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    • Thursday, June 01, 2023
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Online Via ZOOM

    PI / Medical Malpractice Section Meeting + CLE

    Grade Crossing Litigation

    (Rescheduled from March 29, 2023)

    "Grade crossing litigation" arises after a collision between a train (or some other kind of on-track railroad equipment) and a vehicle at a highway-railroad grade crossing. Grade crossing litigation is unique and carries with it interesting issues of fact investigation, discovery, and legal implication. This presentation will address the nature of grade crossing litigation, the railroad's duty at crossings, the motorist's duty at crossings, and preemption issues.

    Lyn Robbins, Esq.

    Lyn Robbins is President and Co-Owner of Robbins Travis PLLC in Southlake, Texas, where he practices law, focusing on railroad litigation. Prior to forming this firm with Susan Travis, Lyn was from 2003 through end of 2015 senior general attorney for BNSF personal injury claims litigation, major damage collection litigation, and appellate matters, with additional responsibility for commercial dispute resolution, arbitration, and some employment issues. From 1990-2003, he practiced with Gullett, Sanford, Robinson & Martin, PLLC in Nashville, Tennessee, litigating hundreds of cases, trying more than forty cases to verdict, and handling dozens of appeals with multiple arguments before both state and federal appellate courts and briefing before the United States Supreme Court.

     From 2006-2019, he was an adjunct professor of law at Baylor School of Law, teaching both Basic and Advanced Trial Advocacy Skills. He has taught at the National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel's College of Trial Advocacy since its inception in 2008. He is a frequent speaker at Continuing Legal Education presentations around the country.

    He received his J.D., cum laude, 1990 from Baylor School of Law, Waco, Texas, where he was a Leon Jaworski Scholar and the Lead Articles Editor of the Baylor Law Review.

    He was once a contestant on "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?


    This event qualifies for one (1) hour of General CLE credit through DAPA.

    If you have any questions about this event, please contact Elena Taylor at .

    • Thursday, June 08, 2023
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Online Via ZOOM

    Litigation Section Meeting + CLE

    Topic to be Announced

    Your Speaker.

    Brent Turman, Esq.

    Leveraging a background in film and television production, Brent knows how to communicate compelling arguments that tell clients' stories to the jury with clarity and persuasion. He is no stranger to resolving contentious disputes and helping his clients protect their assets and intellectual capital.

    Brent advocates for clients, including high-net-worth individuals and startups to Fortune 50 companies, in a wide variety of business and intellectual property disputes. He has represented clients in complex arbitration and litigation related to business disputes; real estate transactions; civil RICO actions; and claims of patent, copyright and trademark infringement.

    In addition to his trial and dispute resolution experience, Brent has served as production counsel for films produced in Texas and helps clients in the entertainment, media and sports industries navigate contracts, negotiations and business disputes.

    This event qualifies for 1.0 hour of General CLE credit through DAPA.

    *** For additional questions regarding this event or the litigation section, please contact Mindy Vernon at

    • Tuesday, June 13, 2023
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Online Via ZOOM

    Litigation Section Meeting + CLE

    The Intersection of the Law and

    Climate Change

    Your Speaker.

    Nancy L. Jordahl, ACP

    Nancy L. Jordahl, ACP, FRP, FCP, is a litigation paralegal at Weinberg Wheeler Hudgins Gunn & Dial. She is Secretary/Treasurer for the Paralegal Section of the Orange County Bar Association (OCBA), immediate Past-President of the Central Florida Paralegal Association (CFPA), and member of the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA). She also currently serves as a member of the Florida Registered Paralegal (FRP) Enrichment Committee. She is the author of two chapters in NALA's Certified Paralegal Exam Fundamentals (Torts and Clarity of Expression). 

    This event qualifies for 1.0 hour of General CLE credit through DAPA.

    *** For additional questions regarding this event or the litigation section, please contact Melody Johnson, CP, at

    • Thursday, June 15, 2023
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Online via Zoom

    North Dallas Section Meeting & CLE

    Volunteering With Legal Aid


    Charlotte Key, Esq.

    Charlotte Key is a managing attorney with Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas. Her areas of expertise include family law, corporate law, estate planning and probate. Her goal is to not only provide excellent service to clients, but to also educate clients about how the law plays a part in running a successful business, leaving a legacy for family and ensuring that families are protected when faced with tough challenges. She is licensed to practice in California and Texas.


    CLE:  1.0 hour of general paralegal CLE credit issued through DAPA.

    Email North Dallas Section Chair Cynthia Minchillo at with any questions.

    Additional Information

    *** ZOOM meeting details and link will be provided in your registration confirmation email.  Please add them and this event to your calendar.  Thank you.

    • Friday, June 16, 2023
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Online

    DAPA is pleased to share the following event from

    The Kansas Paralegal Association.

    KPA's 2023 Annual Meeting & Seminar

    Registration for the KPA's 2023 Annual Meeting & Seminar is OPEN!



    June 16, 2023 from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Central Time

    KPA Invites our R2 colleagues to this CLE on June 16, 2023  starting at 9:00 am, Central. KPA has included a special registration category for all NFPA Region 2 Association members to attend at our KPA Member rate.

    The code is KPA2023R2R

      For more information about this event and registration rates, please click HERE.


      • Monday, June 19, 2023
      • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
      • Online Via ZOOM

      Corporate Section Meeting + CLE

      Loan Documents and Their Purpose in Commercial Real Estate Secured Loans

      Your Speaker.

      Veronica Chavez Law, Esq. 

      Veronica Law is a Shareholder and Director with Brackett & Ellis, P.C., focusing her practice on complex commercial real estate transactions and financial institution representation. Veronica has worked at some of the top law firms in the region as well as in-house, serving as a staff attorney for an insurance syndicate and as general counsel for a corporation. She is licensed to practice law in all state courts in Texas and Colorado. 

      Veronica graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder wiht a Bachelor of Arts in Economics with Business Emphasis, magna cum laude. Subsequently, she earned her law degree from University of Colorado Law School.

      She has been recognized  by both her community and within the legal profession. Some of her more notable honors include being selected as one of Fort Worth's 400 Most Influential People by Fort Worth Magazine for 2022 and 2023, being selected by her legal peers for inclusion as a Texas Super Lawyers Rising Star, and achieving the Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished Rating for High Professional Achievement. 


      This event qualifies for one (1) hour of General CLE credit through DAPA.

      If you have any questions about this event, please contact Debra Davis at

      • Monday, June 19, 2023
      • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
      • Via Zoom

      The Dallas Area Paralegal Association 

      in Collaboration with NALA



      - A Personal Perspective - 

      June 19, 2023 at 6:00 pm

      Via Zoom


      Eugene Alcala

      Phillip Webb

      Jonathan Muriel

      Tony Sipp


      Kristine Custodio Suero, ACP


      Special Guest Panelist

      "Mishty" Gitanjali Deb

      Attorney at LaSusa & Deb, PLLC

      "Mishty" Gitanjali Deb will be joining the Panelist on June 19, 2023. Mishty will be sharing while on the panel her input with the male paralegals her concept of "Neutrality and Bias relating to Male Paralegals Versus Female Paralegals." Mishty is an adjunct professor within Dallas College's Paralegal Program, Mishty has taught civil procedure, real property, business organizations, advanced legal research and writing, legal research and writing, torts, family law topics, intellectual property and mediation. Part of what makes her a dynamic teacher is her wealth of work experience. Mishty is a skilled attorney with over 17 years of practice experience in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. She co-founded the Dallas law firm of LaSusa & Deb, PLLC and specializes in providing legal counsel to small and large businesses as well as individuals. She has worked on multiple litigation cases for business, entrepreneurs, and non-profits and is an active advocate for alternative dispute conflict resolution methods. She specializes in structuring complex business transactions and investment deals as well as international issues with India. She is currently patent bar licensed and holds current certificates in mediation. She is a mediator with the Texas Department of Insurance and has experience mediating a wide variety of cases from divorces to real estate disputes, complex board litigations, debt settlements, personal injury cases, and much more. 

      As a patron for women in business, she is also the CEO and Founder of the Sharks In Heels® Series. Sharks in Heels®, Inc. is an informative social networking organization geared towards connecting, educating, and training women on becoming the future generation of successful women entrepreneurs. Each year the organization puts on four educational workshops and a business panel discussion. Mishty and her organization have been featured on Startup Dallas, Voyage Dallas, Fox 4 Good Day, and the Dallas Business Journal. Mishty has conducted training sessions for junior attorneys, CLE classes for colleagues, and mentored owners at many events including Dallas Start-Up Week's Women's Edition, Cookies and Content at the Grove, Women's Tech Co., and Dallas Bloggers' Collective. In her spare time, Mishty loves to travel the world and believes that diversity and a global world view are the keys to understanding her clients' needs and connecting with others. Mishty will discuss the understanding aspects of the importance of neutrality and biases as it relates to Male Paralegals versus Female Paralegals. She will discuss different types of bias, and preparation of strategies to counteract bias, solutions when those strategies don't work.

      Free to DAPA Members

      $10 to Non DAPA Members


      This event qualifies for one (1) hour of General CLE credit through DAPA.

      If you have any questions about this event, please contact Melody Johnson, CP at

      • Tuesday, June 20, 2023
      • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
      • Location: The Arts District Mansion, 2101 Ross Ave., Dallas, TX 75201


      "Legal Tech Lab"

      June 20, 2023 @ 12:00 p.m.


      Sam Beaman


      Sam Beaman with Veritext Legal Solutions has worked in the court reporting industry for over 13 year. After graduating from Dallas Baptist University in 2009, he started his career as a trial technician in Fort Worth with MS Media Productions. When they merged with Merit Court Reporters, he transitioned to running the video department, and when Veritext acquired Merit, he moved to manage the client services team. With over seven years in a full-time business development and training role, Sam works with solo practitioners all the way to AM Law Top 50 firms on their deposition and technology needs. His expertise in the industry is more than just a solution fit but a tailored and specialized approach. While the legal community takes up a significant amount of time, he ensures plenty is left over for his wife, Betsy, and their two girls (and maybe golf).


      The Arts District Mansion

      2101 Ross Ave.

      Dallas, TX 75201


      Cost of Parking = $5.00 - $10.00

      Cost of buffet lunch = $15.00 - $17.00

      CLE Credit

      1.0 hour of General paralegal CLE credit issued through DAPA. 

       This Month's Sponsor is

      • Wednesday, June 21, 2023
      • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
      • Online Via ZOOM

      Family Law Section Meeting + CLE

      Social Security Disability

      Your Speaker.

      Adriane S. Grace, Esq.

      Adriane Grace is passionate about advocating for her clients and educating them about their legal rights. She does not impose cookie-cutter solutions. When you Adriane, you will speak with an attorney who will listen to your needs and create a legal plan of action consistent with your individual goals.

      Adriane primarily advises and represents clients in Estate Planning, Probate, Guardianship, and Social Security matters. Not only has she has assisted many North Texas families with creating Wills, Trusts, and other estate planning documents, she has also defended estate plans and Executors in probate court, as well as legal heirs and beneficiaries of an Estate. Due to her litigation experience, Adriane is well-informed about Texas probate process as well as assist them with choosing the appropriate Executor, Guardian, or Trustee to serve under their estate plan. In addition to the probate and estate litigation practice, Adriane has been involved in numerous guardianship disputes including defending applicants for guardianship and temporary guardianship of a disabled adult or minor child. As part of her guardianship practice, she routinely advises and consults with families about alternatives to guardianship and available supports and services in our local community. She also advises families who have questions about the mental health commitment process.


      This event qualifies for one (1) hour of General CLE credit through DAPA.

      If you have any questions about this event, please contact Jose C. Guerrero at

      • Wednesday, July 26, 2023
      • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
      • Online Via ZOOM

      Medical/PI Section Meeting + CLE

      Trial Mistakes To Help Your Attorney Avoid:

      A Top 10 List

      Your Speakers

      Michael Ireland

      C. Michael Ireland, Jr. is an Associate Attorney at Higdon, Hardy & Zuflacht, LLP in San Antonio, Texas whose areas of practice include family law, probate and real estate litigation. Mr. Ireland is board certified in family law and received his law degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law in 2012. Mr. Ireland is also a member of the San Antonio Family Law Bar Association (Current Vice President), the Family Law Bar Association of San Antonio, the San Antonio Bar Association, the Texas Family Law Foundation, Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists, and the Texas State Bar Family Law Section. Mr. Ireland manages a robust family law docket and enjoys being in the courtroom. Mr. Ireland is a well-regarded family attorney who takes pride in providing hands-on, creative, and thorough representation of his clients with an eye for detail.

      Sara Casas

      Sara Camille Casas is an Associate Attorney at Higdon, Hardy & Zuflacht, LLP in San Antonio, Texas whose area of practice include family law. Ms. Casas graduated summa cum laude from Texas A&M University College Station in 2018, and received her JD from Tulane University School of Law in New Orleans, Louisiana in 2022, where she earned a distinction for being in the Top 10% of her Trial Advocacy course. Ms. Casas is a member of the San Antonio Young Lawyers Association, a member of the Texas State Bar, Family Law Section, and a member and a committee co-chair of Collaborative Divorce San Antonio. While in law school, Ms. Casas clerked at Higdon, Hardy & Zuflacht, LLP and had the opportunity to co-author a published professional legal article, “At Your Service – All the Creative Ways to Get Someone to the Courthouse”.

      This event qualifies for 1.0 hour of General CLE credit through DAPA.

      *** For additional questions regarding this event or the litigation section, please contact Elena Taylor at

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