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Please join us for our CLE Seminar on June 14, 2022! Our incredible guest speaker Robert Swafford will present on "Jury Selection in the Time of Covid and Beyond".

This CLE event offers 1.0 CLE credit.

At this event HMPA will be collecting non-perishable food items for Houston Food Bank. To learn more about the Houston Food Bank visit our donation page here.

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 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

    • June 14, 2022
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Norris Conference Center - CityCentre

    JUNE CLE In-Person Seminar

    Join HMPA for our CLE Seminar on June 14, 2022! Our guest speaker Robert Swafford will present on jury selection; how it has developed since the COVID-19 pandemic and expertise on what you should consider when assisting your attorney selecting your next jury.

    1.0 CLE credit 

    $30 for HMPA members

    $35 for non-members

    $45 for walk-in

    At this event HMPA will be collecting non-perishables for the Houston Food Bank. Learn more about Houston Food Bank here.

    Speaker: Robert Swafford, Founder and Owner of Strike Force Cause Jury Consulting 

    Topic: "Jury Selection in the time of COVID and Beyond"

    About the Speaker:

    "Robert Swafford is a nationally recognized jury and witness preparation consultant (http://www.strikeforcause.com/). He has been involved in a number of high-profile cases, including the John Wiley Price trial in Dallas, the West explosion case, and the $89.5 million verdict against Werner Trucking in Harris County. Robert speaks extensively on jury selection, focus groups and witness preparation. He has done witness preparation or jury selection in every kind of case that can be tried in front of a jury, including criminal, probate, contract disputes, intellectual property rights and family law.

    Robert Swafford is the founder and owner of Strike for Cause Jury Consulting, as well as the creator of the Strike for Cause Method of Jury Selection. Robert attended Baylor University where he received his B.A. in Economics and his J.D. from Baylor Law School. He has extensive training in powerful listening and effective speaking, as well as expertise in the field of ontology. Ontology provides the foundation for the Strike for Cause system."

    Learn more about Robert Swafford and Strike For Cause here

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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.


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.


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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