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Ambassador Biographies

Erica Anderson

Erica Anderson, ACP

Erica Anderson has served the Paralegal Division in many positions, including Chair of the Public Relations, Membership, and 2016 TAPS Committees. She currently serves as Chair of the Public Relations Committee and as an Ambassador, a position reserved for past Presidents. She is a contributing editor of the Paralegal Ethics Handbook. Erica is a paralegal at the Underwood Law Firm in Amarillo, Texas, and a member of the Computer & Technology Section.

A member of the Paralegal Division since 2004, she served as Membership Chair for three terms (2008-2011) prior to being elected as District 7 Director, Treasurer, President-Elect in 2014-2015 and President in 2015-2016. She chaired the TAPS 2016 Planning Committee.  She has served in several different positions to the Texas Panhandle Paralegal Association, including Public Relations Chair, Professional Development Chair, TAPA Chair and President. With her memberships in these associations and in NALA, Erica is able to participate in a variety of ways to help develop the paralegal profession. Erica is a former Chair the Advisory Committee to Amarillo College’s Paralegal Studies program and adjunct professor on technology for Amarillo College’s Continuing Education for Seniors program.

Erica began her career as a file clerk and worked diligently to become the lead paralegal on several matters at a firm in Amarillo before finding herself at the Underwood Law Firm.  In January 2006, she earned her Certified Paralegal status from NALA, and in 2009, received notice that she had achieved the designation of Advanced Certified Paralegal in Trial Practice. Erica has given several presentations on ethics, technology, and promoting professionalism, and continues to be active in the community with various charitable and pro bono organizations.

Erica has two children, Rich and Libby.  

Michele Boerder

Michele Boerder, CP, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Board Certified - Civil Trial Law

Michele Boerder is a litigation paralegal in the  Dallas office of Morgan Lewis and has 38 years of experience.  She has a Master's and a Bachelor's degree from the University of North Texas, and has an A.A. from the El Centro College Paralegal Program in 1979.

She is a Board Certified Paralegal - Civil Trial, Texas Board of Legal Specialization and a Certified Paralegal (“CP” through NALA) as well as a past President of the Paralegal Division, State Bar of Texas and a past President of the Dallas Area Paralegal Association.

Michele also has served on the State Bar of Texas Paralegal Committee (1991 - 2009), the TBLS Paralegal Civil Trial Commission, NFPA's Paralegal Advanced Competency Exam Standards Committee, and Paralegal Today magazine’s editorial review board.

She received the Dallas Area Paralegal Association’s Paralegal of the Year Award in 1995, NFPA's Paralegal of the Year award in 2005, the Dallas Area Paralegal Association Lifetime Achievement award in 2006 and NFPA’s William R. Robie Leadership Award in 2011.  Michele is also an instructor in the Paralegal Certificate Program at SMU’s Continuing and Professional Education department.

 

 

Rhonda J Brashears

Rhonda J Brashears, CP, TBLS-BCP, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Board Certified - Personal Injury Trial Law

Rhonda Brashears is a paralegal with the firm of Underwood Law Firm, P.C., Amarillo, Texas, and has been in the legal profession for over 30 years. She specializes in personal injury and civil trial defense law. She received her B.G.S. from West Texas A&M University in 1998, her Certified Paralegal designation from the National Association of Legal Assistants in 1996, and was board certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Personal Injury Trial Law in 1998.

Rhonda has been a member of the Paralegal Division since 1990. She currently serves the Division as an Ambassador.  In addition, she served as Director of District 7, 1996 until 2001, Secretary, 1999 to 2001, President Elect in 2001 and 2007, and President of the Division in 2002 and 2008.  She has also previously served as Chair of the On-Line CLE Committee, the TAPS Planning Committee, the Publications Committee and as Editor of the Texas Paralegal Journal.  Rhonda is a member of the Texas Panhandle Paralegal Association, where she has served as President, President-Elect, Treasurer and NALA Liaison.

 

Clara Buckland

Clara Buckland, C.P.

Clara is the 2014-2015 Past-President of the Division and served the Division in several capacities before then.  Namely as District 16’s 2005-20016 sub-chair on the Professional Development Committee, and District Director for two terms from 2006 to 2010.  While on the Board of Directors, Clara served as liaison for the National Association of Legal Assistants and the Association of Legal Administrators, and on the Division’s Executive Committee as its 2007-2009 Secretary, and 2009–2010 Parliamentarian. Clara served as Chair of the Membership Committee from June 2012 to June 2013, the same year she was elected as the 2013-2014 President Elect.

Clara is a Certified Paralegal and EEO Legal Investigator in the office of the General Counsel of the El Paso Electric Company (“EPEC”).  In her role as in-house Equal Employment Opportunity Investigator she investigates matters which may be construed as a violation of any state or federal employment laws, or the Company’s policies and procedures.  In her capacity as paralegal, she works on employment, civil and commercial litigation matters, and represents the Company’s interests in Appeal Hearings before the Texas and New Mexico unemployment Commissions.  Prior to her move to EPEC, Clara worked at Kemp Smith LLP, in the specialty area of Labor and Employment Law for 17 years, and with former Associate Judge, Kathleen C. Anderson, in the area of Family Law for five years.  Clara has been a paralegal for over 25 years and has been very vocal on the imposition of mandatory continuing education requirements for all Texas paralegals.

Clara received her A.A.S. in Paralegal Studies from the El Paso Community College and has served on the college’s Advisory Committee for the Paralegal Program.  Clara is a former member of the El Paso Paralegal Association and has served on that organization’s board in various capacities, including President in 2003, the same year she received the Paralegal of the Year Award.  Clara is in the process of joining the Association of Workplace Investigators.

Clara enjoys many interests, including reading and research on the Tudor court of England, artistic projects and hiking.  Clara has an identical twin, Claudia.  She is married to Bucky (Mark) and they have two lovely daughters, Jazmine and Olivia.  In addition, they have been blessed with six beautiful grandchildren, Jason, Raymond, Jordan, Jayden, Gabriel and Trynity.

Debra Crosby

Debra Crosby

Debra Crosby has been a paralegal for over 30 years and is currently a freelance contract paralegal in Austin.  She received a Bachelors Degree from Houston Baptist University with majors in English and Speech.  She also received her Masters in public address and communication from the University of North Texas. 

Debra is a Charter member of the Paralegal Division (PD) of the State Bar of Texas.  She served on the State Bar of Texas Standing Committee on Paralegals, and served on the Legal Assistant Advisory Commission for the preparation, administration and grading of the first Specialty Certification Examinations for Legal Assistants (paralegals).  She has also held many positions with the Paralegal Division of the State Bar of Texas including Tesas Paralegal Journal (TPJ) Editor, Chair of the Long Range Planning Task Force, and Chair of the Annual Meeting Committee.  She also served the PD as Director of District 5 for six years and was PD President from 1993 to 1995.  In 2002, the PD gave her the Award of Excellence for her many years of volunteer service.

She is also a charter member of the Alamo Area Professional Legal Assistants and has held several positions with the organization including President. 

Debra resides in Austin, TX along with her husband, Russ Johnson, an attorney. 

Joncilee M. Davis

Joncilee M. Davis, ACP

Joncilee M. Davis, ACP has been a member of the Paralegal Division since 1998. She has previously served the Division as District Two Membership Committee Subchair, Membership Committee Chair, District Two Director, Public Relations Committee Chair, President-Elect, and President (2012-2013).  She has also served on the TAPS Planning Committee in various capacities.

As a paralegal with over twenty years of experience, Joncilee’s civil litigation practice areas include commercial litigation, intellectual property, , premises liability, commercial trucking accidents, and wrongful death cases.  She has previously worked in the fields of insurance defense, , appellate law, family law, criminal law, and toxic tort.  Currently, she is employed by Polsinelli as a litigation paralegal.

Joncilee attended Texas A&M University and obtained her degree in Political Science, with a double minor in History and Sociology. Following her graduation, Joncilee worked as an assistant probation office for the Dallas County Criminal District Courts, working with adult felons. Some of the attorneys at the courthouse discussed her becoming a paralegal, and loving the idea, she attended Southeastern Paralegal Institute and obtained her Paralegal Certificate with Honors.  She also received her Master of Science degree Magna Cum Laude from Amberton University in Human Relations and Business. 

Joncilee received certification as a Certified Paralegal from NALA in 1998 and the Advanced Paralegal Certification in Trial Practice in 2007.

Joncilee is a charter member of the North Texas Paralegal Association. Having been a member since 2001, she has served in the following capacities: President (2003-2005, 2017 - 2018), First Vice President – Membership (2001-2002), Second Vice President – Education and Elections (2009 – 2011), NALA Liaison (2012 – present), Publications Committee Chair (2008-2009), and Parliamentarian (2006). She is also a charter member of the College of the State Bar of Texas, Paralegal Division.  In 2005, she was honored with being elected to the Kaplan Education Alumni Hall of Fame. Joncilee was voted as one of Paralegal Gateway’s 2012 Paralegal Superstars. 

Patricia Giuliano

Patricia Giuliano

Patti became a member of the Paralegal Division (PD) of the State Bar of Texas in 2001. Her first volunteer experience with the PD was in 2003 co-chairing the Socials Sub-Committee of the LAU (now TAPS) Planning Committee, and then served as Co-Chair of the Annual Meeting Planning Committee in 2004. Subsequent to Annual Meeting, she served two terms as director of District 5 for the greater San Antonio area.  Toward the end of her second term, Patti was elected by the Board of Directors as President-elect, and then served as President during the 2007-2008 PD Board year.  Following her presidency, Patti has continued to serve the Division as the Ambassador Chair and as the Continuing Education Committee Sub-Chair for District 5.  Also, Patti has served on the TAPS Planning Committee in various capacities since 2003.

In addition to working with the Division, Patti has served on the Board for the Alamo Area Paralegal Association, Inc.   She is also the Volunteer Coordinator for the San Antonio Bar Association's Community Justice Program, having served in this capacity since the program's inception in 2002.

Patti is an intellectual property paralegal with Dykema Cox Smith, and has over 18 years experience working in this field of law. Prior to her IP days, she worked in medical malpractice defense and practiced in corporate and estate planning law.  She has worked in the legal field for over 25 years.

Patti is married to Steve Giuliano.  Having traveled throughout the United States as a military spouse, she has been fortunate to gain experience with the legal process in California, Indiana, and Ohio. She attended Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, and received her degree in paralegal studies from the ABA-approved program at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio.

Megan Goor-Peters

Megan Goor-Peters, TBLS - BCP, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Board Certified - Personal Injury Law

Megan is the Senior Paralegal and Office and Property Manager of The Brender Law Firm, located in the medical district of Fort Worth. She has worked for Art Brender since 1983, after starting her career in the legal field as a legal secretary in 1982 for another law firm. Megan graduated from Southwest High School in 1983 and while working for Art Brender, obtained her B.A. from the University of Texas at Arlington. Megan’s experience at The Brender Law Firm includes handling personal injury, product liability, insurance bad faith, criminal, civil rights, probate, medical negligence, mass torts, class actions, sexual harassment, and employment discrimination cases from intake through trial and appellate litigation, including two cases before the United States Supreme Court, Watson v. Fort Worth Bank & Trust, 487 U.S. 977, and Trevino v. Texas, 503 U.S. 562.

Megan is a board-certified paralegal in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization (2008).  Megan currently serves as the President-Elect (2018-2019) and Ambassador of the Paralegal Division.  She has previously served as President (2016-2017), Director of District 3 (2012-2015), Parliamentarian (2014–2015), former Board Advisor to the Pro Bono Committee, Annual Meeting Committee, and Vendor Liaison Ad Hoc Committee, and former Liaison to the Texas Young Lawyers Association and the American Bar Association.  Megan also served as the Fort Worth Paralegal Association’s Professional Development Chair and as the SBOT Liaison to the Paralegal Division. Megan was awarded the Fort Worth Paralegal Association’s Paralegal of the Year 2014 Award.

As Editor of the Texas Paralegal Journal, Megan concurrently serves as the Paralegal Division’s Publications Chair.  Megan has been appointed by the State Bar of Texas to the Texas Legal Services to the Poor in Civil Matters Committee (2017-2020).  Megan has most recently been awarded the “2018 Award of Excellence.”

Professional affiliations: Active Member of the Paralegal Division of the State Bar of Texas, Active Member of the Fort Worth Paralegal Association; member of The College of the State Bar of Texas; Paralegal Affiliate Member of AAJ; and an Associate Member of the Tarrant County Bar Association.

Megan has served as Advancement Chair and Committee Member of Boy Scouts of America, Cub Scouts, Pack 9 (2008–2013), and Committee Member on the Vision Committee 2013 of St. Paul Lutheran Church.

Special Announcement

President-Elect Megan Goor, TBLS-BCP was appointed by State Bar President Tom Vick to the Legal Services to the Poor in Civil Matters Committee, a Standing Committee of the State Bar of Texas, in 2017 to serve a three-year term.  The mission of the committee is:  To concern itself with creation and means of implementation of programs, such as legal aid or pro bono efforts, to assure delivery of legal services to persons who are unable to afford counsel to represent them in civil matters.  The composition of the committee shall include members of legal aid, legal services and pro bono programs, including at least one director from a Legal Service Corporation-funded field program. This committee works in collaboration with Texas Access to Justice Commission, Texas Access to Justice Foundation, Legal Access Division, and others.  Megan is the first paralegal/Paralegal Division member to be appointed to this committee.  To learn more about the Legal Services to the Poor in Civil Matters Committee, visit their website.

Javan Johnson

Javan Johnson, ACP, TBLS-BCP, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Board Certified - Civil Trial Law

Javan Johnson, ACP, is a Charter member of the Paralegal Division (PD) of the State Bar of Texas.  She has served PD for two terms as President (2000 - 2001; 2006 - 2007), a member of the Board of Directors, Membership Committee Chair, Public Relations Committee Chair, and the Texas Advanced Paralegal Seminar Planning Committee, as well as many other positions.  She is a co-author of the Paralegal Ethics Handbook. She has been honored with various awards including the highest Award of Excellence in 2004 and in 2016 for her volunteer efforts with the PD.  Javan is a PD Ambassador and is a frequent speaker for PD on ethics and numerous civil trial and personal injury topics.  Javan is currently serving her second term as Director of District 14 in Northeast Texas, and is serving as a Mentor for PD Proteges.  

Javan owns Professional Paralegal Services, a freelance paralegal service which opened in February 1999.   She specializes in civil trial and personal injury litigation, and has more than 35 years paralegal experience.  She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Education from Baylor University.   Javan obtained her Certified Paralegal (CP) from the National Association of Legal Assistants in 1990, earned the NALA Advanced Civil Litigation specialty designation in 1993, and became certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in 1996.

Javan is devoted to the paralegal profession and educating paralegals all over the State.  She is also a charter member of the Northeast Texas Association of Paralegals, Inc. in Longview and has served that organization in numerous positions since its inception.  Javan also assisted in organizing and starting the Paralegal Program at Kilgore College, and has taught in that program since 1988 and serves on the Advisory Board.  She has served on the Paralegal Civil Trial Commission for the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and has served on the Board of Trustees for the Texas Center for Legal Ethics. 

Her husband, Brett, of more than 30 years has been very supportive of her career goals and volunteer efforts.  They have one son, Cameron.

Ellen Lockwood

Ellen Lockwood, ACP, RP®

Ellen Lockwood received her Bachelor of Music degree from Southwestern University and her paralegal certificate from Southwestern Professional Institute in Houston. 

She is a past president of the Paralegal Division of the State Bar of Texas.  She previously served on the Board of Directors of the Paralegal Division from 1995 to 1997 and 2001 to 2006.  She served as Treasurer of the Division from 1996 to 1997 and again from 2002 to 2004.  She is also a past president of the Alamo Area Paralegal Association.

Ellen is Chair of the Professional Ethics Committee of the Division, a position she also held from 1997 to 2004, and from 2007 to present.  She is the lead author of the Paralegal Ethics Handbook published by Thomson Reuters..

In 2008, Ellen was honored to receive the Paralegal Division’s Award of Excellence and San Antonio Paralegal of the Year award.

Ellen has more than twenty years of paralegal experience in intellectual property and civil litigation.  She is a frequent speaker and writer on paralegal ethics and is currently employed as a a Trademark Paralegal for Schwegam Lundberg Woessner.

You may follow Ellen on Twitter @paralegalethics.

Lisa Pittman

Lisa Pittman

Lisa Pittman has been a paralegal with the law firm of Hayes, Berry, White, & Vanzant, LLP working with partner Richard Hayes for over eighteen years.  She has extensive experience in residential and commercial real estate, oil & gas, transnational, eminent domain, and civil litigation.

Lisa served the State Bar Paralegal Division as chair of the Public Relations Committee and Mentor/Protégé Committee from 2009-2012; as subchair for the Public Relations Committee from 2007-2008; and as a TAPS on-site volunteer for eleven years.  Lisa is a member of the Denton County Paralegal Association and has served DCPA in a variety of roles over the years:  as Secretary/Parliamentarian in 2006, 2007, 2008 & 2011; and as Treasurer from 2009 to the present.  She served as Committee Chair for the Legal Directory Committee, Bylaws Ad Hoc Committee, and Newsletter Committee. 

Lisa and husband, Todd, have two adult children, Shaun & Natasha, three beautiful granddaughters, Nevaeh, Savannah & Kelci, one rambunctious grandson, Kason. In her spare time, Lisa also enjoys spending time with her family, road trips with her husband on their Harley Davidson, reading, sewing, and crocheting. Lisa, her husband and daughter breed, raise and show their purebred Arabian horses. 

Mona Tucker

Mona Tucker, ACP

 

Mona Hart Tucker, ACP, has been a member of the Paralegal Division since 2001. She previously served as Secretary, Treasurer, President-Elect, and President (2017-2018)  of the Division, as well as Paralegal Division Director for District 14 for the term years 2004-2006, 2006-2008, 2012-2014, and 2014-2016.

Mona works as a contract paralegal in the civil litigation field. She has previously worked in the oil & gas, real estate, estate planning, probate areas of law. During her years as PD Director, she was instrumental in organizing pro bono estate-planning clinics for veterans and their spouses in District 14.

Mona graduated cum laude from East Texas Baptist University in Marshall, and while there, also obtained her formal paralegal education in ETBU’s ABA-accredited program. She earned her Certified Paralegal credentials from NALA in 2001, earned the Advanced Certification in Trial Practice in 2009, and Advanced Certification in Discovery in 2012. She was selected as a member of NALA’s inaugural LEAP class. She currently serves on the advisory committee for the ABA-approved paralegal program at Texas A&M-Commerce.

An avid amateur genealogist, Mona enjoys research and “dead ancestor hunts”. She presently serves as President of the Trevat Cemetery Association in Trinity County. Mona and her husband Lonnie live with their Chihuahua, Jamie, in Daingerfield.

Susan Wilen

Susan Wilen, RN

Susan Wilen is a Nurse Paralegal for Hoblit Darling Ralls Hernandez and Hudlow, LLP in San Antonio, Texas and has been involved in healthcare litigation since 1992.  She graduated in 1970 from Kings County Hospital School of Nursing in Brooklyn, New York and received a B.A. degree in Philosophy from Trinity University in 1983. 

Susan has been a member of the Paralegal Division since 2004.  She was appointed as Director of District 5 for the 2007-2009 term and elected for a second term in 2009.  The Board of Directors of the Paralegal Division elected her to serve as President Elect of the Paralegal Division for 2010-2011 and President for 2011-2012.  She has also served on the Paralegal Division Ad Hoc Committee for Misdemeanors and the Pro Bono Service Definition Ad Hoc Committee.  She has served on the Texas Advanced Paralegal Serminar Planning Committee since 2009 and as Chair of the Texas Advanced Paralegal Seminar in 2012, and co-chair in 2013. 

She currently serves as a public member of the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Committee of the State Bar of Texas and as an Ambassador for the Paralegal Division of the State Bar of Texas; she has also served as a public member of the Paralegal Committee of the State Bar of Texas.  She is a member of the State Bar College and the Pro Bono College of the State Bar of Texas, a member of the San Antonio Paralegal Association and Bexar County Women's Bar Association in San Antonio.  She has served on the planning committee of the annual San Antonio Paralegal Day celebration from 2006 to 2017.  She participates on a monthly basis as a volunteer for the Community Justice Program and serves as volunteer chair for the Veteran's Legal Aid Clinic at the Audie Murphy Veteran's Hospital.

Volunteer and pro bono activities have been a major source of personal growth and a vehicle for community involvement with children at risk and adults with special needs.  She has provided testimony to the Public Health Committee of the Texas House of Representatives, supporting legislation for harm reduction and needle exchange programs in the State, and received the Exceptional Pro Bono Service Award from the Paralegal Division in 2014.

She has two sons and a daughter.  Her major interests are cooking, art, and travel. She has climbed the Great Wall of China with her son in 2002 and Mount Kilimanjaro on her own in 2007.  The Great Wall of China was easier.

As a PD Ambassador, her areas of expertise include medical record review, utilization of paralegals in law practices, Paralegal Ethics, and the ethical responsibilities of paralegals in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR).

 


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