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  • February 25, 2017 2:37 PM | Anonymous

    The APA is pleased to announce:

    • Briana D. Oliver has been appointed as our new Tucson Representative.  We welcome Briana to the Board.

    • Betsy Wolf has been appointed as the APA's Job Bank Coordinator.  If your firm has any positions to advertise, please send them to Betsy at:  jobbank@azparalegal.org.  Betsy has also volunteered to serve on our Annual Seminar Committee.  Thank you for your help, Betsy.

    • We are also pleased to announce that Karen Flaaen has been appointed as the APA's Nominating Committee Chair.  We will be holding the APA Elections at our May 12, 2017 Annual Conference, so if you are interested in learning how you can get involved, please email Nominations@azparalegal.org.  Thank you Karen for doing double duty as Membership Chair and Nominating Committee Chair.

    If you are interested in serving in the APA, we'd love to have you!  Email Board@azparalegal.org.
  • January 27, 2017 2:01 PM | Anonymous
    We are pleased to announce that the following APA members have been appointed to the APA's 2017 Conference Committee:
    • Catherine Brunner
    • Janine DeBolt
    • Vanessa Fort
    • Alesia Hansen
    • Gayle Hassman
    • Mary Mayer
    • Tanya Mills
    • Brenda S. Studebaker
    • Robin Thomas

    Thank you all for volunteering to make our May 12, 2017 Annual Conference and 40th Anniversary Celebration the best ever!    

    NOTE to APA Members:  If you are interested in serving on this Committee or assisting the APA in other ways, please email Irene Winterburn, president@azparalegal.org


  • January 27, 2017 1:59 PM | Anonymous

    The APA is pleased to announce that Mary Mayer has been appointed as our Northern Arizona Representative.  Congratulations, Mary!

  • January 18, 2017 1:09 PM | Anonymous
    Here's an interesting ruling regarding mock trials and focus groups in an active case:

    The court ordered the parties to disclose the identities of the participants in any mock trial or focus group prior to jury selection. "The parties are notified that if either party intends to conduct mock trials, focus groups, or similar studies in preparation for trial, the party who commissions such a study shall retain, to the extent practicable, the name and address of each participant in the study. Any party who commissions such a study shall advise the other party to the case, as well as the court, in writing, that such a study occurred. . . . Upon receipt of any jury list, the party who commissioned the study shall immediately cross-reference the jury list with the identities of the participants and advise the other party and the court of any prospective juror who participated in any study. Before jury selection, the party who commissioned the study shall provide the names and addresses of all participants in the study to the court in camera." 

    The case:  3rd Eye Surveillance, LLC v. The City of Fort Worth, Texas, 6-14-cv-00725 (TXED January 13, 2017, Order) (Love, MJ)
  • January 04, 2017 1:04 PM | Anonymous

    NALA, The Paralegal Association, has published their Annual Utilization and Compensation Survey. Check it out! https://www.nala.org/about-paralegals/research-and-survey-findings

  • November 29, 2016 9:45 AM | Anonymous

    Congratulations to the Honorable Andrew Gould on his appointment to the Arizona Supreme Court.  Judge Gould was our keynote speaker at our May 2016 Annual Legal Conference.


  • November 16, 2016 9:32 PM | Anonymous

    "A major part of the new staffing models is a redistribution of tasks among paralegals and administrative staff. According to Altman Weil's report, 38 percent of law firm leaders said they expect to shift work from lawyers to paraprofessional staff. Among firms with more than 250 lawyers, that percentage rose to nearly 42.

    Alan Lieberman, managing partner of Shipman & Goodwin, said the paralegal's role has not changed much, but clients are more intent on using appropriate levels of expertise. They don't want associates or partners taking on tasks that a paralegal could handle, he said, and paralegals should not be taking on jobs a secretary could do.

    "We want paralegals doing billable work," Sandra Olearcek, chief of personnel and diversity at Shipman & Goodwin, said."

    To read more, visit:  CTLawTribune.com

  • November 16, 2016 9:09 PM | Anonymous

    "The pro bono work accomplished by lawyers across America is dependent, in part, on the invaluable support of trained paralegals and legal assistants."  Read more here:  The Legal Intelligence.


    1.  The APA is celebrating its 40th Anniversary in 2017.  If you want to participate in pro bono events in Arizona during 2017, please email: board@azparalegal.org.

    2.  The APA is hosting its annual Holiday CLE Luncheon and Charity Drive, featuring ICM Clothing and Food Bank in Phoenix, Arizona.  To join us for lunch and/or to contribute to ICM Clothing and Food Bank, visit:  http://www.azparalegal.org/Holiday-luncheon.

  • November 01, 2016 3:34 PM | Anonymous
    The Maricopa County Clerk's Office -- in addition to filing, issuing marriage licenses, and processing passport applications -- processes millions of dollars of victim restitution.  In its latest fiscal year, the Clerk’s Office put $9.2 million of restitution into the hands of victims—over half a million dollars more than last fiscal year. This information and more will appear in the Clerk’s 2015-2016 Annual Report, available later this month under “Announcements” on the Clerk’s website at www.clerkofcourt.maricopa.gov.
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