August President’s Message

August is a big month in my family; three of my brother’s four daughters all have birthdays..  When I was younger, I remember it being one of my favorite months because of the festivities of having four parties (one for each girl and one large party for everyone to come to) and last month of freedom before I had to go back to school.  Now, August is National Back to School Month! Are you going back to school?  I wish the returning students and new students the best of luck in the coming quarters/semesters!  I was reminded over the weekend that it’s never  too late to go back to school; just be true to who you are and follow the beat of your own drum.

As a way to get everyone back to basics and in the spirit of returning to school, we welcome Catherine E. Bennett, Esq., of Klein, DeNatale, Goldner, to speak on Legal Style And Using Style Guides on August 8, 2013 at 12:00 p.m. (noon) at the Petroleum Club.  We hope you’ll join us!  Our August Community Affairs opportunity, KCPA is collecting cash donations to benefit The Kern County 999 Foundation, an organization whose mission is to recognize and honor Kern County’s fallen peace officers who gave their lives ‘In The Line of Duty’ serving the citizens of Kern county, and provide support to the family members left behind.  Cash donations will be accepted through August 8.

I’d like to thank Katy Karcher for volunteering for being our Newsletter Editor for this coming year.  If you have any suggestions or articles you’d like to submit for our newsletter, please forward them to Katy!

Did you attend the GOAL presentation offered by CAPA on July 23, 2013?  If so, what are your thoughts?  Any feedback?  The programs created by CAPA are the most successful when you give your feedback, so please provide any opinions you may have.

For those of you who practice in Federal court, the USDC—Eastern District of CA is amending its local rules and you are invited to comment on the proposed amendments.  Check out this link: http://www.caed.uscourts.gov/caednew/index.cfm/rules/local-amend/.  Comments to the proposed amendments are requested by August 30, 2013.

What sites or people to you review/follow to find news regarding our profession?  In searching, I found several good publications (in no particular order):

Carolina Paralegal News
http://www.pageturnpro.com/TDC-CG/52197-Carolina-Paralegal-News-July-2013/index.html#12

Litigation Support Today
http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/9d63c8fc#/9d63c8fc/1

Paralegal Today
http://paralegaltoday.com/index.htm

The Paralegal Mentor
http://paralegalmentor.com/

The California Litigator
http://thecalifornialitigator.com/

What else do you find helpful or informative?  We will update our links page with all suggestions!

As a reminder, it’s time to renew your memberships—get your Applications in early!

As always, we are always open to suggestions, so please provide us with any suggestions you may have!  I hope you enjoy the remainder of your summer!  Personally, I can’t believe it’s already August—this year has flown by amazingly fast.

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