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					                  Thinking of Taking the Certified Legal Assistant Examination?

                            REDWOOD EMPIRE ASSOCIATION OF PARALEGALS

                                          Presents

                                CLA/CP EXAM WORKSHOP

     The purpose of this workshop is to provide the participant with a basic
 understanding of the NALA Certified Legal Assistant (CLA) Exam, its structure
and various sections, and how to study for the exam. Emphasis will be made, in
  the short time that we have, on forming study groups in order to more fully
   prepare for the exam being given at Empire College, May 13 and 14, 2011 .


              LOCATION:             Empire College
                                    3035 Cleveland Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA

              DATE:                 Saturday, February 26, 2011

              COST:                 $40.00 (Includes Working Lunch On-Site)


For information on the CLA/CP examination and to order materials for the exam, visit
www.nala.org. Purchase of the CLA/CP exam materials are not required for this workshop.
Please send your registration forms and payment to: REAP, P.O. Box 143, Santa Rosa, California
95402-0143 by Monday, February 21, 2011. If you have questions regarding this workshop,
please send inquires to Grace K. De La Torre, CP at gdelatorre@sbcglobal.net. Seating is limited
so please RSVP to president@redwoodparalegals.org as soon as possible.

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 Funds from the workshop not covering the cost of lunch will go to a scholarship for a
REAP member taking the exam this May. REAP offers this workshop as a benefit to its
members in the hopes that more members will become certified paralegals. Refunds
          are not provided once a person has sent an R.S.V.P for an event.

 *Successful completion of the CLA/CP examination program is contingent upon many factors
 and participation in this workshop does not guarantee a passing score. Outline of workshop
                                          attached*
                                ABOUT OUR FACILITATORS


Grace K. De La Torre, CP is currently employed at Anderson, Zeigler, Disharoon, Gallagher &
Gray. She is also currently teaching in the Paralegal Program at Empire College. She graduated
from the Sonoma State University, Attorney Assistant Program in 1999, and has been a
Certified Paralegal since 2001. She was an instructor in the Sonoma State University, Attorney
Assistant Program and taught the Advanced Paralegal Workshop in spring, 2003 and 2005. She
has a B.S. in Public Administration from the University of San Francisco.

Monica Lehre, CP is the head of the paralegal program at Empire College as well as a full time
instructor for that program. Before becoming the head of the paralegal program in September
of 2008, she worked for McOmber Law as a litigation paralegal specializing in real property law.
She also has experience in personal injury law and probate. She continues to work in the legal
field as a contract paralegal. She has an AA from Santa Rosa Junior College, a BA in History from
Sonoma State University, a paralegal certificate from Sonoma State University’s Paralegal
Program, and has been a Certified Paralegal through NALA since 2006.

Trudy McQuiddy is a litigation paralegal with 17 years experience in the legal field, focusing on
government tort liability and construction defect litigation. She holds an A.A. from Santa Rosa
Junior College , a B.A. in History in from Sonoma State University , and is a 1994 graduate of the
Sonoma State University paralegal program. Currently she serves as President of Redwood
Empire Association of Paralegals (REAP) and as Treasurer on the Board of Directors of the
California Alliance of Paralegal Associations. While specializing in civil litigation, Ms. McQuiddy
is also experienced in general business transactions, real property transactions, estate planning
and probate.

Laura Rosenthal received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Denver, and a
J.D. from the University of Denver College of Law. She began her career as a legal secretary over
25 years ago, and has worked in a variety of law-related jobs, including working as a law
librarian at the Native American Rights Fund, and as Assistant to the General Counsel in a
corporate legal department. She moved to California in 2002, and since then has worked for
several local attorneys and law firms. Most recently, she worked at DeMeo, DeMeo and West
as paralegal working in the area of trusts and probate. She is currently the Assistant Legal
Department Head at Empire College and teaches in both the legal and general education
programs as a full-time instructor.




                                REAP CLA EXAM WORKSHOP
                                    February 26, 2011 from 8:30-5:00

                      Empire College (3035 Cleveland Ave., Santa Rosa, CA 95403)

                                            Outline of Program

  The purpose of this workshop is to provide the participant with a basic understanding of the NALA
Certified Legal Assistant (CLA) Exam, its structure and various sections, and how to study for the exam.
Emphasis will be made, in the short time that we have, on forming study groups in order to more fully
               prepare for the exam being given at Empire College, May 13 and 14, 2011.

Time        Topic
8:30-9:00   Registration
9:00-10:00  Exam Overview
                 Qualifications to take the exam
                 Structure of the exam
                 Studying for the exam
                 Q&A
10:00-      Communications Section of the Exam
11:00            Word usage and vocabulary
                 Grammar/punctuation
                 Writing skills
                 Nonverbal communications
                 General communications related to interviewing and client communications
                 General communications related to work situations
                 Short quiz using mock exam questions
11:00:11:15 Short break
11:15-      Ethics Section of the Exam
12:30            Ethical responsibilities centering on performance of delegated work including
                    confidentiality, unauthorized practice of law, conflict of interest, billing, and client
                    communications
                 Client/public contact including identification as a non-lawyer, advertising, and
                    initial client contact
                    Professional integrity/competence including knowledge of paralegal codes of
                     ethics
                  Relationships with co-workers and support staff
                  Attorney ethics codes/discipline
                  Short quiz using mock exam questions
12:30-1:30   Working Lunch. Lunch will be provided at the site of the workshop. Team building
             exercises and opportunities to network and exchange information in order to form study
             groups.
1:30-2:00    Overcoming Test Anxiety
             Short discussion on overcoming test anxiety and how to approach the exam
2:00-3:30    Legal Research/Substantive Law Sections of the Exam
                  Sources of law including primary authority, secondary authority; understanding
                     how law is recorded
                  Research skills including citing the law, Shepardizing, procedural rules of citations
                  Analysis of research problems including identification of relevant facts and legal
                     issues
                  Court system including their structure and jurisdiction
                  Branches of government, agencies, and concepts such as separation of powers
                  Legal concepts and principles including sources of law, judicial decision making,
                     appellate process
                  Sources and classifications of law
                  Short quiz using mock exam questions
3:30-3:45    Short break
3:45-5:00    Judgment and Analytical Ability
                  Comprehension of data – identifying and understanding a problem
                  Application of knowledge – ability to link facts or legal issues from other cases to
                     the problem at hand, recognizing similarities and differences by analogy
                  Evaluating and categorizing data
                  Organizing data and findings in a written document
                  Short quiz using mock exam questions

5:00         End of Workshop
             Thank you for coming and participating

				
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