During the National Association for Legal Assistants (NALA) 40th Annual Convention, Institutes, and Exhibition in Tulsa, The Paralegal Voice host Vicki Voisin interviewed Yoli Garcia from the El Paso Paralegal Association (EPPA), and Linda Carrett, Carla Valenzuela, and Ruth Conley from the Houston Paralegal Association (HPA). Both EPPA and HPA are affiliated with NALA, ensuring that members have access to many CLEs and other affiliate benefits. Voisin, Garcia, Carrett, Valenzuela, and Conley discuss this year’s conference, offer tips for paralegals who might attend next year, and talk about how the paralegal associations benefit their communities.
Yoli Garcia works at Kemp Smith in El Paso, Texas, and is a member of the El Paso Paralegal Association. She became a Certified Paralegal in 1998, but has been in the profession since 1980.
Linda Carrett has been a paralegal since 1983 in which time she has worked for small and large firms. She currently serves as treasurer of the Houston Paralegal Association.
Carla Valenzuela is a paralegal at Chevron Corporation, and has previously served as president and on the board at the Houston Paralegal Association.
Ruth Conley is a litigation paralegal at Andrews Kurth in Houston, Texas. She is also a past president of the Houston Paralegal Association.
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