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June 2017 Print

Message from the Board

Welcome to the 2017-2018 St. Louis Paralegal Association’s new year. Our fiscal year began with the Annual Paralegal Day on May 5, 2017, held at the St. Louis Union Station Convention Center.  Many thanks to the APD Committee for their hard work organizing our annual day which provided excellent CLEs and a fabulous Vendor Showcase. Thanks to the St. Louis Union Station for the beautiful venue, a tasty breakfast, mouth-watering lunch and making our day something special.  A special thank you to all the Vendors showcasing their products and supporting our great organization.We have another fantastic year planned. This year is full of educational opportunities to improve our knowledge and social activities so that we can get to know each other better.  We also plan to give back to the community in which we live and work. 

The membership meeting for the month of June features legal ethics attorney and founder of Downey Law Group LLC, Mr. Michael P. Downey. Mr. Downey has extensive expertise in the field of Legal Ethics. The meeting will be held at BAMSL on June 15, 2017.

Our annual picnic will be held at Tilles Park on June 17, 2017 from 1:00 – 6:00pm. Bring the kids and a side dish.  You will surely have a great time.

Be sure and check the STLPA.org website at least once a month to see what’s going on. We are also connected on social media sites: Facebook, Twitter, Linked-In and Instagram.

I am excited about the new year and all the activities in store. Please join me so you can enjoy it too. See you soon! 

Joyce Scales

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New Members

 


 

Katherine Feigenbutz         Voting
Kelly Kopp                          Associate
Laura Knickmeyer              Associate
Krystal Schaaf                    Associate
Teresa (Terri) Patino         Associate

 

 

 

 

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Member Birthdays

We wish you a very Happy Birthday!

June
Meghan Ellis (6/2)
Emilie Mikel (6/7)
Martha Mitchell (6/8)
Vanessa Mixco (6/8)
Sandra Smith (6/9)
Crystal Tassello (6/9)
Jeanie Wilson (6/9)
Dana Russ (6/10)
Mandy Chapman (6/11)
Kenda Wood (6/13)
Janet Perry (6/15)
Louise Pratt (6/15)
Jessica Wagner (6/15)
Jon Haehnel (6/16)
Felicia Lueker (6/16)
Pamela Peterson (6/16)
Jill Selinger (6/18)
Janet Crews (6/19)
Stephanie Givens (6/21)
Debra Koharik (6/21)
Anney Joseph (6/22)
Krystle Crockarell (6/23)
Sajonara Bakalbasic (6/25)
Lejla McCormick (6/26)

July
Robert Crowe (7/2)
Karen McCormick (7/2)
Tracy Nelson (7/2)
Mary Shambro (7/2)
Theresa Brown (7/5)
Abby Cordray (7/5)
Merrily Ray (7/5)
Katherine Feigenbutz (7/6)
Susan Murphy (7/6)
Donna Massey (7/11)
Jasmine Suthar (7/11)
Julie Wagner (7/11)
Pamela Martin (7/16)
Jenny Duke (7/18)
Jessica Martin (7/19)
Christine Douglas (7/20)
Mary Sowerwine (7/20)
Debi Edwards (7/21)
Krystal Schaaf (7/22)
Tracy Wetteroff (7/22)
Mary Jo Straatmann (7/23)
Melissa Morgan (7/24)
Kim Olmstead (7/24)
Susan Adams (7/25)
Francis Abounader (7/26)
Delores Kedley (7/26)
Moudine Armstrong (7/27)
Liz Liberatore (7/29)

August
Ryan Kraenzle (8/1)
Elisha Viccone (8/3)
Bernice Ketsenburg (8/4)
Geralyn Spacher (8/8)
Stacey Miller (8/9)
Linda Williams (8/9)
Amanda Friedhoff (8/10)
Kelsey Brinkmann (8/12)
Jaime Cotter (8/12)
Lori Hanlon (8/12)
Diane Schmidt (8/12)
Judy Flanagan (8/13)
Carolina Edwards (8/15)
Deborah McLain (8/16)
Stacey Shaw (8/17)
Kelly Hill (8/19)
Marney Cullen (8/20)
Scarlette Watson (8/20)
Dianne Ruck (8/21)
Tanya Stallings (8/21)
Elizabeth Schepers (8/26)
Jamie Franklin (8/31)
Debbie Jackson (8/31) 

All of this information comes directly from your Member Profile.  If anything is incorrect, please update your Member Profile. Thank you!

 

 

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Calendar of Events

JUNE 2017 MEMBERSHIP MEETING - ETHICS

June 15, 2017
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

BAMSL
555 Washington Avenue, Suite 100
St. Louis, MO 63101

Featured Speaker: Michael Downey

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STLPA SUMMER BARBECUE

June 17, 2017
1:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Tilles Park - Skow Shelter
9551 Litzsinger Road
St. Louis, MO 63124
https://www.stlouisco.com/ParksandRecreation/ParkPages/Tilles

Join us for some summer fun!

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REGISTER NOW

2017 ANNUAL NALA CONFERENCE & EXPO

July 19, 2017 8:00 AM to July 21, 2017 7:00 PM

TBD

SAVE THE DATE ... Orlando, FL ...

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JULY 2017 MEMBERSHIP MEETING - EDISCOVERY: DO I REALLY NEED TO KNOW THIS? HOW DOES IT APPLY TO ME?

July 20, 2017
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Brown & Crouppen
211 N. Broadway, 9th Floor Conference Center
St. Louis, MO 63102

Featured Speaker: Mandy Chapman

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AUGUST 2017 MEMBERSHIP MEETING - PREGNANCY IN THE WORK PLACE

August 17, 2017
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Armstrong Teasdale
7700 Forsyth Blvd., Suite 1800
Clayton, MO 63105

Featured Speaker: Jessica Liss

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SEPTEMBER 2017 MEMBERSHIP MEETING - DOS AND DON'TS OF ETIQUETTE WITH CO-WORKERS WHO HAVE A DISABILITY

September 21, 2017
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

TBD

Featured Speaker: Christy Herzing

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OCTOBER 2017 MEMBERSHIP MEETING

October 19, 2017
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

TBD

Featured Speaker: Kelly Hritz

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NOVEMBER 2017 MEMBERSHIP MEETING

November 16, 2017
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

TBD

Featured Speaker: Carlean Miller

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JANUARY 2018 MEMBERSHIP MEETING

January 18, 2018
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Thomas F. Eagleton Courthouse (Jury Assembly Room)
111 South 10th Street
St. Louis, MO 63102

Featured Speaker: Chief Deputy Clerk Lori Miller-Young

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FEBRUARY 2018 MEMBERSHIP MEETING

February 15, 2018
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard
600 Washington Avenue, 15th Floor
St Louis, MO 63101

Paralegal Roundtable

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MARCH 2018 MEMBERSHIP MEETING

March 15, 2018
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

TBD

Featured Speaker: Lisa Green

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APRIL 2018 MEMBERSHIP MEETING

April 19, 2018
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

TBD

Stay tuned ...

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42ND ANNUAL PARALEGAL DAY

May 11, 2018
8:30 AM - 2:00 PM

TBD

SAVE THE DATE ...

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Job Bank

 



Sign up for the STLPA Job Bank, it is free to STLPA members, and if you become a Job Bank member, you will receive the latest job postings from employers throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area.  When a law firm, corporation, governmental agency or other business submits a job posting, it is emailed to all STLPA Job Bank members.  STLPA members who are interested then send their resumes directly to the employer. 

To sign up for the Job Bank, or if your employer has a position to post with the Job Bank, please contact Christine Douglas at cdouglas@sccmo.org or Kelley Pogulis at kpogulis@sccmo.org.  GOOD LUCK!   

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STLPA Mentorship Program

Mentorship Program

The St. Louis Paralegal Association invites you to participate in the Mentorship Program.  The program is designed to share knowledge and experiences and to empower those who are students, new to the profession, switching professions or switching specialties by pairing our seasoned paralegals with paralegal students and newer paralegals.

The Program provides the Mentee with a contact within the local legal community who can give insight into the practical aspects of the paralegal profession.

Eligibility Requirements: To participate in the Mentorship Program as a mentor or mentee, the applicant must be a current/active member of STLPA.

Program Objectives

  •         Career Development
  •         Improve and effectively manage skills in the workplace
  •         Improve the Paralegal professional and morale


What is a Mentee?

A mentee, is a person, whether new or inexperienced in the field, who would benefit from the advice and guidance of a mentor.

What is a Mentor?

A mentor is a person who listens, supports and guides a less experienced person on a consistent basis over a specified period of time.

Who Needs a Mentor?

Anyone who could use:

  •         A role-model to demonstrate professional conduct and behavior
  •         A professional to evaluate performance
  •         An advisor to share goals
  •         A guide in a new field
  •         Help during a transition
  •         Assistance and support
  •         Vision to see potential and possibilities


Mentor Responsibilities/Expectations

  •         Be a good, active listener
  •         Encourage and demonstrate confidence in mentee, all the while creating a positive environment
  •         Show genuine interest and believes in others capabilities
  •         Provide guidance on how the mentee can develop skills and competencies (education suggestions, CLE information, articles, publications, websites) as well as broader career development and growth (membership and meeting information, volunteer opportunities, interview skills, resume writing)
  •         Share your knowledge and experiences; including successes and failures
  •         Share your professional background, including choices you made that both helped and hindered your career path
  •         Motivate your mentee to learn and grow
  •         Be loyal, honest, kind, trustworthy and patient


Mentee Responsibilities/Expectations

  •         Demonstrate your openness to coaching and feedback
  •         Listen carefully to your mentor’s advice and incorporate those insights that make sense for your career
  •         Be open to new ideas
  •         Don’t be afraid to ask a lot of questions
  •         Share the areas of law and career development in which you would like your mentor’s advice
  •         Share with your mentor the advice that made the most difference for you and why
  •         Follow through on commitments
  •         Share your successes and failures
  •         Confidentiality above everything else
  •         Say thank you/show your gratitude


If you are interested in becoming a mentor or mentee, please complete the Mentorship Program Application and submit to:

Jeannine Moentmann, Student Representative
St. Louis Paralegal Association
c/o Lewis Rice LLC
600 Washington Avenue, Suite 2500
St. Louis, MO 63101
jmoentmann@lewisrice.com

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Don't Miss Out! Get your Emails from STLPA!


We want to make sure that emails are getting through to everyone.  Our website administrator has given us these tips to ensure delivery of your emails from our email server.  To make sure none of your mail is being caught by your firewall or spam filtering service, you can white list (adding to your approved or safe sender list) several domains and IP addresses to ensure safe delivery.  Depending on your e-mail service, you may be able to do this yourself, or you may need the assistance of your IT administrator.  We recommend white listing the following:

  • starchapteremailhost2.com 67.43.2.30
  • hostemail1.starchapterhost.com 209.59.162.85
  • hostmailbox1.starchapterhost.com 67.43.7.204
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  • hostapp2.starchapterhost.com 209.59.143.168
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  • hostapp4.starchapterhost.com 209.59.144.126
  • starchaptermail.com 69.60.117.130
  • 166.78.71.148
  • stlpa.org

Messages from the organization will usually have the same reply-to email address on them (visible if you start to reply to the message).  Adding this address to your address book or contact list can also help ensure delivery.  Adding webmail@stlpa.org or info@stlpa.org or any domain @stlpa.org to the approved or safe sender list, and your address book or contact list can also help.  These changes can be helpful if e-mails are being reported as bounced, too.

We would appreciate it if you would take the time to ensure this gets done so you don’t miss out any important STLPA information.  Thanks!

 

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Social Media

Please join our social media groups:

FB: @stlparalegals (www.facebook.com/stlparalegals)
Twitter: @stlparalegals (www.twitter.com/stlparalegals)
Instagram: @stlparalegals (www.instagram.com/stlparalegals)
Request to join our Linked In Group:  St. Louis Paralegal Association

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Did You Know?

This link will direct you to the full Missouri Electronic Filing Implementation Schedule: http://www.courts.mo.gov/page.jsp?id=46524

Do's and Don'ts of Electronic Filing - Removals and Temporary Restraining Orders

Do's and Don'ts of Electronic Filing and Court Procedures in Federal Court.

Did you know St. Louis Community College has a Facebook page for students and alumni?  It can be found as: STLCC - Legal Studies for the Paralegal at Meramec.

Did you know that the St. Louis Paralegal Association subscribes to two publications of interest to paralegals? Issues of Facts and Findings, a NALA publication, and Paralegal Today, a James Publishing, Inc. publication, are maintained by the NALA liaison. If you would like to check out a particular issue from the “library”, please contact Bridget Briggs by e-mailing her at briggs@rabbittlawfirm.com.   Please be reminded, however that each magazine and the articles therein are copyrighted.

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Business Partners

We encourage you to utilize SPA's valued Business Partners.  Our website lists every Business Partner along with their contact information and category listing (areas of specialty).  

If you have any questions or are looking for some Business Partner information you do not see listed, please contact our Business Partner Relations Committee Chairs, Bridget Briggs (briggs@rabbittlawfirm.com OR 314.881.6600) or Michelle Caracci (mcaracci@lashlybaer.com OR 314.436.8313).

Thank you to our 2016-2017 Business Partners. 



















 



 










 

 

 

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Member Benefits


The St. Louis Paralegal Association (“STLPA”) strives to provide a wide variety of opportunities to its members. With the cost of membership, STLPA members are afforded the following benefits:

  • Low membership dues ranging from $35.00 - $65.00 annually (Compared to other organizations that charge up to $120.00 annually)
  • Networking Opportunities:
    • Social Events
      • Proclaimed by state and local officials
      • Discounted CLE opportunity
      • Attendance prizes and giveaways
      • Special gift chosen for attendees
      • Attended by pertinent legal vendors
    • Special invitation to participate in Paralegal Day
      • Proclaimed by state and local officials
      • Discounted CLE opportunity
      • Attendance prizes and giveaways
      • Special gift chosen for attendees
      • Attended by pertinent legal vendors
  • Access to Social Media:
      • Facebook
      • LinkedIn
  • Community Service:
  • Ronald McDonald House
  • KidSmart
  • School supply drive
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Annual Coat Drive
  • Special charitable donations designated annually
  • Education and STLPA programs:
    • Monthly membership meetings*Up to eight (8) live NALA approved CLEs at no additional cost to STLPA members *
      • Lunch included *
    • Opportunity to win Paralegal Legend Award
    • Scholarship opportunities:
      • Student scholarships*
      • Certified Paralegal Exam
    • STLPA Job Bank
    • Internship / Mentorship Program
    • Paralegal Roundtable
    • 15% Tuition discount at Fontbonne University
  • Resources and Publications:
    • Direct mailing of monthly newsletter, Inside STLPA
    • Membership Directory
    • Vendor Directory
    • Direct connection to affiliate news
    • Updates regarding processes & technology of local court systems

* CLEs have a value of up to $99.00, according to industry norms. The cost for attending a STLPA CLE, as well as scholarship opportunities, are contingent upon vendor sponsorships and are subject to change.

For questions regarding your membership, please contact Membership Co-Chairs, Jessica Martin or Rose Pickle at membership@stlpa.org or by phone at 314.561.6358 for Jessica or 314.561.6336 for Rose.

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A Moment in STLPA History

A Moment in STLPA History
In 1980 local radio stations interviewed SLALA members regarding paralegal duties and responsibilities. Joan Goodman and Deborah Belleau were interviewed by KWK Radio on 2/17/1980 in an interview titled “Your Turn” and on 3/2/1980 KXOK Radio interviewed Jane Campbell and M. McCarthy in an interview titled “Conversations”.

 

Throwback Photo
Evolution of the SPA Logo

 

STLPA Historical Timeline
Coming Soon!

If you have an interesting or fun fact about St. Louis Paralegal Association or photographs you would like to share, please send to Jeannine Moentmann jmoentmann@lewisrice.com OR Kenya Leonard kleonard@constangy.com.

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Continuing Education

Did you know that members of the St. Louis Paralegal Association can get a 15% tuition discount at Fontbonne University?  Click here for more information on Fontbonne's discount

Fontbonne University is excited to announce their new One-year Professional MBA! Click her for more information on the One-year Professinal MBA

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NALA

 

Great news from NALA! 

The 2018 NALA Conference will be in St. Louis, July 11-13, at St. Louis Hilton at the Ballpark.

Our association has hosted several NALA Board Members over the past few years, and they have returned to NALA Headquarters with positive reports of St. Louis. Through these visits, and an earlier conference in St. Louis, it is known that we have an active association with a very welcoming group of members- and a great city!

This is an exciting opportunity for many of our paralegals to attend a National Conference.  

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Click here for all of the latest NALA news.

For all of NALA Continuing Education needs, click here.

Interested in taking the NALA CP Exam?  Click here for NALA Examination information.

NALA Publication Facts & Findings.

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Ongoing Community Service Drives

Travel Size Drive

December 31, 2016
12:00 AM to 12:00 AM

Ongoing Event

Our ongoing community service drive ...

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Pssst ... Guess What?

 HEY YOU!!!

Pssst! We Hid Something on Our Website! If you find it you may win a prize.

A section symbol is hidden somewhere on our website.  If could be anywhere – tucked into a photo or stuck in a drawing … in a margin … even put in some wording.  It is this actual section symbol …

 

This section symbol above is just an example. It could be a different size or color (but it is this exact design).

In order to participate, you must:

  1. log into the Members Only of our website (we will check this);
  2. locate the hidden section symbol; and
  3. send an email to hidethesectionsymbol@stlpa.org saying “I found the section symbol on [tell us exactly where the section symbol is located on the website]. 

Those with the correct answer by the end of the day on June 30, 2017 will be put into a random drawing to win a prize.  This month’s prize: $15 McAlister’s gift card.

Happy hunting!

 

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