|The California Association of Legal Document Assistants (“CALDA”), has selected Robert H. Peltz, as this year’s recipient of the Jackie Hosmer Community service Award. CALDA is a non-profit organization representing Independent Paralegals and Legal Document Assistants throughout California. CALDA is the only California organization that represents those specially trained individuals that help the public conduct their own legal matters.|
This award is sponsored annually by the CALDA board to recognize a voting member of our Association that has show outstanding dedication to service in his/her community. The purpose of the award is to honor one of our members, Jackie Hosmer. Jackie Hosmer, was killed in January 1999. She worked endless hours at the House of Ruth, without fanfare or other praise. The CALDA Board wanted to preserve her memory by honoring a member that possessed the same dedication to serving his/her community. This candidate must possess the following qualities:
- Dedication to the Independent Paralegal profession.
- Service to the public or the Association.
- Participation in community service.
- Demonstrate a positive attitude toward promoting community service.
- Have made a lasting legacy to the Independent Paralegal profession through some distinct contribution(s).
Upon graduation from law school, Mr. Peltz worked for two law firms. He became frustrated with attorneys and their deceptive tactics and elected to start a paralegal business. “I never took a bar exam. Subsequently I became an arbitration judge specializing in construction defects and causation litigation” said Peltz. Prior to law school he was in architecture and owned his own construction company.
Mr. Peltz has been a paralegal for over 20 years. He covers most areas of civil law and 90% of his work is acquired by referrals and repeat customers. He does pro bono work for several local battered women’s shelters in addition to guardianships for the County of San Bernardino.
“I am grateful for the Jackie Hosmer Community Service Award. Jackie was one of my closest friends and we talked on a daily basis. I could always depend on her to assist me in areas of the law I was unsure of. I would also do my best to assist her with her questions. I truly miss Jackie. I still go to my speed dial to call her. That number will never be removed from my phone,” said Peltz.
The second annual Jackie Hosmer Community Service Award was presented to Robert H. Peltz in absentia by CALDA’s president, Kathy Ricci at the annual conference held in Sacramento, CA.