July President’s Message

How was everyone’s Fourth of July? I actually did something for the first time in a long time for the Fourth; we spent three days at Big Bear Lake and enjoyed one of the best fireworks shows I have ever seen. They light the fireworks in the middle of the lake., as well as at either side of the lake. A definite must see!

We have an exciting year lined up for you this year with several ethics luncheons. Remember our lunches are scheduled on the second Thursday of each month, with the exception of December. Our August luncheon will be on August 8, 2013 at 12:00 p.m. at the Petroleum Club. We welcome Catherine E. Bennett, Esq. from Klein, DeNatale, Goldner, Cooper, Rosenlieb & Kimball, LLP, who will be speaking on Legal Styles and Using Style Guides. For September, we will learn about Construction Defects from Michael D. Worthing, Esq. of Borton Petrini, LLP. We hope you will join us for our upcoming luncheons!

As you are renewing your membership for the 2013-2014 year, I’d like to give you an update regarding CAPA. One of the benefits you reap from being a KCPA member is that you automatically become a CAPA member as well. CAPA provides many benefits to its members, including discounts from various vendors, discounted MCLE meetings, reciprocity through its other affiliate members (i.e., if Fresno Paralegal Association or San Diego Paralegal Association is holding a seminar that you would like to attend, you can attend at their member price!), a quarterly newsletter, a guidebook and resource directory. We can also thank CAPA for helping professionalize paralegals by helping push through Business and Professions Code section 6450. CAPA works on behalf of its members (you!) to make sure the paralegal profession is promoted through education and protected through legislation.

One of the biggest items that CAPA is taking by the horns at the moment is monitoring the progress of the Limited License Technician, similar to what Washington created a few years ago, and AB 888. Assembly Bill 888, which can be viewed in its entirety at leginfo.legislature.ca.gov, is proposing to amend Section 17206, and adding Sections 6126.6 and 6126.7 to the Business and Professions Code.

Essentially, AB 888 is seeking for the State Bar of California to have stronger enforcement tools regarding the unauthorized practice of law. Take a look at AB 888 and let us know what your thoughts are.

CAPA is also providing a new program called GOAL—Growing Our Association Leaders.  We’re excited to be able to participate in the program as it will provide the Board (and any interested members) with stronger leadership skills.  If you are interested in participating in any of the sessions, they are held online from 7:00 pm—8:00 pm on the second Tuesday of each month beginning July 23, 2013.  Check out page 11 of the newsletter to see a list of upcoming seminars.  Page 12 of the newsletter includes the information regarding the first seminar, Your Full CAPAcity: Resolving Common Association Problems.  Please feel free to participate!

Lastly, We have our retreat lined up on July 20, so please let us know if you have anything you would like the Board to discuss or consider.

I hope you have a wonderful summer!

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