Paralegal Buzz April 5 2011

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					  April 5, 2011 Issue
                                              Message from the President
                                              Dear Members

       Message from the President             I know that it doesn’t feel like spring, but it is coming! Spring is the perfect time to
       EVENTS                                 learn something new, update your skills and make plans for the future. The Board
          CLE Series                          of Directors and Coordinators of NYCPA are proud to present you with seminars,
       COMMITTEE NEWS                         events and pro bono opportunities that will enable you to update your resume and
          PRO BONO                            move your career in the right direction.
          MENTOR PROGRAM                      In an effort to offer more benefits and services that will enhance and broaden your
       Benefits                               paralegal skills, we will conduct a practice analysis of our members. Check your
       Q & A Corner                           emails and make sure to participate - you can be a winner of a $25 American
       CONTACT US                             Express gift card!
                                              WHAT’S NEW?

                                              We continue to recognize the extraordinary support received from the law firms and
                                              corporations which in addition to allowing paralegals time to attend association
                                              events and paying for membership dues, actively support NYCPA by donating
 Calendar of Events                           conference facilities, food and beverages, and/or speakers for NYCPA events.
     SPRING 2011:                             Check the law firms and corporations as the page is updated often.
  4/1 – PCC Exam Applications Process
               Begins                         If your firm is able to host a member meeting or CLE session in 2011, please
   4/11 - 4/17 – Immigrant Heritage Week      contact Margaret Lattimore
  4/15 – RAP Training                         Sincerely,
  4/25 - 4/29 – CUNY/Daily News Citizenship
               Now! Call-in                   Mariana Fradman, MBA
  4/26 – UCC And RA9 CLE Seminar              NYCPA President & Mentor Program Chairperson
  5/24 – NYCPA Election                       Member of the Advisory Board of the Institute of Paralegal Studies, SCPS, NYU
                                                 CLE Series

                                                              UCC and Revised Article 9 CLE Seminar
                                                              Sponsored by National Registered Agents, Inc.

                                                    Best Practices for Navigating the Uniform Commercial Code
                                                            Tuesday, April 26, 2011 | 7:30 AM – 4:30 PM
                                                                          Princeton Club
                                                                     15 West 43rd Street., NYC

                                                                             Seminar Presenters:
                                                                    Darrell W. Pierce and C. D'Arcy Dicus

                                                                            For CLE approved classes:
                                                                Attendees receive CLE credit & Certificates of Attendance
                                                           Attendance for full seminar required—Members have priority seating
                                                               To register click on each Class—members should login first

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                                              COMMITTEE NEWS
                                                 PRO BONO

                                              NYS Courts Access to Justice Program: Housing Court’s Resolution
                                               Assistance Program (RAP) – Training Day: Friday, April 15, 2011. Click here for
                                                                    more information and to register
Your guide to Broadway, family, sports,
music, comedy, and other live events and
attractions. To browse all February
Entertainment Offers, events and venues, go                   Immigrant Heritage Week 2011 - April 11 -17
to our members’ benefits page.                                   Citizenship Now! Citywide Citizenship
                                                                      Application Assistance Event
                                                      For more on Immigration Heritage Week 2011 Events click here

                                                                              CUNY/DAILY NEWS
                                                                          CITIZENSHIP NOW! CALL-IN

                                                                             April 25 - April 29, 2011

                                              To register for the call-in, the training and/or the reception please fill out the Call-in
                                              Volunteer Registration form.

                                              Read more at CUNY/Daily News Call-In Training

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                                                                          PCC EXAM

                                       NFPA moves forward with the development of its Paralegal CORE Competency
                                       Take the Paralegal CORE Competency Exam, become a CORE Registered
                                       Paralegal (CRP). Be among the first to earn this new credential by participating in
                                       the PCC Exam pilot test. For more information, go to PCC Exam.

                                                                      NFPA 2011 AWARD
                                           •    Do you know a paralegal who deserves recognition for contributions to
                                                the profession?
                                           •    Know a paralegal association that has done outstanding pro bono work?
                                           •    Know a paralegal who goes far beyond just volunteering and has made
                                                contributions to the community and profession through pro bono work?
             Help Wanted                   •    Know an outstanding local leader?

NYCPA is looking for a volunteer to             If you answered YES to any of those questions NOW is the time to take
help produce its highly regarded                a look at the NFPA website for information on the awards that recognize
                                                our colleagues:
newsletter the Paralegal Buzz. This
is a great opportunity for the right            r.pdf
                                          MENTOR PROGRAM
                                       Would you like to receive your free copy of 151 Tips for Your Career Success:
                                       The Paralegal Mentor’s Sure-Fire Strategies to Move Your Career in the
                                       Right Direction…FORWARD! Presented by Vicki Voisin, ACP?

                                       Subscribe at to receive your own copy. In addition to
                                       a free copy, you will have access to many articles and seminars as well as weekly
                                       e-mail delivered straight to your mailbox.

                                       4 Tips to Help Paralegals Communicate Effectively
                                       By Gloria Koss,

                                       Communication skills are something that come to us, as sociable beings,
                                       somewhat naturally. While communication can be easier for some than others, it
                                       is an important skill set to manage because those who can communicate well are
                                       in high demand in the workforce. Paralegals who have a firm grasp of these skills
                                       not only invite new employment opportunities for themselves, they can also
                                       further cement themselves in a position they currently hold and enjoy.

                                       For those not as skilled as they would like to be in the art of communication,
                                       some very simple tips can immediately begin improving how you interact with
                                       attorneys, clients and other professionals around the office.
                                       READ MORE


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Q & A Corner                                         Vcorp Services is a leading provider of corporate state filing services
                                                     nationwide, including Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. The company has
Q: Do I need to join NYCPA to volunteer?             been working with paralegals and attorneys for over a decade. Among their
A: Yes. In order to volunteer for our Association,   many services, Vcorp forms and dissolves business entities (LLC, corporation,
     you are required to be a member.                partnership, 501C3), provides $99 annual registered agent service, retrieves
                                                     certificates of good standing and performs UCC filings and lien searches. They
Q: I recently graduated and would like to upgrade    have recently rolled out their Blue Sky state filing services as well. Vcorp
     my membership level. What should I do?          Services offers personal, efficient customer service; every client receives a
                                                     personal account manager to handle all filings, regardless of state. They work
A: Please log-in using your e-mail and password      to ensure that all orders are processed smoothly and efficiently. Peruse their
   and print out your personal page. Send it to      website, for a more comprehensive listing of their services. For further details
   us together with the check or money order         regarding CLE courses or Vcorp Services, please contact Shoshana Halpern
   stating to which level you would like to          at 646-808-6071 or at and mention NYCPA
   upgrade your membership.
                                                     promotion at the time of scheduling. Thank you for your continued support of
                                                     NYCPA .

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CONTACT US                                           alerts and generate preliminary electronic affidavits and full diligence reports.
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                                                     E Perfect Imaging (EPI), a reputable litigation support firm that has been
                 servicing NY/NJ law firms for the past 30 years. E Perfect Imaging will extend
                         the benefits of a 15% discount on all of their services to our members.
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                                                     YesDocs is an electronic signature solution that allows users to digitally
     NYCPA Board of Directors                        manage the entire life cycle of the agreement process, from drafting, signing
 New York City Paralegal Association,                as well as archiving. To receive an automatic 15% discount on all services, log
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                                                     Member’s only page.

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