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  • June 28, 2017 9:04 AM | Anonymous

    With courts going to exclusive electronic recordings (and some recordings failing), paralegal trial techs must now add to their checklist to verify the court's recording system is working. Or, we might have to resort to hiring our own court reporters for trial. What do you think?  http://www.wcvb.com/article/state-to-eliminate-official-court-reporters/10215447 

  • May 24, 2017 9:34 AM | Anonymous

    We LOVE free CLE!  PLI (Practising Law Institute) is offering a FREE full day webinar - with CLE credit - on June 9th.  What you'll learn:

    • Overview of State and Federal Restraints on Debt Collection
    • Introduction to the Fair Credit Reporting Act
    • A Primer on Automobile Fraud
    • Representing the Unsecured Debtor
    • Mortgage Servicer Litigation
    • Assisting Student Loan Borrowers
    • Developing a Working Relationship with Legal Services Organizations
    You can register now for this free webinar here:


  • May 15, 2017 12:04 PM | Anonymous

    Our May 12th Annual Conference and 40th Anniversary Celebration at the Arizona Biltmore Resort in Phoenix was a success, according to feedback received:

    "All speakers were super knowledgeable and the seminar as a whole was well worth the day spent there."

    "Excellent topics and speakers and the venue is convenient and very nice."


    "APA threw a wonderful CLE event and everyone was so friendly.  Well organized and class act.  Appreciate all your hard work - Thank you!"

    "I liked that you had options available so I could listen to speakers that talked about topics I was interested in."

    "I appreciate that you keep us informed of the many changes to our profession, as well as the legal issues" (in reference to our panel discussion of the Future of Delivery of Legal Services in Arizona, and Future of Paralegals).

    "Organized, and well thought out.  Every session was valuable."

    Well planned and plenty of help for questions and vendors."

    The speakers did present their materials well.  [I liked] "the number and quality of the vendors.  The food was great."

    What did you like about the event?  "Location, food, parking validation, CLEs, APA, sponsors."

    "Just grateful to all of the paralegals on the board who make this event happen every year.  Your hard work is appreciated!"

    Thank you to those who attended, and we hope to see you next year!

  • April 25, 2017 11:34 AM | Anonymous

    You can search VerdictSearch for free! Click on the "Get Your Free Trial" button and search more than 200,000 verdicts and settlements to estimate damages, scout experts, and analyze insurers' settlement offers in comparable cases. No obligation to try it. http://verdictsearch.com/   I don't know how long you can search for free, but it might be helpful to your cases.

  • April 21, 2017 11:31 AM | Anonymous

    The APA will hold annual elections for its Board of Directors and Committee Chairs on Friday, May 12, 2017 at the annual seminar.  All positions except for Treasurer are open!  Please consider running for a position.  If you need more information, please contact Karen Flaaen or Mary Mayer at nominations@azparalegal.org or download the elections packet.2017-2018 APA Election Packet.pdf .

  • April 05, 2017 5:08 PM | Anonymous

    AZTurboCourt is continuing to offer a series of online training webinars for both filers and administrators who use the AZTurboCourt solutions, INCLUDING a new Payment Training Webinar available now. These webinars are free, can be accessed from any computer anywhere, and are both instructive and interactive.

    Integration and testing continues in Yavapai County and the expected Go-Live date for e-Filing is May 1st. 

    Learn everything you need to know to prepare and electronically file documents for initiating and subsequent AZ Civil filing actions. For more information, go to:


  • February 25, 2017 2:37 PM | Anonymous

    The APA is pleased to announce:

    • Briana D. Oliver has been appointed as our new Tucson Representative.  We welcome Briana to the Board.

    • Betsy Wolf has been appointed as the APA's Job Bank Coordinator.  If your firm has any positions to advertise, please send them to Betsy at:  jobbank@azparalegal.org.  Betsy has also volunteered to serve on our Annual Seminar Committee.  Thank you for your help, Betsy.

    • We are also pleased to announce that Karen Flaaen has been appointed as the APA's Nominating Committee Chair.  We will be holding the APA Elections at our May 12, 2017 Annual Conference, so if you are interested in learning how you can get involved, please email Nominations@azparalegal.org.  Thank you Karen for doing double duty as Membership Chair and Nominating Committee Chair.

    If you are interested in serving in the APA, we'd love to have you!  Email Board@azparalegal.org.
  • January 27, 2017 2:01 PM | Anonymous
    We are pleased to announce that the following APA members have been appointed to the APA's 2017 Conference Committee:
    • Catherine Brunner
    • Janine DeBolt
    • Vanessa Fort
    • Alesia Hansen
    • Gayle Hassman
    • Mary Mayer
    • Tanya Mills
    • Brenda S. Studebaker
    • Robin Thomas

    Thank you all for volunteering to make our May 12, 2017 Annual Conference and 40th Anniversary Celebration the best ever!    

    NOTE to APA Members:  If you are interested in serving on this Committee or assisting the APA in other ways, please email Irene Winterburn, president@azparalegal.org


  • January 27, 2017 1:59 PM | Anonymous

    The APA is pleased to announce that Mary Mayer has been appointed as our Northern Arizona Representative.  Congratulations, Mary!

  • January 18, 2017 1:09 PM | Anonymous
    Here's an interesting ruling regarding mock trials and focus groups in an active case:

    The court ordered the parties to disclose the identities of the participants in any mock trial or focus group prior to jury selection. "The parties are notified that if either party intends to conduct mock trials, focus groups, or similar studies in preparation for trial, the party who commissions such a study shall retain, to the extent practicable, the name and address of each participant in the study. Any party who commissions such a study shall advise the other party to the case, as well as the court, in writing, that such a study occurred. . . . Upon receipt of any jury list, the party who commissioned the study shall immediately cross-reference the jury list with the identities of the participants and advise the other party and the court of any prospective juror who participated in any study. Before jury selection, the party who commissioned the study shall provide the names and addresses of all participants in the study to the court in camera." 

    The case:  3rd Eye Surveillance, LLC v. The City of Fort Worth, Texas, 6-14-cv-00725 (TXED January 13, 2017, Order) (Love, MJ)
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