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  • 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. 

     

    Personal

     

    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

     

    Professional

     

    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.

     

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    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\

    ELECTIONS!!!

    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) 

  • April 14, 2015 6:05 PM | Anonymous

    May 14, 2015  6-8 pm - Scavenger Hunt / Ice Cream Social @ Beth Marie's (downtown Denton)

    (see flyer for more details) - POSTPONED UNTIL LATER THIS YEAR due to inclement weather

     

    June 17, 2015 - 3rd Annual Bingo Night at Bridgemoor of Denton (see flyers for more information)

     

    July, 2015 - no activities

     

    August 13, 2015  - Painting with a Twist

     

    September 19, 2015 - Family BBQ

     

    October - TBD 

     

    November - no activities 

     

    December - Christmas party and slide show of annual activities

     

     

  • March 11, 2015 5:38 PM | Pamela Snavely

    The DCPA is excited to host the Texas Alliance of Paralegal Associations ("TAPA") Conference in Denton on April 10-11, 2015!  This conference is an annual event where the top leaders of paralegal associations throughout the state of Texas join together to exchange ideas regarding development of the paralegal profession.


    DCPA's theme is "TAPA 2015: Finding Your True North."  The theme is symbolic of Denton County and the North Texas area.  It also represents each paralegal association's orienting point, the force that pulls individuals toward leadership, fulfilling the mission of their association, and helping members find their own internal compass.


    Please see the attached registration packet for details regarding this event!


    TAPA 2015 registration packet.pdf

  • February 13, 2015 12:25 PM | Anonymous

    Please check out the flyer from the Fundraising Committee for our upcoming annual Valentine's Day fundraiser. 2015 Valentines Gram Order Form.pdf


    This year we're going to have bags of gourmet cake batter popcorn with conversation hearts sprinkled in.  Make plans to print and share the flyer at your workplace with your co-workers, family, and friends. 

  • November 15, 2014 10:00 AM | Anonymous

     

    Hey everyone!  Let's have a strong DCPA showing at the Paws for a Cause 5k and Concert benefiting the Denton Humane Society and Mazie's Mission.  Check out the link below and let me know if you are interested in participating! 

     

    http://www.active.com/denton-tx/running/races/paws-for-a-cause-5k-and-concert-presented-by-fwb-2014 

     

     

  • October 20, 2014 10:44 AM | Sunnie Palmer

    Please make plans to join us for our business meeting as we elect our officers for next year.  President-Elect Cheryl Cooper will become President, and President-Elect, Secretary, and Treasurer are open for election.  See below for the candidates:


    President-Elect: candidate Melody Brackeen

    Secretary: candidate Pamela Snavely

    Treasurer: candidate Lisa Pittman



    For those unable to attend, please watch your email for a proxy ballot.




  • September 22, 2014 3:25 PM | Sunnie Palmer

    At our October meeting, we will vote on officers for 2015.  Active members of DCPA are eligible to run for the offices of President-Elect, Secretary/Parliamentarian, or Treasurer.  Please refer to the elections email sent today for details on how to submit your name for candidacy for these offices.

     

    2015 promises to be another great year, with our current president-elect Cheryl Cooper stepping into the role of President and DCPA hosting the Texas Alliance of Paralegal Associations annual conference.  If you have ever considered becoming a leader in our organization, now is the time!

      

  • August 12, 2014 8:52 AM | Sunnie Palmer

    On August 11, 2014, the Denton County Bar Association announced the passing of attorneyTom Jester. As a husband, father, colleague and mentor, he was greatly respected and will be missed tremendously.

    There will be a visitation today, Tuesday, August 12th from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. at DeBerry Funeral Home located at 2025 W. University, Denton, TX. The funeral will take place Wednesday, August 13th at 2:00 p.m. at 1st Baptist Church located at 1100 Malone St., Denton, TX.

    In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to Camp Sweeney, a camp specifically for kids with diabetes at P.O. Box 918, Gainesville, Texas 76241 or the American Cancer Society.

    Tom has served the Denton community in a number of leadership roles throughout his lifetime. He was elected to the Denton City Council where he held office from 1972 through 1976, spending the last two years on the council as Mayor of Denton. He served on several boards as director, including the Denton Chamber of Commerce board and the Denton Country Club board as well as the boards of several local businesses.

     

    As a respected attorney and businessman he also held the office of Denton Municipal Judge, Denton Corporation Judge, and past President of the Denton Bar Association. Tom was a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation and previously served as Chair for the local chapter of the American Cancer Society.

     

    The law firm of Minor and Jester has been a Denton fixture for decades. At the time of his death Tom practiced law with his daughter, Jill Jester, in the firm. 

     

     Our hearts go out Tom's family and everyone at Minor and Jester.

     

  • June 26, 2014 4:47 PM | Anonymous

    Our June business meeting today at noon went well.  We had a good crowd, ate a wonderful lunch, took care of business, and had some time left over to network and catch up with each other.  Those in attendance heard from each committee regarding their 2nd Quarterly Reports.

     

    Sunnie Palmer has worked hard to create a new form of membership for DCPA - an Emeritus Membership.  Good news.  The membership voted unanimously to make this proposed change to our Bylaws.  We will be updating the Bylaws on the website very soon.

     

    Our door prize (a $25 Starbucks card) was won by new member, Suzanne Smart.  Suzanne is employed by JC Penney.  Be sure to get acquainted with her and welcome her as a new member of DCPA at your next opportunity. 

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