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This course has been approved by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization for certification and recertification continuing legal education requirements for paralegals and legal assistants. Certification areas: Bankruptcy Law, Civil Trial Law, Criminal Law; Estate Planning and Probate Law, Family Law; Oil, Gas and Mineral Law; Personal Injury Trial Law, and Real Estate Law.
ANGELA M. GONZALEZ is a paralegal at Ruder Ware, L.L.S.C., in Wausau, Wisconsin. She received her master’s degree from Jagiellonian University in Krakaw (Poland) and taught English to adults in Poland and Hungary. Ms. Gonzalez determined a law degree would round out her higher education adventures and earned her Bachelors of Laws (LLB) degree from the University of London. While working as a paralegal in Budapest (Hungary), she developed a passion for research and drafting documents in a law firm setting, which led to her continuing her legal experiences when she returned to the United States in 2009. Her varied background earned her the ability to communicate easily with anyone on any topic. As a paralegal at Ruder Ware, L.L.S.C., she’s able to sit with a grieving client and empathize or celebrate with a client who has just survived a drawn-out probate process for a loved one. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Gonzalez was a civil litigation legal assistant and paralegal, as well as a corporate paralegal where she spent much of her time preparing work product in due diligence matters and multi-national business transactions. At Ruder Ware, L.L.S.C., Ms. Gonzalez specializes in trust and estate administration.
PATRICIA LEE is a partner in the law firm Hutchison & Steffen LLC, practicing primarily in business and commercial litigation, including, but not limited to, partnership/shareholder disputes, contract enforcement/defense, non-competition agreements, and commercial lease review and litigation, family law, trademark registration and litigation, collections, mechanic’s liens/foreclosures, and medical claims billing. She is the current president of the Las Vegas Chapter of the National Bar Association Foundation and was appointed by Governor Gibbons to serve as chair of the Nevada Crime Commission. Ms. Lee is currently on the Board of Directors for the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada and she was named Legal Aid's Pro Bono Attorney of the Year. She became the first Nevada attorney to receive the American Bar Association’s national Pro Bono Publico Award for her demonstrated outstanding commitment to volunteer legal services for the poor and disadvantaged. She earned two B.A. degrees from the University of Southern California and her J.D. degree from George Washington University Law School.
CANDY J. RYAN, CRP, BA, is a litigation paralegal at The Silvera Firm. She has extensive experience handling such diverse matters as non-subscriber defense and subrogation, commercial litigation, insurance defense, bankruptcy, business and corporate, probate and trust, real estate, trucking and railroad, as well as family law. Ms. Ryan has assisted attorneys with litigation case management, including but not limited to, preparing and responding to discovery requests, records retrieval, review and analysis, as well as preparing for trials, arbitrations, depositions and hearings and has participated in evidentiary presentations at trial and arbitration. She is experienced in the preparation and filing of pleadings, documents and discovery in both federal and state courts in numerous jurisdictions, including, Texas, California, Washington, Oregon, Arkansas, Oklahoma and others. Ms. Ryan has been an active part of the legal community since 1979, having worked in Seattle, San Diego and Dallas. She is a graduate of the University of San Diego, ABA accredited Paralegal Studies Program (1988) and has specialized in litigation for more than 30 years. In addition, she is one of the initial 16 paralegals to be certified by the National Federation of Paralegal Association (NFPA) as a CORE registered paralegal in the State of Texas and one of the first 200 CRPs in the United States. Further she received her B.A. degree in legal studies in 2015.
KARIN M. SCHEEHLE is a litigation paralegal for Gallagher & Kennedy, P.A., in Phoenix, Arizona, working on multi-million dollar personal injury cases. She has more than 30 years of experience working in the legal profession and is an experienced litigation paralegal, law firm administrator, and technology manager. Although the vast majority of her experience has been in litigation, she has also worked in other areas of the law including real estate, corporate, admiralty, and administrative law. Ms. Scheehle has assisted in more than 50 trials in California, Texas and Arizona, including the largest securities trial in Maricopa County where more than 9,000 exhibits were marked and more than 60 witnesses testified. She specializes in technology enhanced case management and electronic trial presentation. Ms. Scheehle received her certified paralegal designation from the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) and several advanced certifications in litigation, personal injury, and e-discovery. She has a B.S. degree in management, graduating with honors; and an M.B.A. degree with emphasis in technology management. Ms. Scheehle is a certified Case Logistics administrator and a certified ediscovery specialist. She has taught numerous seminars both locally and nationally, predominately in the areas of litigation, technology, ethics, case management, and law firm management. Ms. Scheehle has had articles published in both local and national publications. She has also served as a guest lecturer at several legal assistant schools and currently teaches as adjunct faculty in the ABA approved Legal Studies program at Phoenix College in Phoenix, Arizona. Ms. Scheehle served on the Board of Directors of the Arizona Paralegal Association for 15 years and NALA's Board of Directors for 10 years. She also served on NALA's Certifying Board for three years and on the Professional Development Committee for three years (including two years as chair). Ms. Scheehle served on several NALA committees tasked with developing advanced certification courses and is a frequent lecturer for NALA Campus Live and co-presented technology-related seminar tracks at three NALA national conventions.