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  • March 25, 2021 12:00 PM | Pamela Snavely


    Our March CLE was zoomed by Kelly Gibbons of the Witherite Law Group in Dallas.  Ms. Gibbons discussed proposed changes to Section 18.001 of the Civil Practice and Remedies Code and how these changes relate to the practice of law and potentially our daily lives.

  • February 25, 2021 12:04 PM | Daphina Park

    Our February meeting was a 1 hour Ethics CLE entitled "Ethics - Empathy In Your Interactions".  This seminar was about several areas of Empathy.  Lack of Empathy, which touched on Con Artists who show empathy through mirroring, finding common ground by admitting your own anxieties, faults and desires, and how you show empathy in order to make you feel special. And "Know Your Audience"...when it is best to show empathy.  Also how impossible it is to show empathy if you don't Listen. To be a "Good Leader" you must understand other's feelings and perspectives, be emotionally intelligent, and be charitable.

    DCPA held a fundraiser at Chili's at their Denton (Loop 288) location.  We raised over a hundred dollars.  Please keep watching for our next Chili (or other restaurant) Fundraiser in a neighborhood near you!

  • March 21, 2018 1:35 PM | Daphina Park

    I would like to thank our guest speaker, Ms. Virginia Hammerle, with Hammerle/Finley Law Firm for her interesting and helpful talk on filing a guardianship.  We appreciate your time and love learning tips of the trade from our local attorneys.  Hammerle.jpg 

  • December 06, 2017 3:09 PM | Pamela Snavely

    Members who have registered for the event can look forward to an evening of fun, food, drinks, and door prizes as we conclude the year with our annual Christmas Social!


    The social will be held at Genti's Italian Restaurant located at 3700 FM 2181 in Hickory Creek on December 7th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  In addition to door prize drawings, we will hold the always-entertaining white elephant ornament exchange.  Bring a $5.00 value wrapped

    ornament to participate and enjoy the fun! 


    This is our last social event of the year!  Our regularly scheduled meetings will begin again in January 2018 at Oakmont Country Club.  We look forward to seeing you there! 

  • September 23, 2017 8:17 PM | Pamela Snavely


    Congratulations to Sharron Dowdle, our grand prize winner of the Membership Drive Contest!  Sharron accumulated the most points through her effort to bring a person eligible for membership to monthly luncheons, for new members who joined the association from her referral, and for bringing potential members to events and activities.


    The grand prize award was a "Date Night!" which included a $100.00 gift certificate for dinner and drinks at Hannah’s off the square, and two tickets to the production “Big Fish” at the Campus Theatre in Denton.


    Thank you to all participants for reaching out to your professional colleagues and extending a personal invitation to see what DCPA has to offer.  We all benefit when our membership grows!

  • June 16, 2017 5:30 PM | Pamela Snavely

    DCPA members have been working hard and it is time to take a break! An invitation to spend a relaxing evening on the patio of the lovely Fortunata Winery and enjoy the Tuscan Villa atmosphere is extended to members of the association.  Appetizers and brick oven pizzas will be provided by DCPA; members will be responsible for their own alcoholic beverages.


    Si prega di RSVP to Pamela Snavely by 5:00 p.m. on June 12th.  Grazie! 



  • April 07, 2017 5:36 PM | Pamela Snavely

    DCPA’s Annual Spring Seminar will be held May 18, 2017 at Oakmont Country Club.  Check in will begin at 9:30 a.m. with speakers scheduled from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. “Keep each other Safe – Aware, Prepared, and Ready to Respond” will offer 5 hours of CLE and feature presentations on:


                  Open Carry laws and Firearms Statutes in Texas

                  Threat Assessment, Active Shooter Defense

                  Identity Theft Protection

                  Trial Procedures in Human Trafficking Cases in Denton County

                  Prevention, Identification, and Empowerment of Victims of Human Trafficking


    The cost of the Spring Seminar is $30.00 for DCPA members and $35.00 for non-members.  A hot buffet lunch is included in the price.  Online registration will open April 12th and  close May 12th.  Make your plans and sign up as soon as registration opens!

  • January 24, 2017 12:22 PM | Pamela Snavely

    DCPA's Membership Drive Contest is in full swing and the competition is on!  DCPA Members receive points for bringing a person eligible for membership to the monthly luncheons (5 points), for joining the association (10 points), and for attending events and activities with members (2 points).


    The contest award is:  Date Night!  The meritorious award winner will receive a $100.00 gift certificate for dinner and drinks at Hannah's, and two tickets to the Campus Theatre Production "Big Fish" scheduled for October.  The Membership Drive Contest runs from January 19, 2017 up to and including our DCPA meeting set for September 21, 2017.  Membership Chair Vicki Schmidt and Treasurer Lisa Pittman will track our competitors and post the standings in the monthly newsletter.  Get involved and invite your fellow legal professional to attend our next CLE luncheon or one of our upcoming activities!



  • November 14, 2016 10:45 AM | Pamela Snavely


    DCPA is pleased to welcome Martha Gallegos as Secretary and Lisa Pittman as Treasurer for 2017!  These two seasoned paralegals bring a lot to our association as officers, and we are fortunate to have them on board the Executive Committee.




    Martha Gallegos majored in criminal justice at St. Edwards University and worked in Law Enforcement as a Deputy Reserve for the Terry County Sheriff’s Department.  Martha has worked for the County of Denton for eleven years; she was in the County Clerk’s Civil/Probate Department for five years, and has been a member of the Denton County District Attorney’s Misdemeanor Division for nearly six years.  She earned her paralegal Certificate from PDI University of North Texas in April 2015.  Martha served as a member of the DCPA Social Committee and is a regular participant in all events held by the association.  She is a faithful volunteer for the National Kidney Association and PKD (Polycystic Kidney Disease) Foundation of North Texas.  Martha participates in a PKD 5K walk/run fundraiser every year.  The amount raised this year to find a cure is at $1,599,337.75 - very close to their goal of $2,000,000.00!


    Lisa Pittman has been a paralegal for twenty-one years and has been with the law firm of Hayes, Berry, White & Vanzant working with partner Richard Hayes for over sixteen years.  She has extensive experience in residential and commercial real estate, oil & gas, transactional, eminent domain, and civil litigation.  Lisa has served DCPA in a variety of roles over the years: as Secretary/Parliamentarian in 2006, 2007, 2008 & 2011; and as Treasurer from 2009 to the present.  She has served as Committee Chair for the Legal Directory Committee, Bylaws Ad Hoc Committee, and Newsletter Committee.   Lisa chaired the SBPD Public Relations Committee and Mentor/Protégé Committee 2009-2012; served as subchair for the PR Committee 2007-2008; and has been a TAPS on-site volunteer for the past eleven years.


    Congratulations on your election Martha and Lisa!  We look forward to a great year! 



  • October 20, 2016 5:00 PM | Pamela Snavely

    DCPA and SBPD will jointly celebrate Texas Paralegal Day with a happy hour mixer at Eastside Denton from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 20, 2016.  Members come by and celebrate on the outdoor deck and patio located at 117 East Oak Street in Denton. Two drink max per member, but there's no limit on having a good time! Teetotalers, there are non-alcoholic beverages available!  Please RSVP to Pam at

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