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"Law-firm employees receive pro bono awards"

Good news for these individuals & for their firm's pro bono program!

"Six lawyers and one paralegal are the first recipients of Charles L. Whistler Pro Bono Awards at Baker & Daniel law firm.

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"Rhonda Jackson is a paralegal who helped coordinate the Indianapolis Legal Aid Society's annual holiday fund-raising campaign during the last three years."

Noted on Baker & Daniels' press release:

"The firm's pro bono award is named in memory of Charles L. Whistler, a former Baker & Daniels lawyer whose vision, talent and energy helped shape Indianapolis. He represented diverse interests and an array of projects, including Uni-Gov, beautification of downtown, creation of the City Center on the Monument Circle, opening of the Indiana Theater and planning of White River State Park. Whistler died in 1981 at age 55."


"Paralegal career field actively recruits Airmen"

Looking for a way to serve your country? Well, the Air Force wants you!

"The Air Force paralegal career field is actively recruiting motivated Airmen to join the Judge Advocate General Corps.

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"Master Sgt. Michael Gadson [PDF, scroll to page 4], Randolph Law Center superintendent, has been serving in the paralegal career field for 18 years. About three years ago, he had his first opportunity to work with a non prior service junior enlisted paralegal. This was a first for Randolph.

"Our field is in need of Airmen in the junior enlisted ranks to keep it growing steadily," he said. "We are seeking Airmen who are motivated and looking for a challenging career as a paralegal."

"The paralegal supports virtually all areas of the legal office including military justice, claims, civil law, legal assistance, contracts and the victim witness assistance program, Sergeant Gadson said.

"'Our field reaches everyone in some way,' he said. 'Paralegals hold a very highly visible job, often working closely with leadership. No two days are the same in this field.'"


"'The Eight E's': Ascending the Computer Forensics Ladder"

Sounds like this could be a good career path for tech-minded paralegals:

"Though computer forensics is a young discipline, it's not the exclusive province of new graduates of computer forensics degree programs. It's a natural career extension for IT and law enforcement professionals and peripatetic lawyers [& paralegals] with a dominant geek gene. Expertise in litigation and computer forensics also opens the door to lucrative opportunities in electronic data discovery consulting. Here are 'The Eight E's' to becoming a skilled CF expert:

"1. Exploration: The lion's share of CF knowledge is self-taught. The best examiners are insatiably curious and voraciously read about software, hardware, registry keys, root kits, etc. They live for figuring out how it all fits together. Fortunately, there's a wealth of information: in books (search Amazon.com for "computer forensics") and online (www.e-evidence.info) in discussion forums, product FAQs, user groups and confabs."

You'll find lots more info in the rest of this article by Craig Ball, an Austin, Texas-based trial lawyer and certified computer forensic examiner.


"Five ways to be nice to your eyes"

Important advice for people who work with computers & read lots of documents:

"Your eyes are the products of millions of years of evolution. Unfortunately, this means that they’re optimized for spotting prey across the savanna, not for peering at letters built up of little dots on tiny screens. In recent years, optometrists have come to recognize a complex of eye and vision problems they call Computer Vision Syndrome, or CVS for short.

"When you spend your day looking at computer screens (especially poorly-maintained screens, or the tiny ones on mobile devices), your eyes strain, you blink less, and your body gets generally unhappy. The result? Fatigue, headaches, blurry vision, dry eyes, neck and backaches, and even double vision."


"Chief Legal Officers Poised to Increase Use of Outside Counsel"

Good news that should mean more jobs for paralegals:

"More than 25 percent of in- house law department leaders indicated that they will increase their use of outside counsel in the coming year, according to the Association of Corporate Counsel's 2006 Chief Legal Officer Survey [PDF].

"This is a significant increase from 2005 when only 16 percent of respondents anticipated an increase in the use of outside counsel and it is the highest response since the 2001 survey."