December President’s Message

December is upon us and we are on the verge of saying good-bye to 2016. For me, it seems as though we just ushered in the New Year. At this time of the year it’s nice to look back and review our accomplishments and remember the things that did not go as planned. I was raised in a family where resting on your laurels was not encouraged. As such, we smiled when things went well, learned from our mistakes or defeats, and went on to more goal setting.

KCPA has set a goal in 2017 to encourage our members to give of their time and talents to help others through a partnership with GBLA. I feel as though our profession has given so much to us and it’s time for us to give back. That can be accomplished in many ways. You can help behind the scenes. The GBLA litigation department is expanding and could use assistance in drafting pleadings. How about leading a 30-40 minute workshop once a month on “How to Probate a Small Estate” or “Bankruptcy” or Tenant’s Rights?” Would you like to assist in court at administrative hearings? If so, the GBLA is seeking advocates in guardianship, domestic violence, eviction defense, and emerging affirmative litigation. There are other options available to you to help in other ways, too. Ms. Adeyinka Glover, Volunteer Attorney Program Coordinator with GBLA, can put you to use if you contact her directly at aglover@gbla.com.

When we look back on the year at the end of 2017, it is my hope that we will be able to smile for all that has been accomplished and that some of those accomplishments include helping others through donating your time to the GBLA.

I hope you all have a wonderful December, enjoy Christmas and New Year’s, and have many blessings in 2017.

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My recent trip to Hawaii with my sister, Janet.

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November President’s Message

november-20161November has arrived and Thanksgiving is on my mind. Because it’s been quite a while since elementary school, I needed to refresh my memory on the history of Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving has been celebrated in the United States since its inception in 1621, when the newly arrived Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Indians gathered at Plymouth Rock. From what I’ve read, it was a three day celebration that had a menu that may or may not have included turkey. I don’t know what your traditions are for this holiday but I hope that it is a time for you to get together with those that you love and give thanks for the time that you have together.

This year, I have a lot to be thankful for. My fourth grandchild was born in March and my youngest son married his long-time girlfriend (a paralegal) in April. In July, I celebrated 28 years of marriage to my husband, Dwayne. I have three friends who are recovering from throat cancer and one who is recovering from breast cancer. I am blessed to celebrate my ninth year at KDG and to work with wonderful people, many of who I consider family.

At our last general meeting, I mentioned to those in attendance that it is my hope that KCPA provides an avenue for those of us involved in the legal profession to network with each other, as well as obtain our continuing education. We have a diverse membership and it is my belief that we will benefit from getting to know each other a little more than to just say hello at meetings. With that in mind, I will try to sit with different people at each meeting and I hope that you consider doing the same.

The KCBA/KCPA Holiday Luncheon is coming up on December 5th, at the Petroleum Club. This year, we are offering an early bird $35 registration through the close of business on November 18th. November 19th the cost increases to $50 per person.

If you are able, please bring an unwrapped toy to the Holiday Luncheon for those children living at the Jamison Children’s center who would love to receive a gift on Christmas. As usual, we will have a raffle, the proceeds of which will benefit the KCBA Charitable Foundation and Bakersfield Christmas for Seniors.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and be blessed.

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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.

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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.

Always,

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

 

NEW KCPA BOARD MEMBERS 2016-2017

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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