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 http://www.kcpaonline.org 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 communityaffairs@kcpaonline.org 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 webmaster@kcpaonline.org

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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 conferenceinfo@caparalegal.org 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 memberservices@kcpaonline.org or to me at president@kcpaonline.org. 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 conferenceinfo@caparalegal.org 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!!!

March 31, 2017condor-night

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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