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Volume 28 Issue 3 May/June 2013 In-House Tech Issues Page 9

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Our Mission: To enthusiastically support and promote the paralegal profession in the State of Washington.

President’s Corner by: Brenda Cothary Thank you for electing me to a third term as your President. I appreciate the opportunity to lead this wonderful organization. I am humbled you put your trust in me; I hope I can meet your expectations!

2013 President Brenda Cothary

The past couple of years have been busy for me and it appears the next year will continue that way as well. Your Board voted two years ago to lower dues to reflect the difficult economy. While we hope things improve for our economy, we understand that times are tough now and everyone is forced to juggle financial responsibilities. Dues that are paid to WSPA largely go to pay membership in NFPA, with a small Findings & Conclusions

portion retained by WSPA for operations. Recently, NFPA has discussed increasing their dues to cover their ever-growing expenses. NFPA has not raised their dues in many years so, based on the cost of doing business, this is not unexpected. Please be aware that WSPA may need to increase its dues in order to keep pace with NFPA. We will, however, give you as much notice as possible before any changes are made.

dedicated “members only” section for forms, newsletters, etc. In addition, the information on the pages has been updated, our sponsors are better highlighted. The best feature, in my opinion, is the integrated event payment system. It will eliminate the need for visiting additional sites to pay for events or other listings It will be nice for everything to be done on our website and not rely on another source.

Another project completed is the revision of the WSPA bylaws. They were sorely outdated and needed revision. We now have a working set of bylaws that accurately reflect the Board’s decisions over the years. The project for this year is to revise the Procedures Manual and New Director Training Manual so new officers and directors will have guidance when taking office. It is my goal to have an accurate compilation of bylaws, procedures, and responsibilities for our Board to use and members to review.

This will be a great year for WSPA as our profession grows and evolves. The eyes of the country are on Washington, with the Limited License Legal Technician Rule and procedures coming to fruition this year. Look further in this newsletter for detailed information about the requirements for becoming an LLLT and the scope of practice. It has been an honor for me to serve on this groundbreaking board and to help set the parameters for these practitioners. As we head into the summer months, I encourage you to reflect upon your profession and your career. Where are you now and where do you want to go? I appreciate your comments and suggestions about how WSPA can meet your needs and help you get what you need for your personal and professional development. You can email me at: president@wspaonline.org. Have a safe and happy summer!

Another exciting development is the website renovation! I am proud to say the new website is ready to roll out. Our site was terribly outdated and I feel the changes give the site a more modern look and feel. In addition, it is more user-friendly, allowing members to update their profiles and easily access a member directory, and to have a

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Management Directory Administrator

NFPA Representatives

Administration Services, Inc. PO Box 58530

NFPA Primary Representative Sue Beichley-Lewis

Seattle, WA 98138-1530 206.623.8632

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Secondary Representative Jeanenne Rutherford nfpa-two@wspaonline.org

Officers President Brenda Cothary

PACE Ambassador

Director At-Large, West Jeniffier Provalenko, RP al-west-director@wspaonline.org

Committee Chairs Certification Coordinator Helen Halloran, CRP pace-ambassador@wspaonline.org

Helen Halloran, CRP pace-chair@wspaonline.org

CLE Coordinator Stephanie Dermont cle-chair@wspaonline.org

Directors

CLE Event Coordinator Vacant Conference_chair@wspaonline.org

East King Co. Chapter Director Vacant ekco-director@wspaonline.org

Job Bank Coordinator Barbara Parnell, RP job-bank-chair@wspaonline.org

Northwest Chapter Director Vacant nw-director@wspaonline.org

Marketing Coordinator Laura Genores marketing-chair@wspaonline.org

Seattle Chapter Director Vacant seattle-director@wspaonline.org

Pro Bono Coordinator Jeanenne Rutherford probono-chair@wspaonline.org

Snohomish Co. Chapter Director Pamela Renn snohomish-director@wspaonline.org

Newsletter Co-Coordinator/Editor Jay Jenkins editor@wspaonline.org

Debra Smith treasurer@wspaonline.org

Spokane County Chapter Director Elena Manley spokane-director@wspaonline.org

Newsletter Co- Coordinator/Editor Marsha Milroy newsletter-assistant@wspaonline.org

Immediate Past President Brian Haberly RP

South King County Chapter Director Jerri Corbett skco-director@wspaonline.org

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president@wspaonline.org Vice-Presidident Membership Sue Beichley-Lewis vp-membership@wspaonline.org Vice-President Professional Development Rebecca Charles vp-profession@wspaonline.org Secretary Sarah Eisenhauer secretary@wspaonline.org Treasurer

South Puget Sound Chapter Director Vacant sps-director@wspaonline.org

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SKCO Chapter Report by Jerri Corbett, SKCO Director Did you know that the right to privacy is implied but not explicitly stated in the U. S. Constitution? I ask because in recent news published in Digital Forensic Investigator (DFI) News: The order was granted by the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court on April 25 and is good until July 19, Britain's Guardian newspaper has reported. The order requires Verizon, one of the nation's largest telecommunications companies, on an "ongoing, daily basis" to give the NSA information on all telephone calls in its systems, both within the U.S. and between the U.S. and other countries. For more detailed information visit this link. h t t p : / / w w w. d fi n e w s . c o m / n e w s / 2 0 1 3 / 0 6 / administration-defends-collecting-phone-records? et_cid=3297189&et_rid=510330278&location=top#.U bI9C5yjLBY The order that was granted was classified as Top Secret but the secret is out. A copy of the order, though not validated, can be found at the following http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/ link: interactive/2013/jun/06/verizon-telephone-datacourt-order. Also, I found an informative article published by Glenn Greenwald in the Guardian; the Guardian is a well known news vehicle reporting on United http:// news: World and Kingdom www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/06/nsaphone-records-verizon-court-order. AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile have had no comment, but are also presumed to have been subjected to

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datamining. The NSA Prism program also claims to have “direct access to servers of firms Including Google, Apple and Facebook, according to the Guardian, and other sources: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/06/ us-tech-giants-nsa-data According what I read in the un-validated court order, declassification of the program was not scheduled until the year 2038. This is so far into the future that some of those affected will not be alive, and had it not been for this alleged leak, they would not have known that some of their information was being gathered and released to the FBI. My point here is this: Don’t we have a right to know? I support national security measures but I do not support our government secretly prying into our affairs. Being more than a half of a century old but not yet into my septuagenarian years, I know that our government’s secrets have at times resulted in “great harm” to U. S. citizens. This behavior should no longer be accepted or tolerated. In other news not as exciting, I will not be holding a meeting for the South King County Chapter this quarter. I do plan on hosting a meeting in September. The date has yet to be determined.

WSPA Newsletter Editor P.O. Box 58530 Seattle, WA 98138 Email: editor@wspaonline.org WSPA Email: Info@wspaonline.org All submissions are due the 20th of each odd numbered month for publication the following

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GRADUATING THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON ONLINE PARALEGAL STUDIES CERTIFICATE PROGRAM by Rozalia LaJune Last December I completed a one-year online Paralegal Studies Certificate Program. The Certificate arrived midJanuary, shining beautifully with gold trimming, and purple “W” and most importantly, with my name on it. Why did I decide on the online program as opposed to a classroom; how did it go; how did I pay for it; and, why did I do it? Because of work schedule, 6:00 p.m. classes several times a week were out of the question. I decided to apply to an online program at the UW, although it is not an ABA-accredited program. I decided on it because I have a Bachelor’s degree and that was one of the prerequisites. Another deciding factor was an informational interview with a lawyer who said, “I would hire a UW graduate over Edmonds or Highline.” Hearing such statement, I knew where to apply.

paralegal is required to think like a lawyer. Maintaining discipline was another challenge. I printed lessons of the week and read them whenever and wherever possible. I took coffee breaks and read, ad nauseam (an attorney I talked to said she reads some 1,400 pages of cases and other materials a week). The flexibility of my employer who did not prohibit scheduling conference rooms during my lunch breaks, allowed me to study four to five times a week, in quiet settings. Thank you, ADS! To participate in sessions with conference calls, I took half-day off work. Prepared as if it were an interview – I was ready for the one-onone with the instructor and my cohort over a cell phone speaker. An online slide presentation helped grasp the concepts.

law firm in San Francisco years ago. My English language skills were not sufficient then. This time, though, it was very different. I completed other certificate programs but I had no idea what kind of a job market would be waiting for me. That is why this time I compared the job market, including income levels in different states and major cities. However, my roots are planted in the Pacific Northwest, in Washington. A rookie for now, I hope to somehow start gaining experience soon, so that my knowledge will not sit dormant. I am patiently searching. Next time I will share my experience with job hunting. Until then!

The program did not allow student loans so I paid out of pocket. I have now several thick binders full of paralegal materials and knowledge and depleted savings but I have great credentials.

It was hard from the time I wrote my 250-word application letter. As an English Language Learner, with a cum laude Bachelor’s degree in World and Comparative Literature from an American university, it was not the It was not the first time my path had English that was hard. What was hard crossed the legal field. I worked as a was trying to “think like a lawyer.” A legal assistant at a private immigration Findings & Conclusions

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Top Six Tech Issues of 2012 for In-House Counsel By: Catherine Dunn, Corporate Counsel 12-12-2012 Making a list and checking it twice? Don't forget about the most important law and technology developments in 2012 — which can also help guide inhouse counsel in the new year. Here, Foley & Lardner attorney Adam Losey, who also edits the online nonprofit ITLex and is a member of the editorial advisory board for Law Technology News (a sibling publication of Corporate Counsel), walks us through his Top 6 tech issues of the year:

making introductions between tech and legal. "If there's a data breach, it's In-house counsel at Kia Motors go so the kind of thing that should come to far as to test outside counsel on their the attention of in-house counsel." "Apple v. Samsung is a great example, tech knowledge — which helps the 6. THE BUSINESS AND LEGAL because both Apple and Samsung law department make hiring decisions. IMPLICATIONS OF SOCIAL argued the exact same thing: Oh, you "I think it's a wonderful idea," says MEDIA didn't act quickly enough to preserve Losey. "Everyone should do it, quite Social media is presenting companies data and you didn't meet your frankly." preservation obligation," says Losey. 4. GENERAL AWARENESS OF with a number of thorny legal and business issues — and companies "Both of them won that argument PRIVACY ISSUES AND STATUTES shouldn't ignore the cyber-chatter. "It's against each other." Ultimately, both There are plenty of potential blind a good idea for a company to 1. THE USE OF TECHNOLOGY- sides agreed to drop the issue in spots when it comes to the many state proactively be looking online," says court. ASSISTED REVIEW AND and federal laws governing privacy. Losey. "What's out there? What are PREDICTIVE CODING Data preservation will only continue For example, under the California people posting about you?" The first case law on this issue emerged to come under the microscope, says Invasion of Privacy Act, parties that this year, with courts in New York, Losey. He recommends that in-house record a call without a person's On the business front, use the social Virginia, and Louisiana greenlighting counsel implement a document- consent can be liable for a $5,000 media tools available to you to address the application of computer analytics to retention policy that spells out penalty. "I think all companies that do negative comments. "A lot of discovery. And given how much money procedures for collecting and business in the United States that companies do a really good job with companies "waste" on discovery, says preserving email and other record calls should be aware of it," says that," says Losey. "But you don't want Losey, "it's really important to figure out documents when a lawsuit hits. He Losey. to not be aware that there's all kinds of ways to harness technology to do that also cautions counsel to be consistent; bad press about you lingering, and you better." And at the federal level, companies haven't taken an opportunity to if you use multiple firms to handle preservation, differing methods could will find that the Federal Trade respond." Depending on the case, technology- lead to inconsistences. Commission is an active enforcer — assisted review can facilitate large-scale "very much the policemen of a lot of In the legal domain of social media, document review — and benefit the "An ounce of preventative legal work these privacy laws," according to keep an eye out for things like leaking legal department's bottom line. "It's not can be worth a pound of triage in the Losey. of trade secrets — which could end up right in every case, but you certainly litigation," says Losey. on an employee blog — and IP should consider the application of these Which is why it's important to be infringement happening via Facebook, technologies," says Losey. "This 3. EVOLUTION OF STATE RULES vigilant in this legal arena. "If you're a Twitter, and the like. "If you're keeping technology can give you significant cost- AND E-DISCOVERY PROTOCOLS company of any size, and you don’t general track of what's out there about savings." He adds that no one vendor IN DIFFERENT CIRCUITS AND have someone looking out for you on your company, you're going to find out has a monopoly on TAR, and that DISTRICTS the privacy front proactively, you run a if someone's using your trademark," companies can kick the tires by running "Local jurisdictions and some states very serious risk of stepping on a says Losey. "You're going to see if quality control tests first. are adopting new rules to deal with e- landmine,” he says. people are violating your copyright. discovery issues," explains Losey. The 5. CYBERSECURITY AND DATA And that's really important to know so 2. PRESERVATION AS A PRIORITY state of Florida, for example, recently you can stop it." The Apple v. Samsung litigation has came out with new e-discovery rules. BREACHES proven to be an epic chapter in the Could we write enough about this If one thing's for sure, says Losey, it's escalating patent wars — but it also But the changes can catch some topic in 2012? Probably not. "Frankly, that the items on this list will change demonstrated the increasing importance unawares. "I had a hearing [recently] most companies are terrible about fast — and in-house counsel need to of data and document preservation. where the issue was entirely [digital] security, because it's difficult move at the same pace as today's technology. "The most important thing "The duty to preserve information governed by Florida's new rules, to be secure," says Losey. is taking the time and effort to keep under the common law arises when you which took effect in October, and the reasonably anticipate litigation," says lawyer on the other side was not One way companies can be vigilant is up," he says. Losey. And that's the same everywhere aware the rules existed," says Losey. by hiring experts to test your network Copyright 2013. ALM Media in the country." security. Losey also recommends Properties, LLC. All rights reserved. "I have never seen that happen." opening up lines of communication But once that duty triggers, no matter His advice: "Make sure that the between the legal department, and the how quickly attorneys scramble to people you hire are really up to speed IT department — including to those preserve what they can, Losey says on this — or else they could wind up "who do the day-to-day grunt work," there's always going to be a he says, since a crisis is no time to be Findings & Conclusions

chronological "gap" in the data collection — which can be made into an issue during a big lawsuit.

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MEETING OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS of the Washington State Paralegal Association March 10, 2013 The Board of Directors of the Washington State Paralegal Association (“WSPA”) met on March 10, 2013 in Tukwila, Washington. Proper notice was sent via e-mail to all Board and Association members. In attendance were the following: Officers Present:

Brenda Cothary President, Rebecca Charles VP Professional Development, Debra Smith Treasurer, Sarah Eisenhauer Secretary

Directors Present:

Sue Beichley Lewis At-Large West Director, NFPA Primary Representative, Jeniffier Provalenko Northwest Chapter, Pamela Renn Snohomish County Chapter, Jerri Corbett South King County Chapter

Guests Present:

Rachel Robertson CLE Events Coordinator, Diane Bevins Administrator

WELCOME Introductions of Officers and Directors present. Brenda Cothary, President, welcomed and thanked all present and called the meeting to order at 10:11 a.m. QUORUM REQUIREMENT: When the meeting notice was sent out, there were five Directors and five Officers serving in office, with 51%, or at least five such positions, needed to be present for a quorum and to conduct business under our Bylaws. We began the meeting with eight voting persons present so there was a quorum. CHAPTER REPORTS: Jeniffier –

The next CLE will feature Career Development with a seven-person panel. May 2nd is Law Day. She is also thinking of a joint CLE with the Snohomish County Chapter of a tour of he Snohomish County Court.

Jerri –

The last CLE of Presentations in the Courtroom using Adobe Portfolio went very well. The next meeting will be scheduled for June 8th. She has Ron Godfrey in mind for speaker.

Pamela –

The meeting went well. There were at least six people in attendance and one person attended from the flyers that were sent out. The next Meeting is scheduled for May 16th and will have a Speaker from the Volunteers of America discussing Arbitration and Mediation.

Brenda –

Misty has scheduled an Ethics CLE with Judge McDermott as speaker

Rebecca –

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The Board Meeting Minutes for January 13th were presented and reviewed. It was motioned that we approve the minutes. It was seconded and passed unanimously. There was no discussion. We have received some money from Acteva but we are not sure that we have received everything. We will be filing a complaint with the CA Better Business Bureau. Diane will also look into filing with the Attorney General’s office. We should come out ahead from the Student Dinner.

WEBSITE:

We are still anticipating a May rollout of the website to the Members. The website will be loaded in pieces so that we can go over them and change anything that needs changing before it goes live. Some changes will be vendor categories rather than a vendor directory. Maybe have a small business category. Market them as sponsorship opportunities. REGION MEETING PLANNING: The region meeting will take place the day after our Spring CLE program on April 27th. We will prepare welcome bags for the participants. Theda will be in charge of the food and the meeting space. Sue Beichley-Lewis, Jeannette Rutherford and Jeniffier Provalenko will be the coordinators for our part of the meeting. SPRING CLE: The Marriott Courtyard in Pioneer Square will be the venue for the Spring CLE. The first planning conference call will be held on Wednesday, March 13th at noon. There was a brain storming session for CLE subjects. There was agreement on two tracks with the following subjects: Bankruptcy/Collections/Foreclosure, Immigration, Family Law Pattern forms, Ethics, Computer Forensics, Tribal Law, Maritime Law and Insurance Law. MEMBERSHIP: There was discussion of sending out postcards for a renewal reminder to last years and this year’s non-renewing members with a renewal cut-off date for the end of March. PARALEGAL AWARDS: Pamela Renn will head up the Awards Nominations. The decision will need to be made by April 16th so that we can get the certificates and longevity awards ready for presentation at the Spring CLE. OFFICER AND DIRECTOR ELECTIONS: Sarah Eisenhauer has volunteered to head up the Officer and Director Nominations and send out the Election materials to the members. PACE/PCC MARKETING: NEXT MEETING: MEETING ADJOURNED:

Rebecca has asked for some ideas regarding how we can and should market the PACE/PCC. We discussed approaching the local Bar Associations to see if they would help with marketing. Next meetings will be held on May 19th from 10 – 4. The meeting will be held at our Administrator’s office.

The meeting was adjourned at 2:55 p.m. BOARD MINUTES APPROVED: May 19, 2013

Findings & Conclusions

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Membership Application Washington State Paralegal Association

Membership Year 1/1/2013 to 12/31/2013

PO Box 58530, Seattle WA 98138

Important: This form should be used only to apply for new membership. If you are a current WSPA member, please use the Membership Renewal form. You may also Renew and pay by credit card securely online at

http://www.acteva.com/Go/WSPA. Applicant Name: Preferred Mailing Address:

Daytime Phone: __________________________ Evening Phone: ___________________________ Fax Number:

___________________________

E-Mail Address(es): Send Mail to:

Employer Name & Address:

! Home ! Work

WSPA Membership (See below for definitions and requirements.) Check one and submit the appropriate membership fee with your application. Make checks payable to WSPA. WSPA is a Washington not-for-profit 501(c)(6) organization, Tax ID # 51-0140447:

! Regular Member - $85.00 ! Associate Member - $60.00 ! Student Member - $40.00

Employer Paid?

!Yes

!No

! Sustaining Member - $200.00 Who referred you to WSPA? (Please be specific so that we can thank them!): ______________________________

Special Qualifications:

! PACE速 Registered Paralegal

Chapter Affiliation(s): ! East King County ! Northwest ! Spokane ! South Puget Sound

! LPO

! CLA (Certified Legal Assistant)

! Seattle ! Snohomish County ! South King County ! Central Washington ! Other: _______________________

Check all areas in which you are willing to help: ! Chapter Activities ! Events (CLE's, Convention) ! Membership ! Newsletter ! Job Bank Admin. ! Other:_______________________________________________________________________ **Please visit our website at www.wspaonline.org to sign up for specific list servs. Please note that by participating in these list servs, you will receive regular e-mail updates and have the opportunity to participate in e-mail discussion of issues relevant to the list serv.**

WSPA Membership Application- Membership Application form

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Education: (check all completed)

! Assoc. Degree, Paralegal Studies* ! Assoc. Degree, Other ! Bachelor's Degree, Paralegal Studies* ! Bachelor's Degree, Other

! Certificate in Paralegal Studies* ! Master's Degree ! Other Postgraduate Degree ! Other: ____________________________

*Must include 24 semester credit hours (or equivalent) of paralegal specialty courses. See Bylaw 2.1.1 for credit hour requirements.

**If you are currently enrolled in a paralegal studies program, give: Name of the school/program: __________________________________________________________________________ Location:_____________________________

Length of program:_______________________

Degree expected: Type:_________________

Month & Year:___________________________

Employment: Number of years of experience as a paralegal _______.

Current status (Check all applicable):

!Employed full-time as a paralegal !Employed full-time, not as a paralegal !Full-time student in a paralegal program** !Unemployed

!Employed part-time as a paralegal !Employed part-time, not as a paralegal !Part-time student in a paralegal program** !Other: _________________________

Employer Type:

!Private Law Firm !Public Service Agency !Corp. Legal Dept./Other Private Industry

!Government Agency !Self-employed/freelance/contract !Temporary Employment Agency

Practice Areas (check all areas in which you regularly practice):

!Admiralty/Maritime !Commercial Torts !Elder Law !Estate Planning !Intellectual Property !Personal Injury !Tax

!Bankruptcy !Civil Litigation !Collection !Contracts !Corporate/Business !Criminal !Employment/Labor !Environmental !ERISA/Employee Benefits !Family/Domestic !Foreclosures !Government !Land Use !Legal Technology !Malpractice/Professional Liability !Probate !Real Estate !Securities !Workers Compensation !Other:__________________________________

Definitions Paralegal (NFPA Definition): A paralegal is a person qualified through education, training, or work experience to perform substantive legal work that requires knowledge of legal concepts and is customarily, but not exclusively, performed by a lawyer. This person may be retained or employed by a lawyer, law office, governmental agency, or other entity or may be authorized by administrative, statutory, or court authority to perform this work. For additional definitions, requirements, and various other information, check our web site at http://www.wspaonline.org.

Privacy Policy WSPA’s general policy regarding member information is that we do not share this information indiscriminately. We must share name and mailing address with NFPA in order for you to receive your full membership benefits. We may share name and mailing address with certain legal-related vendors, including seminar sponsors, for a fee. This provides WSPA with non-dues income and allows us to keep our membership fees low. We provide this information in the form of printed labels, and we make it clear that the information is to be used only once. We do not give information to any vendors in electronic form which could be used multiple times. We will share with other members of WSPA any of the contact information which is usually available in the WSPA Membership Directory. This includes name, mailing address, daytime telephone, fax number, e-mail address, employer name, practice areas, and chapter affiliation(s). Any other information which we may maintain about our members is available only to WSPA officers, directors, and committee chairs. However, if your primary mailing address, phone, or e-mail is no longer accurate, we may substitute another address, phone, or e-mail. The alternate information would then become shareable as though it were the primary information for that member. You may specify stronger restrictions on certain of your information than under the standard WSPA policy, by completing and signing the following. Please check if any of the specified items should not be shared with WSPA members or vendors: Item Home address (usually shared only if it is the primary mailing address) Work address (usually shared only if it is the primary mailing address) Daytime phone Evening phone Fax number E-mail address

WSPA Members

Vendors

√ √ √

Signature: I affirm that the information given in this application is true and correct and that I meet the requirements for the membership category indicated above.

Signed:

WSPA Membership Application- Membership Application form

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Washington State Paralegal Association PO Box 58530, Seattle WA 98138-1530

2013 Membership Renewal Form For the Membership Period of 1/1/2013 to 12/31/2013

Important: This form should be used only to renew a current or previous WSPA membership. If you are applying for a new WPSA membership, please Join Online at www.wspaonline.org. You may also Renew and pay by credit card securely online at http://www.acteva.com/GO/WSPA (Renewing Member option)

Member’s Name:

WSPA Membership Number (if known):

Mailing Address: Daytime Phone: Evening Phone:

Check here if this is an updated Mailing Address E-Mail Address (primary): E-Mail Address (secondary):

WSPA Membership (See below for definitions and requirements.) Check one and submit the appropriate membership fee with your application. Make checks payable to WSPA. WSPA is a Washington not-for-profit 501(c)(6) organization, Tax ID # 51-0140447:

! Regular Member - $85.00

Employer Paid?

!Yes

!No

! Associate Member - $60.00 ! Student Member - $40.00 Definitions & Requirements Paralegal (NFPA Definition): A paralegal is a person qualified through education, training, or work experience to perform substantive legal work that requires knowledge of legal concepts and is customarily, but not exclusively, performed by a lawyer. This person may be retained or employed by a lawyer, law office, governmental agency, or other entity or may be authorized by administrative, statutory, or court authority to perform this work. Substantive shall mean work requiring recognition, evaluation, organization, analysis, and communication of relevant facts and legal concepts. Membership Types – Regular Membership - $85: Any paralegal (see definition above) living or working in Washington with an associate or bachelors degree and 24 semester hours in paralegal studies OR having a minimum of three year’s experience as a paralegal as defined by NFPA. Regular members are eligible to vote and hold office. Student Membership - $40: Any student currently enrolled in a paralegal program and not eligible for regular or associate membership status. Student membership is limited to 3 years. Student members are eligible to vote and hold office. Associate Membership - $60: Any paralegal living or working outside Washington, not currently practicing, or retired. Associate members are eligible to vote and hold office. CLE Credits: WSPA recognizes CLE credits are an important part of developing and maintaining one’s skills and abilities. As such, all WSPA members are strongly encouraged to obtain 10 CLE credits annually. Individuals who earn 10 CLE credits in a membership year will be recognized in the WSPA newsletter Findings and Conclusions, and will be eligible for a 10% discount off the registration fee for one WSPA CLE of his/her choice during the following calendar year. CLE credits may be reported on the attached form.

To file this Renewal Form with your check payment (payable to WSPA), Mail it to WSPA, P O Box 58530, Seattle, WA 98138-1530; Questions? Please email for assistance to: info@wspaonline.org


DECLARATION OF CLE ATTENDANCE Year 01/01/20______ to 12/31/20_____ Name: ___________________________________ Member Number (if known): _________________ I declare, under penalty of perjury, that I have attended the following continuing legal education seminars or courses during the indicated year; and that said seminars or courses qualify for CLE credit under the WSPA CLE guidelines: Date(s)

Sponsor

Topic

Credits

WSPA Approval Code

Total: Attach additional pages if necessary. If you do not have a WSPA Approval Code, please attach to this Declaration the Sponsor’s Certificate of Attendance or WSPA’s CLE Approval Certificate. Signed: ______________________________________________Date: ___________________________ Email Address where we can reach you regarding this Declaration: _______________________________ To file this declaration, Mail it to WSPA, P O Box 58530, Seattle, WA 98138-1530; Fax it to: 206-575-9255 or scan and email it to: info@wspaonline.org

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