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WSPA Partners with Seattle University School of Law for the Annual Fall CLE
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Ready for Trial

Litigation for Paralegals, Legal Staff and New Attorneys

October 17, 2014 • 8:25 a.m.-4:45 p.m.
6.25 General CLE Credits & 6.25 WSPA/NFPA Credits
In-person or live webcast

Sponsored by Washington State Paralegal Association and
Seattle University School of Law

"Ready" - Prepared for immediate use or action!

This program for paralegals and attorneys will take you from the first client call all way to trial (with a hopeful stop at mediation) and give you the tools and confidence to build a solid, trial ready case. Speakers will cover intake, investigation, preparation of the client and expert, discovery, damages, best business practices, trial technology, and organization of documents and medical records for trial or mediation.

For agenda details or to register, visit:
www.law.seattleu.edu/continuing-legal-education/upcoming-programs/ready-for-trial-litigation-for-paralegals-legal-staff-and-new-attorneys

WSPA Members - $125.00
SU Law School Alumni - $195.00
General Registration for Paralegals - $150.00
General Registration for Attorneys - $225.00
Live Webcast - $225.00

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The Oregon Paralegal Association
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SAVE THE DATE! -- NOVEMBER 8, 2014

INFORMATIVE FIRST MEETING AND CREATION OF STUDY GROUPS
FOR THE PACE AND PCCE EXAMS (REGISTRATION REQUIRED)

DURING THIS INFORMATIVE 2-HOUR MEETING, WE WILL FORM STUDY GROUPS; REVIEW STUDY STRATEGIES, MAP OUT A STUDY TIMELINE; AND REVIEW THE PROCESSES FOR DETERMINING YOUR ELIGIBILITY AND APPLYING TO SIT FOR THE EXAMS

COST: FREE TO OPA MEMBERS/$15 FOR NON-MEMBERS
LOCATION: TUALATIN CITY LIBRARY
COMMUNITY MEETING ROOM
18880 SW MARTINAZZI AVENUE, TUALATIN, OR 97062
DATE: SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2014
SCHEDULE: 10:00 A.M. TO 12:00 P.M.

REFRESHMENTS TO BE PROVIDED

TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT AT THIS IMPORTANT EVENT OR TO OBTAIN MORE INFORMATION: CONTACT OPA’S CERTIFICATION AMBASSADOR, LINDA ODERMOTT, RP® AT LODERMOTT@CI.TUALATIN.OR.US OR 503.691.3016

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WSPA 2015 Membership
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The Membership Committee is working on the annual renewals for 2015!   Membership in WSPA, the leading Professional Association for Washington’s paralegals, has been 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, you will want to complete fill out the 2014 WSPA Member Application Form. If you are renewing a WSPA membership, fill out the 2014 WSPA Membership Renewal Form.  The 2015 forms will be posted by the middle of October.

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 info@wspaonline.org.

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WSPA Needs YOU!
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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.
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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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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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Are you a Twitter user yet?  You can now Follow WSPA 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!

 
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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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