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2016 Spring CLE Program

This year’s WSPA Spring Continuing Legal Education Program will be held on Saturday, May 21st from 8:00 am to 2:30 pm in Downtown Seattle.

Address:  901 Fifth Avenue, Fifth Floor Lobby
                Seattle, WA 98164

Registration is only $50.00 for Members and $75 for Non-members and is limited to the first 50 registrants.  The registration fee includes lunch.

Attendees will also witness the presentation of our 2016 Annual Paralegal Awards and New Officer Swearing-In Ceremonies during lunch. Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for Award nomination and Officer Election information.


2016 Spring CLE


2016 Spring CLE Schedule




8:00 am – 8:30 am



8:30 am – 9:30 am

Deposition and Technology Changes Impacting the Practice of Law

Steve Crandall, CEO, Prolumina

9:30 am – 9:45 am



9:45 am – 10:45 am

Intellectual Property 101

Jim Haugen, Seattle Patent Group LLC

10:45 am – 11:00 am



11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Litigation Dynamics: How Paralegals and Attorneys Can Work Better Together

Boyoon Choi, Choi Capital Law PLLC

12:00 pm – 1:15 pm



1:15 pm – 2:15 pm

Ethics in Discovery for Paralegals

Rachel Saimons, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP

2:15 pm – 2:30 pm

Drawings/Wrap Up




WSPA Spring CLE - May 21, 2016

Save the Date

Call for Speakers and Topics

Do you know a dynamic speaker? Is there a topic you have been waiting to learn more about? We would love to hear your suggestions! Email ideas for speakers and/or topcs for the spring cle to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Send your ideas by April 10.

We look forward to seeing you at the Spring CLE on May 21! Registration details will follow soon.


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 $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 2016 WSPA Membership Renewal Form and return with your payment.

For those applying for a new membership, complete the 2016 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.

Congratulations to Washington State's new LLLTs!

LLLT Class

An historic scene inside the Washington State Supreme Court! -- the first class of fifteen candidates who have completed the coursework to become the nation's first Limited License Legal Technicians (LLLTs). Nine of them took the exam and seven passed on the first time it was offered. WSPA is proud of these trailblazers and is honored to have played a role in bringing the program forward.

The full list of those who passed is:

  • Leisa Bulick, White Salmon, WA
  • Christine Carpenter, Auburn, WA
  • Michelle Cummings, Auburn, WA
  • Kimberly Lancaster, Shoreline, WA
  • Melodie Nicholson, Auburn, WA
  • Priscilla Selden, Entiat, WA
  • Angela Wright, Granite Falls, WA

The candidates must still complete additional steps. They must provide proof that they have the required 3,000 hours of supervised experience and that they have insurance and have set up trust account reporting. They also must pay a licensing fee and take an oath administered by the court.

Of the nine candidates who took the licensing exam to become the nation’s first-ever limited license legal technicians (LLLTs), seven passed and will now have their names submitted to the Supreme Court of Washington for the court to issue an order granting their admission to practice.

This historic program seeks to help bridge the access-to-justice gap by licensing non-lawyers to provide legal advice and assistance in limited areas without the supervision of a lawyer.

25 years of struggle to expand the role of paralegals in our legal system come to fruition. A win for the legal system and a win for legal consumers!

We would like to thank many of the past WSPA Leaders who over more than a decade wrote letters, testifed, held public meetings and more that all contributed to the Court's ultimate approval of the LLLT program, including Elva Gonzales, Leslie Harris, Lauren Cole, Kelli Wilcox, Theda Yandell, Brian Haberly, and Brenda Cothary (see photos at

A HUGE thank you is especially owed to Jeanne Johnston Dawes, who has served for several years on the LLLT Board, both as a paralegal and now as an attorney, Brenda Cothary, immediate Past President of WSPA, who has also served for several years on the LLLT Board, as well as longtime LLLT Board Chair Stephen Crossland, who helped guide many of the actions and decisions that led us to this first in the nation success!

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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?

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

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!

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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!


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  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!

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