Posted April 26, 2018 in Membership
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Posted April 24, 2018 in Membership
By Larry Kirlin
Who are we? I mean, who is CALSPro and who are our members? Let me start with the latter.
The way I see it, our members are the people who have decided to call the legal support industry their profession. Just because you work in the profession doesn’t mean you’ve accepted it as your profession. Although some of us were born into a family business, most of us came into it from another door.
I started in the business as a microfilm camera operator, a.k.a. filmer, while going to college. By the time I graduated years later, I was fully entrenched in the business. I didn’t exactly decide to make this my profession — it kind of just snuck up on me and next thing you know, here I am. There was a point, however, that I realized I was part of the profession and decided to make it a career. That’s about the time I joined CALSPro.
The truth is, there have been many, many times when I wanted to throw in the towel and look for a different career. This mostly happens when a client decides to push my every last button and I say to myself, “They don’t pay me enough to deal with this crap!” Then a day later I get a call from a different client thanking me for pulling off a miracle and it reinvigorates my spirit. Anyone know where I’m coming from?
So, back to the other part of my original question, who is CALSPro? CALSPro is an association of people who have decided to be part of the legal support profession. Not only do they want to be part of it, they want to initiate change and ensure the profession thrives for future generations. The members of CALSPro appreciate the work that comes to them because of their membership but it is not the primary reason they are members. The primary reasons they join are to protect, promote and educate.
My question to non-members is, have you decided this is your career yet? If you like what you are doing and want to keep doing it, then jump on board. Make the decision to join CALSPro and be an active participant in your future.
Posted April 19, 2018 in Membership
Robert Porambo was born in New York and after the Vietnam War, his parents moved the family to California (great move Mom & Dad!) He has been married to his lovely wife, Liz, for almost 8 years and they have four amazing children, two amazing step-children and two great dogs. They also have four grand kids and five grand dogs.
In his spare time, Robert loves to camp, ride ATVs, fish, play softball, and golf. He always looks forward to Sunday dinners with his family.
He began his attorney service career in 1981 and has been at Knox Attorney Service ever since. In fact, he spent his 18th birthday serving papers, which was a great rite of passage. Robert originally started in Knox’s accounting department and then transferred to the process department in 1987. In 1989, he was named the process manager, became a shareholder in Knox in 1995, and was named CFO in 2013.
“I truly love everything about legal support industry — people I work with, my clients and also other legal support professionals. This may sound crazy, but I also look forward to the challenges that we’re faced with every day.”
Expanding on this thought, Robert feels he has been truly blessed with an opportunity to work at Knox over the years and feels the best way to pay this forward is to give back to this amazing industry by serving on the CALSPro Board and hopefully next year, serving as the CALSPro President. He fully understands that it’s the amazing and dedicated group of people that formed CALSPro, and those who followed, that have protected and preserved our industry.
“Without these people, who knows what I would be doing,”
An Overview of 2017 Tax Legislation
Friend of CALSPro, Blake Murphy, Financial Advisor at Morgan Stanley, has provided us with the following important information:
Click HERE for a summary provided by PwC for Morgan Stanley clients on how to navigate the new tax landscape.
Feel free to reach out to Blake, however please consult with your own Tax Advisor regarding any potential tax or legal issues as Morgan Stanley does not provide tax or legal advice.
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Posted April 17, 2018 in Process Service
By Andrew Gowing
Your Continuing Education Committee has been hard at work planning and arranging the upcoming CCPS Workshops in your area. You can always check the CALSPro website for our upcoming events. We just held another successful workshop in LA that sold out, and we added two new members to CALSPro as an added bonus.
Listed below are your upcoming CCPS Workshops. In addition to the listed workshops, we are working on the details for two more to be offered in Chico and Marin County. Once the details are finalized, we will announce the dates and locations.
Saturday, May 19th in Bakersfield (Webinar Option Offered) – REGISTER HERE
Saturday, June 30th in Riverside
Saturday, August 25th in Santa Ana (Orange County)
Sunday, October 7th in Sacramento (Conference)
As you can see above, CALSPro is also now planning to offer a Webinar option for its members to be able to attend the CCPS Workshop online! The very first CCPS Online Webinar will be offered in conjunction with our workshop in Bakersfield, on Saturday, May 19th. REGISTER HERE. Space for the Webinar will be limited.
Lastly, the Continuing Education Committee has been working diligently to update all information and CCPS materials for the new year, as well as updating the look and feel of the CCPS Presentation. Below is a small snapshot of the previous version of the presentation next to the new version. We would encourage you to register for the next upcoming CCPS Workshop in your area to experience the fresh new look and feel of the CCPS Workshop, and more importantly, to stay educated and informed on the changes in how you serve process in California.
Posted April 12, 2018 in Membership
By Kristian Pujol, Membership Committee Chair
Thank you for your CALSPro Membership! Whether you are an Active, Independent Contractor, Out-of-State Associate, Vendor or Supporting member, the Membership Committee would like to thank you for making a wise choice and investing into your business! The Process Serving, Court Services, and Photocopy Industries in California rely on all of our support to CALSPro! It is of paramount importance!
Membership Update for 2018 First Quarter:
The short is that we are in dire need of more active members to keep our association afloat! For the past decade or so, our venerated CALSPro has suffered ongoing attrition due to changing conditions in our industry, new delivery methods such as electronic transmissions, e-pouches, e-filing and, and simply put (but misconceived), more “competition.” The irony is that while other organizations are growing in size nationally because of their broader base, none of them truly “competes” with CALSPro or comes remotely close to what our association’s main functionality is: legislative advocacy in Sacramento.
No other body of legal support professionals in the U.S. has your back like CALSPro.
Legislative advocacy and protection is our bread and butter, and we will not survive without it. Tell me. What good is advertising our businesses in New York or Colorado, if our California laws change to allow for service of process by mail or email? Our industry, as we know it, would quickly cease to exist. We cannot allow collection companies (which have proposed these “mail bills” 11 times in the past 20 years — which CALSPro defeated) to eliminate the need for service of process, or ROI companies to strengthen, proliferate and continue charging unreasonably excessive fees, or out-of-state conglomerates to waltz into our California Court System uninhibited!
Simply put, we need CALSPro to defend ourselves legislatively and secure our present and future businesses!
But we cannot rely on CALSPro to do it all for us! Everyone must pitch in. Big companies can afford to have several active members, while smaller ones, just one or two. The more independent contractors we have as members, the better, and the more diverse voices our association will represent. We cannot rely on just a few companies to continue sustaining CALSPro’s efforts, but if we do, we cannot complain when our association only represents the interest of a few elite companies. On the other hand, if our association grows in membership size and makeup, it will inevitably represent the interests of many individuals and types of companies throughout our state and continue to be the flagship for other state organizations to follow.
There is strength in numbers
The more members we have, the more challenges will be able to tackle. Furthermore, as we expand, every type of member shall reap more benefits. There will be more members to advertise to, more members to network and exchange work with (statewide and nationwide), more opportunities and incentives for vendors to join, more vendor discounts, more profits, and more self-sustainability for our association overall. We all win!
It starts with you!
If you exchange work with affiliates, ask them if they are CALSPro members and if they would like to join?
If you are a photocopy company: please join our association and encourage other ones you know to join as well!
If you are an attorney service of significant size, sign several managers or employees as active members so that they can also get discounts on CCPS certifications and educational seminars (which are now being offered online to all our members).
If you are a vendor, such as a software or hardware company or insurance or bond company, become a CALSPro member and help support and keep the businesses that drive our legal industry we all share and depend upon, stay in business!
The time is now! Its low tide and we need to ensure CALSPro is there to help us ride the incoming wave of the future.
What YOU can do to increase membership:
- Join CALSPro
- Add an additional active membership to your company
- Let Independent Contractors know about our new IC Membership
- Tell affiliates you work with to join CALSPro if they are not already members
- Propose a vendor membership to vendors you are in contact with (software, bonds, office supplies, etc.)
- Pitch joining CALSPro to out-of-state affiliates when you contract them (just 1 or 2 jobs will pay for a $100.00 annual membership itself)
- Share blogs, newsletters, and information received with other affiliates so they see an instant value in membership
- Attend CALSPro CCPS seminars
- Contact your Area Governor and attend CALSPro functions
- Encourage your staff, process servers, and ICs to use the CALSPro Mobile App!
What CALSPro is doing to increase membership:
- Membership Committee Outreach
- Created Legislative Photocopy Committee
- Contacting Photocopy Companies
- Contacting NAPPS Members
- Attending NAPPS Annual Conference
- Sending out e-blasts to prospective members
- Amassing county lists of Registered Process Servers in CA
- Gathering Private Investigator contacts
- Reaching out to Vendors
- Online searches for all types of potential memberships
- Contacting active members and vendors for sponsorships
- Area Governor Program outreach to members and families
Posted April 10, 2018 in Process Service
Andy Estin was honored this year at the Florida Association of Professional Process Servers Annual Conference with the FAPPS Distinguished Service Award.
Andy was the first person not a member of the Florida Association to be so honored. The Distinguished Service Award is Florida’s equivalent of CALSPro’s Rosenthal Award.
Andy’s dedication to our industry is second to none, and we are thankful for his continued effort, knowledge, and time invested with CALSPro and its future. Congratulations Andy!
Posted April 5, 2018 in Conference
By Andy Estin
Who are the six current members of CALSPro who joined in the 1970’s?
• 1970: Connie Melvin-Quigley, Jerry Topolos, and Andy Estin
• 1975: Tom Bowman
• 1976: Tony Klein
• 1978: Michele Dawn
What were our legislative battles in the 1970’s?
AB 2809 created Registered Process Servers. From this foundation the phrase “Registered Process Server” now appears in 29 California Codes.
AB 1400. This was a 105-page long bill. Back then, we could not do computer key word searches, so we had to read every word of every bill that might affect us. The bill was intended to be a merger of the Marshalls and Sheriffs in California. It specified a division of duties between them. On Page 95 of the bill, it stated that all civil process in California would be served by the Marshalls. When we spotted this problem, the author put in an amendment that nothing in the bill would be construed to limit the service of civil process by private process servers.
SB 252 & SB 253. These bills would have allowed Registered Process Servers to serve Orders for Examination of Judgment Debtors without the need to be specially appointed in each case. The bills failed to pass but in 1973 we got this into law.
We tried to make it a felony to assault a process server. We were not successful. In 1983, we succeeded in adding process servers to Penal Code 241 & 242. These codes deal with assault and battery on peace officers. By adding process servers to these codes, we got the exact same protection and penalties as peace offices.
Note: The last two items are examples of CALSPro not giving up when a law we wanted, failed to pass. We kept trying and eventually succeeded.
AB 1528. This was our first mailing bill. It provided for service of a Summons & Complaint by 1st class mail. With Dick Green as our legislative chair, Andy Estin as our witness, and our first Lobbyist Darrell McConnell, all working together, we defeated this bill.
SB 73. This bill authorized service of subpoenas by 1st class mail. We defeated it.
AB 1914. This bill would have raised the statutory fees for service of process charged by the Marshall and Sheriff from $3.00 per paper and $.50 per mile to $5.00 per paper and $1.00 per mile. We supported the bill since many of our members charged the same rates to their clients. It passed the legislature but was vetoed by Governor Brown in favor of SB 953. (See next item.)
SB 953. This bill created a flat rate fee of $8.50 for service of process.
AB 1702. This bill allowed all costs of a Registered Process Server to be recoverable, including locating, serving, and stakeout, if necessary.
AB 167. This bill would have authorized service of a Summons & Complaint by Registered Mail. We defeated it.
SB 1564. This bill authorized Registered Process Servers to serve certain Writs of Execution.
AB 2531. This bill added Evidence Code 647 that gives a proof of service of a Registered Process Server, a presumption that the facts in the proof are correct.
AB 1898. Would have increased the statutory fee for service of process from $8.50 to $19.00. The bill failed.
AB 205. Would have increased the statutory fee for service of process from $8.50 to $14.00. The bill failed.
SB 1086. This bill allowed the service of criminal subpoenas by mail, with an acknowledgment of receipt. The bill passed.
We had a very good first decade. We created the term “Registered Process Server” and defeated three mailing bills. We got more business for our members by getting to serve Writs of Execution and ORAP or OEX services. We got process servers better protection in the Penal Code and got a bill passed that made their costs recoverable. We created a presumption that the facts in the Registered Process Servers proof of service were true.
The Next Decade. What happened in 1979:
• Michael Buter was awarded the Bert Rosenthal Memorial Award
• Gas per gallon was 86 cents, up from 35 cents in 1969
• First-class Postage Stamp: $0.15, up from $0.06 in 1969
Posted April 3, 2018 in Conference
We are delighted to announce that the Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court, The Honorable Tani Cantil-Sakauye, will attend and speak at our opening reception at 5:00 pm on Friday, October 5, 2018. In her role, Justice Cantil-Sakauye serves as Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court and Chair of the California Judicial Council.
Every CALSPro member should plan to attend to hear her informative and inspiring remarks.
Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye is the 28th Chief Justice of the State of California. She was sworn into office on January 3, 2011, and is the second woman to serve as the state’s chief justice. She chairs the Judicial Council, the administrative policy-making body of state courts, and the Commission on Judicial Appointments.
She has served for more than 20 years on California appellate and trial courts, and has been appointed or elevated to higher office by three governors. Born in 1959 in Sacramento, Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye attended C. K. McClatchy High School (1977) and Sacramento City College (1978) before receiving her BA from the University of California, Davis, graduating with honors in 1980. After taking a year off to visit her ancestral homeland, the Philippines, the Chief Justice entered the UC Davis, Martin Luther King, Jr., School of Law in 1981 and received her JD in 1984.
Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye is a former board member of several nonprofit organizations and has been active in numerous professional community organizations, including membership in the California Judges Association, the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, and the Sacramento Asian Bar Association, and received the Filipina of the Year Award.
She is currently a member of the Board of Directors for the Conference of Chief Justices and The American Law Institute. She is on the Board of Visitors for UC Davis and an Advisory Board member of the Sacramento Federal Judicial Library and Learning Center Foundation. She is an honorary member of the Foundation for Democracy and Justice, a private nonprofit organization devoted to civics education, and is actively engaged in a civic learning initiative, Your Constitution: The Power of Democracy.