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CONGRATULATIONS - Legal Professional of the Year and Scholarship Recipient
Texas ALP is pleased to announce that Mary Teague, PLS, Waco LPA, is the winner of the 2016-2017 Legal Professional of the Year.
Congratulations to Mary! We are all very excited for you.
Texas ALP is also happy to announce that Lauren Noe is the winner of the 2016-17 Scholarship Award. Lauren was sponsored by Austin Legal Professionals Association. Congratulations to Lauren and her upcoming career in the legal field.
Linda Rodriguez, PLS
2016-2017 Awards Chairman
ELECTION RESULTS ARE IN!
The votes have been tallied and we are proud to announce the slate of 2017-2018 officers to lead Texas ALP into the future:
Treasurer: Andrea D. Griffin-Darland, PP, PLS (Lubbock LPA)
Secretary: Tina Hurley, PP, PLS (Dallas ALP)
Kudos to the members who voted. This year's voter turnout was the highest in recent history - 34.5% of the members voted. Hurray!
CONGRATULATIONS TO NEWLY CERTIFIED MEMBERS
"What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals." - Henry David Thoreau
If you see the following members, congratulate them on getting their certification!
March 2016 Exams
Amanda Ring, ALP (non-member)
Gena Olney, PLS (non-member)
May 2016 Exams
Stacy Tanet, ALP
September 2016 Exams
Sarah Blanchard, ALP
Robert Carlisle, ALP
Hadley Ford, ALP
Vicki Gates, ALP
Jobeth Hines-Lorraine, ALP
Ashley Nyehold, ALP
Jennifer Screen, ALP
Rebecca Short, ALP
Ana Stickell, ALP
Suzanne Beatty, PP, PLS
Mary Jahn, PP
Norma Rios, PP, PLS
Sitting for these certification exams is a huge accomplishment and we are so very proud of all of you. You took the time to invest in yourself and that shows a commitment to our profession. Congratulations!
Dear paralegals and legal administrators:
On January 1, 2014, electronic filing (eFiling) will be mandatory for all attorneys filing documents in all appellate courts and in all civil cases (except juvenile cases) in the district, county, and probate courts in Texas’ 10 most populous counties (Bexar, Collin, Dallas, Denton, El Paso, Fort Bend, Harris, Hidalgo, Tarrant and Travis). Every six months thereafter, eFiling will become available in more courts with all courts eFiling by 2016. At this time, eFiling is not available in criminal cases in trial courts.
Clerk’s offices will no longer accept paper or fax filings from attorneys except in emergency situations. A copy of the Supreme Court’s rules for electronic filing with amendments to the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure and Texas Rules for Appellate Procedure can be found on the Supreme Court’s website at www.supreme.courts.state.tx.us . The rules promulgated by the Court of Criminal Appeals can be found on the Court of Criminal Appeal’s website at www.cca.courts.state.tx.us .
Registering to eFile is straightforward. The State’s new web portal for eFiling is known as eFileTexas. To begin eFiling, visit the web portal at www.efiletexas.gov . From there you will be directed to choose an EFSP (Electronic Filing Service Provider.) In the simplest terms, an EFSP is like an electronic courier meant to deliver your filing to the court. To start eFiling, you must choose an EFSP.
After you have selected an EFSP, all you need is Internet access, your EFSP login information, case information and PDF versions of the documents you need to file. You can eFile 24-hours a day from anywhere in the world.
We want this transition from paper to digital to be as smooth as possible. Below are issues some filers have encountered and potential solutions.
Adding a filing to an existing case
If you are trying to add a filing into an existing case, but that case doesn't appear when you search make sure you have entered the complete case number with all special characters and spaces. For other potential solutions and more detailed information click on the link to your EFSP below, if your EFSP is not listed, we encourage you to contact them directly.
Filers that are accustomed to eService have reported that email contacts are not available. Since attorneys must re-register for the new eFiling system, attorney contacts for those who have not re-registered are missing. Communication has been sent to attorneys reminding them to re-register so we are hopeful this issue should be resolved soon.
Problems with EFSP Services
You have several choices to select from for your EFSP. If you are encountering issues, we encourage you to visit www.efiletexas.gov and research the options available to you. If you have problems resolving issues, please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check out the Conferences & Education page for more information about upcoming seminars and conferences.
Did you know that you can nominate someone to become an Honorary Member of Texas ALP. Just follow the Guidelines and complete the Application found on the forms page under Awards.