HOUSTON METROPOLITAN PARALEGAL ASSOCIATION


Empowering Paralegals Since 1978

HMPA's UPCOMING EVENTS 

DECEMBER CLE WEBINAR 

Please join us for our CLE Webinar to be held on December 14th, 2021! Our guest speaker, Cisselon Nichols Hurd - Senior Counsel, Global Litigation at Shell Oil Company, will be presenting on "Tips for Thriving Personally and Professionally in Today’s Pandemic World".

This virtual CLE event offers 1.0 CLE credit and is FREE for HMPA members and only $15 for non-members!



SPONSOR OF THE MONTH:

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HMPA Membership Benefits

 Your HMPA membership comes with many perks, one of which being discounted CLE rates and exclusive access to member-only events. Want to check out more perks of becoming a HMPA member? Check our Membership page for more information. 


HMPA Events

    • December 02, 2021
    • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • McIntyre's Downtown Houston
    Register


    Toys for Tots Winter Social 

    "The primary goal of Marine Toys for Tots is, through the gift of a new toy, help bring the joy of Christmas and send a message of hope to America's less fortunate children... The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation is to assist the U. S. Marine Corps in providing a tangible sign of hope to economically disadvantaged children at Christmas"... learn more at Marine Toys for Tots.

    We want you to join us and Houston members of the U.S. Marine Corps to give a gift to children in need this holiday season at our Winter Social event.

    Admission is free to everyone in exchange for one new unwrapped toy or monetary donation to benefit the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots Foundation.

    Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be provided at this event. 


    WHEN: December 2, 2021 from 5:30-8:00PM CST

    WHERE: McIntyre's Downtown, 901 Commerce St. Houston, TX 77002

    REGISTER AND DONATE TODAY AT: Tinyurl.com/WinterSocial2021


    Generously Co-Sponsored By: 





    • December 14, 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Online
    Register


    HMPA's DECEMBER CLE Webinar

    Join us for our CLE Webinar on December 14, 2021! Our guest speaker, Cisselon Nichols Hurd - Senior Counsel, Global Litigation at Shell Oil Company will present on "Tips for Thriving Personally and Professionally in Today’s Pandemic World"

    This virtual event offers 1.0 CLE credit  and is FREE for HMPA members and only $15 for non-members.


    Speaker: Cisselon Nichols Hurd - Senior Counsel, Global Litigation at Shell Oil Company

    Topic: "Tips for Thriving Personally and Professionally in Today’s Pandemic World" 


    About the Speaker:



    Cisselon Nichols Hurd currently serves as Senior Counsel in the Global Litigation – Americas group of Shell Oil Company in Houston, Texas, where she primarily handles environmental/toxic litigation.

    Prior to joining Shell, she served as Senior Counsel at ConocoPhillips, formerly Conoco Inc., where she managed mass toxic tort litigation matters. Ms. Hurd also previously served in a variety of governmental positions in the U.S. Virgin Islands including Counsel to the Attorney General and Assistant Attorney General for Environmental Enforcement. Prior to her work in the Virgin Islands, Ms. Hurd clerked for U.S. Magistrate Judge Harry W. McKee in the Eastern District of Texas. She also worked at the U.S. Department of Justice in the Attorney General’s Honors Program as a Trial Attorney in the Environment and Natural Resources Division and as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of Texas where she prosecuted environmental crimes.

    Ms. Hurd obtained her B.A. and B.S. degrees from the University of Texas at Austin. She also received her law degree from the University of Texas. Among numerous other recognitions, Cisselon has been named the 2016 recipient of the TMCP Corporate Counsel of the Year Award. The Award recognizes a corporate counsel who has “done the most to open doors for Texas minority, women, and LGBT attorneys by promoting diversity within its department and/or company and by consistently hiring minority, women, and/or LGBT attorneys in private practice to perform legal work on behalf of its company.”



    Sponsored By: 

    "Trinity Will Deliver Best in Class, Cost Effective Electronic Discovery and Business Document Management Services by Leveraging our Knowledge, Experience, Service, & Commitment to Excellence




What are CLE Events? 

HMPA has successfully implemented continuing legal education requirements since 1995. HMPA's CLE criteria mandates 8 hours of CLE per year for Voting Members and has recently increased the CLE criteria for PHP members from 8 hours to 10 hours per year effective January 1, 1999.

CLE Luncheons are scheduled on the 2nd Tuesday of every month and cover a wide variety of substantive legal topics. The CLE Committee also schedules 1/2 day and full day seminars throughout the year.  These seminars encompass a wide range of specialized practice areas and topics such as Business & Regulatory, Ethics, Oil & Gas, Texas Rules of Civil Procedure, Texas Rules of Evidence, and Trial Preparation and Assistance at Trial.

*Due to Covid-19 all events will be held virtually until further notice

  • HMPA CLE Policy: Summary of the rules and guidelines for earning Continuing Legal Education
  • Verification of Self Study: Two (2) hours of self-study may be submitted along with 6 hours of classroom continuing legal education to satisfy the requirement. Self study includes reading on legal issues, paralegal issues, administrative issues pertaining to law office administration and management.  Evidence of self study must be submitted using the Verification of Self Study form.
  • Contact the CLE Staff: How to reach members of the Continuing Legal Education department for questions or assistance.




GET CERTIFIED! 

Texas Board of Legal Specialization (TBLS) Announces New website for paralegals.

Subject: tbls-bcp.org Goes Live!

TBLS is pleased to announce the official launch of our new website specifically for the Paralegal Specialization program.  This site is an informational, public-facing web site designed to promote the presence, and exclusive status, of the TBLS paralegal certification process. It also acts as an Intranet for the Board Certified Paralegal (BCP) community and Texas attorneys interested in specialized paralegal matters.

We have just concluded final stages of development and want you to have the first look this weekend of our new site at www.tbls-bcp.org.   This is only the initial phase of the website with plans for more video, online member services and social media options.

The Texas Board of Legal Specialization would greatly appreciate your feedback and/or comments, please let us know what we can do to enhance the site.

Sincerely,

Gary McNeil, Executive Director
Texas Board of Legal Specialization

National Association of Legal Assistants:

NALA = http://www.nala.org/certification.aspx

National Federation of Paralegal Associations:

NFPA = http://www.paralegals.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=1



Continuing Education Discount for HMPA Members!

HMPA is pleased to announce that we have partnered with Lorman Education Services. In order to stay up to date in today’s ever changing regulatory environment, you are now eligible to receive a 15% discount on all seminars and teleconferences. Register online or call Lorman at (866) 352-9539. Mention Priority Code 16204 and Discount Code V3524723 to receive your 15% discount!

Visit http://www.lorman.com/training/HMPA for a complete list of upcoming courses.



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Questions?

Contact HMPA at HMPA.Office@gmail.com

Address: 

P.O. Box 61363

Houston, Texas  77208-1363

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