By Ellen Zacarias
Happy February! Hope you’ve been staying warm in this rainy weather. Here at SDPA, we are passionate about helping each other develop as legal professionals and as a community. We enjoy sharing and taking part in all of these educational, networking, and volunteering experiences as we all grow together.
Make sure to RSVP for our February 21, 2019 mixer here: https://sdparalegals.org/event-3245436
In addition to Valentine’s Day and President’s Day, below are some exciting events and news for this month:
February 2, 2019 – SD Clean Slate Clinic
Before the clinic opened this morning, Clinic participants waited in a line outside in the cold and rain in anticipation of the legal resources the clinic offers.
This month’s group of volunteers was smaller than the last clinic—a big thank you to the volunteers who came to help! Much appreciation to James de Haan for providing volunteers with training. We received a generous donation of hot Starbucks coffee, which was quite welcome in this chilly weather!
Helping people prepare their paperwork for expunging their old records so that they can regain access to housing and employment opportunities is a rewarding experience. If you missed this month’s Clean Slate Clinic, you can still RSVP for the next one on April 6, 2019, which will be located in at the South Metro Career Center on Imperial Avenue. You can go to http://www.sd-csc.org/ for more information.
February 6, 2019 – SD County High School Mock Trial Competition Begins
Volunteers are needed to serve as courtroom monitors and other roles. Sign up here: http://sdmocktrial.org/get_involved__volunteer.aspx
February 7, 2019 – San Diego Public Law Library’s Open House
Our city is extremely privileged to have such a wonderful legal resource. Our San Diego Public Law Library offers legal books and research databases for public use. The SD Public Law Library will be hosting its 7th annual open house event on February 7, 2019 from 5 to 7 p.m.
February 9, 2019 – CAPA’s California Certified Paralegal Exam
Please visit caparalegal.org for more information about CAPA or contact Ali Greenlee (your local CAPA rep) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
February 21, 2019 – SDPA's February Mixer & General Membership Meeting (First of 2019!)
Please join Team SDPA at our first mixer of the year at Veritext! Paralegals, students, other legal professionals of the community—you’re welcome to join us for some snacks, beverages, and networking. For those of you who haven’t been to a SDPA event before, this is a great chance to learn what our organization is about, and the types of resources we offer to the paralegal community and our members—education (MCLE credits), networking, employment opportunities, volunteering, and more! RSVP here: https://sdparalegals.org/event-3245436
We are thankful for Veritext's generosity in allowing us to have our mixer at their beautiful office. Veritext is a leading court reporting agency in deposition and litigation support solutions.
We would love to see you all there!
---sdpa's 2019 BRIDGING THE GAP mcle conference -- april 27, 2019 from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm at ucsd extension, university city center
Save the date on your calendars! SDPA will be having its 2019 Bridging the Gap MCLE Conference at UCSD Extension, University City Center, 6256 Greenwich Drive, San Diego, CA 92122 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on April 27, 2019!
Registration will be available soon--we'll send out announcements on social media and email blasts, and you will also see it available under our "Events" tab as well.
For our 2018-2019 Charity of Choice, StandUp for Kids, we will be accepting toiletry donations.
Thank you for reading, and see you next month!
"The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members."
--Coretta Scott King