LA Superior Court Judge Mark Juhas from the Elkins Implementation Task Force Will be the Keynote Speaker at the California Association of Legal Document Assistants

This conference will highlight the first decade of the Legal Document Assistant profession after Senate Bill 1418 authorized LDAs to prepare legal documents.

Los Angeles, CA, September 19, 2011 --( Judge Mark Juhas is scheduled to speak on Sunday, October 16th, during CALDAs 24th annual conference on October 14-16, 2011 at the Doubletree Hotel & Conference Center in Ontario, California.

In 2000 SB1418 revised Business and Professions Code 6400 allowing the Legal Document Assistant profession (LDAs or non-lawyers, formerly known as Independent Paralegals) to prepare legal documents for self-help litigants.

On Sunday morning, CALDA will introduce keynote speaker Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mark Juhas, a member of the Elkins Implementation Task Force (and original Task Force). Judge Juhas will discuss access to justice and the importance of a continuum of legal services for the self represented. He will encourage discussion about where LDAs fit in to this process and open dialogue with attendees. Consumer awareness will be part of this discussion as the number of self-represented increase as will the number of “rogue” LDAs or paralegals operating outside of Business and Professions Code section 6400.

“The Legal Document Assistant profession has come a long way in a relatively short time,” said Marcel Neumann, President of CALDA. “As more and more consumers become aware of the valuable services LDAs offer, we will continue to bridge the gap to justice by helping provide equal access to the Courts for all self-help litigants as well as a cost-effective legal alternative.”

According to Connie Crockett, CALDA 2011 Conference Chair, the conference classes are designed for both new and seasoned LDAs to increase their skills and better prepare to meet the needs of the self-represented in this ever changing legal environment. “I invite all LDAs and paralegals to join us as we celebrate our profession's accomplishments during the past decade, while looking ahead to another productive 10 years and beyond,” said Crockett.

For more information about CALDA and to get updates on conference speakers and workshops, visit

California Association of Legal Document Assistants
Connie Crockett
(530) 265-0192
(530) 559-7664