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October 26, 2010 Issue

Message from the President

Contents Message from the President EVENTS CLE Series NJ Paralegal Convention COMMITTEE NEWS Scholarship Pro Bono Membership Mentor Clinic Benefits NYCPA Partners Website CLE Resources Q & A Corner Grammar Tips CONTACT US:

Dear Members Our 2010 Fall CLE Series continues as we offer a whole array of new classes. Check our calendar often; new events are posted weekly! More than 35 of our members completed the NYS Courts Access to Justice Program training for the Housing Court's Resolution Assistance Program (RAP) and are ready to assist in all five boroughs. If you missed this opportunity and want to participate, e-mail Stephanie Yuzzi at If there are enough volunteers, an additional training will be scheduled. Visit our Sponsor‘s Page — these companies help us deliver the best to you. WHAT’S NEW?

Calendar of Events Fall: 10/27 – FIOS, Inc‘s Fall Case Law Update webinar 1pm EST 10/27 – CLE Series: Cloud Computing & eDiscovery 11/03 – Mentor Program Clinic 11/04 – Electronic Data Discovery 11/05 – NJ Paralegal Convention 11/11 – Legal Writing & Analysis Workshop: Part 2 11/16 – Paralegals‘ Intuition: Can be Critical to a Trial‘s Success 11/19 – Barkeley College - Round table Initiative

Program Clinic: our first clinic, Resume and Cover Letter Review, is November 3rd and open to the first 5 registrants. The program will be conducted in small groups of five with several Mentors reviewing attendees‘ resumes and cover letters – register here. We continue to partner with great companies to bring our members the best in benefits—more below. To receive benefits, login to our website and go to benefits page. Our Annual Membership Appreciation Dinner is planned for Wednesday, January 19, 2011. We will honor our sponsors, distinguished members, and the winner of our PACE scholarship. I look forward to meeting you in person. Join us in the Member Forum, where we are discussing ―The 5 Easiest Ways to Boost Paralegal Productivity‖. Sincerely, Mariana Fradman, MBA NYCPA President & Mentor Program Chairperson Member of the Advisory Board of the Institute of Paralegal Studies, SCPS, NYU


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North Star Fund

Your guide to Broadway, family, sports, music, comedy, and other live events and attractions. To browse all February Entertainment Offers, events and venues, go to our members’ benefits page.

520 Eighth Avenue, Suite 2203, NYC (Between 36th & 37th Street) Speaker: Joseph Bartolo, J.D., Superior Glacier 2-Hour CLE Seminar Networking Event to Follow LEGAL WRITING & ANALYSIS WORKSHOP: PART 2 By Cicely Barber, Esq. Thursday, November 11, 2010 | 5:00 – 9:00 PM

Blank Rome LLP

405 Lexington Avenue (Chrysler Bldg) NYC IS THIS A GOOD STORY? A PARALEGALS’ INTUITION CAN BE CRITICAL TO A TRIAL’S SUCCESS Presented by Ron Kurzman Partner and Litigation Consultant Tuesday, November 16, 2010 | 6:30 – 7:30

Magna Legal Services

1200 6th Ave., 2nd Floor NYC (Between 47th & 48th Streets) For CLE approved classes: Attendees receive CLE credit & Certificates of Attendance Attendance for full seminar required—Members have priority seating To register click on each Class—members should login first

THANK YOU On behalf of the attendees and the Board of NYCPA, we thank Paul Dickson, Chief Deputy Clerk, United States Bankruptcy Court and his team for the CLE on Bankruptcy and Electronic Case Filing Procedures held on October 14, 2010. Attendees expressed their appreciation for the presentation. We look forward to future opportunities to work with your team.

NJ Paralegal Convention Garden State Alliance invites you to attend its Seventeenth Annual Paralegal Convention co-sponsored by South Jersey Paralegal Association and Paralegal Association of New Jersey, Inc. on November 5, 2010. For more information visit

COMMITTEE NEWS Scholarship Let the NYCPA help you earn a Registered Paralegal (RP) credential! APPLY TODAY – December 3, 2010 deadline extended! The NYCPA is committed to promoting professionalism in the paralegal field. As part of this commitment, the NYCPA is offering a scholarship to cover the Oct 26, 2010 Issue



registration fee ($225) for one selected member to take the NFPA‘s PACE exam. Click here for more details on how the NYCPA can help you achieve your goal of earning an RP credential!

Pro Bono — National Voter Hotline/New York Election Protection, led by the Lawyers‘ Committee for Civil Rights, helps voters via its hotline and legal field deployment through the voting process, from registration through Election Day and beyond. Assistance is needed on Election Day, Nov. 2nd with staffing the hotline and volunteering in the field. Training and materials provided; hotline shifts are 4 hours; volunteers are particularly needed for the first shift as most problems occur in the early morning; signup here. The hotline is nonpartisan and not affiliated with any candidate or political party.

Membership IT IS NEVER LATE TO BECOME A MEMBER! Read the many reasons to join our association at

Mentor Clinic Our Mentor Program is back and will be conducted as small informal clinics in groups of five. Our first clinic will focus on resumes and cover letters. Future clinics will include interview coaching and networking tips — stay tuned.


Website CLE Resources Securities and Immigration CLE now on our CLE page:

SecuritiesMosaic live web training and self-help for its searchable databases on financial, compliance, and other business data resources.

NFPA Corporate Partner, FIOS, Inc., is offering NFPA members the opportunity to sign up early for the Fall Case Law Update webinar, to be held on October, 27, 2010 at 10am PST and 1pm EST. The webinar will be conducted by Mary Mack, Corporate Technology Counsel for FIOS. One of the hot topics of the presentation will be ―Is Social Media Discoverable?‖ For more information, login to your members‘ only page and go to benefits page. is one of the largest providers of

NYCPA Partners

immigration law CLE seminars, attended via telephone (toll-free) or CD recording.

We continue to partner with companies to bring our members the best in benefits.


CaseSoft Webinar Center: prerecorded presentations of its suite of products: CaseMap, TimeMap, NoteMap, TextMap and DepPrep.

Nala Campus Live Offers two categories of courses: CLA/CP review & general CLE, intermediate to advanced levels. All programs qualify for credit for Certified Paralegals.

West LegalEd Center One of the largest libraries of live and on demand CLE programs from leading local, state and national CLE providers. Oct 26, 2010 Issue is our newest partner. Ever get a document emailed to you by someone saying "please sign and return"? Suddenly, you find your time sucked up babysitting printers, scanners or worse yet... faxes. YesDocs can help you avoid this time consuming "signature dance" by making it a snap to digitally sign your documents using your PC or your smart phone. Plus, unlike scan and email alternatives, your private information will be protected by stringent security standards when you sign using YesDocs. YesDocs is an electronic signature solution that allows users to digitally manage the entire life cycle of the agreement process, from drafting, signing as well as archiving. Log in to your benefits page and sign on via NYCPA‘s unique link to receive an automatic 15% discount on the service provided.



Q & A Corner Q: Is joining NYCPA on LinkedIn the same as becoming an NYCPA member?

A: No, LinkedIn’s discussion board provides an opportunity to discuss topics-of-interest and includes a job board for our members and nonmembers. In order to be a full member of the Association, you must apply and pay a membership fee. Visit us at or e-mail for more information.

Q: Is you career center free for job seekers? A: Yes


Barkley Court Reporters, is the first and only Government Green Certified Court Reporting Firm in the US. Barkley Court Reporters offer a 10% discount for all services scheduled by October 31, 2010 to our members. E Perfect Imaging (EPI) is a reputable litigation support firm that has been servicing NY/NJ law firms for the past 30 years. E Perfect Imaging will extend the benefits of a 15% discount on all of their services to our members. Vcorp Services is a leading provider of corporate state filing services nationwide, including Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. As a service for NYCPA members, Vcorp Services is offering members a full suite of online CLE courses. All CLE courses are categorized by topic and can be viewed online free of charge! Additionally, Vcorp Services is offering 3 free CLE credits to paralegals who are customers of Vcorp Services. CLE courses can be viewed here. As a leading provider of corporate state filing services, Vcorp Services has been working with paralegals and attorneys for over a decade. Among their many services, Vcorp forms and dissolves business entities (LLC, corporation, partnership, 501C3), provides $99 annual registered agent service, retrieves certificates of good standing and performs UCC filings and lien searches. They have recently rolled out their Blue Sky state filing services as well. Vcorp Services offers personal, efficient customer service; every client receives a personal account manager to handle all filings, regardless of state. They work to ensure that all orders are processed smoothly and efficiently. Feel free to peruse their website,, for a more comprehensive listing of the services they provide. For further details regarding CLE courses or Vcorp Services, please contact Shoshana Halpern at 646-808-6071 or at and mention NYCPA promotion at the time of scheduling. Thank you for your continued support of NYCPA and please take advantage of this great opportunity.

Grammar Tips — Grammar is Fun Well it should be and these two sites make it just that. Grammar Girl provides short, friendly tips to improve your writing. Mignon Fogarty, creator of Grammar Girl, makes complex grammar questions simple with memory tricks to help you recall and apply those troublesome grammar rules. Best of all, now you can take her tips with you — download them as a podcast. Go to:

NYCPA Board of Directors New York City Paralegal Association, Inc. (C) COPYRIGHT 2010 NEW YORK CITY PARALEGAL ASSOCIATION, INC., ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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―You write, me edit--me help you hunt for clues and learn how to write better,‖ is how Bonnie Trenga describes her Sentence Sleuth Blog spot where she posts ‗criminal‘ sentences then plays detective to help you to spot the mistakes. Go to:



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