Let Me Know What You Really, Really Want!
I am honored to be the SFLPA Educational Chair for another fiscal year and have many exciting plans for the upcoming fiscal year. According to our Brass Tacks, it is “important to offer the type of class or seminar which best fills the needs of your local legal community for it to be most successful,” so I have reached out to many of our members to find out their educational needs so that I can fulfill them in my Brown Bags.
Many people have requested assistance with resumes, so for the June 26, 2018 Brown Bag, two exceptional people from Robert Half, Tatiana Silver and Jon Lucchese, will be presenting “Improving Your Resume.” I also had requests for assistance with understanding the court rules that govern our filings. For that, I have a special evening presentation on July 17, 2018 “Cracking the Code,” with Scott R. Herndon, Ph.D., Esq. and I presenting.
One obstacle for people is getting to the Brown Bags during their lunch hour. I receive many RSVP’s to the Brown Bags, and then receive emails indicating a need to cancel due to a filing deadline or last minute emergency. In response, I have worked to bring our members special evening presentations that will allow attendees to come after work when all the deadlines are done. The first evening presentation will be the July 17 “Cracking the Code” presentation, and another evening presentation in either September or October about Social Media with James Wu, Esq., who is an experienced speaker on the subject. This was a very popular subject at the May 22 Brown Bag and could have gone longer if time allowed.
Another project I have been working on is trying to get a clerk from the court to come and talk to our members. My goal is to bridge the communication gap between the court clerks and professional staff in law firms. It would be rewarding for both the court staff and the San Francisco legal staff since we are all working together to better serve litigants at the court. This project has been one of the most challenging I have encountered in my capacity as Education Chair as I have been working on this for months and have not been able to accomplish my goal, but will continue to persist.
I would also like to bring back the popular and successful 3-Day Educational Workshop we had at the beginning of 2018, in 2019. I will again work with San Francisco State University and the Paralegal Director on making that happen again in January / February 2019.
I would like to invite members to please email me at email@example.com if you would are interested in any future Brown Bag subjects that I can bring to you. Also, I welcome any assistance from people who have connections or know someone who is interested in speaking, especially court clerks. Cheers to the new fiscal year!
Francie L. Skaggs