Message from the President
Did you register to attend the NYCPA Annual Election and General Meeting? There is still time to do it! All members received an official notification, list of open positions and other election materials. If you didn't receive your package, please send an email to email@example.com with "Request for election materials" in the subject line. As a reminder, there are two positions open for election this year: President and Secretary. This is YOUR ASSOCIATION and the Executive Board of Directors is YOUR VOICE in the manner in which the Association is governed. They are YOUR VOICE in the direction that the Association moves forward and are YOUR VOICE in how the Paralegal Profession and each of you are viewed in the Legal Community. Don't stay on the sidelines!
In addition to the election, we plan to host a number of discussions on the topics of professional branding and how to stand out in a crowd. We are looking forward to seeing you! Don't miss this annual event!
Need CLE? Want to learn new skills or updates in the field? Don't forget to register for upcoming seminars! NYCPA is dedicated to your education and professional development. Enhancing your skills will further your career and the profession as a whole. To learn about upcoming seminars and events, visit our Calendar.
Cannot attend seminars in person? Looking for topics that are hard to get or seminars that took place across the country or in the past? Visit Lorman Educational Series on our Members Only pages and register for one (or many) online seminars that could be attended in person, as a webinar or audio-seminar. You can always order past seminars OnDemand or request a copy on CD and study at your own pace. The best part? As a member you save 20% off the price. Let your employer know about this option. I did!
Mariana Fradman, MBA
NYCPA President, Mentor Program & CLE Chairperson
Member of the Advisory Board of the Paralegal Program, New York Career Institute
NYCPA GENERAL MEETING AND ANNUAL ELECTION
Thursday, MAY 30, 2013
6:30 -8:30 PM
North Star Fund
520 Eighth Avenue, Suite 2203
New York, NY 10018
Between 36th & 37th Street |Subway: 34th Street – Penn Station
Refreshments will be served
Registration is open.
4th annual B-Discovery/ Life Preservers Project New York fundraising event for The Somaly Mam Foundation. (www.somaly.org)
JUNE 12, 2013
7 pm - 11 pm
Toshi's Living Room
New York, NY
This is the one of the largest and most well received NY legal industry events of the year because it contains both entertainment and several good causes in one event. This year, it is being sponsored by ECALSM (E-Discovery, Compliance, and Litigation Support Management Association) and PALS (Paralegals and Litigation Support Managers Luncheon Group). It will provide a fun networking between all groups.
Visit Life Preservers Project for more information and to donate.
EDiscovery Boot Camp for Paralegals and Litigation Support Specialists
Would you like to learn on how to communicate with Vendor? How to collect and identify data? What are ethical obligations for paralegals and their supervising attorneys? What impact eDiscovery has on the paralegal profession today? TAR and PC - how they are changing paralegal's responsibilities?
These and other questions will be discussed during the day-long training seminar.
Date and Venue to be announced shortly. Don't forget to check our Calendar often.
RESERVE THE DATE!
Paralegal’s Navigating Perilous Waters
Cruise with us while we discuss navigating legal waters and experience a weekend of practical education, networking and relationship building
January 31 – February 3, 2014
Imagine a weekend of tropical fun in the Caribbean sun while networking with inspiring and accomplished paralegals from across the continent, including New York, New Jersey, Texas, Michigan, South Carolina, Florida and Canada. Choose to take advantage of one-on-one career guidance, resume reviews and coaching or simply have a cocktail by the pool and share war stories. Enjoy fun games and fantastic prizes. Don't worry, there won't be any dull and dry seminars putting you to sleep at this conference! Enjoy intimate sessions with dynamic speakers and benefit from 13+ CLE credits in a unique take home format allowing you to focus on relationship building during our networking dinners and other custom events. Click HERE for more information.
Norwegian Cruise Line's sale this week is providing the reduced deposit - meaning people only have to pay $50 per person when they book with the remainder due December 1, 2013 AND free on board credit - amount based on type of room booked. The prices are holding steady starting at $287 per person based on double occupancy. This offer ends on Friday.
As a separate benefit to book this week --- ACEDS has given me some passes to their Online Corporate e-Discovery Summit to give away. On May 31, 2013 we will choose one random winner from the ledger of confirmed bookings. The pass is worth $395 and provides 10 CLE. Everyone who has already booked is eligible and any new bookings through and including May 30 will be eligible... You can learn more about this event here: http://corporateediscoverysummit.com/ and view the schedule of speakers and topics here: http://corporatediscoverysummit.com/summit-schedule/
Sale ends Friday, make sure you call or email our group representative Emily Bell 877.416.9722 ext. 4471 or 954.514.4471 or ELBELL@NCL.COM and reference Group # 2320227
Never cruised before or have questions about the different room types, etc.? Feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org and get answers to your questions!
PARALEGAL SCHOOLS GRADUATION PARTY!
Did you graduate from a paralegal program anywhere between January and June 2013? If your answer is "YES", this event is for you! Come and meet members of NYCPA who will share their experiences of how to break into the Profession. Network and celebrate your achievements!
Visit CALENDAR for more CLE Seminars and Events!
Lorman Educational Series offers Audio-real time and on-demand and in-person seminars and books. NYCPA members will receive a 20% discount when registering through the link on the Member's Only link on our website.
Below are just a few examples of offered seminars and audio conferences (and new seminars and conferences are added weekly).
New Era of Estate Planning
Carle Place, NY - July 30, 2013
Specialized Firearm Trusts
June 12, 2013
Coordinating Emergency Response When Disaster Strikes
June 25, 2013
Dealing With the Media: Protecting the Rights to a Fair Trial
July 9, 2013
Collection Techniques for Landlords
July 9, 2013
Much Ado About Bluebooking: A Paralegal's Guide to Legal Citation
July 10, 2013
Ethical Collections: The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and Beyond
July 11, 2013
Advanced Transactional Due Diligence With ASTM Environmental Assessment Standards
July 17, 2013
Dynamic E-Discovery Tips for Paralegals
July 17, 2013
Did you change your job? Have a new email or mailing address?
If you answered "Yes" to at least one of the above questions - don't forget to let us know so we can update your profile and keep your subscription current.
2013 Membership Initiative - Continued!
The NYCPA launched Showing the Love initiative to give back to our members and to provide opportunities to maximize your NYCPA involvement in 2013 and beyond! We have members who started to accumulate points and actively participate in our programs. Don't miss this opportunity to earn points and have fun!
Full announcement available here.
Don't forget to visit our renewed Job Bank page. New jobs are posted weekly!
MEMBERS: When applying, be sure to cite in the subject line of your e-mail, the job number you are applying for. Please make sure your résumé shows your qualifications for the selected positions.
If you are not applying for a specific position, but would like to enter our database, please state that in the body of your e-mail. You also must consent to the release of your resume to the employer.
To apply for a job, send your resume to Jobbank@nyc-pa.org.
REMEMBER: In order to be eligible to participate in our Job Bank Initiative, you must be a member in good standing.
National Paralegal Reporter Going Green!
As you know, many of our firms, companies, schools and associations have launched "Going Green" initiatives and NFPA is doing its part. Having received many requests from members to publish a digital format of the National Paralegal Reporter, NFPA has launched its own "Going Green" initiative. The June/July and October/November issues will be in digital format only. The remaining issues will be printed issues, also available in digital format. When selecting from the viewing options for the Reporter on the website, viewing in Flash allows page turning just like reading the hard copy of the magazine. We hope you enjoy the digital format and thank you for working with NFPA to help the environment in which we all live and work.
A record 10,000 families sleep each night in New York City's emergency shelter system. Thousands more live doubled- or tripled-up with friends or relatives, unable to afford housing in one of the country's tightest real estate markets. NYCPA partnered with First Step Job Training Program to empowering homeless women to reach self-sufficiency through hands on job training, internships, mentoring, job placement and social service support, First Step benefits every member of the family. Read more at First Step Program.
Spanish speaking volunteer’s needed to assist low and moderate income users of LawHelp.org. LawHelp.org is an online resource that directs low and moderate income people to free legal aid programs and educational resources in their communities. This is a national site, with links to legal resource websites in each state that provide legal education materials and referrals. The site is created and maintained by Pro Bono Net, an agency dedicated to increasing access to justice for the millions of poor people who face legal problems every year without help from a lawyer. For many LawHelp.org users the amount of information can be overwhelming, and they may need assistance to navigate to the relevant resources. Pro Bono Net is searching for volunteers to join a new national LiveHelp program to assist users in navigating a forthcoming Spanish version of LawHelp.org. Volunteers will live chat with users, ask users questions and, based on their responses, provide direction within the site so users can find the resources they are looking for.
Read more at LawHelp.org
Visit CALENDAR for more information!
NFPA/Thomson Reuters Scholarship Application Now Available
NFPA is proud to announce the essay topic for the 2013 NFPA/Thomson Reuters scholarships is now available at http://www.paralegals.org/uploads/TR_Scholarship_app_2013.pdfwith the Application form. There are two scholarships available: first place is $3,000 and second place is $2,000.
This scholarship opportunity is open to both member and non-member students of NFPA. The deadline for submission of completed applications and accompanying documents is July 1, 2013. Winners will be provided a travel stipend to attend the NFPA Annual Convention in Hartford, CT in October and will be recognized at the Awards Luncheon on Saturday, October 5. Notification will be provided to the winners on or about August 26, 2013.
Please share this information with any students you may know and with paralegal programs in your area.
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More member's benefits can be found on www.paralegals.org.
The NYCPA is pleased to offer its Members direct access to the MyLegal.com directory. As paralegals, too much of our time is often spent on finding qualified legal vendors. Wading through countless Google search results, with no assurance that the person or company being hired is qualified, reputable and will charge a reasonable rate, is time consuming, inefficient and ineffective. MyLegal.com offers lawyers and paralegals a resource that aggregates all of the information we’re looking to find – products or services anywhere in the world, written reviews from other lawyers and paralegals – along with discounts and special deals. We provide a breadth of relevant content through our website. This is just one more way for our Association to keep key resources in front of our members. Click HERE to visit MyLegal.com and learn about its services. You can read more about our affiliation with MyLegal.com by clicking HERE.