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2014 Spring CLE Schedule
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8:00 – 8:30


8:30 – 9:30

Landlord/Tenant – Issue Spotting and Practice Pointers,

Edgar Hall

Washington Debt Law, PLLC


9:30 – 10:30

A to Z of Asset and Encumbrance Investigations,

Jim Cronin, CFE

Seattle Insurance and Legal Investigations


10:30 - -11:30

Avoiding Pitfalls When Mediating Family Law Matters

Commissioner Eric Watness, JAMS


11:30 – 1:15

Lunch & Program


1:15 – 2:15

How You and Your Law Firm Can Win at Trial

Don Polen, NAEGELI Deposition and Trial


Is your Deposition Giving You the Competitive Edge?

James Rebstock, NAEGELI Deposition and Trial


2:15 – 3:15

Ethics Presentation – TBD


3:15 – 3:30

Vendor Bingo Drawing


2014 Spring CLE Saturday June 7
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Join legal professionals from throughout the Puget Sound at WSPA's Annual Spring Continuing Legal Education Seminar and Annual Awards Luncheon.  Please note, this event has been rescheduled to Saturday, June 7th. 

This annual Spring CLE will be held at the the Embassy Suites, 15920 West Valley Highway, Tukwila.   Very easy and quick access from I-5; I-405 and the West Valley Highway.

We have a great line up of speakers and topics, including litigation, investigations, gaming, ethics, and more!  It will be an outstanding educational opportunity for everyone.  In addition to the educational opportunities, you will be treated to a delicious buffet lunch and enjoy our annual members' meeting with the longevity awards, paralegal awards, and introduction of new Board members.  

Registration is now open!

CLE Pricing

Program Topics include:

How You and Your Law Firm Can Win at Trial
Don Polen
NAEGELI Deposition and Trial

Is your Deposition Giving You the Competitive Edge?
James RebstockNAEGELI Deposition and Trial

A to Z of Asset and Encumbrance Investigations
Jim Cronin, CFE
, Seattle Insurance and Legal Investigations

Landlord/Tenant – Issue Spotting and Practice Pointers
Edgar Hall
,Washington Debt Law, PLLC

Avoiding Pitfalls When Mediating Family Law Matters

Commissioner Eric Watness, JAMS

Speaker Biographies


2014 WSPA Annual Awards
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The Washington State Paralegal Association will be accepting nominations for its annual awards beginning March 25, 2014 through May 31, 2014. Nomination forms are available on the website at You may submit more than one nomination for yourself (in certain categories) or others, but please provide a separate form for each nomination. If you have any questions, please contact:

2014 WSPA Annual Awards Nomination Form  (doc)

The awards will be presented during the 2014 Annual Spring CLE and Awards Luncheon on June 7, 2014.

Here are the award purposes and descriptions:

WSPA Board Meeting - Feb 22nd
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WSPA will be holding its next Board meeting on February 22nd to discuss Marketing the Association and our Strategic Plan. 

The meeting is scheduled for Saturday, February 22nd from 10am to 2pm. There will be a formal presentation from 11 to 12.

The meeting will be held at Association Services, Inc. in the Southcenter area, 1006 Industry Drive, Seattle, WA 98188.  If you have questions, please contact Sarah Eisenhower, WSPA Secretary (

WSPA 2014 Membership Renewals now due!
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It is now time to renew your WSPA Membership for 2014!   Membership in WSPA, the leading Professional Association for Washington’s paralegals, is a great bargain (only $100 a year for regular members or associate members, and only $50 a year for paralegal students.)

If you are applying for a new membership, fill out the 2014 WSPA Member Application Form. If you are renewing a WSPA membership, fill out the 2014 WSPA Membership Renewal Form.

Mail the appropriate form with your check payment (payable to WSPA) to WSPA, P.O. Box 58530, Seattle, WA 98138-1530. Or use the PayPal method below. If you have any questions, please contact us at

Membership Dues
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Have you been wanting to give back to the Association?  Have you been wondering how to boost your resume?  Do you have great ideas to advance and develop the paralegal profession?  Then . . .

              WSPA WANTS YOU!!

WSPA is currently looking to fill certain Board positions.  We are looking for energetic and forward thinking individuals who have a passion for the profession.
What is a Paralegal?
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The current definition of a Paralegal used by WSPA and NFPA is as follows:

"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."

The American Bar Association definition is as follows: 

"A legal assistant or paralegal is a person, qualified by education, training or work experience who is employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental agency or other entity and who performs specifically delegated substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible."

The current definition of "legal assistant/paralegal" replaces the definition adopted by the ABA Board of Governors in 1986. It adds the term "paralegal" since the terms "legal assistant" and "paralegal" are, in practice, used interchangeably. The term that is preferred generally depends on what part of the country one is from. The current definition streamlines the 1986 definition and more accurately reflects how legal assistants are presently being utilized in the delivery of legal services.

Updated: 08/14/2008


Sponsorship Information
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WSPA would like to thank its generous Sponsors for their support! If your organization would like to learn more about becoming a Sponsor of WSPA, and getting recognition on both the WSPA web site and in our newsletter Findings and Conclusions, [coming soon] for more information.

New Job Search Resources
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Current WSPA Members can now take advantage of several new Job Search resources and Videos found on our Members Only pages.  Log in using your Members User Name and Password from the WSPA Home Page, then select the "Resources" Tab Drop Down menu == >> Jobs == >> Job Search Tips & Tools (only visible to logged in current members.)  Forgot your User Name or Password?  Click on the "Forgot login?" link and information will be instantly emailed to your email address on record.  

Not yet a WSPA Member?  Register here today!

WSPA is now on Twitter!
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