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President's message: November 2006

As the year draws to a close, I have to reflect on all that SDPA has accomplished this year. We not only we

nt back to providing our members with monthly seminars, but during the middle of the year, SDPA also became an approved MCLE provider.

We were also able to open our seminars up in North County and hope to continue these meetings in 2007. We had a wide variety of substantive topics to choose from, and because of the paralegal MCLE certification deadline of Dec. 31 for both ethics and general or specialized area of law, we focused on offering at least four different seminars covering ethics.

SDPA was also able to offer members with two marketing logos (mugs and pens). If you haven’t picked up your mug or pen yet, please try to attend an upcoming SDPA seminar or event.

Our last monthly seminar of the year will be held at the San Diego County Bar on Nov. 21 and will feature guest speaker Kevin DeSantis, Esq., of Butz, Dunn, DeSantis & Bingham. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. and the seminar will begin at noon. DeSantis will speak on legal malpractice.

I hope that everyone will join us for SDPA’s Annual Holiday Party on Dec. 12 at the Wyndham Emerald Plaza Hotel in downtown San Diego. This social event is in honor of paralegals in our community as well as our sustaining members for their generous support throughout the year!

I want to take this time to thank our current board members for all the hard work they have done this year. Their support and assistance was a tremendous factor in SDPA’s growth this year. I encourage other members who have the time and energy to volunteer for the San Diego Paralegal Association.

We always need assistance with our committees and this is the time of year we start searching for individuals willing to chair our various committees. Elections will wrap up at the end of this month and I am confident that next year’s board will be just as dynamic and charged as this year’s board.

On behalf of the 2006 board of directors, thank you for another great year, and happy holidays!

Napier is the 2006 president of the San Diego Paralegal Association.

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