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 or to me at 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 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!!!

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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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February President’s Message

February brings a number of events to mind. First, every February 2nd is Groundhog Day. I don’t know if the groundhog will or won’t see his shadow. With the water situation in California, I hope that the groundhog does NOT see his shadow and that we will enjoy another 6 weeks of winter. All of the attorneys in our midst, whose practice area is water, will probably benefit either way.

The second day worth remembering in February is celebrated on February 14 and is commonly known as Valentine’s Day. According to Wikipedia, the day first became associated with romantic love in the 14th century and grew to expressions of love through the presentation of flowers, confections and greeting cards in the 18th century. This is probably what prompted Hallmark to be founded in 1910.

The third day of interest in February is National Random Acts of Kindness Day which is observed on February 17th. This is certainly one of my favorite days and has grown in popularity across the world. There are many ways to show kindness to others – from simply a smile or asking a friend to lunch to donating your time to a worthy cause such as GBLA. Recently, I saw a story online about a coffee shop that accepts “reserve” or “suspended” coffees. The idea is simple. When ordering your coffee, you can pay for a reserve coffee. Eventually a homeless person can claim the reserve coffee. I saw another similar story of a pizza restaurant on the east coast taking payment ahead for a slice of pizza. No matter what you chose to do it is my hope that you give kindness away on February 17 or any day. I hope that it becomes a habit.

I close with this quote from Mark Twain “Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.”

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January President’s Message

december-presidents-messageGenerous is the word that comes to mind when I think of the Kern County legal community. This was evident at the annual KCBA/KCPA Holiday luncheon held in December at the Petroleum Club. The luncheon was a festive occasion with about 150 people in attendance. We were serenaded by Therese Muller and Santa Claus made an appearance. The generosity of the legal community was confirmed by the multitude of toys that were donated by the attendees to be delivered to the Jamison Center and the more than $4,000 that was raised to be shared equally between the KCBA Charitable Foundation and Christmas for Seniors of Kern County.

Thank you to everyone who gave of their time, donated items, and bought tickets for the “opportunity drawing.” A special thank you goes out to Chad Barger for singing our National Anthem and to Pat Jennison for the lovely invocation.

We look forward to our KCPA general meeting on January 12, 2107, and the presentation by the Honorable Sidney Chapin.

As Father Time ushers out the old year, the baby dances her way into the New Year by the tune of Auld Lang Syne, we list our New Year’s resolutions, and eat our black eyed peas, my wish is that 2017 brings good tidings to each of you.

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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

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.


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 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 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.



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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