2003 CALDA Conference

The California Association of Legal Document Assistants (“CALDA”) held its 17th Annual Conference at the Asilomar Conference Center in Pacific Grove, California, October 17 – 19, 2003. CALDA is a non-profit corporation that provides continuing education for its members who perform legal self-help services to the public.

Participants were offered a variety of workshop choices that included basic instruction and changes in family law, adoption procedures, probate guidelines, instructions on social security disability, guardianship, wills and trusts, and introduction to the new Domestic Partner Act. The workshops were conducted by court commissioners, attorneys, legal document assistants, and paralegals.

Karen Graf, Vice President of Personalized Info-media in Fresno, delivered the keynote address on “Public Relations – the Critical Ingredient for Business Success.”

During the conference, CALDA members elected two new officers and three new board members. Anita Parga, owner of Madera-based Parga and Associates was elected 2003-2004 president of the state-wide legal self-help organization. Jeri Blatt, owner of Legal Documents Plus of Foster City is the new vice president.

Returning to their positions on the Executive Board are Cara Gould, Secretary, of Fresno, and Cindy Elwell, Treasurer, of Alameda. Immediate Past President Diana Wade of Lake Isabella will head the Nominations and Elections Committee. She will also serve as Executive Advisor to the board.

Directors returning to their positions are China Long, Newsletter Chair, of Temecula; Robin Schumacher, Membership Chair, of Fresno; Marcia Burke, Professional Standards Chair, of Fremont; Hinda Lucas, Conference Chair, of Littlerock; and Robin Wilson, Education Chair, of Pleasant Hill.

Newcomers to the board are Al McLeod, owner of Hayward-based Legal Document Services, Public Relations Chair; Sandra McCarthy, owner of People’s Choice in Port Hueneme, Fund Raising Chair; and Peter Kroeber, owner of Vallejo-based Associated Document Preparers, Legislative Chair.

The new Board of Directors was installed on October 19th.

By attending the conference, participants earned Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) credits. Earlier this year, the State Bar of California approved CALDA as an MCLE provider. All conferences and workshops will now provide attorneys, legal document assistants, and paralegals with the mandatory continuing legal education requirements.

Next year’s CALDA Conference will also be held at Asilomar in November. Conference dates will be announced later.

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