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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Phishing Alert

Please be advised that our board members have never and will at to time send emails to any of our regular, sustaining, or student members asking for money. Please disregard such messages or forward them to

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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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May President’s Message

KCPA has been busy this year with its monthly meetings at The Petroleum Club. It has been nice to see the different faces at each meeting and the growth of our organization.

We are now accepting membership applications for our 2017/18 year, which will be our 30th year anniversary. If you know of someone who would benefit from joining KCPA please give them an application. We would love to have more people join us.

KCPA has been blessed with a wonderful executive board in 2016/17. It has been amazing to work together with the individuals from multiple firms throughout Kern County including, Klein, DeNatale, Goldner, LLP., Borton Petrini LLP., Wall, Wall & Peake, Tejon Ranch, and Swanson O’Dell. Thank you to all who have served this year and to the firms for their support of KCPA. Together, we’ve hosted some great MCLE meetings, raised money for our monthly community affairs projects and for the KCBA Charitable Foundation and Christmas for Seniors of Kern County, and raised the stature of our organization in our legal community.

As you are probably aware, May is the month in which we vote for our executive board for the next fiscal year followed by installation on June 8th. Several existing board members are not able to serve in the 2017/18 year. This means that there are openings for service in the areas of Director of Programs, Newsletter Editor, and Public Information Officer. Of course, if you would like to serve in one of the other positions, please submit your name to or to me at We would love to have you join the board. We also lost our wonderful student representative, Viviana Flores, to a one year mission trip. Thanks to Vivian, we had a large increase in student members this year.

It is time to submit nominations for the KCPA Paralegal of the Year award, due May 5, 2017, and to apply for the Jeannie Conner Memorial Scholarship, due May 19, 2017. These awards will be presented at our June meeting.

Coming up in June, the California Alliance of Paralegal Associations (CAPA) will be holding its June Educational Conference 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. Special thanks to Erica Bjornstad, our KCPA CAPA representative, for all of her hard work and efforts in developing and implementing the conference. It is my hope that KCPA has a large contingent of its members at the conference. 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.

Have a wonderful May.

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Some Pics from the Big Game!

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KCPA night in Condors Town!!!

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Admission is $17 per person.

This gets you a seat in the executive level to watch the game. If we can grow our group to 20 or more everyone will receive a free hat! It is also

$5 frenzy night where you can buy a Condors Beach Towel for only five dollars.

Come out and enjoy a night of hockey with us as we cheer on The Bakersfield Condors (Edmonton Oilers Affiliate) as they take on The Ontario Reign (Los Angeles Kings Affiliate) March 31, 2017 the puck drops at 7pm.

We hope to see you there!

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February President’s Message

February brings a number of events to mind. First, every February 2nd is Groundhog Day. I don’t know if the groundhog will or won’t see his shadow. With the water situation in California, I hope that the groundhog does NOT see his shadow and that we will enjoy another 6 weeks of winter. All of the attorneys in our midst, whose practice area is water, will probably benefit either way.

The second day worth remembering in February is celebrated on February 14 and is commonly known as Valentine’s Day. According to Wikipedia, the day first became associated with romantic love in the 14th century and grew to expressions of love through the presentation of flowers, confections and greeting cards in the 18th century. This is probably what prompted Hallmark to be founded in 1910.

The third day of interest in February is National Random Acts of Kindness Day which is observed on February 17th. This is certainly one of my favorite days and has grown in popularity across the world. There are many ways to show kindness to others – from simply a smile or asking a friend to lunch to donating your time to a worthy cause such as GBLA. Recently, I saw a story online about a coffee shop that accepts “reserve” or “suspended” coffees. The idea is simple. When ordering your coffee, you can pay for a reserve coffee. Eventually a homeless person can claim the reserve coffee. I saw another similar story of a pizza restaurant on the east coast taking payment ahead for a slice of pizza. No matter what you chose to do it is my hope that you give kindness away on February 17 or any day. I hope that it becomes a habit.

I close with this quote from Mark Twain “Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.”

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January President’s Message

december-presidents-messageGenerous is the word that comes to mind when I think of the Kern County legal community. This was evident at the annual KCBA/KCPA Holiday luncheon held in December at the Petroleum Club. The luncheon was a festive occasion with about 150 people in attendance. We were serenaded by Therese Muller and Santa Claus made an appearance. The generosity of the legal community was confirmed by the multitude of toys that were donated by the attendees to be delivered to the Jamison Center and the more than $4,000 that was raised to be shared equally between the KCBA Charitable Foundation and Christmas for Seniors of Kern County.

Thank you to everyone who gave of their time, donated items, and bought tickets for the “opportunity drawing.” A special thank you goes out to Chad Barger for singing our National Anthem and to Pat Jennison for the lovely invocation.

We look forward to our KCPA general meeting on January 12, 2107, and the presentation by the Honorable Sidney Chapin.

As Father Time ushers out the old year, the baby dances her way into the New Year by the tune of Auld Lang Syne, we list our New Year’s resolutions, and eat our black eyed peas, my wish is that 2017 brings good tidings to each of you.

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