September President’s Message


In June, KCPA installed the board for the 2019/20 term, awarded the Jeannie D. Conner Memorial Scholarship to Sissy Rucker, and honored Makala Reha as the 2018/19 Paralegal of the Year. Thank you to the Kern County Bar Association for the beautiful flowers it provided to the outgoing and incoming Board members, and to KCBA Vice President, Joe Hughes, for his kind words about paralegals and Ms. Reha, who started out years ago working for him as a legal secretary.

In July, the newly installed Board, together with outgoing Board member, Sissy Rucker, met to plan our upcoming year. We decided to add another annual scholarship for someone who would like to attend the annual conference sponsored by the California Alliance of Paralegal Associations. It is our hope that more of your Board members and you attend this conference, which is held somewhere in the state of California during the month of June. The CAPA Conference always provides three learning tracks as well as some general MCLE credit. It’s a great “bang for your buck”, and we hope to have a large contingent from KCPA at the June 2020 conference.

KCPA will add a member spotlight area to our newsletter and will soon be delivering a questionnaire to each of our members so that they can let us know a little bit about their practice and life outside of work. Please take a little bit of time and complete and return the member spotlight so that we can feature a few of you each month. A picture would also be welcome (hint, hint) so that we can put names and faces together.

We again will partner together with the Kern County Bar Association to host the annual Holiday Luncheon. This year’s luncheon will once again return to The Petroleum Club. We will send out an announcement very soon as to the confirmed date and letting you know when to register for this fun event at the special early bird pricing. KCPA will raise money once again through the opportunity drawing for Christmas for Seniors of Kern County, while the KCBA will support its Charitable Foundation. As always, we will ask each of you to bring unwrapped gifts to be donated to the Jamison Center.

If you would like to help with the Holiday Luncheon, please contact me at We need assistance with obtaining donations for the opportunity drawing or on the day of the event with decorations, ticket sales, and distribution of drawing items.

Karen Clemans, CBA

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2019 Installation and Awards Luncheon Pictures

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President’s Message

KCPA has had a good 2018 thanks to the efforts of your Board. The monthly MCLE programs have been interesting and enlightening. We were able to bless several families with a Thanksgiving meal thanks to the generosity of our members.

My one regret is that we were unable to hold the annual KCBA/KCPA Holiday Luncheon in December. It is my hope that the Kern County Bar Association will choose to host this event next year with the assistance of our organization. For the last several years, the Holiday Luncheon has provided a monetary benefit the Kern County Bar Association Charitable Foundation and Christmas for Seniors of Kern County, as well as providing many toys to the Jamison Center. I’m quite certain that these worthy organizations would appreciate your contributions and donations if you in a position to do so.

We will host our first MCLE Luncheon in 2019 on January 10th with a speaker that is a new sustaining member of KCPA, Scott Harper, who will teach on mediation strategies. I am still looking for a speaker for February. Please contact me at if you or someone you know would be interested in presenting.

I hope you all have a wonderful December, enjoy Christmas and New Year’s, and have many blessings in 2019.

Karen Clemans

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President’s Message

In June, KCPA installed the Board for the 2018/19 term, awarded the Jeannie D. Conner Memorial Scholarship to Cynthia Biggs, and honored Trinette Lidgett as the 2017/18 Paralegal of the Year. Thank you to the Kern County Bar Association for the beautiful flowers it provided to the out-going and in-coming board members, and to KCBA Vice President, Doug Gosling for his kind words about his appreciation of paralegals and for issuing the oath to the incoming board.

It’s hard to believe that July 2018, is already here. I trust that everyone had a wonderful Independence Day celebration. I am very proud to live in America and to have the liberties afforded to us as Americans.

Over the last 31 years, our organization has held meetings in a number of locations throughout Bakersfield including The Hill House, Panda Palace, Bill Lee’s, The Bistro, Hodel’s, Cask ‘N Cleaver, Maitia’s, Chalet Basque, J.C. Scott’s, Great Castle, The Petroleum Club, and The Rice Bowl – just to name a few. I remember bringing bag lunches to meetings held at various law firms in the 90’s in order to save our members the cost of an expensive venue. Beginning in mid-2017, KCPA began holding its meetings in the training room of long time sustaining member, Klein, DeNatale Goldner, Cooper, Rosenlieb & Kimball, LLP. The venue has been great and the food fantastic.

Throughout the years KCPA has been very active in our community and in providing pro bono services. Currently, the Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance has a need for our help. This would be a wonderful opportunity for us to serve and to show Kern County how effective paralegals are. I challenge each of our members to consider the gift of your time for the benefit of others.

Speaking of giving back, KCPA will hold its annual Member Appreciation Ethics MCLE for members only on August 9, 2018, at noon, at Klein, DeNatale, Goldner, with Kelli M. King, Deputy Kern County Counsel, presenting “Social Media Ethics for the Savvy Lawyer and Paralegal.” We have room for 75 people and expect to sell out so please make your reservations quickly. Don’t forget that your membership application must be submitted AND accepted prior to the date of the meeting in order for you to attend. Membership applications have been emailed to you and are available at under the “About Us” on the ribbon, and then Membership and Benefit information.

Karen Clemans

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President’s Message

KCPA has been busy this year with its monthly meetings at Klein DeNatale Golder. It

appears that the new venue is agreeable to all attendees, as each speaker has presented to a full house every month. Thank you to Bord-A-Petite Catering for the delicious food.

KCPA has been blessed with a small, but wonderful executive board in 2017/18. It has been amazing to work together with the individuals from multiple firms throughout Kern County, including Klein, DeNatale, Goldner, LLP; Borton Petrini LLP; Swanson O’Dell; and Kern County Counsel. Recently, Stephanie Jones, with the Law Offices of Edward Thomas, joined the board as our Secretary and LeAnne Banducci, with Young Wooldridge, has agreed to finish out the year in the Community Affairs position after the announcement that Danielle Rodrigues is moving to Georgia.

WE NEED YOUR HELP! Are you interested in working at the state level and networking with other paralegal organizations throughout California? If so, please join us as our CAPA Director. Are you interested in promoting our organization? If so, please consider joining us as our Public Relations Director. Do you like to host events? How about stepping into our programs position? Are you gifted in the IT area? How about serving as our Webmaster? Although our actual election doesn’t occur until May, some of us are serving in multiple positions at the present time and would gladly accept your assistance. Several of us will not be seeking re-election and are hoping that we will have time to train volunteers to assume our role.

Our organization has been around for 30 amazing years! Together, we’ve hosted great MCLE meetings, raised money for our community affairs projects, and raised the stature of our profession in our legal community, including hands-on involvement with Business and Professions Code 6450. Please consider serving on the board so that KCPA will be around for the next generation of paralegals.

Karen Clemans

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November President’s Message

November is here and the holidays are right around the corner. At this time of the year I like to reflect on what has occurred throughout the year and to count my blessings. However, there are many people in Kern County who are shut-in or are afflicted with an illness that has affected their ability to count their blessings. For this reason the Kern County Paralegal Association accepts donations from its members in November so that we can purchase a Thanksgiving meal for families who are in need. Last year, between your generous donations and money that we budgeted, KCPA gifted meals to six families, at a cost of about $100 per family.

I encourage each of you to contact the KCPA Community Affairs Director, Danielle Rodrigues, at to nominate a family that you believe would benefit from a Thanksgiving meal. We will attempt to accommodate as many families as are nominated.

On another note, KCPA has changed the location of its regular monthly meetings from The Petroleum Club to the Klein DeNatale Goldner training room. This change has been wonderful for our organization, and we are thankful that KDG has agreed to host the KCPA.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and be blessed.

~Karen Clemans


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August President’s Message

The Kern County Paralegal Association held its Installation of Officers and Awards Luncheon at The Petroleum Club on June 8th. At the luncheon, the Association thanked its Sustaining Members and its outgoing Board, swore in the incoming board, and presented the Jeannie D. Conner Memorial Scholarship and the Paralegal of the Year award.

KCPA was delighted to honor Erica Bjornstad with the Paralegal of the Year award. The Jeannie D. Conner Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Sissy Rucker. This scholarship assists with continuing legal education expenses.

I am proud to announce KCPA’s 2017-2018 Board of Directors:

     President: Karen A. Clemans, CBA

     Vice President: Cindy Oliver

     Secretary: Whitney Radcliff

     Treasurer/Webmaster: Troy Thompson

     Newsletter: Kayleen Ungar, CP, CAS

     Membership Services: Sissy Rucker

     Community Affairs: Danielle Rodrigues

     CAPA Representative: Erica Bjornstad

     CAPA Representative: Kelly Grijalva

     Student Members: Grecia Hernandez and Jamie Thompson

     Public Information Officer: vacant

     Programs: vacant

I am looking forward to our August 10th membership appreciation luncheon to be held at the Klein, DeNatale, Goldner law firm, one of our KCPA sustaining members. T. Scott Belden will present on “Ethics and the Use of Social Media on the Cloud.” This presentation will be at no charge for all members who have submitted their membership application and it has been accepted by the date of the meeting. For those who would like to attend and are not members the cost will be $30.00.

The purpose and goals of KCPA are to establish and maintain the high standards of the paralegal profession, to provide a gathering place for thoughts and ideas, and to provide a forum for continuing legal education. KCPA offers quality continuing legal education at nine lunch meetings per year, and organizes the annual Holiday Luncheon with KCBA. Established in 1987, KCPA this year celebrates serving the Kern County community for 30 years.

~Karen Clemans


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June President’s Message

2017/18 will be our 30th year as an organization. Thank you to those of you who have served on the KCPA board in the last 29 years and have paved the way for all of us who count on our organization for relevant continuing education and networking.

As I look back on the 2016/17 year, I am so thankful to have worked with the individuals on the Executive Board. Almost everyone who served was in a new position. A BIG thank you goes out to the entire board for pulling together and getting everything done. I’d like to specifically recognize those who are not returning to the board this next year. Kayleen Clements, Programs Director, gave us wonderful presentations; our monthly meetings were interesting and well organized. It’s no wonder our attendance was up. Heidi Carvalho, Newsletter Director, did a fantastic job on presenting timely articles that were interesting. So many people made comments about how great the newsletter was this past year. Michelle Clemans, Public Information Officer, did a wonderful job keeping us all informed of KCPA happenings by updating our Facebook page and was at our meetings each and every month to interface with the speakers regarding their PowerPoint presentations. Thank you to Kayleen, Heidi and Michelle for your service. I will miss working with you.

On that note, I must mention that we are still looking for a Programs Director and Public Information Officer. If you are interested in serving on the board, please contact me without delay. Your assistance in needed!

Finally, a reminder that the California Alliance of Paralegal Associations (CAPA) Educational Conference is being held in Visalia on June 24, 2017. KCPA is the host this year, together with the Fresno Paralegal Association and the San Diego Paralegal Association. Please go to for more information. If you can’t attend, you can still support CAPA by purchasing an opportunity drawing ticket for $1.00, available at all of our general meetings through June 8th, or by contacting one of your board members. We will have the opportunity drawing for the KCPA margarita basket at our meeting on June 8th, plus each ticket will be entered into the CAPA opportunity drawing for a chance of winning one of twelve $100 gifts donated by each of the associations who are members of CAPA.

I look forward to celebrating our 30th year.

Karen Clemans

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June Installation luncheon sign up

Please use the sign up sheet for registration (commitment) to attend.

June 8, 2017 sign up

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