However, before we get to that, I
cannot let this issue slip by without saying a tremendous thank you
to the outgoing Board of Directors, and to our outgoing President,
Lisa Sprinkle. We had an outstanding year, with the highlight being
the success of our first LAU! Lisa’s leadership, dedication and
professionalism to this association and to the legal assistant
profession will never be forgotten. The "State of the
Division" speech she gave at the annual meeting in June was a
great historical look at LAD, and it appears in this issue, so
enjoy. I know that she will continue to serve LAD in many capacities
and we wish her, as well as all of the outgoing board members, kudos
for a job well done!
Now, enjoy this issue of TPJ,
and get refreshed on this very important topic that will continue to
be of utmost importance as the State Bar of Texas continues its
review and revision of the current statutes with regard to the
Unauthorized Practice of Law. This will make an even further impact
on legal assistants. We will continue to keep you updated on those
THE PATH TO PROFESSIONALISM
"Ambition never has its
fill!" (author unknown)
Just being a part of the legal
profession... does that make us professionals? The answer? No! The
profession is fast-growing and draws a lot of people. Whenever you
have lots of people, you have a lot of personalities and a lot of
backgrounds that are brought to the profession. We, therefore, see a
lot of ethical violations. So what sets apart those who really want
to be leaders in the field—to be a true "professional"?
Let’s look at the definition of professional —
"engaged in one of the learned ethical standards of a
profession; participating for gain or livelihood in an activity or
field of endeavor often engaged in by amateurs"; then the
definition of professionalism —"the conduct, aims or
qualities that characterize or mark a profession or a professional
We all know that a lot of amateurs
have entered this field, which can be taken either way—either
amateur due to inexperience in the field (which is common among our
students or persons changing careers who strive to learn and make
their mark), or amateur as "one who engaged in a pursuit,
study, science or sport as a pastime rather than as a profession."
This is where we must focus. To really become a true professional in
this legal field, we must strive to place ourselves ahead in the
race. There must be the desire to succeed, the desire to learn, the
desire to be loyal, the desire to become involved, the desire to be
ethical, and so much more. Therefore, we meet the path to
professionalism. How do we become that type of person, rather than
staying the "amateur"? These are some of the
"laws" to the path to professionalism:
- Professionalism develops
daily, not in a day!
- Just like investing your money,
you have to let it compound every day and learn from it.
- It takes a lifetime to really
develop your investment to the fullest.
- Build relationships with your
employers, with other legal professionals, with your clients,
with court personnel, with vendors. Make yourself known so
that you will be remembered.
- Be conscious that you are
ignorant of facts or knowledge at times, and let that be a
- The true measure
of professionalism is influence!
- Be a good influence on others
and they will follow you.
- Be a good listener.
- Take time to teach, and thank
those that teach you.
- You achieve excellence when
people will follow you, even if it is only out of curiosity.
- It’s not the position that
makes you a professional, it is the professional that makes
- Professional ability
determines a person’s level of effectiveness!
- You can work hard to increase
your dedication to success and excellence, but you must also
increase your leadership abilities.
- The greater the impact you want
to make, the greater your influence needs to be—let’s make
it a positive influence.
- Personal and organizational
effectiveness is proportionate to the strength of leadership.
- There are smart, talented,
successful people who are able to go only so far because of
the limitations of their leadership.
- Anyone can steer the ship,
but it takes a leader to chart the course!
- Draw on past experience.
- You must go through a process
in order to be successful.
- A leader sees more than others
see, sees farther than others see, and who sees before others
- Listen to what others have to
- If the leader can’t navigate
the people through rough waters, he is liable to sink the
- Chart your course:
Determine a course of action
Set your goals
Head into action
Always point to the successes
Always review your plan.
- People naturally follow
professionals who are stronger than themselves!
- Become involved on a local,
state and national level to see other professionals at work.
- Networking with other
professionals is essential.
- When you are respected as a
person, you are admired. When you are respected as a friend,
you are loved. When you are respected as a leader, you are
- Trust is the foundation of
- You cannot take shortcuts in
your profession, not matter how long you have been in it.
- To build trust, you must
exemplify competence, connection and character.
- Character makes trust possible,
and trust makes leadership possible. This creates a solid
ground for trust.
- Admit your mistakes and learn
- Put what is best for the
followers (others) ahead of your own personal agenda.
- Who you are is who you
- Check your negative attitude at
- The better leader you are, the
better leaders you will attract.
- If you think the people you
attract could be better, then it’s time for you to improve
- Be a magnet—attract the
- It is your job to initiate
connection with who you attract.
- Professional potential is
determined by those closest to you!
- Leaders are not "Lone
Rangers"; if you are alone, you are not leading anybody,
- Find greatness in those around
you, and help them find it in themselves.
- First, know your own abilities
and motivate yourself—then find the abilities in those
around you and motivate them.
- Secure professionals give
power to others!
- Other’s capacity to achieve
is determined by their leader’s ability to empower.
- A weak professional worries
that if they help others, they will become dispensable, but in
reality it is the only way to be indispensable is by
continually empowering others and helping them develop.
- Be prepared for change—it is
the price of progress.
- The greater things will happen
when you give credit to others.
- Be committed to helping others.
- It takes a professional to
raise up other professionals!
- Just as it takes a giant killer
to produce other giant killers, it takes a leader to raise up
- To develop other leaders, you
must become a better leader.
- Continue your own development
as a professional. Spend time with other leaders.
- Remember it is the team
approach—everyone on the team must work together for the
team to win.
- Professionals understand
that action is not necessarily accomplishment!
- Keep prioritizing. We are all
accountable to someone so priorities must begin with what is
required of you.
- Satisfy multiple priorities
with each activity, delegate to others so that you can spend
your time in your strength areas.
- A professional must give up
to go up!
- Make sacrifices to accomplish
- Swallow your pride.
- Set an example.
- Sacrifice is an ongoing
process, not a one-time payment.
- When you become a leader, you
lose the right to think about yourself.
- If you have to give up to go
up, then you have to give up even more to stay up.
- "For everything you
have missed, you have gained something else; and for
everything you gain, you lose something." —Ralph Waldo
In the article "A Sit Down With
One of Austin's Top Guns" (Summer 2000), Chris Gunter's name
was misspelled. We apologize for the mistake.
Bono Merit Award
by Jodye Kasher, CLA
Legal Assistants Division of the State Bar of Texas is proud
to present this year’s Exceptional Pro Bono Merit Award to
Sharon’s career as a
paralegal followed her prior work experience as a police
officer in Koontz, Texas. She received her paralegal
certificate from Southwestern Paralegal Institute, and has
served as a legal assistant for over fifteen (15) years in
various areas of the law.
Mitchell Katine, Lisa Sprinkle, and
Sharon Wagner Spencer
Currently, Sharon works as a
contract paralegal in many different areas of the law, with her
current primary focus on medical malpractice and credit reporting.
Sharon is serving as the Public Relations Chair of the Legal
Assistants Division of the State Bar of Texas this year, and has
served on the Board of Directors in the past for the Houston Legal
Assistants Association. She is also a member of the Corporate Legal
Assistants Association, and has been a member of NFPA since 1991.
Approximately nine years ago, Sharon
was asked to serve as chair of pro bono for her location association
(Houston Legal Assistants Association). She fondly recalls that one
of the first things they did was to participate by working in a face
painting booth at an annual children’s festival sponsored by Child
Advocates. Sharon and other legal assistants from the Houston Legal
Assistants Association painted over 2000 children’s faces in one
weekend! Her interest in pro bono work was definitely sparked that
weekend, and she generously pursued it.
Over the years, Sharon has devoted
countless hours in the areas of HIV and AIDS legal assistance and
education to the public, without compensation. Additionally, she has
donated numerous hours as a volunteer in helping educate the public,
law students, high school students, and healthcare professionals on
all aspects of HIV and AIDS. Sharon has also provided services that
simplify the legal process for and increase the availability and
quality of legal services to those in need of such services, but who
are without the means to afford such services; specifically, people
with HIV and AIDS who are indigent and need legal assistance. She
has worked with the Houston Volunteer Lawyer’s Association on Advo
Kits for assistance of children in court, and other programs such as
"Wills on Wheels" at local county hospitals. Sharon has
also been a speaker at HIV/AIDS Panel World AIDS Day, Planned
Parenthood World AIDS Day, the Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program on
HIV and AIDS, Womens HIV Coalition, CASA/Child Advocates, Inc. and
has served as a volunteer case manager for abused and neglected
children. Sharon has also served as vice president of Mothers Voices
Houston/Gulf Coast Chapter, a New York based organization
established to educate children about AIDS awareness.
Sharon believes that her pro bono
activities have made her a better legal assistant, because it allows
her to give back to the community. It has also helped her learn
about the diversity of people and how to look at things from a
different perspective. She also believes the rewards are tremendous,
and states she "feels good about doing things for other
people." If you had to sum Sharon up in words, they would
undoubtedly be: "loving, giving, unconditional friend, mother
Sharon is married to Kirk Spencer,
who is an R.N. at Hermann Hospital ER Trauma. Her daughter, Courtney
Wagner, is 15 and currently a sophomore at Pearland High School, and
her step- daughter, Cassie Spencer, is 17, and a senior at Pearland
Although it’s hard to imagine how
Sharon could find the time for any hobbies with all that she does,
she loves redecorating, organizing, crafts, and organic gardening.
She also was fortunate enough in June to take what she describes as
"the perfect vacation." An avid lighthouse collector, she
and her husband spent a relaxing 10 days seeing Massachusetts,
Nantucket, Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and the many lighthouses
in those areas.
Sharon’s pro bono activities made
her an outstanding candidate for the Exceptional Pro Bono Merit
Award, and it comes as no surprise that her favorite saying is:
"Do unto others as you
would have them do unto you."
Editor’s Note: Sharon has been
selected by Channel 8, Houston’s public television station, as one
of their honorees for the Speaking of Women’s Health Conference.
The recipients are women who have made a difference in the community
with regard to health issues. The conference will be held at the
Warwick Hotel on October 28, 2000.
Second Annual Award Recipients
by Michele Boerder, Legal
Assistant, Hughes & Luce, L.L.P.
Second "Pro Bono Partners" Team to receive an
award for the most pro-bono hours contributed was recognized
at the State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting held in San Antonio
this past June. The winning team was comprised of Kristine
Farmer, now President-Elect of the Legal Assistants Division—State
Bar of Texas, (as well as the current President of the
Dallas Area Paralegal Association) and her employer
attorney, Tommy Rodgers, both from Dallas, Texas.
Tommy Rodgers and Kristine Farmer
Mr. Rodgers, a solo practitioner,
adopted a policy for his practice of working on two pro bono family
law cases at a time. Mr. Rodgers began working on cases with the
Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program (formerly known as North Texas
Legal Services) shortly after opening his law practice in 1995, and
continues to take pro bono cases. Kristine Farmer, who is Mr.
Rodgers’ only paralegal, is Texas Board of Legal Specialization
certified in Civil Trial Law (1997) and has worked as a legal
assistant since 1990. Kristine also holds a BBA in Labor Management
from the University of North Texas (1992).
The Joint Pro Bono Partners Project
(by the Legal Assistants Division and the Legal Assistant Committee
of the State Bar) began in 1998 at the Corpus Christi Annual
Meeting. The Project was endorsed and promoted by then State Bar
President, Dean Frank Newton by his remarks at the LAD Annual
meeting Luncheon. The first Pro Bono Partners Award was given last
year to the Dallas team of Gerald Lotzer and Jodye Kasher.
The joint project is intended to
generate increased participation in pro bono legal services in Texas
by a team (or "partner") approach of lawyer and legal
assistant . Texas Lawyers Care, part of the Public Services Division
of the State Bar of Texas, maintains Pro Bono Publico, Attorney’s
Guide to Pro Bono Opportunties, which assists
groups/organizations that provide free legal services to low-income
persons by providing information about those groups/organizations
and how to contact them to volunteer for pro bono services. In
addition, Texas Lawyers Care also tracks the pro bono service hours
for the Pro Bono Partner team members, both lawyers and legal
For more information (or questions)
about Pro Bono Partners, please contact Michele Boerder at (214)
939-5746 (email: email@example.com), or Texas Lawyers Care at
the State Bar of Texas.
LAD HOLDS ANNUAL
MEETING IN SAN ANTONIO
Legal Assistants Division of the State Bar of Texas held its Annual
Meeting luncheon in conjunction with the SBOT’s Annual Meeting in
San Antonio June 23, 2000. The Honorable Jerry Buchmeyer was speaker
at the luncheon and provided an enormous amount of wit and wisdom.
The luncheon, attended by over 100 legal assistants, attorneys and
supporters, was also highlighted by outgoing LAD President Lisa
Sprinkle’s address, installation of the Division’s officers for
2000–2001 and presentations of special recognition to LAD members.
LAD’s Pro Bono Award was presented
to Sharon Wagner of Houston for her exceptional pro bono
contributions, which are especially geared to HIV/AIDS groups.
Sharon currently serves as LAD’s Public Relations Committee chair.
The Pro Bono Partners Award was presented to Kristine Farmer and
Tommy Rodgers who work together to continue to provide legal
services free of charge. Kristine was installed as President Elect
at the luncheon. The Award of Excellence was presented to TPJ’s
Editor Nancy C. McLaughlin for her long term contributions to
promoting the Division and the profession.
In conjunction with the Annual
Meeting, LAD sponsored seminars in the areas of internet research,
and appellate and criminal matters featuring speakers Jennifer Till,
Wallace Jefferson and Sam Bayless.
STATE OF THE
by Lisa Sprinkle, CLAS
in order to understand and appreciate where we are at any given
moment, it is beneficial to look back and see where we have come
from. My State of the Division speech will be a little different
this year. I would like to spend a few moments looking back to see
how far we have come.
The year was 1981, Chariots of
Fire was the movie of the year, the space shuttle Columbia was
the first spacecraft to be used twice and IBM introduced the
personal computer. The legal Assistants Division of the State Bar of
Texas was formed.
In 1982 E.T. was the film of
the year, Apple Computer has reached the 1 billion dollar mark in
annual sales, USA today newspaper made its debut, Cats was
the new hit on Broadway and the Vietnam Memorial was dedicated in
Washington, D.C. The LAD had 1,013 charter members.
By 1984 Geraldine Ferraro of New
York became the first woman chosen as her party’s nominee for
vice-president, people were going to the movies to see Amadeus,
Beverly Hills Cop and Ghostbusters. The megabyte chip was
invented and the first woman walked in space. The LAD introduced its
first issue of a division newsletter.
1985, eight years after Elvis
Presley’s death, The Attorney’s Guide to Practicing with
Legal Assistants was published.
In 1986 the shuttle Challenger
exploded, killing 7 people, America celebrated its 100th birthday
and the State Bar of Texas adopted the ABA definition of a legal
1990 saw the debut of Garth Brooks,
the film Dances with Wolves was a huge success and LAD hired
Norma Hackler as the Division’s first Executive Director. Today we
refer to the position as Division Coordinator but Norma still holds
the position and we appreciate her hard work and dedication for the
last ten years. Thank you Norma.
While Schindler’s List was
the big hit of 1993, membership opened in the State Bar sections for
legal assistants. 1993 also saw the death of 86 Branch Davidians in
Waco and NAFTA was ratified. In this same year, the Texas
legislature resolved that October 23rd was Texas Legal Assistant’s
Day and the specialty certification for legal assistants was
approved by the Supreme Court of Texas.
In 1994, while Elton John was
writing the music for Lion King, 154 individuals were taking
the legal assistant specialty exam given by the Texas Board of Legal
Specialization. 15 million people were now using the internet, Pulp
Fiction was the movie being talked about, O.J. Simpson was
accused of murder and the Texas Paralegal Journal changed to
a magazine format.
In 1996 the Legal Assistant Standing
Committee completed the pamphlet entitled "Why Your Firm Needs
a Legal Assistant" and the Division began taping and airing the
Legally Speaking program.
During 1997 the Long Range Planning
Task Force prepared a digest about licensing, regulation and
certification. The division established its own Pro Bono
In 1998 the Legal Assistants
Standing Committee and the Division created the Pro Bono Partners
Program, local bar associations adopted resolutions recognizing
legal assistants as legal professionals in an attempt to obtain MCLE
accreditation for Division seminars. The Division produced a video
entitled "Profiling the Paralegal Profession". In June
1998 the Division held its first public forum on regulation and
developed its website.
That brings us to this past year—In
the Fall we held our last forum on regulation in Austin in
conjunction with a meeting with the LAD and the legal educators.
Justice Abbott of the Texas Supreme Court was one of the members of
the forum panel. LAD distributed the video "Profiling the
Paralegal Profession" to all law schools in Texas. The Division
held its first LAU with 270 registrants—a faculty of over 60 and
over 80 volunteers made it a reality. LAU made a substantial profit
allowing the Division to support other projects and members needs.
Financially we are in an excellent and strong position.
A scholarship procedure has been put
into place and two scholarships will be awarded for attendance to
this years LAU scheduled for September 20–23 in Austin.
The Division addressed the complex
and difficult issue of individuals who have been convicted of a
felony applying for division membership. Procedures and guidelines
have been established for reviewing and then denying or approving
Communication lines between the
division and the LAC have been opened and strengthened.
The TPJ continues to be an
outstanding publication created for and by legal assistants in
Texas. Our website has grown and provides links to other valuable
We continue to work toward a
recommendation for the future of our profession with regard to
regulation and anticipate that the recommendation will come in the
next year or so.
Local associations in conjunction
with the Division held CLE seminars in various locations around the
As always, the Division looks to its
membership for guidance. Let us know where you want to go, what you
need to improve your profession. Your directors and officers are
committed to serving you.
The State of the Division is strong
but only as strong as its membership. Thanks to the Board of
Directors, Norma Hackler, all the committee chairs and sub-chairs,
and all the other volunteers across the state. The Legal Assistants
Division of the State Bar of Texas continues to be an example for
all other states.
Thank you for allowing me to be a
small part of this wonderful history and this excellent professional
*Presentation by LAD President
Lisa Sprinkle, CLAS at the Legal Assistant’s Division Annual
Meeting luncheon held in San Antonio, Texas on June 23, 2000.
LAD Committee Chairs Kristine Farmer, Debra Crosby, Sharon
Wagner Spencer, and
Ellen Lockwood; Above Right: Annual Meeting Committee
Co-Chairs Ellen Lockwood and
Melinda Jackson with President Lisa Sprinkle; Below: Passing
the Gavel, Lisa Sprinkle, CLAS and Javan Johnson, CLA; Below
Right: Outgoing Directors Leigh Burton, Jan Bufkin, Connie
Gray, Martha Maze, Kimberly Spivey, and Deane Burks.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Back Row: Tamara
Null, CLA, District 12 Director; Kim Cantu, CLA, District 12
Director; Mariann Porter, CLA, District 16 Director; Jeanne
Fairman, CLA, District 6 Director; Karla Schwemmer, District
8 Director; Debra Crosby, District 5 Director; Michelle P.
Salazar, District 15 Director; Pat Hammer, CLA, District 3
Director; Joyce Biggar, District 9 Director; Ingrid
Bumstead, CLAS, District 10 Director; Carolyn Goff, District
13 Director; Mary McDowell, CLA, District 11 Director. Front
Row: Joan Beishir, CLA, District 14 Director/Treasurer;
Kristine Farmer, President-Elect; Javan Johnson, CLAS,
President; Rhonda Brashears, CLA, District 7
Director/Secretary; Diane McQuire, District 1
Johnson, CLAS— President
is a freelance paralegal who began her own business in
Longview in February 1999, specializing in civil trial work,
after working for 18 years with one attorney. She has a
bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Education
from Baylor University. Javan obtained her CLA in 1990,
earned the NALA civil litigation specialty designation in
1993, and became certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas
Board of Legal Specialization in 1996. Javan served LAD for
many years as sub-chair on various committees, as Membership
Chair from 1992–1997, then joined the Board of Directors
as the District 14 Director in 1997. She received the
Outstanding Chair of the Year award in 1995. Javan has also
served as a member of the Long Range Planning Task Force
Committee for LAD since 1993. In addition to being a charter
member of LAD, Javan is also a charter member of the
Northeast Texas Association of Legal Assistants, Inc.
(NTALA), in Longview, and has served that organization since
its inception in 1988, as President, First Vice President,
Second Vice President, Education Chair, Membership Chair,
Scholarship Chair, Newsletter Committee Chair, and Legal
Assistant of the Year Chair after receiving the honor of
Legal Assistant of the Year in 1996. She additionally serves
NTALA as a speaker for continuing legal education programs,
including the annual CLA Review Course that NTALA offers
each Fall. Javan participated in the birth of the Legal
Assistant program at Kilgore College in 1988, and has been a
part time instructor in that program since that time. Of all
of these accomplishments, Javan is most proud of her husband
of 15 years, Brett, and her son, Cameron, age 12. She says
that nothing she has done in her career would have come to
fruition without their staunch support...and patience!
Kristine Farmer— President-Elect
is a senior litigation paralegal with the Law Offices of
Tommy R. Rodgers, P.C and has been working a paralegal since
1990. Prior to her working with Mr. Rodgers in the area of
family law, she previously worked within the areas of
labor/employment law and complex commercial litigation. She
received her baccalaureate degree in Labor Management from
the University of North Texas in 1992 and became a Board
Certified Legal Assistant in Civil Trial Law by the Texas
Board of Legal Specialization in 1997. An active member of
the Legal Assistants Division since 1995, Kristine formerly
served as Director for District 2 (Dallas) since 1997, and
served as the Division’s Parliamentarian from 1998 through
2000. Kristine also previously chaired the Division’s
Professional Development Committee and was the recipient of
the Outstanding Committee Chair of the Year Award in 1997.
Kristine is also a member of the Dallas Area Paralegal
Association where she is currently serving as DAPA’s
President. She has been a member of DAPA since 1994 and
served as a member of the Board of Directors since 1997. She
is also a member of the National Federation of Paralegal
Associations, where she serves at the Unauthorized Practice
of Law Research Co-Coordinator.
J. Brashears, CLA—Secretary
was born and raised in the Texas Panhandle and has lived in
Amarillo for the last 27 years. She is a member of the First
Baptist Church and is active in the Mission Friends program
at her church. Married to Rod, the Point of Sale Manager for
Budweiser Distributing, Rhonda is the mother of two
children, Cody 16 and Caitlyn 6. Her hobbies include family,
scrap booking, and her career. Rhonda graduated from West
Texas A&M University with a BGS. She attained her CLA
designation in 1996 and was board certified by the Texas
Board of Legal Specialization in Personal Injury Trial Law
in 1998. Rhonda has worked as a Legal Assistant since 1988
and has been employed by the law firm of Underwood, Wilson,
Berry, Stein & Johnson, P.C. since 1990 where her
primary focus is civil litigation. A part-time instructor at
Amarillo College teaching paralegal classes in their
Paralegal Studies program, Rhonda also serves on the
Advisory Committee for Amarillo College’s Paralegal
Studies program. "Education for legal assistants is
something that I am very focused on at this point in my
career. I believe that the future of the profession depends
on educating tomorrow’s legal assistants," Rhonda
says. A member of the LAD since 1990, she became director
for District 7 in 1996 and has served as Secretary to the
Division since June 1999. Rhonda is also a member of the
Texas Panhandle Association of Legal Assistant where I have
been President, President-Elect, Treasurer and NALA Liaison.
Beishir, CLA— Treasurer
has been actively employed in the legal profession for
nearly 20 years. She is currently employed by Erskine &
McMahon, L.L.P. in Longview, Texas and specializes in
personal injury law. She received her Legal Assistants
Degree with highest honors from Kilgore College in 1995, and
received her CLA designation in 1996. She became a member of
LAD in 1997 and served District 14 as Nominations and
Elections Co-Chair during 1997 and as Public Relations
Co-chair from 1998-1999 before being elected Director in
1999. She is currently Director of District 14 and is also
serving as Treasurer. Joan is also active in Northeast Texas
Association of Legal Assistants where she has served in the
following capacities: President, 1997; Legal Assistant of
the Year, 1996; First Vice President, 1996; Secretary, 1994-
1995; Audit Chair, 1993-2000; and has also served on
numerous committees from 1991-Present. She is also active in
her local neighborhood association and is serving as
President at the current time. Joan has been married to her
husband, Ken, for 32 years and they have two sons, Kenneth
and Robert. Kenneth was a stockbroker for nine years before
resigning to join the U.S. Peace Corps. He is currently
stationed in Poltava, Ukraine. Robert is the land developer
for Norwood Homes in Houston, Texas.
is a legal assistant in the Williams Bailey Law Firm L.L.P.,
where she handles primarily personal injury cases. She is
responsible for handling all aspects of the case from
initial client contact to trial preparation and
participation. Ms. McQuire received her A.A.S. degree from
Central Texas College and currently attends the University
of Houston where she is a member of the National Society of
Collegiate Scholars. Ms. McQuire is board certified in civil
trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. She
has taught real estate law at Central Texas College and has
been a speaker at Wharton Junior College in the paralegal
program and was the course director at the General Practice
Institute sponsored by District 1 of the Legal Assistants
Division of the State Bar of Texas. Ms. McQuire is a member
of the Legal Assistants Division of the State Bar of Texas
(Director of District 1) and the Houston Legal Assistants
Association. She has also received her Houston Professional
Legal Assistant designation through the Houston Legal
Assistants Association and is a member of the Paralegal
Section of The American Trial Lawyers Association.