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Join HMPA for our next CLE Webinar on July 9, 2024!  Our guest speaker Stephen Smith will discuss the basics of the Workers' Compensation Act and what types of benefits are available, the defenses and how claims are adjudicated.

This is a virtual event and offers 1.0 hours of CLE credit.

This event offers 1.0 TDI CE Credit for Adjusters. Adjusters must specify they would like to receive this credit and provide their personal Adjuster's license number when registering.


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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.

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    • July 30, 2024
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Online - Zoom link will be provided day of the event.

    July CLE Webinar

    HMPA's CLE Webinar will be on July 9, 2024! Join us as we delve into the basics of Texas Workers' Compensation practice, including the purpose of workers' compensation insurance, the claims practices and types of benefits available. 

    This is a virtual event and offers 1.0 CLE credit. 

    Offers 1.0 TDI CE credit for Adjuster's licensure. 

    *The deadline to register ends at 9am CST on the day of the event*

    *Zoom link will be provided day of the event*

    Speaker: Stephen T. Smith 

    Topic: "Introduction to Texas Workers' Compensation Act "The Basics.""

    Stephen T. Smith received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Austin College in 1989. He subsequently attended the University of Houston Law School where he received his Doctor of Jurisprudence in 1992. During his tenure at the University of Houston, he served as Case Note and Comment Editor of the Houston Journal of International Law and published an article concerning the Oil Pollution Act of 1990.

    Following his admission to the State Bar of Texas in 1992, Mr. Smith began his legal career with a well-established Houston, Texas law firm where he handled maritime and general insurance defense matters. Mr. Smith subsequently expanded his practice to include the representation of insurance carriers and employers before the United States Department of Labor, the Division of Workers’ Compensation and Texas Workforce Commission, as well as before the district and appellate courts in Texas and Oklahoma. In 1999, Mr. Smith began Smith & Carr, P.C.

    Mr. Smith expanded the firm’s practice to include the handling of insurance, labor and employment, personal injury and professional liability matters. Mr. Smith maintains an active practice including Federal and State Workers’ Compensation matters, employment related tort claims, premises liability, gross negligence, wrongful death actions, professional liability, products liability and employment discharge matters.

    Mr. Smith is licensed to practice law in the State of Texas and in the United States District Courts for the Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas. Mr. Smith is a frequent lecturer at continuing education programs and seminars for insurance professionals and employers. Additionally, Mr. Smith was selected for inclusion in the 2013 Texas Super Lawyers list.

    Mr. Smith is board certified in workers' compensation law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Mr. Smith's e-mail address is ssmith@smithcarr.com.

     To learn more about Stephen T. Smith click here.

    This event is generously sponsored by:

    Are you interested in sponsoring an HMPA event?

    Contact us at HMPA.office@gmail.com

    Cancellation/No Show Policy:

    Due to the contractual requirements imposed by the venues we use for our in-person events, cancellations are required to be made no later than 12PM at least four days before the event. Cancellations for our webinars must be made at least 24 hours before the event.  

    Cancellations must be in writing and emailed to hmpa.office@gmail.com. Any cancellations not made by the deadline will be non-refundable. Any payment pending for a registrant who does not attend the event, will be charged the registration fee. Any questions regarding this policy should be directed to hmpa.office@gmail.com. Thank you for your cooperation!

    • August 29, 2024
    • 5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Minute Maid Park, 501 Crawford St. Houston, TX 77002 (Section 106)
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    HMPA Members we want you and your family to join us on Thursday, August 29th at Minute Maid Park to watch our Houston Astros play the Kansas City Royals!  

    Tickets for this event are $36.00 each and are available to active HMPA Members only.  Limit 4 tickets per member.

    Not an HMPA member?  Apply at www.HoustonParalegals.org.



    Event Details:

    Where: Minute Maid Park (Section 105)

    501 Crawford St. Houston, TX 77001

    When: Thursday, August 29, 2024

    The game starts at 7:10 p.m.

    Tickets will be issued at least 2 weeks prior to the event by email.

    Payment/Cancellation/No Show Policy for this event:

    Tickets to this event are non-transferable.  You must pay for your tickets at the time that you RSVP for this event or your reservation is subject to being canceled without notice. 

    Cancellations to this event must be made in writing and emailed to hmpa.office@gmail.com no later than 12 p.m. on August 8, 2024 in order to receive a refund.  Any cancellations not made by the deadline will be non-refundable.  

    Any questions regarding this policy should be directed to hmpa.office@gmail.com. Thank you for your cooperation!

    • September 07, 2024
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • 9950 Katy Hockley Rd., Cypress, TX 77433

    HMPA is excited to join Tunnel to Towers Foundation in their annual 5K Walk and Run!

    "The Tunnel to Towers Run & Walk Series was created to honor the heroic life and death of Stephen Siller, a New York City firefighter (FDNY) who lost his life on September 11, 2001 after strapping on his gear and running through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to the Twin Towers. We always honor all of those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001 and support our first responders and military who make extraordinary sacrifices in the line of duty because we have vowed to NEVER FORGET!

    To learn more about Tunnel to Towers click here.

    Grab your coworkers, family and friends and sign up to join the efforts in honoring the courage and bravery displayed by our nation's first responders and miliary members on 9/11/ 2001!


     Team Houston Metropolitan Paralegal Association - Tunnel to Towers 5K Run & Walk - Cypress, TX / Northwest Houston (runsignup.com)!


    RACE DAY: September 7, 2024

    WHERE: John Paul Landing Park, Environmental Education Center - 9950 Katy Hockley Rd. Cypress, TX 77433

    Registration Pricing: 

    Adult (18+) - $35.00

    First Responders & Military Members - $30.00

    Youth (13-17yrs) - $20.00

    Child (12 & under) - $10.00

    If you are unable to attend and would like to donate to Team HMPA, please visit TinyURL.com/T2THMPA24.

    Be sure to share you run or walk with us on social media and use

    #T2THMPA #TunneltoTowersHMPA, #HMPAWalkandRun and #HoustonMetropolitatnParalegalAssociation. 

Cancellation/No Show Policy:

Due to the requirements imposed by the venues we use, cancellations to paid registrations are required to be made no later than 12PM on the Friday before the event. Cancellations must be in writing and emailed to hmpa.office@gmail.com. Any cancellations not made by the deadline will be non-refundable. Any payment pending for a registrant who does not attend the event, will be charged the registration fee. Any questions regarding this policy should be directed to hmpa.office@gmail.com. Thank you for your cooperation!


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 increased the CLE criteria for PHP members from 8 hours to 10 hours per year effective January 1, 1999.

HMPA's CLE events are scheduled on the second Tuesday of every month and cover a wide variety of substantive legal topics. The CLE Committee also coordinates our Annual Full Say Seminar. These events 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.

CLE requirements may vary depending on the organization and state. 

  • 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 Us: How to reach members of the Continuing Legal Education committee for questions or assistance.

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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