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Paralegal Division
2019 – 2020 Membership Renewals (Online Only) and CLE Requirements

This is notice from the Paralegal Division to all current 2019-2020 members of the Paralegal Division whose current membership expires on May 31, 2020.  The membership renewal process for the Paralegal Division is entirely online.  You will NOT receive a paper renewal form.  Beginning on May 1, 2020, online renewals will be available

CLE Requirements for Active or Associate Members:
If you are a current 2019-2020 Active or Associate member (membership expiring on May 31, 2020), you are required to obtain at least 6 hours of CLE, 1 hour of which must be legal ethics (2 hours can be self-study) between June 1, 2019 and May 31, 2020 in order to renew your 2020-2021 membership.  The Standing Rules of the Paralegal Division states that each Active and/or Associate member must obtain at least 6 CLE hours to renew membership for the following fiscal year (June 1 – May 31).  Substantive continuing legal education completed during any membership year in excess of the minimum six (6) hour requirement for such period may be applied to the following membership year’s requirement so long as the CLE was obtained in the membership year in which a person was an Active or Associate member. The carryover provision applies to one (1) year only and does not include legal ethics hours. (If you applied for membership after February 25, 2020 you DO NOT need to renew until May 31, 2021.)

Tracking your Required CLE:
Renewing Active and Associate members must document required CLE PRIOR TO completing the online membership renewal application.  You may enter your CLE by accessing the page found on the PD website at www.txpd.org (Go to the Members Only>Manage My CLE Records and log in).  Go online and enter your CLE today! 

Need Help tracking your CLE?  View HERE for an easy way!

Qualifying CLE:
The Paralegal Division will accept substantive law CLE presented or approved by the MCLE Department of the State Bar of Texas, the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, the National Association of Legal Assistants, the National Federation of Paralegal Associations, and/or presented by the Paralegal Division, local bar associations, paralegal associations, or law firms for credit towards the Paralegal Division’s mandatory membership renewal CLE requirement.

If the CLE course is not accredited by any of the above-referenced groups, the Division will accept a seminar, if it is a substantive law course offered by a qualified presenter that would qualify for approval if submitted to one of the above organizations.  “Substantive Law Course” means an organized program of legal education dealing with: 1) substantive or procedural subjects of law; 2) legal skills and techniques; 3) legal ethics and/or legal professional responsibility; or 4) alternative dispute resolution.  Additionally, law office management programs accredited by the State Bar of Texas will be accepted.

If the requested CLE hours are in connection with auditing or attending a substantive law class, the CLE hours allowed shall be limited to the number of semester hours (usually a three-hour course) rather than the number of clock hours attended.

For a complete detailed list of CLE Requirements, view Standing Rules HERE on page 10.

Help Finding CLE:
The Paralegal Division is here to help you obtain your CLE.  You may attend an on-site CLE or an Online CLE or download a CLEtoGo (podcast) from the PD’s Online CLE.  The Paralegal Division has a CLE website calendar that lists upcoming CLE (view at www.txpd.org) and also houses an Online CLE library for easy access to CLE. 

Obtain the below CLE programs and many more!  Online CLE and Save purchase 4 CLE events and save $100!!
This code will allow members to purchase four OnDemand or CLEtoGo events for $15.00 each today through May 31, 2020.
*all topics must be purchased at the same time

Recently Added CLE:
 

“Signing and Execution of Wills-What a Paralegal Needs to Know About the Ceremony”   (Credits:  1 Hour TBLS CLE Credit – Estate Planning and Probate Law)
Topic Summary: What is what and who is who? What is a Will, and what is not a Will? Who is a Testator, who are the witnesses, who can be witnesses, and who can be a notary? What is a Self-Proving Affidavit, what it means, and what it does? Who and what is required to actually sign the Will, when do witnesses have to be in place, and when is the Will acknowledged by a notary.?What does the paralegal do with the Will after it is signed?

“Oil, Gas and Mineral Leases:  How to Protect Your Property” (Credits:  1 Hour TBLS Credit – Oil, Gas and Mineral Law; and Real Estate Law)
Topic Summary:  Protecting your property and the problems encountered during operations. A guide to understanding oil, gas, and mineral leases, easements, key lease clauses, surface use, production, negotiation of royalties, pipeline federal and state regulations, and eminent domain.

“Navigating the Path to Citizenship” (Credits:  1 hour TBLS Credit – Civil Trial Law; Criminal Law; and Family Law)
Topic Summary:  This event will cover employment-based and family-based processing to immigrant status and US citizenship, as well as common pitfalls that can jeopardize lawful status in the US.  I will also discuss the ethical consequences of convictions for Crimes Involving Moral Turpitude and Aggravated Felonies, as well as fraudulent marriages and asylum claims.

“Challenges in E-Discovery” (Credits:  1 hour TBLS Credit – Bankruptcy Law; Civil Trial Law; Criminal Law; Estate Planning and Probate Law; Family Law; Oil, Gas and Mineral Law; Personal Injury Trial Law; and Real Estate Law) 
Topic Summary:  The purpose of this presentation is to layout the general process for obtaining cell phone data, methods of obtaining the cell phone data, and discuss what types of data can be available and what that data can show. The use of electronic discovery, particularly with evidence collected from cell phones, has become a lynchpin in family law cases. In its barest form, electronic discovery from cell phones can simply be screenshots of text message chains between the parties or additional witnesses. However, a more in-depth review of electronic discovery typically requires some reliance on experts in the field of computer forensics.

“Post-Judgment Turnover Receiverships” (Credits:  1 hour of TBLS Credit – Bankruptcy Law; and Civil Trial Law)
Topic Summary:  A nuts and bolts presentation regarding the civil remedy available under the Tex. Civ. Prac. & Rem. Code 31.001 et al. for turnover and appointment of a receiver post-judgment in the aid of a civil judgment creditor against a defendant/debtor. The presentation will include teaching practice procedure (i.e. motion practice and independent proceeding options) and the form and substance of the proposed order, with discussion of things to include (and not include) in an order. The attendees will learn what types of cases are best suited for receiverships as well as what cases might be better suited for other available post-judgment remedies or bankruptcy (in particular – involuntary bankruptcy). The presentation will include a discussion of the intersection of receivership (generally under state law) as compared and contrasted to bankruptcy (federal law).

“Discovery Hacks”  (Credits:  1 hour of Ethics and  1 hour of TBLS Credit: Bankruptcy Law; Civil Trial Law; Personal Injury Trial Law; and Family Law)
Topic Summary:   As the use of electronically stored information (or  “ESI”) in litigation has become increasingly more prevalent, it is necessary to not only understand what ESI encompasses, but to understand what it is, where to get it, and how to get it.  The purpose of the presentation is to provide an overview of the Tx. R. Civil P. discovery rules and how to apply them to ESI and other modern discovery issues.

Thank you!

Rhonda J. Brashears
Paralegal Division Coordinator
pd@txpd.org

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