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"Law Firm Paralegal Honored for Public Service"

Good works recognized by major firm: "Vinson & Elkins LLP is proud to announce that Pam Lewis, a paralegal in the firm’s insolvency and reorganization (IR) practice in Dallas, received the President’s Call to Service Award in a ceremony at the Fort Worth Police Academy on August 23, 2006. Lewis was nominated and chosen for this award because she has volunteered over 4,000 hours in the areas of 'public safety and emergency response as a law enforcement officer.'" Read more →

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"Attorneys Find Work, Fulfillment at Burning Man"

Woo-hoo, lawyers doing their thing at this crazy show: "Over the weekend, mediator Ron Kelly planned to put on his full-length white linen suit and his huge green hat -- 'three feet in diameter' -- and set up his booth in the desert, so he could do what he describes as some of his most interesting work. "For the past six years or so, Kelly has made for the Black Rock Desert of Nevada to join the annual Burning Man festival, an eight-day celebration of artistic and cultural fancy that has in the past drawn up to 25,000 participants. "The... Read more →

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Time Billing 'The Perfect Crime'?

Must-read post on the Wall Street Journal's Law Blog: "William Ross, a professor at Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham, Ala., calls it 'the perfect crime.' NYU legal ethics guru Stephen Gillers says there’s a 'general consensus' that the practice is on the upswing. The practice? Law-firm billing fraud, and the WSJ’s Nathan Koppel takes a look [subscription req'd] at the issue through the lens of a series of incidents that allegedly took place in Holland & Knight’s Chicago office. "After Matthew Farmer, a 42-year old junior partner with the firm, suspected that his own hours on a... Read more →

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"Offering Truth and Illusion and Nothing but the Two"

Finally! A TV show featuring paralegals as well as lawyers! "Celebrity trial lawyers are supposed to be flamboyant and theatrical. Yet the high-priced defense attorneys in Jerry Bruckheimer’s new courtroom drama on Fox, “Justice,” are not at all like F. Lee Bailey or Johnnie Cochran. They are as grimly focused and humorless as the crime lab detectives of 'CSI.' "It’s the pretrial work that is the showy centerpiece of this series. Media spin, jury consultants and focus groups are the DNA swabs and bloodstain-pattern analysis reports of 'Justice.' And that makes it kind of fun: it is as if someone... Read more →

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"What I Learned This Summer at ILTA'06"

Calling all techies who missed the festivities in Orlando: "Throughout the year, the International Legal Technology Association hosts e-mail listservs, webinars and regional meetings. But once a year, more than 1,100 attendees and hundreds of technology vendors converge in one spot for the group's major educational conference. [snip] "ILTA's educational scheme is divided into tracks, and one of the most popular this year was the Litigation Support Peer Group Track. I attended many of these sessions both Monday and Tuesday to hear how other firms are dealing with electronic discovery and litigation response plans. The new civil procedure rules were... Read more →

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Davis Polk acknowledges legal assistant work

In a press release announcing Davis Polk's efforts in an offering, the firrm pointed to the work of legal assistants as well: "Davis Polk & Wardwell advised Citigroup Global Markets Inc. as sole bookrunner and representative of the underwriters on the offering by American International Group, Inc. (AIG) of 15.4 million common shares of IPC Holdings, Ltd. for $415.7 million. [snip] "The Davis Polk team included partner Ethan T. James and associates Jeffrey Pohlman, David M. Cook and Garima Nahar. Partner William H. Weigel and associate Lisa Mahle provided tax advice. Damian Kasprzyk was the legal assistant on the transaction....... Read more →

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"How to Handle E-Mail Efficiently"

You may know these email tips already, but a few of the 8 were new to me! "As more and more business is conducted via e-mail, it´s easy to get overwhelmed by the sheer volume of messages you receive every day. Following these tips will ensure that you spend your time and energy managing your business — not your in-box. "Create folders. Use your in-box like a to-do list, and treat each message as an action item. Once you´ve read a message, move it into a folder based on the project or client. A rational folder structure keeps your in-box... Read more →

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Must see this clever item!

...needed by paralegals & so many others! "billable hour timepiece (noun): 1. a watch or clock with a dial divided into tenths of an hour; 2. a lighthearted take on the concept of the billable hour; 3. the perfect gift for a lawyer, law student, or any professional who bills by the hour. (The Billable Hour Co. 2006)" You might also enjoy some of the press this company has received... Read more →

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'Fearless' UK law firm's paralegal profiles

Not only does McCormicks Soliciters sound like a very fun firm, they include short profiles + photo for all paralegals. Read more →

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LAT 2006 Paralegal of the Year

Inspiring news [PDF link] from Legal Assistant Today: "The editors and staff of Legal Assistant Today are proud to announce Katherine Manns has been awarded LAT’s 2006 Paralegal of the Year Award.... Manns, a 20-year paralegal and litigation support manager for the Buffalo, N.Y., office of Phillips Lytle, was selected by the magazine’s editorial advisory board as this year’s winner for her tireless efforts and dedication to the advancement of legal assistants. [snip] "LAT also congratulates the two runners-up for the Paralegal of the Year Award — Denise Cunningham and Patricia Dietz-Selke. For more than 26 years, Cunningham has been... Read more →

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