 2007 and realized that OCPA has set high standards in providing the membership with continuing education and maximum networking. With dedication and hard work, we have achieved our goal. Over the past years, I have done my part in continuously working towards enhancing our conferences and section meetings. I want to commit myself for another year of serving the membership and assist the Board in all aspects of organizational operations.” ******************************************************** Tonya Anderson (Incumbent) Ms. Anderson seeks a position as Secretary for 2012. Tonya has three years of Civil Litigation experience, and approximately one year of Construction Defect and Personal Injury experience. She received her B.A. in Criminology, Law & Society and Social Ecology from the University of California, Irvine and received a Paralegal Certificate from Coastline Community College in May 2010. Tonya has served as an OCPA Director at Large and as the Student Liaison for Coastline Community College for the last two years. “I am currently running for Secretary because I desire to serve in this integral position. My goals for 2012 include being able to organize Board of Directors meeting information in a logical and
timely fashion, promote OCPA to potential members in the community, and uphold the position of Secretary to the best of my ability.” ************************************************************ Milady Cambare Ms. Cambare seeks a position as a Director at Large for 2012. Milady has seven years of experience as a Paralegal specializing in Entertainment Law, Corporate Law, and Contracts and is currently employed with Beckman Coulter, Inc. Milady has a B.A. in Communications-Journalism from Cal State Fullerton, a Paralegal Certificate from UCLA Extension, and a Management of Business Certificate from UC Irvine Extension. Milady has been a member of OCPA for more than four years and has participated in the various seminars and educational conferences. Her goals are to help the organization continue to be well-known and respected throughout the industry. *********************************************************** Tanya Chopra (Incumbent) Ms. Chopra seeks a position as a Director at Large for 2012. Tanya has six years of experience in Corporate Law, Uniform Commercial Code secured transactions, and is currently employed at First American Corporation. Her educational background includes a B.A. in Political Science from California State University Fullerton, and a Paralegal Certificate from the University of California, Irvine. Tanya has been an OCPA Member for the past four years. She has served on the Board for the past three years, and has held the position of Secretary and CAPA Secondary Liaison. “After being an OCPA Board Member for the past 3 years and a corporate paralegal for the past 5 years, I feel that my background and work experience will be beneficial to the association. Playing an integral role will allow me to assist in all efforts in making 2012 another successful year for the OCPA.” *************************************************** Maria Conzelman, C.P. (Incumbent) Ms. Conzelman seeks a position as NALA Liaison for 2012. Maria has fifteen years of experience as a paralegal specializing in Municipal Law and Redevelopment Law, Bankruptcy, and Litigation, and is currently employed with Best Best & Krieger LLP. Maria has a Bachelor of Science Degree from California State University Fullerton, an Associate Degree in Paralegal Studies from Santa Ana College, and obtained the NALA Certified Paralegal designation
in 2007. Maria previously served the OCPA as a Director at Large, NALA Liaison, Salary Survey Committee Chair, Global Email Administrator, and has volunteered in many other capacities and committees. Maria has enjoyed serving the OCPA as a Board member this year and hopes to continue her service and involvement in this capacity. ********************************************************** Janine Fountain (Incumbent) Ms. Fountain seeks a position as a Director at Large for 2012. Janine has two years of experience as a Corporate Paralegal, and over five years of experience in the area of Bankruptcy, the field in which she currently works. Janine has an A.A. degree in Liberal Studies and received her Paralegal Certificate from Coastline Community College. Janine has been an OCPA member since 2003, has served as the Vice President of Policy, the Hospitality Chair and Co-Chair, Bankruptcy Section Chair, and has served on various committees. Janine wishes to continue to serve on the board to represent the membership and to continue the goals of the OCPA. ********************************************************** Julianna Hallsted, ACP (Incumbent) Ms. Hallsted seeks a position as Vice President of Administration for 2012. Julianna has more than twenty-five years of Real Estate Law experience, twelve years of Corporate Law experience and five years of Intellectual Property Law experience. She attended Long Beach State University and Coastline Community College. She earned the NALA Certified Paralegal designation as well as Advanced Certified Paralegal designations in Trademarks and Contract Administration/Contract Management. Julianna has previously served OCPA as CAPA Secondary, Director at Large, IP Section Chair, and CLA Review Course Chair, Educational Conference Committee Member, and Corporate/Real Estate Section Chair. In addition, Julianna served as Coastline Community College Paralegal Advisory Committee member. Julianna’s goals are to continue to assist in implementing OCPA’s goal of providing substantive educational resources to its members and to encourage more OCPA members to become involved in the various sections to share their experience and expertise with others.
************************************************************ Lorena Hughes Ms. Hughes seeks a position as a Director at Large for 2012. Lorena has three years of experience as a Paralegal and is currently employed for The Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc. specializing in Criminal Law. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management from Cal Poly Pomona and also earned a Paralegal Certificate from the University of California, Irvine with a 4.0 GPA. Lorena has been an active member of OCPA since 2009 and presently serves as co-chair of the Criminal Section for OCPA. Lorena’s goals for 2012 include being further involved with OCPA to encourage other legal professionals and students to join and volunteer their time with OCPA. She is also planning on taking the CP exam through NALA and earning the CP credential. Once she achieves the CP designation, she would like to participate in teaching CLA/CP review courses for OCPA. She believes that with her passion for the legal industry and for teaching, she will be able to contribute and make a difference in people’s educational and career development. ************************************************************ Vicky La Celle, CP (Incumbent) Vicky LaCelle seeks a position as Treasurer for 2012. Vicky has been working in Corporate Law and Contract Law for the previous five years with Beckman Coulter, Inc. and has worked in Civil Litigation for the prior twelve years. She is also an Instructor at Freemont College. She obtained a B.S. – UC Irvine (1993); Paralegal Certificate – UC Irvine Extension (1994); CLA/CP certification – NALA (2006); and Management of Business Contracts Certificate – UC Irvine Extension (2009). For the past seventeen years, Vicky has been employed as a paralegal in Orange County and has been a member of OCPA for most of that time. Over the past few years, she has been involved in the OCPA, first by co-chairing the Litigation Section and then serving as co-chair for the 2008 Educational Conference and chair of the 2009 Educational Conference. She has enjoyed providing her colleagues with opportunities for continuing education and networking. Her goal for 2012 is to continue the success of the Orange County Paralegal Association as a “topnotch” paralegal association that provides quality educational opportunities and networking events to
Southern California paralegals. ********************************************************** Hilary Martin (Incumbent) Ms. Martin seeks a second term as President of OCPA for 2012. Hilary has seven years of experience as a Paralegal and Office Administrator in Family Law and is currently employed with the law offices of Masson & Fatini, LLP in Irvine. She has a Bachelor’s of Science in Finance, Real Estate and Law with a Minor in Business Economics which she received from California State University, Long Beach. She also received her Paralegal and Human Resources Management Certificates from the University of California, Irvine. Presently, Hilary is a member of the OCPA Board of Directors, where she has served on the Executive Committee as the Vice President of Administration since 2008. In 2007, 2008, and 2009, Hilary served as Educational Conference Co-Chair, Criminal/Family Law Co-Chair, and the Compendium Coordinator. Hilary believes her attention to detail, excellent organizational abilities, and leadership skills make her an ideal candidate for President. As President, she would continue the goals of previous OCPA Presidents to raise the bar of our profession and respond to the challenges before us. Hilary would also continue with her 2011 goals to enhance the reputation of OCPA in the community at large as well as the legal community by getting our new members to be more active in OCPA and by becoming active in local charities and service groups. Hilary Martin would be honored to serve as OCPA’s 2012 President. ********************************************************** Cindy Mascio, ACP Ms. Mascio seeks a position as a Director at Large for 2012. Cindy has over twenty-five years of experience as a Paralegal in Civil Litigation with an emphasis on Labor/Employment Class Action Litigation and is currently employed with the law offices of Rutan & Tucker, LLP. Cindy has previously served OCPA as Past President (2005); Director at various times since 2000; Secretary; NALA Liaison; Litigation Section Chair; Employment/Labor Law Section Co-Chair; Pro Bono/Community Service Chair; Sunshine Committee Chair; and CAPA Secondary. Cindy’s goals for 2012 are to continue to be a champion for California paralegals by educating
lawyers in any way she can of the value and importance of the proper utilization of paralegals. ************************************************************ Elizabeth Ornelas Ms.Ornelas seeks a position as a Director at Large for 2012. Elizabeth is currently employed as a Family Law Paralegal with Masson & Fatini, LLP. Elizabeth earned a B.S. in Criminal Justice from the California State University, Long Beach and an ABAapproved Paralegal Certificate from Coastline College. She will be OCPA’s Corporate Sponsorship Chair for 2012 and has begun cultivating new relationships to expand OCPA’s sponsorship pool. Elizabeth believes her interpersonal skills, excellent organizational abilities and motivation to succeed make her the ideal candidate for a Director position. As a Director, her goals are to heighten awareness of the benefits the OCPA has to offer among new members and students. In addition, Elizabeth would also like to increase involvement with local charities and to enhance the reputation of the OCPA as a pillar of the local legal community. ************************************************************ Kerry Swancutt (Incumbent) Ms. Swancutt seeks a position as a Director at Large position for 2012. Kerry has experience in a variety of areas of law: Corporate, Licensing, Maritime, Employment, and Civil Litigation. Kerry also has experience in accounting and is currently employed with Impac Companies. She has earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Vanguard University and an ABA-approved Paralegal Certificate from the University of California, Irvine. Kerry has previously served the OCPA as a Director at Large in 2010 and has served as the Hospitality Chairperson for 2009 and 2010. Kerry is interested in continuing to serve on the OCPA Board of Directors and Hospitality Committee because she has enjoyed getting more involved in the planning and decision making aspects of the association. “The OCPA is a fantastic association that has created so many opportunities for me to share my talents, grow as a Paralegal, and fellowship with more experienced legal professionals.” ************************************************************
Diana Tierney (Incumbent) Ms. Tierney seeks a position as a Director at Large for 2012. Diana earned a B.S. in Sociology from the California State University, Fullerton and earned her Paralegal Certificate from Coastline Community College in December 2010. She currently has one year of paralegal experience working for an estate planning law firm. Diana has served as the Coastline Community College Student Liaison and as the Special Speaker Committee Co-chair for the OCPA 2010 Educational Conference. In addition, she is a 2011 Board of Director. Dianaâ€™s goals for 2012 are to assist students by holding accessible student section meetings and creating topics that are interesting as well as beneficial to the students. Diana is running because she believes in the values of this organization. *************************************************** Kai Williamson (Incumbent) Ms. Williamson seeks a position of Vice President of Policy for 2012. Kai has eighteen years of experience in Corporate Law. She is employed at Impac Companies. Kai is an instructor at the University of California, Irvine Extension in Corporate Law, Corporate Environment, and Introduction to Law classes. Kaiâ€™s educational background includes a B.A. in Legal Studies and a Paralegal Certificate. Kai has served on the Board of Directors for six years, VP of Administration for one year, Corporate/Real Estate Chairperson for five years, Database Coordinator for three years, Sustaining Membership Coordinator for two years, Website Coordinator for two years, and as President of the OCPA for two years (20092010). As President of the OCPA for two years Kai has become very intimate with the policies and bylaws of the organization. She would like to continue to use her experience to help the president be successful in maintaining the integrity of the organization. ***************************************************
No Experience= No Job? 5 Things You Must Do Now! Contributed by Vicki Voisin
You have done well in school and you finally have your paralegal degree. You were certain law firms would be banging on your door on graduation day offering you fantastic jobs. Didn't happen? You're not alone! Unfortunately, this is an issue for many new paralegal school graduates. Here are 5 things you MUST do NOW to keep yourself in the game and find that job you've been looking for: 1. Update Your Resume – Often. “An update?” you gasp. “Why update a perfectly good, nearly new resume?" Your resume should be a work in process because “one size does not fit all”. It should be customized to each position you are seeking. Read the job details carefully for the specific requirements and then tailor your resume to that job. Limit to your resume to 1 page and print it on nice white paper. Do not use anything fancy or colored. Be sure your resume spotlights your skills and experience. You have no experience? Not true! You have been in school, you may have done an internship, perhaps volunteer work, and what about your previous jobs? You may not highlight each one specifically but do highlight the the experience you gained and the skills you learned to demonstrate how those apply to working as a paralegal at the specific job you are applying for.
Consider targeting a law firm or corporation where you would eventually like to work and take another job there just to get your foot in the door. You should also consider doing some volunteer work with a legal aid clinic or the court system. You will not only gain a lot of practical experience, but it will look good on your resume and show what you have been productive during your unemployment. A JOB will be of assistance in making connections that that may lead you to THE JOB. 3. Leverage the Internet and Social Media. The importance of participating in social media (LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter in particular) cannot be overstated. Even if you don’t find a job through social media (and it is possible you will), it provides you with exposure to other professionals. It also affords you the opportunity to research would-be employers. Potential employers use social media to search for information on prospective employees. You will want them to find you there and see that you would be a spectacular employee. Having a professional picture posted on these sites is essential so have one taken NOW. LinkedIn is particularly important because it is a professional “resume type” site. You can join forums, participate in discussions, and make new contacts. Also, ask people you know to give you a recommendation on LinkedIn. Whatever you do, though, do not allow the Internet
make you invisible. Read on!
2. Take A Job While Waiting/Looking for THE Job. In this economy, you may not find the dream job you thought would be waiting for you when you finished your education. It is important to be employed, though, if for no other reason than you like sleeping indoors and eating 3 meals a day.
4. In-Person Connections Remain Key. This is not the time to hide out in your home office surfing the web for a job. The truth is that your next job is probably right in your back yard, so to speak, because personal connections are a primary source of hires. You should focus the majority of your efforts on face-toface networking.
This is where taking “A JOB” comes in. Look for something related to the field so you can gain get that experience under your belt. You may not be working as a paralegal but come as close as you
So many jobs are found by word of mouth that you have to network both with the people you have known forever and with anyone new you can meet.
Begin with the people you knew in school Page 17
(fellow students, professors, guest speakers), and widen your web to the people you met while you were interning, members of your local association. Join that association and attend any events possible, including job fairs and CLE events. You never know whom you’ll meet today that will recommend you for a job tomorrow. 5. Walk the Walk and Talk the Talk. Dress, act and speak like the professional you aspire to be. Your student days are behind you so do not revert to “student casual” clothing when you are networking. Professionalism should be at the top of your mind when you are on social media, too. Never post anything (including pictures) that you would not want your mother OR a future employer to see. Searching for a job can be difficult, discouraging and depressing. Try to get past that and maintain a positive attitude. Begin every day planning on good things to come your way and be sure you take these 5 steps: 1. Update your resume to tailor it to the specific job you are seeking 2. Take A Job while you're seeking THE Job 3. Use the Internet to your advantage but do not disappear; personal connections are key 4. Have a professional photograph taken NOW;
5. Act, dress and speak like a professional Remember, getting a job IS your job – for now. Vicki Voisin, "The Paralegal Mentor", delivers simple strategies for paralegals and other professionals to create success and satisfaction by achieving goals and determining the direction they will take their careers. Vicki spotlights resources, organizational tips, ethics issues, and other areas of continuing education to help paralegals and others reach their full potential. She publishes a weekly ezine titled Paralegal Strategies and co-hosts The Paralegal Voice, a monthly podcast produced by Legal Talk Network. More information is available at http://www.paralegalmentor.com.
CAPA News Contributed by Julie ThorntonAdams
On Saturday, November 5, 2011, CAPA will hold its 8th Annual Bi-annual Leadership Conference entitled The Pick of the Vine: Growing Strong Leadership. The conference will be held in Sonoma County at Empire College, 3035 Cleveland Avenue, Santa Rosa, California from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. The cost to attend this event is only $65. The event is being hosted by the Redwood Empire Paralegal Association. This conference is for anyone interested a leadership role. The seminars will focus on leadership topics that may benefit you whether you serve on a board or in your place of employment. Topics will include the following:
lowing day on November 6, 2011. CAPA’s website has made an initial debut. Take a few minutes to check it out and please feel free to provide any comments or suggestions. CAPA is making plans for the 24th Annual Educational Conference to be held in Sacramento, California in June 2012. The event is being hosted the Sacramento Valley Paralegal Association and the Redwood Empire Paralegal Association.
Is Your Organization Compliant? This session will go over formation, maintenance and boards’ role in non-profit corporations. Conflict Management (Recourse Mediation). This session will show you how leadership can diagnose conflict between members and solve issues while preserving the vitality of a nonprofit organization. Glossophobia: Only Snakes are Scarier! Learn tips and tricks to overcome that fear of public speaking. Build a Better Board. This session will show you how to work with board members and tips on keeping a focused agenda. For specifics, including hotel information and a list of the speakers, a flyer for the conference can be found on the OCPA website or www.caparalegal.org. If you plan on attending this event, please contact me and I’ll introduce you to other local paralegals who will also be attending. We hope to see you there! CAPA’s board meeting will be held the folPage 19
Contributed by Maria Conzelman, CP
Classes offered from August 24 through December 9 are posted. Check out NALA website for the offerings. www.nala.org.
As much as I love summer, I also love the fall and am happy to pull out my big cozy sweaters and boots. And I absolutely love Halloween! Even though my little girls are just about grown up and their costumes have changed from sweet little princesses toâ€Śwell, all grown up womenâ€™s costumes or scary costumes, I still love the holiday. For me the treats are getting my garden seeds planted for spring flowers, the fall decorations, and the darling little kids that are dressed up so cute that come trick-ortreating in my neighborhood every year.
Remember that NALA is offering a discount price for non-members of NALA for its Facts & Findings publication. A one-year subscription is only $25. Far from the association newsletter format, this bi-monthly magazine provides up to date educational articles focused on various practice areas of law, and breaking news. If you are serious about your career, and not already a NALA member, you should subscribe to this journal. A special "Career Chronicle" issue of Facts & Findings is published each January.
Hello from NALA!
Speaking of treats, NALA is offering a Certified Paralegal Short Course on November 10-12, right here in Southern California! What a great opportunity for paralegals preparing for the Certified Paralegal exam, those who want to freshen up their professional skills and knowledge, or for Certified Paralegals who need to fulfill requisite CLE to maintain certification. This will be the only Certified Paralegal Short Course before the January and May 2012 computer-based Certified Paralegal examinations. Now in its 36th year, the Certified Paralegal credential is recognized nationwide as the standard of professionalism.
I wish you lots of treats this Halloween. Maria
The program will be held at the Hilton Los Angeles North/Glendale, located in Glendale's upscale business district. The hotel offers spacious accommodations with oversized work desks, ergonomic chairs, and high speed Internet access. Call 1-818-956-5466 and mention this event for the special NALA rate of $119/ night. Room reservation deadline is October 24th. See www.NALA.org/shortcourse.aspx for more details and online registration. Also be sure to peruse the NALA Campus Live Program schedule for upcoming classes. Page 20
ORANGE COUNTY PARALEGAL ASSOCIATION 2011 Board of Directors Executive Committee: President VP Administration VP Policy Treasurer Secretary NALA Liaison
Hilary Martin Julianna Hallsted, ACP Kai Williamson Vicky La Celle, CP Tonya Anderson Maria Conzelman, CP
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Directors at Large:
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Frances Prieto, CP Sheri Webb, ACP Diana Tierney Kerry Swancutt Janine Fountain Rafia Aleem Tanya Chopra Ruzel Macadaeg
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Julie Thornton-Adams Julianna Hallsted, ACP
Contact information of board members and committee chairs published in the Compendium are subject to the policies of OCPA. Use of contact information of board members or committee chairs for purposes of solicitation for business, personal gain, or distribution of such information to third parties for the same is strictly prohibited.
OCTOBER 2011 NEW MEMBERS
Associate: 66 Sustaining: 29 Total: 647
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COMPENDIUM - October 2011 Volume 32, Number 10 Committed to Excellence through Education, Certification and Ethical Responsibility Publisher: Orange County Paralegal Association Editorial Team: Tracy Hermans, Taylor Lockett, Christi Lazootin, Dawn Martin, Elizabeth Root
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