Stephanie has been a voting member of the Paralegal Division since 2003. She has served the Division as President 2018-2019, President-Elect 2017-2018, Parliamentarian 2015-2017, and District 4 Director 2014-2017. Stephanie is currently serving as the Chair of the TAPS 2019 Planning Committee and has previously served as Chair on the Governing Documents Ad Hoc Committee, Scholarship Chair on the TAPS 2018 Planning Committee, Marketing Chair on the TAPS 2014 Planning Committee as well as several other committees in various roles with the Division. Additionally, Stephanie was appointed to the State Bar of Texas Pro Bono Workgroup and has served as a the only paralegal member of the State Bar of Texas Technology Program.
Stephanie is a paralegal with the law firm of DuBois, Bryant & Campbell, LLP in Austin and has been with the firm since 2014. She has 20 years of experience in various areas of law, such as toxic torts, personal injury, business torts, construction, appellate, commercial, tax, employment, environmental, and intellectual property. Her experience has afforded her the opportunity to prepare for and attend various hearings, trials, and arbitration with her attorney. Stephanie became a Board Certified Paralegal in Civil Trial Law through the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in 2015. She earned her Associate of Applied Science Degree in Paralegal Studies with honors from Lamar University, an ABA accredited program, and went on to graduate with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in History with honors from West Texas A&M University.
Stephanie has been a voting member of Capital Area Paralegal Association (CAPA) since 2009 and has served CAPA in many board positions and committee roles over the years, including President. Most recently, she is serving CAPA as Public Relations Chair and Rules & Bylaws Chair. Stephanie is also a member of the Texas Bar College, Austin Bar Association, and NALA The Paralegal Association.
Stephanie was honored to have received the Paralegal Division’s highest Award of Excellence in 2017 for her outstanding contribution to the professional enhancement of paralegals in Texas. She was also honored to have been CAPA’s Paralegal of the Year in 2013. Additionally, CAPA awarded Stephanie with the President’s Award in 2018 for her integrity, professionalism, dedication, and her many contributions to CAPA over the years. CAPA has also awarded Stephanie with its Volunteer of the Year in 2011 for her outstanding volunteerism, and then again in 2014 for her extraordinary commitment and dedication to CAPA. Stephanie was also awarded with the NALA Affiliates Award in 2013 for her contribution and dedication to the advancement of the paralegal profession. Stephanie has been a contributor to the Texas Paralegal Journal, the Paralegal Pulse, and CAPA’s The Brief. She continues to be and has been a frequent speaker at various legal events, paralegal forums, and paralegal classes.
Stephanie has been married to Clint for 27 years and they have 1 child, Caleb, who is a senior in high school. She has served the local PTA organizations as Legislative Action Chair, Website Coordinator, and Homeroom Mom for numerous years as well as a teacher in AWANAs for several years. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family, traveling, reading, dancing, hiking, and participating in various obstacle runs and 5Ks.
Stephanie is excited to serve the Paralegal Division as an Ambassador and would love to speak at your future event. Her areas of expertise include intellectual property, litigation, arbitration and trial preparation, appeals, professional development, certification, leadership, effective/ethical utilization of paralegals, and indispensable paralegal techniques.
Stephanie Sterling, TBLS-BCP was appointed by the Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Nathan L. Hecht to the Judicial Committee on Information Technology (JCIT) as a Liaison Member in August of 2019. JCIT was created to develop standards and guidelines for implementation of technology in the courts of Texas. JCIT provides an open forum for collaboration with all partners of the judicial system and is able to provide direction to courts with regard to technology. JCIT has established standards for the state-wide eFiling system and re:SearchTX and will continue to work on many facets of court technology which includes, access to criminal court records, juvenile eFiling, JP eFiling (prep for mandatory eFiling), and Cybersecurity in the Courts. The composition of the committee consists of appellate court judges, appellate court clerks, district court judges, county court judges, statutory probate judges, justices of the peace, municipal court judges, district attorneys, court reporters, court administrators, district or county clerks, members of the legislature, and attorneys.
Stephanie is the first paralegal (Paralegal Division member) to be appointed to the JCIT. To learn more about the JCIT, visit their website: https://www.txcourts.gov/jcit/