Tuesday, November 17, 2009

CAPA Leadership Conference: “CliffsNotes™” & Kudos

On Saturday, November 7, we attended the 7th bi-annual leadership conference presented by the California Alliance of Paralegal Associations (CAPA). “Surf, Sun and Sand: Making Waves with Strong Leadership,” hosted by the San Diego Paralegal Association (SDPA), was top-notch in every respect – with engaging dialogue, cautionary tales related to fiduciary duty, inspirational ideas, and practical “how-to” tips to move our organization – and the profession – forward.

Presentations included team-building exercises, interactive “conflict” creation and resolution, proper parliamentary procedure, financial accountability for non-profit organizations, membership development and retention, social networking, and a lively discussion of Juror #8’s (Henry Fonda) dissent, courage and leadership in the 1957 classic, "12 Angry Men." Click here for photos from the event.

We came away from this event energized and inspired, and I eagerly look forward to implementing the ideas that evolved out the subsequent brainstorming discussion! I envision a day when the LDA community has truly educated the bench, the bar and the general public about the proper role of LDAs in the efficient delivery of legal services and court operations. If you share the same vision, please join us to make it a reality – our reality. Fill a vacant board position. Join a committee. Or simply log on to Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn and share your $.02!

“As leaders in our community, it is imperative that we constantly strive to improve ourselves and add to our skill sets in order to keep a fresh vision and to feed our passion to benefit those we serve,” wrote CAPA President Mel Irvin. I could not have said it better myself. Kudos to CAPA and SDPA for a great event!

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