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With Chester Ruiz, CALDA Legislative Chair

  • September 30, 2021 2:59 PM | Tracey Booth (Administrator)

    What one Legal Expert is Saying

    In the article “State Bar’s Nonlawyer Licensing Proposal Revealed for Public Vetting – and Criticism,” Cheryl Miller, Attorney/Author, based in Sacramento examines a lack of sufficient consensus as well as considerable opposition from the “trial bar, legal aid organizations and even some members of the committee who drafted the paraprofessional license plan…”

    One excerpt from the article divulges “California’s state bar on Thursday unveiled a 1,453-page proposal to license nonlawyers to perform limited legal services, a controversial draft months in the making that ultimately may not survive strong political headwinds.”

    Miller also cites “Carolin Shining, Culver City solo and member of the paraprofessional working group, told trustees in a Sept. 13th letter that the group’s final report was ‘fatally flawed’.”

    Read the full article from The Recorder HERE.

    Regardless of the outcome of the flawed paraprofessional report, LDAs have a passion to help people and a history of success serving the community.  CALDA has been and continues to be a proactive foundational feature in the industry, helping LDAs stay compliant with the State Bar’s required continuing legal education and the provisions of B&P Code 6400.  Currently, we are committed to taking this to the next level with an LDA credentialing program for our members.  We look forward to introducing this new curriculum in the coming months and maintaining CALDA’s position as a pioneer in the legal community.

    Your feedback is welcomed,

    Chester Ruiz

    CALDA, Legislative Chair, 2021


  • August 05, 2021 11:42 AM | Tracey Booth (Administrator)

    Because inquiring minds want to know!

    The question of the week:

    I am interested in becoming a paraprofessional as soon as it is available and would like to participate in the working group or one of its subcommittees. 

    How do I go about doing that ???

    We love this question, because it strikes at the heart of our  Legislative Committee Mission. To accomplish our mission we are going to need the active engagement of CALDA members who want to grow professionally and raise the professional bar for LDA’s. Today there is a ground floor opportunity to shape the future of the legal self help movement.

    We are actively recruiting members who have the mindset of improving themselves professionally as a future Paraprofessional or as LDA entrepreneur. We will be responding to each and everyone of you personally and develop a personal plan of engagement and leadership development, welcome aboard….


    Authored by: Chester Ruiz, LDA, CALDA Legislative Chair 2021

  • July 29, 2021 10:24 AM | Tracey Booth (Administrator)


    “Begin with the end in mind… Dr. Stephen R. Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People…

    Let’s fast forward to January 1, 2024, and visualize what CALDA & LDA, 2.0 look like, we have a magic wand to create the future that we want to live in.  We are going to focus on how we want the California Professional Business Code 6400 to be in January 1, 2024. We are now waving the wand over the CPBC 6400 and this is what comes up:

    What do you want the LDA Profession to look like and what services do you want CALDA to provide you with?

    What do you want our future to look like? Don’t be shy let’s go big….

    We are listening to YOU, email or call us with your ideas, no judgment here.


    Send your Comments,


    Authored by: Chester Ruiz, LDA, Legislative Chair, CALDA

  • July 21, 2021 4:09 PM | Chester Ruiz

    894 days to Sunset

    The purpose of this Legislative Blog is to offer insights and practical knowledge into the Legislative process in a user friendly way. Every week we will explore a variety of topics that are relevant and useful to members. Our journey begins today with, what does it mean to Sunset a law and how does this impact the LDA, profession.

    Hollywood started the cliche originally a visual one “the classic final scene of the western films, in which the cowboy hero, having vanquished the evildoers, rides off into the Sunset. Riding off into the Sunset became synonymous with a happy ending. 

    In public policy, a sunset provision or sunset clause is a measure within a statute, regulation or other law that provides that the law shall cease to have effect after a specific date, unless further legislative action is taken to extend the law. The cornerstone of the LDA profession is known as California professional business code 6400, this law will sunset January 1, 2024. 

    Unless PBC 6400 is extended or renewed the LDA, profession will cease to exist. 


    CALDA is taking the following proactive steps to ensure that come January 1, 2024 PBC 6400 will be extended or approved as a permanent law.

    CALDA is taking the Initiative to Reimagine itself, redefine, regulate, and certify itself without the oversight of the State Bar. LDA. 2.0

    CALDA is preparing itself for the Sunset of 6400, by drafting and recommending the type of legislation that will upgrade the professionalism of LDA’s and create value for a sustainable CALDA. 

    CREATE a CALDA Certification Program

    DOCUMENTING  the success of LDA’s since 2000

    CALDA will reach out and develop strategic partnerships with industry related organizations, Notary Public, Real Estate, Lenders, Financial Planners, Tax Preparers, Insurance, Title Industry, etc…

    CALDA Legislative Strategy will  be rolled out at the CALDA Convention 2021

    CALDA is creating a short Video on a monthly basis to keep everyone updated on our Legislative progress

    The Sunset Crisis presents CALDA with a unique opportunity to reinvent itself and to create value for all of our stakeholders. The question that needs to be answered is CALDA riding off into the Sunset or riding off into a new professional era of growth and prosperity?

    Stay tuned the journey is just beginning, send us your questions so we can be your source of information for Legislative matters. Knowledge is power!

    Chester Ruiz, LDA.

    Legislative Chair 2021

    Send your Questions, Comments,  Email

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