December 2017 Print

Message from the Board

Welcome to the December Edition of Inside STLPA!

The year is coming to an end in record speed. It seems we were just talking about the seasons changing and already the Holiday Season is upon us. I love this time of year when people come together to celebrate the season.

STLPA began to celebrate the season with our 10th Annual Holiday Party on December 6, 2017. It was a great success! A huge shout out to our business partner, Ces & Judy’s.  The venue was beautifully decorated, the food was scrumptious, and the service was excellent!  All who attended truly enjoyed the ambience and holiday fare.  The Holiday Party was a great networking opportunity to catch up with old friends and start making new ones. Thank you Ces & Judy’s for your hospitality and making our holiday party something very special.

This year has been a whirlwind of activities. We have had many members to participate in our activities, but we can always do better. Remember, this is your Paralegal Association and it’s up to you to make it great. I encourage all of you to become more involved in this great organization. A little bit of your time will produce great rewards.

Membership renewals for 2018 have been distributed by email.  If you have not yet renewed, please do so before the deadline of December 31, 2017.  If you have any questions or issues with your renewal, please contact the membership committee at

Our next membership meeting is January 18, 2018 at the Federal Courthouse. Registration is open. Lori Miller-Young, Chief Deputy Clerk of the US District Court, Eastern District of Missouri, will be presenting What’s New in Federal Court.  The deadline to register is January 11, 2017.  You won’t want to miss this! Please bring your photo identification.

Stay tuned for the New Members Social and many more events for the new year. Check the website  for the dates and times.

In the meantime, enjoy your family and friends during this holiday season and have a happy new year!




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Member Birthdays

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               We wish you a very Happy Birthday!



Angela Heifrich (12/1)

Olivia Newbury (12/1)
Bethany Schuler (12/2)
Jennifer Toebben (12/2)
Maggi Dettwiler (12/3)
Andrea Groppe (12/3)                  
Katheryn McWard (12/3)             
Jelisa Riddlespriger (12/3)
Joyce Scales (12/3)
Kiersten Stensland (12/3)
Phila Johnson (12/4)
Nicole Parker (12/4)
Christy  May (12/5)
Alisha Romero (12/6)
Joseph Sims (12/7)
Barbara Roderick (12/8)
Kimberly Cuddeback (12/10)
Erin Dust (12/10)
Nyree Bradley (12/12)
Emily Huss (12/13)
Anne Miller (12/13)
Kimberly Leach (12/14)
Deborah Smith-Olson (12/14)
Amy Raterman (12/16)
Lori Stephenson (12/17)
Nina Turner (12/17)
Marrissa Fortune (12/19)
Mary Beth Arredondo (12/20)
Dana Guess (12/22)
Samantha Webb (12/22)
Courtney Wood (12/23)
Jami Carter (12/24)
Jennifer Galusha (12/28)
Cecilia Rivera (12/28)
Georgette Vallely (12/28)
Barbara Cavicchia (12/29)
Carl Cunningham (12/29)
Sara Geisen (12/30)
Rhonda Scott (12/30)
Amanda Dedmon (12/31)
Christina Gibbons (12/31)


Melissa Odle (1/1)
Cindy Grange (1/2)
Laberta Lewis (1/2)
Emily Meissner (1/3)
Deanna Woll (1/5)
Carole Boller (1/6)
Stella Robinson (1/7)
Dana Tod (1/10)
Elizabeth Landgraf (1/12)
Ezell Smark (1/12)
Lori McFarland (1/14)
Therese Moyie (1/15)
Susie Schaefer (1/15)
Emily Mertz (1/17)
Debra Hoelscher (1/20)
Toi Pulliam (1/20)
Becky Cooseman (1/21)
Mary Jo Billhartz (Hayden) 1/22)
Jennifer Dockins (1/22)
Kelley Pogulis (1/22)
Sandra Harris (1/25)
Katrina Sroka (1/25)
Frank McKay (1/26)
Tracy Patterson (1/26)
Katherine Vatterott (1/26)
James Payne (1/27)
Brandy Williams (1/27)
Angela Hattan (1/28)
Kathleen Wildhaber (1/28)
Katelyn Irish (1/29)
Kathy Nickell (1/31)
Althea Respess (1/31)






 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


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



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

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

Paralegal Roundtable



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

The Simon Law Firm
800 Market Street, Suite 1700
St. Louis, MO 63101

Featured Speaker: Lisa Green



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

100 South Fourth Street, Suite 1000
St. Louis, MO 63102

Stay tuned ...



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




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Job Bank


Are you interested in making a change for the New Year? If so, become a member of 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 or Kelley Pogulis at  GOOD LUCK!   

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STLPA Mentorship Program

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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


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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:


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 or or any domain 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 (
Twitter: @stlparalegals (
Instagram: @stlparalegals (
Request to join our Linked In Group:  St. Louis Paralegal AssociationImage result for facebook twitter instagram

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Did You Know?

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This link will direct you to the full Missouri Electronic Filing Implementation Schedule:

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 Michelle Caracci by e-mailing her at   Please be reminded, however that each magazine and the articles therein are copyrighted.



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Business Partners

We encourage you to utilize STLPA'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, Michelle Caracci ( OR 314.436.8313) or Joyce Scales ( OR 314.819.4663).

Thank you to our 2017-2018 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 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 OR Kenya Leonard

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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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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.  


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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Thank You

I just wanted to pass on a thank you for personal care items from my contact who volunteers weekly at Ronald McDonald House.  Out of our monthly collections we have been able to make three donations for the families who stay at Ronald McDonald House.  I was at Miss Carol’s breakfast program for the homeless this past weekend, and what we have provided has been used up (the program meets weekly), they are very grateful when we donate items.   I hope to take another supply on 12/23 when I am there.  I am very thankful to all who have donated and I hope we can keep this going.  The most important in demand items are soaps, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo and skin lotions.  It has been wonderful to see this response from our members and ALA to help those in need! 

 “Also, thank you again for all of the toiletries.  I sorted them Wednesday evening when I worked in the RonMac Room.  They are exactly want we needed, so they are very much appreciated!  Parents who need the supplies and shower in the Room always come out feeling just a little bit less stressed.    They always thank me when they come out, as if I have done something special for them, when really a shower is something we all take for granted.  It is amazing how a shower can make you feel rejuvenated to face the day’s challenges.

Please relay my thanks to your group.”

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Ongoing Community Service Drives

Travel Size Drive

December 31, 2017
12:00 AM to 12:00 AM

Ongoing Event

Our ongoing community service drive ...


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Pssst ... Guess What?


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 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 January 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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