July 2020 Newsletter Print

Message from the Board

I hope everyone is staying safe!  Not only do we have the usual heat to deal with in the middle of July, but the COVID-19 pandemic continues to throw a wrench into things.  

Thursday, July 16th is our second virtual membership meeting, "Equipped for Success: Remote Video Depositions" being presented by Sarah Paszkiewicz and Amanda Matzke from Paszkiewicz Litigation Services, a valued STLPA Business Partner.  As your NALA Liaison, I am happy to report that members are getting Substantive CLE credit for this CLE, which is important for STLPA members that have the CP or ACP designation through NALA .  I am interested in the proper information for scheduling and noticing a remote video deposition, troubleshooting tips, the use of and showing exhibits using video conferences, video recordings, and best practices.  Thank you to Paszkiewicz Litigation Services for this valuable presentation!  

July 9-11 was the historic 2020 NALA Conference @ Home which was presented virtually for the first time due to COVID-19.  I am happy to report it was another exceptional event provided by NALA!  I have attended two other NALA Conferences, and this year was another great three-day event that included excellent CLEs and participation in the annual meeting and other networking events.  It was amazing to be so comfortable at home yet attend great educational opportunities!  You may remember that since STLPA did not incur the usual expenses for the STLPA President, NALA Liaison and NALA Committee Member to attend the conference in person, 13 STLPA members were provided the opportunity to attend.  I know many of those STLPA members had never attended a NALA event before, so we are happy that STLPA was able to provide that experience to them!

There was also special recognition of a STLPA member at the NALA Conference.  Michelle Caracci was nominated for and was awarded an Affiliate Award during the Affiliated Associations Annual Meeting on Friday, July 10th.  Michelle has dedicated copious amounts of time to STLPA over the years.  She has gone through the board and is still on several committees for STLPA.  Michelle also orders the food for our in-person membership meetings and has a great relationship with our Business Partners.  Michelle certainly deserves the recognition from NALA for an Affiliate Award, and to my knowledge she is the only person in STLPA to receive such an award.  Congratulations, Michelle Caracci!

We continue to miss getting together for our monthly meetings and other events, as we are sure you do. In the meantime, stay safe!

Kelley Pogulis
STLPA Board of Directors - NALA Liaison

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Member Birthdays

 We wish you a very Happy Belated Birthday and/or Upcoming Birthday!

Sara Balsitis                   June 2
Shubha Anand               June 3
Emilie Mikel                   June 7
Martha Mitchell              June 8
Sandra Smith                 June 9
Crystal Tassello              June 9
Jeanie Wilson                 June 9
Mandy  Chapman            June 11
Kenda Wood                  June 13
Louise Pratt                   June 15
Pamela Peterson            June 16
Jill Selinger                    June 18
Stephanie Givens            June 21
Sheryl Exler                    June 22
Anney Joseph                 June 22
Vani Aryan                     June 23
Kimberly Hagan              June 24
Sajonara Bakalbasic        June 25
Felicia Rogers                 June 26

Robert Crowe                 July 2
Karen McCormick            July 2
Amy Sciuto                     July 2
Merrily Ray                     July 5
Susan Murphy                 July 6
Julie Wagner                   July 11
Cecelia  Monti                 July 13
Patricia Rayman              July 14
Jeanne Magrath              July 16
Christine Douglas            July 20
Mary Sowerwine             July 20
Debi Edwards                 July 21
Carolyn Mora                  July 23
Mary Jo Straatmann        July 23
Francis  Abounader         July 26
Donna Frandsen             July 27

Elisha Viccone                August 3
Elizabeth Oppermann      August 4
ShaRayne Jackson          August 7
Geralyn Spacher             August 8
Stacey Miller                  August 9
Linda Williams                August 9
Lori Hanlon                    August 12
Diane Schmidt                August 12
Judy Flanagan                August 13
Tricia Pitkin                    August 13
Deborah McLain              August 16
Stacey Shaw                   August 17
Marney Cullen                 August 20
Scarlette Watson             August 20
Dianne Ruck                   August 21
Kaysone Keopine             August 22
Carol Wolfe                    August 22
Jenifer Hynes                 August 26
Elizabeth Schepers          August 26
Angie Garland                 August 27
Alexandria Mabus            August 28
Jamie Franklin                 August 31
Debbie Jackson               August 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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Member Spotlight

We would love to feature one of our members.  If you have received a recent award or accomplishment please share it with us so we can mention you in the Member Spotlight!  Send your submission to [email protected]

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Calendar of Events


We are working to resume membership meetings which will meet all the current guidelines for COVID-19 per the guidance of NALA and the local government's direction.  Please keep an eye out for emails regarding upcoming meetings.  Thank you for your patience during this stressful time for all.  

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Job Bank

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Check out the Job Bank on our website for listings!

All STLPA members are invited to become a member of the STLPA Job Bank!  It is free, and if you become a member you will receive the latest job openings 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 Michele R. Edstrom at [email protected] or Heather Baisch at [email protected]  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
[email protected]


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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
  • hostemail1.starchapterhost.com
  • hostmailbox1.starchapterhost.com
  • hostapp1.starchapterhost.com
  • hostapp2.starchapterhost.com
  • hostapp3.starchapterhost.com
  • hostapp4.starchapterhost.com
  • starchaptermail.com
  • 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 [email protected] or [email protected] 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 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: 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.

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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 ([email protected] OR 314.341.6535), Jeannine Moentmann ([email protected]) or Charlotte Mabus ([email protected]).

Thank you to our 2020-2021 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
  • 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, Rose Marie Pickle or Renee Naeger at [email protected].

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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”.

Evolution of the STLPA Logo


STLPA Historical Timeline

If you have an interesting or fun fact about St. Louis Paralegal Association or photographs you would like to share, please send to Ashley Milam [email protected]  OR Kenya Leonard [email protected].

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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 here for more information on the One-year Professinal MBA




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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.

Congratulations to Michelle Caracci for being awarded the NALA Affiliate Award at the 2020 NALA Conference @ Home!

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Ongoing Community Service Drives

Travel Size Drive


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 [email protected] saying “I found the section symbol on [tell us exactly where the section symbol is located on the website]. 

Those with the correct answer will be put into a random drawing to win a prize.  Each time someone wins, they will receive a gift card.

Happy hunting!

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