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 under the “About Us” on the ribbon, and then Membership and Benefit information.

Karen Clemans

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