Texas Forum to look at past, future of legal profession

Attorneys and paralegals from across the state will meet in Dallas on Feb. 28 to discuss the past and future of the legal profession at the 32nd Annual Texas Forum.

The forum—an annual conclave of attorneys, educators, administrators, paralegals, and other professionals—will take place from 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Cityplace Conference Center, 2711 N. Haskell. The keynote presentation, “The Past and Future of the Legal Profession,” will feature a panel of professionals from the State Bar of Texas, the Texas Young Lawyers Association, the National Association of Legal Assistants, and the National Federation of Paralegal Associations.

 

Other highlights include:

  • Rowlett lawyer Chad Baruch will discuss one of the basic components of the legal field: research and writing in the digital age.
  • The attorney-paralegal team of Philip Vickers and Julie Sherman of Cantey Hanger in Fort Worth will discuss best practices and tips for e-filing.
  • Texas A&M University School of Law professor Neil Sobol will discuss best practices for effective electronic research.
  • Barbara Kirby, director of paralegal studies at Texas Wesleyan University, will discuss how the ethical relationship between the attorney and paralegal team has evolved over time, and the continuing pressure for paralegals to perform more substantive tasks with less supervision.
  • Lydia McBrayer, certified paralegal with Chappell & Alsup, PC, in Midland, will survey electronic technology in the modern legal office.
  • Jan McDaniel, certified paralegal with Chappell & Alsup, PC, in Midland, will provide a review of electronic timekeeping software, guidance on using electronic timekeeping, and tips on how to capture more billable minutes.

The forum will feature two tracks: an advanced track for attorneys/paralegals and an intermediate track for students and practicing paralegals. Registration ends Feb. 21 or once capacity is reached.

Registration ($30 for attorneys, $25 for paralegals, $20 for students) includes lunch. Attendees will earn five hours of continuing legal education credit, including one hour of ethics.

Download the registration form.

Registration is open for the 31st Annual Texas Forum

The State Bar of Texas Standing Committee on Paralegals is sponsoring the 31st Annual Texas Forum Friday, February 22, 2013, at City Place Conference Center, 2711 North Haskell, Dallas, TX. The Forum will begin at 9 a.m. and adjourn at 2:30 p.m. Registration is $25 for paralegals and $20 for paralegal students. Registration includes lunch, materials, and parking.
MCLE State Bar of Texas Accredited 4.0 hours (1.0 hour ethics)

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Registration is open for the Texas Advanced Paralegal Seminar (TAPS)

The Paralegal Division is sponsoring the Texas Advanced Paralegal Seminar (TAPS) at the Marriott Hotel & Golf Resort in Fort Worth on October 5 - 7, 2011. Online registration for 2011 TAPS is open, and the early registration deadline date is August 26, 2011.

TAPS is a three day multi-track CLE seminar for paralegals. The theme of the seminar is Pearls of Wisdom - Celebrating 30 Years of Excellence. Download the 2011 Texas Advanced Paralegal Seminar Brochure

Paralegal Division members may apply for the TAPS Scholarship. There is also a social sponsorship and an exhibit booth available for the seminar. Interested exhibitors may email TAPSVendors@txpd.org for booth selection.

For more details on the seminar and to register online, you may visit www.txpd.org/taps.
 

Texas Forum XXVIII offers ethics focus

On Feb. 25, 2011, the State Bar of Texas Standing Committee on Paralegals will host Texas Forum XXVIII, its annual conclave of attorneys, paralegals, and legal administrators. This year’s Forum, to be held in Dallas, focuses on ethical vulnerabilities created by business scandals and social media. Panel discussions will look at the ethical implications involved in using social media in a legal setting and the ethical responsibilities lawyers and paralegals owe to each other and to clients. Keynote speaker Kari Wangensteen, the senior director, legal at Best Buy, will speak on “Embracing Transparency: The Business and Legal Impact of Social Media.” The half-day seminar (9:00 a.m. to 1 p.m.) is MCLE accredited for 3 hours (2.25 ethics). For more information or to register, visit www.texasbar.com/texasforum.

Paralegal Division conducts salary survey

The Paralegal Division of the State Bar of Texas asks that all Texas paralegals participate in its 2010 Compensation Survey between now and December 15.

Information collected will result in a report that allows Texas paralegals to compare compensation packages by geographic region. All responses are anonymous. The results will be published in March 2011. 

October 23 is Texas Paralegal Day

Last year, the Texas State Senate adopted Proclamation No. 1144, recognizing October 23 as Texas Paralegal Day, to honor the paralegal community and the contributions it has made. The State Bar of Texas Paralegal Division encourages everyone to honor paralegals by celebrating Texas Paralegal Day. 

District 8 of the Paralegal Division will be sponsoring a celebration on October 22 from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Cassidy’s Irish Pub, 601 N. Water St., Corpus Christi, 78401. 

South Texas Organization of Paralegals, Inc. will be sponsoring "A Salute to Service - 7th Annual San Antonio Paralegal Day Celebration" on October 22 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Bright Shawl, 819 Augusta, San Antonio, 78215. 

And District 3 of the Paralegal Division will be sponsoring the Texas Paralegal/Career Day Celebration on October 26 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Family Law Center, 200 E Weatherford Street, 2nd Floor Auditorium, Fort Worth, 76196.

The State Bar of Texas created The Paralegal Division of The State Bar of Texas on October 23, 1981, becoming the first U.S. bar association to create a separate division for paralegals. For more information about the Paralegal Division and for more details on the above listed celebrations, please visit the Paralegal Division website at www.txpd.org.