October President’s Message

october-2016-pictureWelcome to Fall 2016! The calendar may indicate that it is the beginning of autumn but, as a longtime resident of Bakersfield, I’ve long been aware that we are not blessed with a lengthy season of fall type weather. Rather, we have a couple of days of fall, revert back to 100 degrees, and then head directly into winter. I hope you all enjoy the cooler weather after the heat of summer.

Speaking of fall, we are within 9 weeks of Thanksgiving. Our organization tries to support families in need at this time of the year by providing the family with a Thanksgiving meal. Last year, we provided meals to five families. Please nominate a deserving family by emailing Kristen at communityaffairs@kcpaonline.org. Also, don’t forget to bring a monetary donation to our October 13th general meeting to help with the cost of the meals.

On December 5th, KCPA and the Kern County Bar Association will hold our annual Holiday Luncheon. This year we will return to the Petroleum Club for this event. Please save the date as we are hoping to have a large turnout for the luncheon.

On another note, I anticipate that our partnership with Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance will commence in after the first of the year. This means that we will hold training sessions to equip those of you who would like to do pro bono work and will begin assisting in the areas of your choice.

Please e-mail me at president@kcpaonline.org if you would like to be added to an e-mail group for announcements of the training dates and other opportunities. In your e-mail, please provide me with your area of expertise and a good contact phone number.

Have a wonderful October.

Karen Clemans

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September President’s Message

In August, KCPA held our annual membership appreciation ethics luncheon at Klein, DeNatale, Goldner, LLP. We had 63 in attendance including a great mix of attorneys, paralegals, law clerks, support clerks, and sustaining members. Thank you to Stephen Dake, of Dake Braun & Monje LLP, who gave an interesting presentation on how paralegals can keep their attorneys out of trouble. In September we resume our regular monthly meetngs at The Petroleum Club.

Our organization is currently accepting membership applications for our 2016/17 year. Currently, we have 51 regular members, 3 associate members, 3 student members, and 11 sustaining members. Thanks a bunch to those of you who have already turned in your applications. 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.

As you are probably aware, school started this week. Thank you to those of you who donated to the back pack drive to help a family with five children who were in need of back packs and school supplies. We were able to put together five back packs for students in grades kindergarten, first, second, sixth, ninth, and eleventh. I’m sure that those kids were very pleased with our gift.

Have a wonderful September.

Karen Clemans, C.B.A.

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August President’s Message

August is here and a lot of you are probably buying school clothes and supplies for your children. I have two sons, both are adults now, and I really miss those exciting days as summer winds down and the kids are looking forward to what the school year will bring and, of course, fall sports. I hope that you enjoy this time because, based on my experience, it goes by so quickly. I now have 4 grandchildren, 3 of which are pictured with me here.



Your KCPA Board held its annual retreat this last weekend to work on our 2016/17 fiscal year budget and make plans for upcoming continuing education, community affairs donations, pro bono work, and the Holiday Luncheon. We welcome any one who would like to assist with the planning and implementation of the Holiday Luncheon to be held on December 5th at The Petroleum Club.

When KCPA was founded back in 1988, a number of our members volunteered our time to help in a program called teen court which was operated in the evenings by all volunteers. I always felt that, through our work with teen court, our organization was not only helping juveniles but our presence in teen court was a way for us to partner with attorneys and others in our community to make a positive difference. With that in mind, the Board decided that it would like to get back to our roots and offer pro bono opportunities to our members. We hope to partner in the future with Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance to provide help to those in need. Our goal is to enable our members to commit a little or a lot of time, depending upon each person’s individual desire and availability. At this point in time, we do not have the particulars but I look forward to continued discussions with GBLA to implement this partnership.

Speaking of giving back, I was listening to KUZZ as I was getting ready for work this morning. KUZZ is doing a back pack drive to help families who aren’t in a position to buy their children back packs and school supplies. I heard a female call in (I didn’t catch her name) and say that she wanted to support a family in need and she chose a family with 5 children. Imagine my surprise when I heard “And I want to challenge all the members of the Kern County Paralegal Association to call in and donate!” Well, game on, sister. I called the station and found out that a family with 6 children needs back packs. I agreed to take this family in the name of KCPA. It’s very short notice, as all of the back packs must be turned in on Monday, August 9, 2016. If you would like to assist please give me a call. My cell is 661-319-1378. I plan to shop this weekend.

On a final note, KCPA will be holding our annual member appreciation ethics MCLE this year on August 11, 2016, at noon, at Klein, DeNatale, Goldner. If you haven’t already done so, please turn in your KCPA membership applications so that you can participate in this luncheon at no cost to you.

Karen Clemans, C.B.A.

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July President’s Message

In June, KCPA installed the board for the 2016/17 term, awarded the Jeannie D. Conner Memorial Scholarship to Michelle Clemans, and honored Hana Tarin as the 2015/16 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 president, Isaac St. Lawrence for his kind words about his appreciation of paralegals. Thank you also to the Honorable Susan Gill who issued the oath to the incoming board. And special thanks to Makala Reha, who served on the KCPA board for the past 6 years and the last 4 as president.

It’s hard to believe that July 2016, 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. I am thankful for those brave men who wrote the Declaration of Independence in 1776. America is now 240 years old.

Did you know that KCPA is 28 years old? In looking through the past minutes, I discovered that our organization has held meetings in a number of locations throughout the years 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, 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.

I also noted that KCPA was very active in our community and in providing pro bono services.

Specifically, we provided services to Teen Court. While Teen Court no longer exists, there are many opportunities out there 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 and will outline areas in need of assistance in future newsletters and general meetings.

Speaking of giving back, KCPA will be holding our annual member appreciation ethics MCLE this year on August 11, 2016, at noon, at Klein, DeNatale, Goldner. This means that members attend at no cost. Please look for your membership applications to be emailed to you and make sure that you return your applications before the end of the month so that you can participate in the MCLE at no cost. Non-members and attorneys will be charged the regular fee of $30.00.


Karen Clemans, C.B.A.

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KCPA would like to extend deepest gratitude to the following board members who served during the 2015-2016 Term:

President and CAPA Secondary                                         MAKALA E. REHA, ACP

Vice President and Treasurer                                             AMBER BREWER

Secretary                                                                                 WHITNEY RADCLIFF

Programs/Education Director and
CAPA Primary                                                                        SASHA GADBERRY

Newsletter Editor                                                                  KAYLEEN CLEMENTS

Webmaster                                                                             TROY THOMPSON

Member Services                                                                   SHONTICE YATES

Community Affairs                                                               KRISTEN FOSTER

Public Information Officer                                                  KAREN CLEMANS

Student Representative                                                       MICHELLE REYNIER



President                                                                                KAREN CLEMANS

Vice President                                                                       CINDY OLIVER

Secretary                                                                                WHITNEY RADCLIFF

Treasurer and Webmaster                                                  TROY THOMPSON

Programs/Education Director &                                       KAYLEEN CLEMENTS
Newsletter Editor

Public Information Officer                                                 MICHELLE CLEMANS

Member Services                                                                  SISSY RUCKER

Community Affairs                                                               KRISTEN FOSTER

CAPA Primary                                                                       ERICA BJORNSTAD

CAPA Secondary                                                                   KELLY GRIJALVA

Student Representative                                                       VIVIANA FLORES

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May President’s Message

A huge “thank you” to all of those who agreed to step up to be board members for the 2016-2017 KCPA Board. Truly, there would not be an association this coming year without you! I’m glad people are willing to step up to the plate when the Association is in need and other members need to focus on other priorities in their life.

We have some exciting things coming up prior to the end of the year. You should have received the nomination for Paralegal of the Year and we will announce the recipient at the June Installation & Awards luncheon. We will also be awarding the Jeannie D. Conner Scholarship at the luncheon. The application is included with the newsletter. Please return it to me by May 27 for consideration.

The CAPA Conference is scheduled for June 25, 2016 in Riverside, California at the Riverside Convention Center. For more information regarding the conference, including to register, please visit the https://www.caparalegal.org. Additionally, we have a free entry to the conference. If you would like to attend the conference, please send me a brief e-mail as to why you should be the recipient of the free entry by May 13, 2016. We will make the announcement by e-mail by May 20, 2016 if you are the recipient of the free entry. Note—this only includes the registration for the conference, this does not include the hotel or any additional travel.

We look forward to seeing you at the May 12, 2016 luncheon. Jay Rosenlieb, Esq., of Klein, DeNatale, Goldner, Cooper, Rosenlieb & Kimball, LLP, will be speaking on the Top Ten Truths of Employment Law. At the luncheon, we’ll be collecting canned/packaged food drive to benefit the Gleaner’s Senior Sack Program. (We will also be accepting cash/check donations for the purchase of canned and packaged food).

As this will be my final President’s Message, I’d like to say that it’s been my pleasure to serve on the Board since 2010. I’ve served in multiple capacities, starting as webmaster, then as secretary, and as CAPA representative and president for the past few years. I’ve truly enjoyed the experience I’ve gained, the people I’ve gotten to collaborate with, and the leadership skills I’ve gained by being a part of the Board. I can thank the infamous Nancy Boles for pulling me in, and although it wasn’t my first choice, you all know Nancy. She eventually got me in and it’s taken me five years to leave, but it’s time for me to depart so I can deal with some family and health issues that recently arose. I thank each of you for your patience with my lack of confidence in public speaking (I can now do it without feeling sick!), and the hiccups we’ve had along the way.; it might have been a bumpy ride, but it’s never fun if it’s a straight shot! For those of you who have considered serving on the Board, I would truly recommend it. It was a fabulous experience.

I hope you have a wonderful May, and I hope to see you around at the luncheons!

~Makala E. Reha

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Nomination Forms Due Friday April 29!

Please return your completed 2016-2017 Nomination Forms to: memberservices@kcpaonline.org no later than Friday April 29, 2016.

For a description of positions please refer to the attached Policy Statement of General Duties of Officers and Directors.

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KCPA Membership Survey (2016)

Attention Members -Please complete the membership survey sent by email. The Survey Deadline is Friday April 22nd by 5:00pm!

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April President’s Message

Happy Spring all Members!

We have some important announcements for April.

First, as many of you are aware, our fiscal year begins July. That means we have elections coming up and are looking for new members for our Board of Directors. We are currently looking for the following positions:

President—Must have served on the board for 2 years (does not need to be immediately preceding);

Vice President—Must have served on the board for 2 years (does not need to be immediately      preceding);

Programs—Must be regular member;

CAPA Primary and Secondary— Must be regular member;

Public Information Officer—Must be regular member; and

Student—Must be a student enrolled in a paralegal program.

I have served on the Board since 2010-2011 and have grown greatly from the experience. It can be challenging, but it is definitely an awarding experience. I have had many opportunities, including job opportunities, simply because of my role on the KCPA Board and CAPA Board. It is a great way to learn leadership skills if that is a skill set you are looking for. I strongly encourage you to consider becoming a part of the Board. If you have not served before, the PIO position would be great for you. If you enjoy public speaking or feel like you want to enhance your ability to speak in front of a small group, programs would be a great position (and we already have speakers lined up for the remaining months of 2016!). If you are interested in state issues regarding paralegals or the developments of the limited licensed legal technicians (LLLT), I would highly recommend joining as a CAPA Representative. If you are a past Board member that is not currently serving as part of the board, you are eligible as either President or Vice President as well. Any position you take on is highly rewarding and the Board is a great group to work with. I will not be returning for the 2016-2017 year because I believe it’s the time for others to contribute to the association. We cannot have fresh ideas without fresh faces!

Secondly, you will be receiving a survey from KCPA within the next two weeks. We’re trying to get some information from our members on their opinions regarding our meetings. Please respond to the survey; it’s a simple 10 question survey from Survey Monkey. Remember, this is YOUR association. We need your thoughts and opinions to guide where this association goes and how it operates.

As a reminder, for the month of April, KCPA is collecting cash and check donations to benefit the Alliance Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault to purchase underwear, bras, toiletries, personal hygiene products and blankets, sheets and towels for women and children of all ages. We will also be collecting used cell phones (but please remember to remove any personal data from cell phones prior to donating).

Our MCLE presentation will be given by Andrew Morgan of Borton Petrini, LLP, on Complex Construction Defect Litigation. Please RSVP no later than April 8, 2016.

Lastly, the schedule for the 2016 CAPA June Educational Conference has been posted. We have included the schedule in the Newsletter for your reference. They have a lot of really information presentations. I hope you sign up and join the fun of a CAPA Conference.

~Makala E. Reha

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First Annual KCPA Hockey Night


2016 Hockey

Right to left: Phillip Greenlee, Karen Clemans, and Troy Thompson

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