The San Diego Paralegal Association has come a long way since its inception in 1977. Learn more about this organization and its members in this special newsletter.
As the year draws to a close, I have to reflect on all that SDPA has accomplished this year. We not only went back to providing our members with monthly seminars, but during the middle of the year, SDPA also became an approved MCLE provider.
For many students, graduating from college with a degree in paralegal studies is a moment filled with starry eyes and great hopes for a new and improved career choice. Then they begin to look for a job.
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Many times I have been asked, “Why should I join SDPA? What are the benefits of becoming a member of SDPA?”
Soon after I had finished my studies in Liberal Arts at San Diego City College, I was looking through the employment advertisements in the newspaper deciding on which career path to pursue.
Despite busy schedules, many San Diego attorneys take time out to teach in paralegal programs and they feel well-rewarded for their efforts.
SDPA has come a long way since its inception in 1977. This year we are working hard to have SDPA become MCLE approved so we can provide our members with more substantive topics.
The job of a paralegal encompasses many aspects — legal eagle, psychologist, secretary, courier — you name it, they have to do it from time to time. The paralegals at Casey Gerry Schenk Francavilla Blatt & Penfield LLP are no different. But what may set them apart are the years of expertise shared among them and the almost familial relationship they enjoy.
In my many encounters with paralegals and, especially, with paralegal students, the question of certification is normally brought up, and frequently there is confusion between the terms “certified” and “certificated.” When students graduate from paralegal programs, they receive a certificate attesting to their successful completion of the course, which is totally different from being a certified paralegal.