April 5, 2011 Issue
Message from the President
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!
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
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
15 West 43rd Street., NYC
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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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
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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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
• 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
newsletter the Paralegal Buzz. This
is a great opportunity for the right r.pdf
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 www.paralegalmentor.com 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, ServeNow.com
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.
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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
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org and mention NYCPA
upgrade your membership.
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