Welcome to the Denton County Paralegal Association Blog! 

Please visit back regularly to read about upcoming events, articles regarding our field of work and other great information!

  • July 24, 2016 4:58 PM | Pamela Snavely

    The Fundraising Committee has organized a Back to School Supply Drive to benefit children at Friends of the Family.  Let's help these kids be successful by supplying them with the right tools to get a good start this school year.  Please bring your donations to the Monthly Luncheon on July 28th.


    Supplies they are in greater need of:


    • Spiral notebooks (wide ruled and college ruled)
    • Scissors (pointed tip for older children)
    • Compass
    • Protractor
    • Pocket Folders
    • Dividers
    • Graph Paper
    • Loose leaf filler paper
    • "Cool" looking backpacks for older kids (not a necessity)


    If you don't have time to shop, monetary donations are also appreciated!  Please contact Daphina Park, Fundraising Chair, at if you have any questions.


    Thank you for your generosity and support!

  • June 23, 2016 2:29 PM | Pamela Snavely

    Daphina Park was elected President-Elect in a Special Election held June 23, 2016 at DCPA's business meeting.  Daphina has been a paralegal for over twelve years and has been with the Denton County District Attorney's Office for seven years.  She earned her Paralegal Certificate in April, 2013.  Daphina has been an active member in DCPA for three years and serves as our Fundraising Committee Chair.  She is an excellent addition to the Executive Committee.  Congratulations, Daphina!

  • June 14, 2016 10:39 AM | Pamela Snavely


    Our 4th Annual Bingo Night is Tonight at Bridgemoor from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.!  It is $10.00 for a card pack with 10 games and $1.00 for a dauber to mark your cards.  Extra cards are $1.00 a piece.  We will have door prizes, sandwiches, fruit, popcorn, dessert & drinks!  Come join us for a great night of fun with the Bridgemoor folks at 2801 Spencer Road, Denton, Texas, 76208.  Contact Lakesha Bell for more information.

  • March 11, 2016 10:05 AM | Anonymous

    This year's TAPA (Texas Alliance of Paralegal Associations) 2016 Leadership Conference "Be the Vision! Visualize. Imagine. Believe. Be" is hosted by the Houston Metropolitan Paralegal Association at The Crowne Plaza - Downtown Houston on April 8-9, 2016 in Houston, Texas.


    DCPA President, Melody Brackeen, and DCPA Historian, Cheryl Cooper, will be attending the Leadership Conference on April 9, 2016, as ambassadors for DCPA.


    See attached TAPA Registration Packet for more information on this event.


    Click here -  TAPA registration packet.pdf

  • November 30, 2015 2:25 PM | Anonymous


    Today, we held our final monthly meeting of the year.  This is the time that we draw for our annual participation prize.  This year, we gave away a $150.00 gift certificate to Sutera Spa in Flower Mound, Texas.

    Our fabulous Carol Pelzel was the winner of this year's prize.  I'm so excited that Carol won.  She has worked hard for our association for years now.  Carol has procured many door prizes and donations for us, so it's nice that she was the recipient of such a wonderful prize for herself.

    Congratulations, Carol! Now, go relax and get pampered. :-)

  • October 13, 2015 2:17 PM | Anonymous

    Texas Paralegal Day is October 23, 2015!


    Celebrate YOU. 

  • September 04, 2015 12:08 PM | Anonymous

    Our full day seminar this year is co-sponsored by Denton County Paralegal Association, and District 12 of the State Bar of Texas Paralegal Division.


    The seminar is scheduled for September 24, 2015, from 10:00 a. m. to 5:00 p. m. and will be held in the Jury Assembly Room of the Denton County Courthouse.


    Cost is $30.00.  The cost includes lunch and snacks.


    There will be vendors there. 


    See below and click on the attached flyer for more information.  The 2nd page of the flyer is the RSVP form that has to be filled out and submitted with your payment.  Checks should be made payable to:  "Denton County Paralegal Association." 


    Speaker and Topics:


    10:00 a. m. - Michael Whitten "The Jury Charge"

    11:00 a. m. - Brian T. Cartwright "Everything a Paralegal Should Know About Drafting Affidavits"

    12:00 p. m. - Honorable Jonathan Bailey "The Court and Trial"

    1:00 p. m.  - Emily Miskel "Pretrial Orders and Thirty Day Deadlines"

    2:00 p. m.  - Jeff Springer "Learning Objectives: Trial Notebook Strategies and Guidelines"

    3:00 p. m.  - Richard Kelsey "Saving Your Boss - Spoilation"

    4:00 p. m.  - David Johnson "Legal Research, Citation, and Writing"



  • August 27, 2015 9:49 AM | Anonymous


    food drive.pdf


    The Denton County Bar Association is sponsoring a food drive from August 1, 2015 - December 20, 2015.  Open the attached flyer for more information on items needed and drop off locations. 

  • June 29, 2015 2:56 PM | Anonymous

    DCPA Member in the Spotlight

    DCPA Sustaining Member – Janel Stoffels

    By 2015 DCPA President, Cheryl Cooper


    Many of you already know DCPA sustaining member, Janel Stoffels.  For those of you who don’t, Janel has been a long standing supporter of DCPA as a member, local business owner, court reporter, and friend. 




    Janel was born and raised in Muenster, Texas.  She was one of 10 children.  Janel has lived in Denton since 1972.  She moved to Denton to become a typesetter for the Denton Record-Chronicle and to attend what was known back then as NTSU.  Janel is married to Glen.  She has 2 stepsons and 1 step-grandson.  When time permits, they enjoy traveling.  Janel has a brother, nephew, and 3 cousins who are also court reporters.  It must run in the family.  J




    In 1976, Janel decided to become a court reporter.  She graduated from Chapman Court Reporting College in Ft. Worth in 1977.  Janel then began working as an official court reporter in Denton, and also worked as a freelance court reporter.  In 1981, Janel moved to San Antonio to become the official court reporter for the 290th District Court.  Interestingly, Janel worked in London, England reporting in the Royal Courts of Justice (including covering depositions) in 1987.  Personally, I’d love to hear Janel’s stories about this unique experience.  In 1988, Janel moved back to this area and opened Stoffels & Associates, Inc.  During her long tenure, Janel has trained and worked with many court reporters.  She has enjoyed the challenges and rewards associated with her work.


    Association with DCPA


    Janel has been a member of DCPA since 2008.  She enjoys participating as a sustaining member and sponsor for what she terms “a great association.”


    At our last Christmas party in December of 2014, Janel provided gifts for each member:  a glass pickle ornament (with story enclosed).  At our TAPA seminar and conference in April of 2015, Janel provided festive goody bags for each attendee – full of candy and other fun swag.  Janel also agreed to sponsor one of our breaks at TAPA at a cost of $250.00.  She was provided an opportunity, as a sponsor, to speak to our attendees at the conference.  We so appreciate Janel’s generosity and her willingness to go above and beyond as a member of DCPA and a vital contributor and member of our legal community.




    Just think of what we all could do if we got acquainted with each other a little better and were inspired and encouraged to do even better things in our personal and professional lives.  If you know of a member who should be highlighted, please let me know so we can feature them on our website and Facebook page.


    “The miracle is not that we do this work, but

    that we are happy to do it.”  -Mother Teresa


    Click on link below for full report, with graphics:


    Member Spotlight - June.pdf


  • April 14, 2015 6:41 PM | Anonymous

    April 23, 2015 - CLE Luncheon

    Oakmont Country Club, Corinth, TX

    Speaker is:  Brian T. Cartwright

    Topic:  "Ethics for Attorneys and Paralegals"


    May 28, 2015 - CLE Luncheon 

    Oakmont Country Club, Corinth, TX

    Speaker is:  Curtis M. Loveless

    Topic:  Family Law "Ethics of Dealing with Pro Se Parties and Difficult Clients"


    June 25, 2015 - Business Meeting 


    July 23, 2015 - CLE Luncheon

    Oakmont Country Club, Corinth, TX

    Speaker:  Jacqueline "Jackie" Cannon

    Topic:  "Same Sex Marriage - the Butterfly Effect"


    August 27, 2015 - CLE Luncheon

    Oakmont Country Club, Corinth, TX

    Speaker:  Fon Laughlin

    Topic:  "CFPP:  Tell Your Lawyer What the Heck is Going On."


    September 24, 2015 - Full day seminar held jointly with the State Bar of Texas Paralegal Division

    Denton County Courthouse

    Topic:  "Litigation Nuts and Bolts"


    October 22, 2015 - CLE Luncheon

    Oakmont Country Club, Corinth, TX\


    Speaker is:  Allen Mihecoby

    Topic: "Getting Plugged In:  Powering Up the Paralegal Profession"


    November 19, 2015 - TBA


    December - no meeting or CLE (see Socials on Blog) 

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