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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 April 30, 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 Rebecca Charles at
The awards will be presented during the 2014 Annual Spring CLE and Awards Luncheon to be rescheduled for early June 2014.
Here are the award purposes and descriptions:

2014 Spring CLE to be RESCHEDULED
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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.  This event will be rescheduled.  Check back by Friday April 25 for date in early June 2014.  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






8:00 – 8:30



8:30 – 10:00

Ethics in E-Discovery

Paul Fogarty

Dearmin Fogarty PLLC

Landlord/Tenant – Issue Spotting and Practice Pointers

Edgar Hall

Washington Debt Law, PLLC

10:00 – 10:15



10:15 – 11:45

Mediation, The Honorable (Ret.) Paula Casey

A to Z of Asset and Encumbrance Investigations

Jim Cronin, CFE

Seattle Insurance & Legal Investigations

11:45 – 1:15

Lunch & Program

Lunch & Program

1:15 – 2:45

Gaming for Good

Matt Hooper

Foster Pepper, PLLC

Hot Topics in Family Law, emphasis on LGBTQ family law

Jill Mullins

Law Office of Patricia Novotny

2:45 – 3:00



3:00 – 4:30

How You and Your Law Firm Can Win at Trial

Don Polen

Naegeli Trial Technologies




Is your Deposition Giving You the Competitive Edge?


JC Talbot


Naegeli Trial Technologies



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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


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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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WSPA is Now on LinkedIn and Facebook!
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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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