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In This Issue
Conference Survey
Ian Duncan, Legislative
Cheryl Meril, Newsletter
Elias DeHerrera, Fundraising
LDA in the Library
Court fees increase
What they're saying about the conference
"I am impressed by the level of commitment demonstrated by the board and by the quality of offerings the workshops offered. Meeting many of you there and hearing how you have created your businesses with integrity and caring for your clients was truly educational and inspiring. What a privilege to be a part of this organization. Thank you so much."
--Maureen McCready

"The classes were really good and I was glad that they were mostly presented by attorneys because the hand-outs we got from them can be disseminated to our clients The conference was wonderful and really helped in the running of my business as well as getting the word out as to what an LDA does. Thanks again for a great conference!!!"

---Liz Fleischer

"The conference at Asilomar last weekend was great! The classes were informative and the speakers were funny, personable and so knowledgeable. It was wonderful to see people that help me throughout the year. Connie Crockett did an amazing job! Thanks to her, Marcel, Carol, Carl and the entire board."

---Debbie Hollis
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The California Association of Legal Document Assistants was established in August 1986, and was formerly known as "California Association of Independent Paralegals" (CAIP). CALDA is the premiere organization for legal document assistant professionals.

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November 2, 2010

Marcel Nuemann
Marcel A. Neumann
I am pleased to announce the results of this year's elections of Officers and Directors from our October 2010 Annual Meeting.

New board members (see their bio's below):

  • Cheryl Meril
  • Ian Duncan


  • Carl Knoll, Vice-President
  • Jenny Barei, Secretary
  • Vanessa Watson, Director
  • Angie Walters, Director
  • Galen Hammond, Director

Visit CALDA website for a complete list of our board members.

Congratulations and best wishes to the new and returning members of our Board. We are looking forward to a great and exciting year for CALDA.

23rd Annual Conference a Success!
Carl Cindy at conference
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Planning for 2011 underway

Thank you to everyone who attended our 23rd annual conference last month at the Asilomar Conference Center in Pacific Grove. We continue to receive wonderful feedback from the attendees, as well as our speakers.

We are already starting to plan our 24th annual conference for 2011, which will be held in southern California.

Please take this brief survey (link at top) so that we may know which city you would like our next conference to be. Let your voice be heard!
New Board Member: IAN DUNCAN
Ian Duncan
Ian Duncan
CALDA Legislative Chair

Ian Duncan, owner of Oakland-based California Document Preparers,was elected to CALDA's Board of Directors during its annual conference in October. Ian will serve as the Legislative Chair, where he will supervise the monitoring and supporting of legislation related to the profession and be a liaison between the Association and other organizations with similar goals.

Read more about Ian on the CALDA BLOG
New Board Member: CHERYL MERIL
Cheryl Meril
Cheryl Meril
CALDA Newsletter Chair

Cheryl Meril was elected to CALDA's Board of Directors during its annual conference in October. She will serve as the Newsletter Chair, Cheryl is the owner of At Your Service Legal Document Prep (AYSLDP), a Legal Document Assistant business based in San Francisco.

Read more about Cheryl on the CALDA BLOG
Elias DeHerrera
Elias DeHerrera
CALDA Fundraising Chair

Elias DeHererra recently joined the CALDA board of directors as Fundraising Chair. Elias is the president and owner of D&C Legal Document Assistant in San Jose, along with wife, Camelia.

Read more about Elias on the CALDA BLOG
UPDATE: LDA in the Library Program
LDA in the Library
LDA in the Library
The LDA in the Library Program is going strong!

Have you contacted your local law and public libraries to promote the "LDA in the Library" program? Here's what the Alameda County Law Library is handing to their patrons promoting the program.

Contact Marcel Neumann for details on how you can get the CALDA brochures in your library!
NEWS ALERT: Court Filing Fees Increasing
New fees start November 1, 2010

Be sure to check with your local courts about the increase in filing fees. Kern County and Los Angeles County have reported increased fees starting November 1, 2010. Some counties have already increased their fees!