Divorce-court veteran and best-selling author promises “uncommon advice” for LDAs
SACRAMENTO, Calif—-Roderic Duncan, veteran divorce-court judge and author of “A Judge’s Guide to Divorce: Uncommon Advice from the Bench” (Nolo) will be the keynote speaker at the California Association of Legal Document Assistants (CALDA) 20th annual conference to be held on September 14 to September 16 at the Sacramento Convention Center, 1400 J Street.
Judge Duncan spent 20 years on the bench, first with the California Municipal Court and later with the California Superior Court. He is the author of Win Your Lawsuit: A Judge’s Guide to Representing Yourself in California Superior Court and A Judge’s Guide to Divorce: Uncommon Advice from the Bench.
“The divorce court system is too slow, too expensive and frequently presided over by a judge who thoroughly dislikes the assignment and can’t wait until he or she has enough seniority to transfer to some other assignment within the court,” said Duncan, who has seen thousands of cases in his courtroom and whose book offers plenty of sage advice on how couples can reach their own agreements. “Working with a mediator or a Legal Document Assistant can frequently result in the parties being able to present an agreement to the judge, who rubberstamps it and declares them divorced.”
“Judge Duncan’s position on keeping divorces and other legal matters out of the court system is on par with CALDA’s mission and goals of helping the self-help legal client,” said Carol Ludlow, president of the 300-member nonprofit organization. “We are honored and excited to have an esteemed member of the court recognize the important role of LDAs in the legal system.”
Judge Duncan’s presentation will kick off the conference on Friday, September 14 at 7:00 pm.
This year’s conference theme, “The State of the Legal Document Assistant: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow” will focus on increasing public awareness of the Legal Document Assistant (LDA) profession, providing continuing educational legal education, as well as briefings on CALDA’s ongoing advocacy efforts to revise the California legal system as it relates to LDAs.
The California Association of Legal Document Assistants (CALDA, formerly known as the California Association of Independent Paralegals) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote the use of Legal Document Assistant services to the public, and to encourage high standards of ethical and professional conduct within the Legal Document Assistants profession.
About Legal Document Assistants (LDA)
Legal Document Assistants were once commonly known as Independent Paralegals. However, as of January 1, 2000 only those Paralegals working directly for attorneys may now be referred to as Paralegals. Those formerly known as Independent Paralegals are referred to as Legal Document Assistants (LDAs).
LDAs have the same educational background as a paralegal, but are required by law to be registered and bonded in the county in which they have their principal place of business. An LDA is an experienced professional who is authorized to prepare legal documents for a client, but only at the direction of the client. In other words, the LDA is there to assist the “self-help” client handle their own legal matters without the cost of an attorney. A Legal Document Assistant is NOT a lawyer. By law, they cannot give legal advice or represent you in he courts in any manner.