HOUSTON METROPOLITAN PARALEGAL ASSOCIATION


Empowering Paralegals Since 1978

HMPA's UPCOMING EVENTS 

AUGUST CLE WEBINAR 

Please join us for our CLE Webinar to be held on August 10th, 2021! Our guest speaker, Christ Ritter JD, MEd and Director of the Texas Lawyer's Assistance Program (TLAP) will pre presenting on "Well-Being In The Legal World In The Age of The Coronavirus"! 

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


    MAY SKILL-BASED WORKSHOP

Join HMPA on May 25th, 2021, for our newest installment in a new series of workshops designed to build and refine professional skill sets. This month HMPA Treasurer and Certified Paralegal, Valerie Rucker, will present on, "Data Privacy and Cyber Security For Paralegals"

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:

"Infinity Reporting Group, LLC, is a leading resource for litigation support in the U.S.  Located in Houston, TX, we provide unbiased legal assistance to the legal industry nationwide. From trial presentation to court reporting, legal videography to transcription, and document services to service of process, we cover it all..." 



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

    • August 10, 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (CDT)
    • Online
    Register

    Join us for our CLE Webinar on August 10, 2021! Our guest speaker, Chris Ritter, JD, MEd and Director of the Texas Lawyers' Assistance Program at the State Bar of Texas, will  present on "Well-Being In The Legal World In The Age of the Coronavirus"

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


    SpeakerChris Ritter, JD, MEd

    Topic: "Well-Being In The Legal World In The Age of the Coronavirus"


    About the Speaker:



    Chris Ritter graduated magna cum laude from Baylor University in 1994 with a B.A. Political Science and Philosophy.  After law school at the University of Texas School of Law (J.D., 1998), he was a trial lawyer in West Texas for over 15 years until he joined TLAP in 2014.  Most recently, Chris obtained a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Lamar University (M.Ed., 2018).  His peers have recognized him for his legal accomplishments, including being named a Texas Monthly Super Lawyers’ Rising Star three times.  During his career, his law practice has included being a solo practitioner, an Assistant Criminal District Attorney, and a partner in prominent law firms.  In his work at TLAP and in pursuit of his master’s degree, he has gained significant knowledge and experience pertaining to mental health and substance use disorders and their treatment.



    Sponsored By: 




    "Infinity Reporting Group, LLC, is a leading resource for litigation support in the U.S.  Located in Houston, TX, we provide unbiased legal assistance to the legal industry nationwide. From trial presentation to court reporting, legal videography to transcription, and document services to service of process, we cover it all."




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.



houston metropolitan Paralegal association

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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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