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March - April 2012March - April 2012

WSPA'S 2015 AWARDS NOMINATIONS NOW BEING ACCEPTED

Nominations are now being accepted for the following awards:

  • Paralegal of the year
  • Lifetime Achievement
  • WSPA Volunteer of the year
  • Paralegal Pro Bono
  • Paralegal Community Service Award
  • Paralegal Student Scholarship

For more information about these awards, or to nominate a fellow paralegal*, please download and complete the Nomination Form.  Recipients will be celebrated at our annual Members Award Luncheon, held on April 24, 2015 during the Spring CLE at the Hilton Seattle Airport Conference Center. 

Nominations will be accepted through April 16, 2015. 

* “Paralegal” is an inclusive term that includes both traditional and non-traditional paralegals and those individuals performing the duties of a paralegal, while their exact job title may vary.

 
Annual Spring CLE & Annual Awards Luncheon

Save the Date

Friday, April 24, 2015 - 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Seattle Airport Hilton & Conference Center

2015 Spring CLE Seminar Schedule

TIME

LITIGATION

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

8:00 - 8:30

Registration

Registration

8:30 - 10:00

Bringing the Newest Graphics and
Technology to Trial.

Noah Wick, Trial Exhibits, Inc.

LLLT and Ethics - What are the

Boundaries.
Brenda Cothary - LLLT Board Member and

WSPA President

10:00 - 10:15

Break

Break

10:15 - 11:45

Cell Phone Forensics.
Cathy Lopez, Blank Law & Technology

IP Issues Regarding images, logos, etc.
Heather Cameron, Getty Images

11:45 - 1:15

Lunch & Program

Lunch & Program

1:15 - 2:45

Tips, Tricks and Advice for Becoming
a Stellar Paralegal.

Consuelo Grumich, Naegeli USA

Non-Traditional Trademarks.
Naser Baseer, Starbucks

2:45 - 3:00

Break

Break

3:00 - 4:30

The New Paralegal - from paper to
ESI discovery. What you need to know.

Dave Swider, Evolve Discovery"

Where is my Data? The Challenges

of Gaining Access in Intellectual

Property Theft Cases.

Mike Andrew, Owner, CyberSecurity

Institute

CLE Pricing
 
Law Day - Free Legal Advice Clinic Announcement

Skagit County:

The public is invited to bring their legal questions to the 21st annual Law Day – Free Legal Advice Clinic on Thursday, April 30, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Skagit Transit Station in downtown Mount Vernon. Law Day is celebrated nationally each year to promote the importance of the rule of law to a free society.

This event is a walk-in clinic. All patrons will be served on a first come first serve basis. For more information contact Eva Wescott, (360) 416-7585 (se habla espanol).

Event Sponsors:

Community Action of Skagit County -Volunteer Lawyer Program, the Washington State Paralegal Association- Northwest Chapter, and the Skagit County Law Library.

We are currently recruiting legal assistants, paralegals, paralegal students and attorneys for Law Day. If you are interested in volunteering please contact Alicia Engstrom at (360)540-4592 or by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Thank you.

2015 Law Day Flyer.pdf2015 Procedure Handout.doc2015 Paralegal Student Script.doc

 
WSPA 2015 MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL AND NEW MEMBERS

Membership Renewal is open! Membership in WSPA, the leading professional association for Washington’s paralegals, is a great bargain at only $110 a year for regular members or associate members.

For paralegal students, the membership fee is only $50 if you renew (or join) before January 31. After that time the fee will increase to $60.

Sustaining membership is $300.

Membership Dues

When you pay your membership fee, you continue to enjoy the same benefits you have always received as a WSPA member, and are automatically a member of the National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA). BUT be sure you log in and check your profile to assure your correct email address as well as contact information.

If you wish to pay by check, complete this 2015 WSPA Membership Renewal Form and return with your payment.

For those applying for a new membership, complete the 2015 WSPA New Member Application Form. You can still pay online with PayPal, but be sure you that you mail, scan/email or fax your new member form.

Mail the appropriate form with your check payment (payable to WSPA) OR send your new member form to WSPA, P.O. Box 58530, Seattle, WA 98138-1530. Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or fax 206-575-9255.

 

 
WSPA Needs YOU!
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.
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What is a Paralegal?

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

 

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Sponsorship Information

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

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!

Are you a Twitter user yet?  You can now Follow WSPA on Twitter!  

http://twitter.com/wspaonline    Sign up today aFollow WSPA on Twitternd Follow all the latest news!








 
WSPA is Now on LinkedIn and Facebook!

Are you on Facebook?  Have you joined the WSPA LinkedIn Group yet?  Expand your Networking opportunities through these two services!

 
 Facebook

LinkedIn is an interconnected network of experienced professionals from around the world, representing 170 industries and 200 countries. You can find, be introduced to, and collaborate with qualified professionals that you need to work with to accomplish your goals. 

The WSPA LinkedIn Group is directed at both current and prospective members of WSPA and their friends who want to keep up to date with the latest paralegal happenings! Announcements of interest to paralegals and other members of the Washington State legal community will be shared on the LinkedIn site. Once you join the group you can read or post discussion questions, learn about upcoming events of interest and more! (More reasons to join at http://press.linkedin.com/about).  Do you need some help getting started on LinkedIn, or are you unsure how to find the WSPA Group?  Download our FREE brand new WSPA/LinkedIn User Guide here!


Are you on Facebook? Find the Washington State Paralegal Association on Facebook and become a Fan today!

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