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Newsletter for February 2010
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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.

Interested in joining CALDA or have questions about how to become a Legal Document Assistant?

Gail Erickson, Membership Chair (559) 519-1959

Bay Area Chapter Monthly Meeting
Thurs., Feb. 18
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Southland Office Ctr
24301 Southland Drive
Hayward 94545

CALDA Members $2; Non Members $5


Marcel Neumann
(510) 782-6811
Santa Clara County CALDA Chapter

"Unlawful Practice of Law" (UPL)


Jason Braxton, Esq.

Thurs., Feb. 25
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
San Jose City Hall
200 E. Santa Clara St.
San Jose 95113

CALDA Members $7; Non Members $10

RSVP by 2/22:

Elias DeHerrera
(408) 298-3377
Los Angeles
CALDA Chapter

"How Is Paternity Established In A Child Support Case?"


Margaret Wilson, Esq.

Sat., March 20
9:00 am - 11:00 0m
Home Town Buffett
3520 Carson Street

CALDA Members $7; Non Members $10

Breakfast is additional $6.49/person



Vanessa Watson
(310) 484-3607
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Welcome, 2010-2011 Board of Directors!

By Marcel Neumann, President Marcel Neumann 2010

Please join me in extending a warm welcome to CALDA's newly elected and re-elected board of directors for the 2010-2011 term.

As your president, I am proud to be at the helm of this great organization, and even more so to be in the company of one of the most dedicated and talented group of board members who are as excited as I am to bring new and better ideas to raising consumer awareness of the invaluable services of Legal Document Assistants.

We have a lot of work ahead of us, including making sure that we closely monitor and take necessary action in any legislation that would affect our profession. But, I am confident that with our new board, along with the enthusiasm and talents of our members, we will make 2010 the "Year of the Legal Document Assistant!"

CALDA attends historic D.C. meeting with C.L.E.A.R.

CALDA at Clear photo

CALDA board members Angie Walters, Carol Ludlow, Carl Knoll and CALDA legal counsel, Richard Lubetzky, attended a historic meeting in Washington D.C. last October 15-16, 2009 organized by CLEAR (Center for Legal Empowerment, Accountability and Reform). Formerly known as HALT (Help Abolish Legal Tyranny) CLEAR is a 30-year old nonpartisan public interest group, and is the nation's largest legal reform organization with more than 30,000 members.


CALDA at Clear meeting

The meeting included CALDA and other members of the alternative bar, and discussed ways to support LDAs and other alternative legal services providers, raise awareness of the legal document provider profession, serve consumers better, and establish state legislative priorities.

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Congratulations to Carol Ludlow! Carol has written her very first book called, "A Luxembourg Experience" inspired by her travels throughout Europe in the 1970s, and her father's WWII exploits. The book is available on



Bizie Ladie logoVanessa Watson, CALDA's Education Chair, has changed her company name to Bizie Ladie, Inc.

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Members of the Bay Area chapter share some holiday cheer during their
December monthly meeting/holiday party.