Legal Document Assistants Gearing Up to Let Their “Business Shine in 2009”

California Association of Legal Document Assistants (CALDA) to host 22nd Annual Membership Conferences with Keynote Speaker, Kerry Spence Suendermann

LOS ANGELES, Calif.—After 32 years in the legal profession as one of the first paralegals and Legal Document Assistants (LDA) certified by the state of California, Kerry Spence Suendermann has never been more excited about her industry than she is today.

For one thing, this Great Recession might be just the silver lining that LDAs need to propel their profession into the public arena as never before, according to Suendermann, who is the daughter of Gerry Spence, one of America’s most well known trial lawyers.

“This is it-this is our time,” said Suendermann. “This challenging economy and other factors merging together at the same time have created a unique environment for creating public awareness of the LDA. The LDA is trained to prepare legal documents, with or without an attorney, at a fraction of the cost of the old way of hiring only an attorney. The new adage will be, “call your LDA first”.

Legal Document Assistants were once commonly known as Independent Paralegals. However, unlike paralegals who must work directly for an attorney, LDA’s can work with or without an attorney and are licensed and bonded legal professionals who are authorized to prepare legal documents and provide self-help services to the general public.

To help Legal Document Assistants raise public awareness of their profession, and at the same time share her experiences operating a successful Paralegal/LDA business, Suendermann has been tapped by the California Association of Legal Document Assistants (CALDA) to be the keynote speaker at the organization’s upcoming 22nd annual membership conferences.

This year, in light of budget constraints for business travel, CALDA will be hosting two 1-day mini-conferences: the first one will be held in Los Angeles on September 19 at the Doubletree Hotel LAX. The second conference will be held in Sacramento on October 17 at the Doubletree Hotel Sacramento.

Both conferences will feature Suendermann (“7 New Keys to Growing Your LDA Practice: Looking ahead through this economy and the next decade”) and other top legal industry speakers focusing on increasing public awareness of the Legal Document Assistant profession, providing continuing legal education, as well as briefings on CALDA’s ongoing advocacy efforts to revise the California legal system as it relates to LDAs.

PR3Keynote Speaker: Kerry Spence Suendermann

“We are very excited to have such a pioneer and leader in the paralegal and LDA profession like Ms. Suendermann as our keynote speaker,” said Tina Sandoval, president of CALDA. “This conference will provide our members with fresh ideas and techniques that they can immediately put to use to revitalize and refresh their businesses, and make them more valuable to their clients than ever before.”


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